Tubman Uni. Searches for New President

first_imgFollowing the recent appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Education Minister-designate, a search has commenced for a person that will replace her as president of the Tubman University (TU) in Maryland County, Southeastern Liberia.It is expected of the person to replace Dr. Russell to have at least minimum academic qualifications of a terminal degree from an accredited university with five years of progressively responsible-leadership knowledge as an administrator at an institution of higher education.This includes, but not limited to experience as a president or vice president of higher institution of learning.Henceforth, a statement from the TU Presidential Search Committee has warned that qualified individuals will have also worked directly with the Chief Executive Officer on university priorities or initiatives.That person, the statement continues, must equally have a demonstrated record of obtaining resources for the institution that must have verified sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of university students and employees.TU’s BackgroundThe William V.S Tubman University otherwise known as TU is located in Southeastern Liberia, specifically in Harper City, Maryland County. It was created by an Act of the National Legislature, which was signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on September 14, 2009.TU opened its doors on the same day with an enrollment of 287 ‘eager’ students yearning to take advantage of the opportunity to advance themselves. This is the only institution offering a full four-year degree program within Southeastern Liberia. The university currently has an enrollment of 807 regular students, and 289 in its Access to College Program, with 84 percent of its student population from southeast Liberia.Under the outgoing leadership of its president, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, TU quickly crafted its identity, and manner of operating, thereby defining its mission and vision statements, core values, and principles of operations.With its motto: “Transforming for Worthy Service,” TU’s mission is to provide quality educational experiences that transform the lives of individuals for worthy for which the university aspires to do so with quality excellence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgLast month, we published Nathan Gbelee’s definition of peace as “the ability to live without fear of yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others.” This week’s article will focus on his analysis of the Amman Declaration on young people’s participation in peace building and security programs.Amman Declaration – A Review by Nathan N. GbeleeThe most important part of this Declaration is found in Section 1 of the Guiding Principles on young people, which talks about youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security.Promoting the participation of young people in peace and security issues remains an important condition for successful peace building efforts. This is because young people are energetic, passionate and could be highly engaged in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace. Consequently, the need for the meaningful involvement and active participation of youth is a matter of must and a necessity for the growth and development of Liberia. It is my strong opinion that government buying in through youth engagement should be encouraged. The establishment of Bills and the passing of resolutions on youth, peace and security are appropriate options to recognize the role of young people and institutionalizing their participation at all levels.Based on these necessities, we call on governments and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on youth, peace and security. The Amman Declaration presents a crystal clear and common vision and roadmap towards a policy framework to support young people in transforming conflicts, preventing and countering violence and building sustainable peace. The Amman Declaration should be a working tool and a guide to include youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security, prevention of youth from violence, getting youth involved in building peace, improve gender equality and lastly, for young people’s socioeconomic empowerment. In terms of differences that will be made by this Declaration, it is my contention that young people will vehemently and vigorously say without a doubt that this Declaration will reinforce the many efforts of young people, civil society organizations, local authorities and national governments exerted towards youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security. The Amman Declaration will also ensure the socioeconomic empowerment of young people through their involvement in the prevention of violence and contribution to peace building. It would promote stability, inclusiveness and sustainable peace in the country.To build a broad-based peace and security program, we need to invest in young people and tap into their creativity, energy and strengths. As young people, we have a responsibility to protect the next generation. According to Albert Einstein, “It is impossible to solve significant problems using the same level of knowledge that created them.”To deal with 21st Century crises, we need young people to evolve, and the Amman Declaration has provided us with the right platform to do so.Until next week, when we come back to you with another review of the Amman Declaration from the perspective of a young peace messenger, peace first! And may peace prevail in our time. Youth, Peace and Security!The Amman Declaration was signed by youths from around the world on August 22, 2015, in Amman, Jordan, with the promise to live in a peaceful global societyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local man pleads for return of stolen silver coin

first_imgGrenon and RCMP are asking anyone who comes across the coin to turn it in to the Fort St. John Visitor Centre — no questions asked — where it will then be returned to Grenon“I’m not interested in having anyone arrested or charged. I just want to have the coin that reminds me of my son,” he said.The coin is silver with the word ‘love’ on one side, and on the other a heart with a Celtic knot.Anyone with information can also call police at 250-787-8100. To the unsuspecting, it looks like just a silver trinket, but for Sam Grenon, it was the one thing he had connecting him to his stillborn son.Grenon is pleading for the public’s help in finding and returning a small, silver Celtic love coin after a thief stole his wallet from his truck earlier this week.The coin was one of three that were given to Grenon and his girlfriend in April after their son, Kaiden, was stillborn. Grenon and his girlfriend took a coin each, and buried the third along with Kaiden.- Advertisement -“It’s a way of connecting all of us,” said Grenon, 22.“It’s the only thing that’s sentimental to me. It helps me feel closer to him.”Grenon said the coin, tucked in the clear visor of his wallet, was stolen July 6 when a thief broke into his unlocked truck while he was sleeping at his home on 94 Avenue.Advertisement Because the thief didn’t have to physically break in, Grenon did what he usual does every morning — got dressed for work, packed a lunch, and headed to Tim Hortons for a coffee.When he pulled up to order and pay, Grenon noticed his wallet was gone.At first, Grenon thought he had left his wallet at camp, but as he was driving to investigate, noticed a laptop from the back of his truck had also been stolen.He’s cancelled his credit cards, and would like to get his laptop back as well, but Grenon cares most about the coin.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer truth! Liverpool fans would LOVE Diego Costa to play in red

first_img Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Liverpool 1 Diego Costa has become a pantomime villain for Liverpool fans.His battles with Martin Skrtel for club and country, a winning goal for Chelsea at Anfield earlier in the campaign and now a chest-to-chest confrontation with Jordan Henderson, for some reason, haven’t endeared him to the Kop.It didn’t help that the Spain striker turned down a switch to Anfield back in 2013 – and Liverpool supporters now even have a song for him, which you can see here.But at talkSPORT we remember a different time.So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at when Liverpool fans LOVED and wanted to sign the man they now hate…last_img read more

Retail, office center on tap

first_imgPALMDALE – A retail and office center with a Chili’s restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop is being proposed for 5.1 acres at Avenue S and 47th Street East. The Planning Commission last week approved a conditional use permit for Astani Development to develop a shopping center containing 63,464 square feet of building space just north of Avenue S and west of 47th Street East. “It’s going to be quite an attractive project,” said John Mayfield, chairman of the Planning Commission. “It’s going to be a welcomed addition to that area.” The planned Chili’s restaurant would cover 6,169 square feet. The Planning Commission approved allowing the restaurant to have alcohol sales. The Starbucks, which would be Palmdale’s fourth and the first on the city’s far eastside, would cover 1,800 square feet. Like the other three local Starbucks, it would have drive-through service. Other buildings that would be part of the complex include a 9,785-square-foot single-story, multiple-tenant retail building, and three two-story retail buildings that would total 24,210 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor and 21,500 square feet of medical and professional office space on the upper floors. None of the other tenants were identified. The project design proposes a Mediterranean architecture with tile roofs, exterior stucco and wainscot veneers, tower elements, cornice treatments and awnings. Proposed building colors are earth-tone colors with accent colors on awnings and other elements, according to a planning staff report. The center will have three access points – two on Avenue S and one on 47th Street East. The easternmost access on Avenue S will be shared with an existing Chevron/McDonald’s and would allow only right-turn movements. The westernmost driveway would allow both left- and right-hand turns. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantlast_img read more

LeapFrog patent suit against Mattel fails

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Toy maker Mattel Inc. on Friday said a federal court in Delaware dismissed a patent lawsuit brought against the company and its Fisher-Price subsidiary by rival LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. The lawsuit was originally filed by LeapFrog in October 2003 and revolved around Fisher-Price’s PowerTouch toy, which is an interactive book that helps children learn reading and other skills. On Thursday, a U.S. District judge found that El Segundo-based Mattel and Fisher-Price did not infringe on the LeapFrog patent. In response to the decision, Neil Friedman, president of Mattel Brands, said in a statement, “As a company that invests significantly in the development of innovative products and intellectual property, we respect the intellectual property rights of others and conduct our business with the utmost integrity.” Tom Kalinske, chief executive of Emeryville, Calif.-based Leapfrog, responded: “Technology-based patent litigation is very complex and challenging. Nonetheless, we will continue to defend our intellectual property rights in the future.”last_img read more

DELIGHTED DONEGAL FAMILY REVEAL HOW THEY WON €500,000 ON €6 LOTTO TICKET

first_imgSweet News shop assistant Brid Coogan celebrates after the shop sold a €500,000 winning Euromillions ticket.The Donegal family who won €500k in last week’s Euromillions draw have come forward – and collected their winnings in Dublin today.They bought their winning €6 QuickPick ticket in Sweet News newsagents’ in KillybegsThe family, who wish to remain anonymous, have played the Euromillions every week for the last 11 years and finally saw their numbers come up, thanks to the Quick Pick ticket.“We won’t have to worry about the next bill,” said the family in a statement issued by National Lottery HQ today. Lotto fever has broken out across the county today as tonight’s Lotto jackpot tops €12 MILLION!And some lottery machines have broken down because of the rush to play the game.Another big winner in Dublin today was a man who picked up prize of €129,700, his Match 5 plus Bonus Lotto prize, from the Lotto draw on Wednesday 23 December 2015.He purchased his ticket in Mulveys House of Gifts, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim on the day of the draw; the ticket was a €12.50 Quick Pick. DELIGHTED DONEGAL FAMILY REVEAL HOW THEY WON €500,000 ON €6 LOTTO TICKET was last modified: January 20th, 2016 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:Killybegslotterywinnerlast_img read more

MAN REPEATEDLY TOLD GARDAÍ TO F**K OFF AFTER ALTERCATION

first_imgA man who repeatedly told Gardaí to ‘F**k off’ following an altercation involving his friends has been fined. Conor Mallon, 20, with an address at Cross, Eglinton, Co. Derry appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday morning in relation to the incident which occurred on October 25th, 2015. The court heard how the defendant became embroiled in the exchange with Gardaí – following an incident with the groups of friends he was with.Gardaí were attempting to resolve a row that had broken out – when Mr Mallon starting to berate the Gardaí.Mr Mallon, who was extremely intoxicated at the time repeatedly told Gardaí to ‘F**k off’ and said, ‘F**k you, F**k you’ when asked to leave the scene.Mr Mallon continued the tirade and Gardaí were left with no option but to arrest him.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher told the court his client apologies profusely for his actions – and deeply regretted the incident.Gallagher said, “He fully accepts that the other parties in the group he was with got involved in a situation – and that he should’ve stayed out of it.“He apologies profusely for his actions and was highly intoxicated at the time and that affected his judgement.“He’s 20 years of age, and is an apprentice foreman in the construction industry.“He has no previous convictions here and has none in Northern Ireland either.Judge James Faughnan ordered the defendant to make a donation of €350 to Pieta House, Letterkenny.MAN REPEATEDLY TOLD GARDAÍ TO F**K OFF AFTER ALTERCATION was last modified: January 19th, 2016 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:AbusiveCONOR MALLONcourtsdonationdrunkGardainewsPatsy GallagherTiradelast_img read more

Letterkenny Gaels bow out of Junior Championship following defeat to Downings

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes:The Junior A football team bowed out of the championship at the weekend when they were defeated by Downings. Attention now turns to the league where the lads have three remaining games.The Junior B lads are in action against Urris in the county semi final which is fixed for 12 noon this Saturday with the venue to be confirmed. See Facebook for details. Letterkenny Gaels thespians have been busy at work over the last number of months preparing for the upcoming comedy ‘It’s The Real Mc Coy’ which will be presented at the Club House in mid October. Given the success of last years show we would advise early purchase of tickets. Please see club Facebook & Webpage for dates and further information.Is é an t-am sin den bhliain arís.Can you sing, act, do recitations, play music or do Irish dancing?Come along and show us what you’ve got on Friday 30th September 7pm in the Clubhouse. Tá muid ag lorg daoine óga a bheas pairteach i Scór na nÓg i Mí na Samhna.Club merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.The outdoor training for the Camogs has concluded for this year. Indoor training will resume for all age groups in the LYIT on Friday 4th November.It was a busy weekend for the Letterkenny Gaels underage football teams.  Despite the poor weather conditions, the under 8s and 10 football teams were both out on Saturday participating in Go Games against neighbouring clubs.The Gaels under 8s travelled to Termon GAA Club to play against two strong squad of young footballers from Termon and Gweedore.  All three clubs fielded a number of teams with a good mix of boys and girls participating.  The travelling Gaels were very grateful of the hospitality received in Termon with tea and coffee served to the parents and treats provided to the players. The under 10s travelled to Newtoncunningham to take part in the 4 team mini tournament. Naomh Colmcille, Doirecolmcille and Moville completed the quartet. All clubs fielded very strong teams that produced some top quality football watched by a large crowd at the Naomh Colmcille GAA Club. The tournament was won by the home side and the plate by Doirecolmcille. A very sporting gesture was made by Letterkenny Gaels with four of their players, Michael Sweeney, Jack Keys, Andrew Nicholls and Sean McCarron fielding for Doirecolmcille in the plate final against the Gaels.The outdoor underage football training has concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training.Outdoor hurling training for all teams has finished for the season.The indoor underage hurling will resume in late October. Please keep an eye on the club Facebook for exact details in the coming weeks.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2750. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.Sympathy is extended to Thomas Mc Ginty and family on their recent bereavement.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels bow out of Junior Championship following defeat to Downings was last modified: September 27th, 2016 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:DowningsGAAJunior ChampionshipLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more