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WLCU Awards US$6K Scholarships to 10 Law School Students

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first_imgThe World Lebanese Cultural Union in Liberia (WLCUL) yesterday awarded 10 academic scholarships to the tune of US$6,750 to best students from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia (UL).Ahmed S. Wazni, president of the Union who presented the check to authorities of the law school, said the initiative was WLCUL’s  way of identifying with every sector of the country, including the law school.“The community’s intent is to promote the legal profession by easing the financial burden of brilliant students in the legal field,” Wazni said.He said that the Union was now concentrating on building human capacities, instead of its usual contribution to educational institutions, which sometimes does not benefit individual students.“This is the beginning of our relationship with the law school, and so we are going to make more materials and financial contributions to the institution,” Wazni assured.He said that the Union as part of its initial contribution, will provide 250 durable chairs for use by the law school.Counselor T. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Law School, who received the check,  lauded the leadership of the Union for identifying with the school.“This is the first time for a non-governmental organization to identify with the university, especially the law school,” Cllr. Warner said.Warner assured the leadership of the Union his institution’s readiness to maintain a close relationship with them, “whatever the case may be.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Mr. Wazni before he presented the check to Cllr. Warner at the recent ceremony.last_img read more

PPP manifesto to represent the wishes, desires of all – Jagdeo

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first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will soon launch its election manifesto, which will comprise several programmes from its 2015 manifesto aimed at further developing Guyana.This was according to the Party’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo during his address to thousands of supporters who turned up a meeting at Port Mourant on Saturday. Jagdeo stated that despite the wealth of experience and competent members within the Party, the manifesto would reflect the best for all Guyana with input from all.“Get on to the Party so that we can get your ideas included, since we believe that in the programme that we will launch before the elections, your wishes and desires must be reflected and that once we put forward that programme, unlike the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity], that will be our promise to the people of Guyana to fulfil.”Commenting on Government’s ability to see into the future, Jagdeo referred to the current Administration as a government without a vision.“When we were in government, we were talking about a green sector, a low-carbon development strategy that will bring new jobs and new wealth.”This, he added, was going to upgrade the sugar and rice industries.A section of the massive crowd on Saturday“That is what the vision was. You know what they have reduced it now to? When a reporter asked the President (Granger) ‘How are you going to create jobs in the future,’ he said, ‘We must do things like making pepper sauce and making cook-up to sell, and making plantain chips…’ That is where we have come from; talking about a future that will create thousands of jobs and new wealth and new infrastructure and a modern country to now selling plantain chips and cook-up rice, you can’t run a country on that…”As it relates to the Corentyne, the Party leader repeated his promise to reopen the sugar estates that were closed in December of 2017.Government closed the Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates leaving only the Albion Estate functional. In fact, 1851 workers were sacked from the Skeldon Sugar Estate, 1181 from the Rose Hall Estate, 1480 from the East Demerara Sugar Estate and 251 from the Wales Sugar Estate.In Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), which had depended heavily on sugar, with the closure of two of the three sugar estates in the Region, all other sectors have been affected.“People have to earn to be able to put food on their table and sent their children, so that is what we want to see,” the Opposition Leader stated.During his presentation, Jagdeo also addressed the no-confidence motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly.He explained that the Speaker of the House has already ruled on it – refusing to reverse his decision, but he allowed the court to rule on the various issues which arose.The court’s ruling will just serve as a guide for the future the Opposition Leader told his supporters.“After March 19, this Government becomes unconstitutional, illegal, illegitimate so when they come out here stop calling them Minister, President and Prime Minister after that date.They are trying to sell the sugar industry now in the few days they have remaining. We said we will not recognise any sale of the sugar industry because the Government is in a caretaker capacity,” Jagdeo added.Over 5000 PPP supporters turned up at Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, on Saturday, where they were greeted and addressed by the presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali.last_img read more

Closed meetings and council transparency discussed at All Candidates Forum

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first_img– Advertisement -Incumbent Councillor Dan Davies defended the council’s use of the in-camera (closed) meetings, saying that certain matters are required by law to be settled behind closed doors.[asset|aid=559|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081105T0253.mp3] Don Irwin, who is also seeking reelection, says open houses and council meetings have been key in council’s success, but face-to-face contact with residents is important as well.[asset|aid=560|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081105T0256.mp3] Newcomer council candidate Josh Wilson praised the openness and transparency shown by all the other candidates, but suggested that the current mayor and council could be more aggressive in their advertising of open houses and public meetings.[asset|aid=561|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20081105T0258.mp3]Last night’s forum marked the second this week for the candidates, who also participated in a forum Monday afternoon at the Seniors’ Hall. Advertisement The openness of Fort St. John’s mayor and council became the subject of debate at last night’s All Candidates’ Forum at the Northern Grand Hotel. After an audience member praised the transparency of the current mayor and council, mayoral candidate Bruce Lantz questioned the purpose of the council’s closed meetings, in which proceedings are kept from the public.last_img read more

Schools chief: Low expectations hurt

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first_img“We know that all groups of children can learn and all groups can achieve at high levels,” he told an audience of about 200 school district administrators, lobbyists and Department of Education officials. “So now we need to consider whether, institutionally, low expectations or other factors are holding specific groups of children back.” The superintendent, who was elected to a second term in June, said he “refuses to accept the assumption” that students from poor neighborhoods, those with learning disabilities or those with parents who don’t speak English can’t meet the same academic targets as others. Blacks, Hispanics and students learning English in California typically lag their white and Asian counterparts by as much as 30 percentage points on standardized math and English tests. The biggest obstacle for poor and minority students is a lack of quality teachers, said John Affeldt, managing attorney for Public Advocates, a nonprofit San Francisco law firm that has sued the state over several education equality issues. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said she appreciated the blunt discussion of race and class in schools but noted that the overall tone of O’Connell’s annual address was celebratory. She said such optimism is not warranted for many of the school districts in her area. SACRAMENTO – Raising questions about racial bias in California’s public schools, state schools superintendent Jack O’Connell on Tuesday said low expectations for black and Hispanic students contribute to their persistent achievement gap with whites and Asians. O’Connell said teachers and administrators need “a renewed sense of urgency” to close that gap and must evaluate whether they hold all students to the same standards. “Let’s approach the job as if our own child were attending a low-performing school,” O’Connell said in his annual state of education address. “We wouldn’t be patient with our own children lagging behind. We must not be patient when any child does.” It was unusually frank language for the typically congenial state superintendent of public instruction. 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

Convict arrested again in tagging

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first_imgCarrillo, who was arrested May 2 in the latest case, was arraigned Friday on one felony count of vandalism. He’ll be back for a hearing May 16 at East Los Angeles Superior Court. He’s being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. It’s the second time he landed in trouble in connection with tagging in Montebello. He was convicted last year of one felony count of vandalism. He served time in county jail, received five years probation and was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution, Navarro said. He said Carrillo got out of jail in January. Then on April 25, the detective said he noticed Whittier Boulevard got tagged by someone with the same moniker Carrillo used last year. “Same tag. Same type of writing,” Navarro said. Navarro and a probation officer went looking for Carrillo and found out he was staying with a friend in Montebello. They caught up with him in Monterey Park last week when he visited a family member. There was a short foot chase. He said the probation officer took him in for allegedly violating probation. Getting rid of graffiti is a focus of city officials and police here. Capt. Ralph Newcomb said the city spends about $600,000 a year in cleanup costs, staff time and enforcement. From Jan. 1 to April 10, the police department’s Special Investigations Gang Task Force arrested 50 minors and seven adults for misdemeanor vandalism and seven juveniles and six adults for felony vandalism. They have filed 57 misdemeanor and 13 felony vandalism cases with the District Attorney’s Office. Taggers who are convicted also get hit in the pocketbook. The courts, so far, have awarded Montebello about $40,000 in restitution from graffiti cases filed last year. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A man convicted of vandalizing parts of the city last fall is in trouble again, accused of tagging. Former Rosemead resident Jeremia Carrillo used the same tagging moniker which helped tie the latest vandalism to him, according to Montebello Detective Ismael Navarro. He declined to say what the moniker was. The detective said Carrillo, 22, admitted to the latest incident, citing personal problems. He told police he got evicted and that his grandmother had died. “He took it out on the walls,” Navarro said. last_img read more

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rules out move for Chelsea legend

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first_img1 John Terry Arsene Wenger believes John Terry remains a great player but has ruled out making a shock move for the Chelsea captain.The 36-year-old revealed on Sunday that he expects to leave the Blues in the summer having been told he will not be offered a new contract at the club.Terry has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of 14 and has won no fewer than 16 major honours with Chelsea. The west London club issued their own statement on Sunday night in which they said a contract extension could yet be offered.Wenger spoke warmly about the former England captain but said he would not follow up the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea by going after Terry.The Chelsea skipper has also said that he would not consider joining another English club, with the United States or China more likely destinations.Asked if he had any interest in signing Terry, Wenger said: “No, because he is at the end of his career and he has spent his career at Chelsea. If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea.“Loyalty works two ways. I always consider that I’m paid for my commitment to the club and I’m well paid so once it is over the club owes me nothing and I have to get on with my life and find another way.“I do not expect a reward because it is part of my contract.”Wenger believes the player has shown more than enough in his time with Chelsea to suggest he has a bright future on and off the field.“He was not only a great player, he certainly still is, but he was also a great coach on the pitch,” he added.“I saw him here once at London Colney playing with the under-21s and the way he coached the team as a player was absolutely marvellous.“He was a real leader and he had a great career as well, let’s not forget that. That’s never a coincidence. The guys who last such a long time have something special.“He was the symbol of cohesion inside Chelsea’s club because him, (Frank) Lampard, (Didier) Drogba and Cech were the players who carried the club’s values for long periods. When you lose players like that you’re always in danger.“I see a coaching career in his future, certainly. He will remain in football, I’m sure.”last_img read more

Durham diary: More Irish drama, Neville’s on his bike and England beware Iceland

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first_imgIMO had recovered from his all-night bender at the Cuban bar amidst the sea of bodies by 10am so we strolled down to the café by the England hotel for brunch. All the photographers are still camped there all day. They were rewarded when Roy Hodgson came out of the hotel smiling, and Gary Neville went for a ride on his bike – but this time he was wearing a helmet. I joined in and took this picture of someone from the FA party riding a bike. How exciting. talkSPORT’s Drivetime and live football presenter Adrian Durham is reporting on the European Championship and every day he takes you behind the scenes in France. Today, he reflects on a great day following Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland’s dramatic late win over Italy and reveals his producer is having a mid-life crisis…I’ll start the diary today by saying that I don’t think I conveyed properly in yesterday’s piece just how much I enjoyed everything about the Northern Ireland game against Germany. Getting on a train in St Etienne, making my way across Paris, a new stadium I hadn’t been to before, the minnows against the world champions, meeting Keith Gillespie, working with him and Colin Murray, the keeper’s performance, the significance of it all for Northern Ireland. There is no Gareth Bale with this lot, their keeper is out of contract with a Scottish Premiership side. I thoroughly enjoyed it all, and L’Equipe’s marks for the Norn Iron players were decent too – maybe a bit low for McGovern in goal! Adrian Durham is bringing us the latest from France at Euro 2016 5 5 5 Did the show around the Group F games from a bar in Chantilly. Iceland’s late winner wasn’t the last of the drama in the dying moments yesterday, but it did mean England meet them instead of Portugal on Monday in Nice. A whole load of English football writers were also in the bar and they were ecstatic when I said Iceland had scored. It’s sometimes said that the English press want the national team to fail, but this is absolutely not true in my experience, and the reaction to drawing Iceland instead of Portugal proves that. On the other hand I have no idea how any England fans can feel over confident about facing Iceland, or any other nation for that matter. England just don’t do tournaments. We could only draw with the worst team in the whole competition in the opening game.Let’s see how it goes before celebrating avoiding Portugal in the round of 16.IMO and I went out to the Cuban bar (he can’t stay away, it’s a full on mid-life crisis now) to watch the Ireland game, which was great because Robbie Brady played well and Ireland went through, but it distorted the group a little bit. There is no way Italy would have played that line-up if they’d met Ireland in the first game, but by the time the final group fixture happened Italy had won the group, knew they faced Spain and so they fielded the rest of the squad. I guess that’s just the way it panned out.There is no doubt though that this third place qualification thing at these Euros has provided some great late drama.We ordered tapas off the menu in the bar for dinner. And it turned out to be a load of deep fried rubbish, including fish cakes – like the frozen ones. Unimpressive. Late night in the hotel bar watching the French TV round up of the Euros was interesting. They seem to be really loving Gareth Bale – so much so they’ve decided he is the true Prince of Wales! Bit unfair on Aaron Ramsey, who’s been the best player for the Welsh so far. 5 5 It’s meant to be my day off but I’m interviewing Wayne Rooney here in Chantilly tomorrow…last_img read more

WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE DONEGAL FACE LAOIS

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first_imgDonegal face Laois tomorrow in a bid to get our All-Ireland dream back on track.We have a family pass of two adults and two childrens’ tickets to give away free for tomorrow’s game in Carrick-on-Shannon.Simply answer this question and email your answer to info@donegaldaily.com and we will pick a winner by 6pm this evening. The question is which Donegal player from Kilcar was injured in the Ulster Final against Monaghan last weekend?Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number with your email. WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE DONEGAL FACE LAOIS was last modified: July 26th, 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:all-irelanddonegalfree ticketsLaoislast_img read more

MEP HARKIN ANGRY AS GOVERNMENT REFUSES DISPOSAL PAYMENT FOR HORSES

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first_imgThe decision by the Minster for Agriculture not to introduce a payment to horse owners for the disposal of surplus animals not permitted into the food chain has been strongly criticised by Independent MEP Marian Harkin.Speaking as she officially opened the Ballinasloe Horse Fair today Sunday, September 29th she said that the decision not to introduce an incentive scheme for the disposal of surplus horses raised serious questions about the Department of Agriculture’s commitment to animal welfare and to Ireland’s image abroad which had been severely damaged internationally by stories based on the ill treatment of horses last winter. She said: “The brand image of Ireland Inc was severely damaged last year by stories which went around the world concerning the treatment of surplus and starving horses. This should have served as a warning to the government that the surplus horse problem needed to be effectively tackled. “However the working group set up by the Department of Agriculture, according to reports, has washed its hands of the problem and instead of implementing a payment to assist in the disposal of surplus animals they have apparently decided to do nothing.“This is sheer dereliction of responsibility by the Minister for Agriculture Mr. Coveney who makes many speeches and allocates €millions to propagate a good image for Ireland’s agricultural output.“If there is no an immediate and effective move by the Department of Agriculture to facilitate the disposal of surplus horses it could again create a situation which will be hugely damaging to our country’s image and to those horsemen and women all over Ireland who have nothing but the best interests of their animals at heart.“On a brighter note what is most heartening in Ireland today is how the voluntary sector fills so many of the gaps left by the failure, or incapacity, of government to serve the needs of citizens. The voluntary effort of volunteers in Ballinalsoe is exemplified in their involvement in the organising and administration of Ireland’s greatest horse fair. “This fair in the early 1800s was described by no less an oracle than the ‘great thunderer’ the London Times as the largest in Europe and the ‘greatest in the British Empire’. Whatever about no longer being a standout in the Empire, Ballinasloe is still a force to be reckoned with. Whether it is in organising this great fair and many other voluntary initiatives or highlighting wrong headed actions by the HSE the people of Ballinasloe are prepared to put in the necessary major voluntary effort.“Volunteering whether it is carers, meals on wheels, the IFA, the Tidy Towns or taking to the streets to make a point, volunteers are at the core of every community. It is volunteers such as you who make this great fair possible, who help to make life bearable in these very difficult times in communities across the country.“It would be no harm if our national politicians recognised the enormous economic value represented by volunteering and I say with no exaggeration that this country would grind to a halt both economically and socially if volunteers were not there to plug so many gaps”, Marian Harkin added. MEP HARKIN ANGRY AS GOVERNMENT REFUSES DISPOSAL PAYMENT FOR HORSES was last modified: September 29th, 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:horse disposalmarian harkinMEPlast_img read more

PRAMERICA NAMED ONE OF BEST PLACES TO WORK IN IRELAND

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first_imgSome of the Pramerica Team!DONEGAL-based Pramerica Systems Ireland has been named among Ireland’s Best Workplaces by Great Place to Work® Ireland.Pramerica, with 1,100 employees in Letterkenny, earned the Number 14 spot in the category ‘Best Large Workplaces.’“So much of being a “Great Place to Work” comes down to an organisation’s people. It’s the talent and commitment of our team that strengthens our work environment and defines our success as a company,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer in Letterkenny. “I’m proud of this recognition. Our culture of mutual respect and teamwork means that we celebrate our professional and personal accomplishments together, and this award is shared by everyone in our organisation.”The Great Place to Work® study identifies and recognises the finest employers – and therefore the most satisfied workforces – in Ireland and throughout the European Union.Employees in each participating organisation complete a confidential questionnaire, rating their employers on almost 60 elements covering credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workplace.Surveys are returned to the Great Place to Work® Institute by each individual employee to ensure confidentiality and honesty. More than 90,000 employees in over 100 Irish companies participated in the survey. John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland said: “These companies have proven the clear link between high trust and high performance. They are ahead of the rest because they don’t deliver mere platitudes about the importance of their employees to their business; rather, they create a rich culture supported by people practices that ensure higher levels of collaboration, greater input into strategy development and vision shaping, and distributed decision making throughout their population – making sure that the people with the most relevant knowledge are tasked with making those decisions.”Pramerica Systems Ireland provides essential computer-technology and client-contact services to PFI businesses around the world. Its Information Technology Group develops software and other systems solutions for PFI business groups and its Operations Group functions as a back-office contact centre for PFI business group.The Essential Guide to Corporate Ireland has named Pramerica Systems Ireland the largest software operation in Ireland outside Dublin and Cork and one of the largest in Ireland. PRAMERICA NAMED ONE OF BEST PLACES TO WORK IN IRELAND was last modified: March 17th, 2014 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:IrelandletterkennyPlaces to Workpramericalast_img read more