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Pres. Sirleaf Makes New Appointments

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made a number of appointments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liberia Telecommunications Authority, the Board of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Lofa Community College, and the Bong Community College, pending confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable:Ministry of Foreign AffairsDr. Wede Brownell – Inspector General of the Foreign ServiceLiberia Telecommunications AuthorityMrs. Maria G. Harrison – CommissionerLiberia Electricity Corporation BoardMr. Nathaniel Kevin – MemberLofa County Community CollegeDr. Frederick S. Gbegbe – ChairmanDr. T. Edward Liberty – Vice ChairmanDr. James N. Kollie – PresidentAttorney Lavela B. Krotimai – MemberAttorney Alhaji G. V. Kromah – MemberMr. Mulbah Jackollie – MemberAmbassador Thomas Brima – MemberMr. Saah Charles N’tow – MemberHon. Sumo G. Kupee – MemberHon. Mariau Fofana – MemberMr.George S. Dunor – MemberHon. Etmonia Tarpeh – Ex-OfficioDr. Michael Slawon – MemberChief Forkpah Boakai – MemberMr. Albert Collee – MemberBong Community CollegeDr. John S. Flomo, Jr. – PresidentShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cuttington Graduates Urged to Pursue Virtue for Productive Future

first_imgJoyful CU grads, Class of 2017 (Photo: NuEra, Inc.)President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has admonished graduates of the Episcopal Church-run Cuttington University located in Suakoko District, Bong County to pursue virtue for a productive future for Liberia.Speaking Saturday, August 5, at the commencement convocation of the Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies (the Master’s program), President Sirleaf challenged the graduates to cultivate a culture of patriotism and nationalism, to declare their independence from greed and corruption and put their country among the comity of nations through excellence in education. She reminded the graduates that the development of Liberia rests on the quality of education the country offers and how it is applied in their communities and families. “I want to encourage you to consider yourselves as the light so that you will shine for your families, communities, and country to benefit because I believe that some of you will steer the affairs of this nation,” President Sirleaf said.She added, “We agree that there are defying situations in our education system but we hope to overcome these challenges with a clear identity and sense of purpose. In order to retain and enhance our attraction to students in the increasingly competitive environment, we need to offer a compelling educational proposition.”Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, Keynote speaker at Cuttington’s undergraduate commencement ceremony (Photo: NuEra, Inc.)Addressing students who earned bachelors’ degrees in various professional disciplines on Friday, August 4, at the Cuttington University main campus in Suakoko, Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (United States), Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, informed the graduates that the future of the country is in their hands. Dr. Hines cautioned the graduates to resist greed and corruption, adding, “Corruption and greed are vices that hold the country hostage.”She said although there are many challenges facing the Liberian educational system, students are still determined to learn in the face of the countless difficulties. “In many schools in Liberia teaching aids are not available. For example, if a teacher is teaching cells, he/she will teach in the absence of a microscope, a laboratory, and other teaching aids but the students are eager to learn,” Dr. Hines said. “Liberia has a rich soil with copious water, but the country uses millions of United States dollars to import rice, the staple food. This country can be the bread basket of West Africa and even export foods to Europe but because of greed and corruption, your country is being held backward.” The medical professor admonished the graduates to be one body with many members and work together for the common purpose of lifting Liberia.Olalekan Balogun, CEO, UBA-Liberia, keynote speaker at Cuttington’s junior-college commencement ceremony (Photo: NuEra, Inc.)Meanwhile the managing director and chief executive officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia, Olalekan Balogun, urged the graduates to dream big and cultivate vision for the future. He said with quality education the graduates will be able to cope with challenges they will meet ahead, and admonished them to demonstrate integrity and nationalism. He encouraged them not to be broken down by challenges in the job market, but must see challenges as motivation to thrust forward and disengage from misconceptions and myths that would retard their progress.On Friday and Saturday, the Episcopal Church run Cuttington University (CU) graduated 727 students in the various professional disciplines. The undergraduate school, which is run on the school’s main campus in Suakoko, graduated 363 students from different disciplines on Friday, August 4. The Cuttington Junior College, which operates in Kakata, Margibi County also put out 46 students with associate degrees in various fields of study. On Saturday, August 5, the Monrovia-run Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies graduated 318 with Master’s degrees in different fields.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Housing Minister reassigned in “public’s interest” – President

first_imgPresident David GrangerMinisterValerie Patterson-YearwoodPresident David Granger on Thursday said Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood was stripped of her responsibility of the housing sector as a result of the revelation that her husband received contracts from the Government to build houses.Addressing the issue on Thursday, the Head of State pointed out that her relocation to another Ministry was done in the public’s interest.“There were certain allegations and I felt that it will be in the public’s interest for her to go to another Ministry. She has not been convicted of any crime and I feel that her services could be used in supporting the Minister of Agriculture with responsibility for rural affairs,” he noted.According to the Head of State, he met with the Junior Minister and he was satisfied with her clarifications of the allegations of ‘conflict of interest’ against her.“At this point, I am satisfied that she has not committed any criminal offence, that she is a fit and proper person to continue to serve in the Department of Rural Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture,” the President told reporters on the sidelines of a swearing in ceremony for the newly appointed Ministers on Thursday.The former Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry came under scrutiny last month after it was revealed that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was awarded a contract to build homes for a project spearheaded by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), an agency which fell under her then Ministry.As such, the President in reshuffling his Cabinet as a result of the recent resignation of four senior Ministers reassigned Minister Patterson-Yearwood to the Agriculture Ministry as Minister with responsibility for Rural Affairs.Last week, Minister Patterson-Yearwood said she does not view her reassignment as a demotion but a promotion instead. In fact, she made it a point to note that there was no changes to her remunerations.“What is a demotion? My salary is not affected, my allowances (or) anything are not affected. Nothing is affected so why would it be a demotion? I see it as a promotion because I’m going into new and exciting areas,” Minister Patterson-Yearwood told reporters on Friday last.However even as the Minister denied that her reassignment had nothing to do with the issue involving her husband, local transparency watchdog, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) had said in a statement last week that it supports calls for the multimillion-dollar contract to be reviewed.This issue came to the limelight earlier this month when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that the Minister’s husband had sub-contracted the project to a contractor from Victoria (East Coast Demerara), who claims that he is yet to be paid for the works done more than a year ago.According to TIGI, this situation is particularly pernicious since it comes at a time when Guyanese workers are struggling for fair treatment.“We are learning that a local company – even one connected to a Minister of Government – is failing to pay its workers… This is another issue that causes us to wonder whether the persons who end up as our leaders appreciate the vast responsibility placed upon them to ensure the interests of our society as a whole are properly safe-guarded,” the missive added.Jagdeo had disclosed at a press conference earlier this month that the construction worker went to him after he had exhausted efforts to collect his payments from the Minister’s husband. According to the Opposition Leader, the man had written President Granger four times over the past year for the Head of State’s intervention but only got acknowledgement responses so far.Chief Executive Officer of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul, had revealed that he was aware of this issue of non-payment. “A complaint was lodged at the Ministry, I think it was sometime last year, and we would have called in both parties and we advised them to settle the issue,” Saul told reporters earlier this month.Furthermore, the CH&PA Head had also noted that the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband for works under a Ministry she was heading, was a clear conflict of interest even if the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process.“If the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest,” he posited.To this end, the CH&PA head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation. “The award of contract is above my level. But I think the (CH&PA) Board should review that (awarding process) based on recommendations coming from the agency,” Saul asserted.It was noted that while the contract was a one-off award, the project is still ongoing.last_img read more

Orozco guilty of deputy’s murder

first_imgThe jury deliberated less than two hours on Monday, and for about three hours Tuesday before reaching its verdict. Among the dozens of people called to the stand during the trial were five witnesses to the shooting in Hawaiian Gardens, including the two girls, who are now 8 and 10. They all testified that Orozco was hiding behind the open front door of an apartment in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street on June 24, 2005, when the deputy was shot. The girls, who are sisters, both described the gun in detail. Jurors also heard from three other witnesses who said they saw Orozco running from the scene of the crime with the .38-caliber revolver, which ballistic tests proved to be the murder weapon. Gunshot residue was found on the defendant’s hands and clothing, and his DNA was found on five different spots on the murder weapon, said Deputy District Attorney Lowell Anger. NORWALK – A jury found Jose Luis Orozco guilty on all counts Tuesday in the murder of Jerry Ortiz, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who lived in Diamond Bar. In its second day of deliberation, the jury of five women and seven men found Orozco guilty of one count of murder in the 2005 slaying of the gang investigator, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait, murder to avoid arrest, and carrying out the crime to benefit his gang. Orozco was also found guilty of one count of attempted murder, stemming from the shooting that occurred four days before the deputy was killed, and two counts of being a felon in possession of a gun. The special circumstance convictions make Orozco eligible for the death penalty. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin next Tuesday. Perhaps most damning was Orozco’s videotaped conversation with a fellow gang member and gang associate while in jail at the Bellflower courthouse, just a few days after the slaying. The tape showed Orozco and his friends talking about the shooting and his efforts to destroy evidence. He told them he urinated on his hands – which he believed would remove all gunshot residue – and he had tossed out the bullet casing from the single deadly shot, replacing it in the gun’s cylinder with a live round. The spent shell was found outside a home a few doors down from the crime scene, where Orozco was found hiding in a bathtub several hours after the shooting. Tests showed it matched the slug taken from Ortiz’s skull during the autopsy. The defense presented no closing arguments. 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

Look away now! Man United and Liverpool target’s moment to forget at Copa America

first_img Roberto Firmino 1 With the goal at his mercy after a mix up by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino somehow managed to put his effort miles over the crossbar.Hang your head in shame, Roberto. What a shocker.Colombia won 1-0 and it’s a game the 23-year-old will want to forget.You can watch the miss in full below….last_img

Harry Redknapp hails Reece Oxford’s stunning West Ham debut against Arsenal

first_imgHarry Redknapp has hailed Reece Oxford’s debut display for West Ham.The 16-year-old was a shock starter in central midfield for the Premier League opener at Arsenal and repaid boss Slaven Bilic’s faith in him by putting in an impressive performance to help the Hammers claim a deserved 2-0 victory.“He looked like he played there all his life,” said former West Ham boss Redknapp, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He strolled around and never gave the ball away. He’s a very confident kid.“It was a bold move to pick him and it proved a great move.”And Redknapp praised Bilic for masterminding an impressive victory over the Gunners.“It was completely out of the blue, what a fantastic result,” said Redknapp, who managed the Croatian when he was in charge at Upton Park.“I text Slaven before and again after the game to say just what a performance it was.“Slaven couldn’t have had a better start really, to go to Arsenal and win like that was just fantastic for him.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE DONEGAL GAA community at home and abroad is mourning the death earlier today of Jimmy McGonagle, a stalwart of the Donegal community in New York.Just a few days ago Jimmy celebrated as Jim McGuinness and his Donegal All Stars brought Sam Maguire to the Big Apple.It came 20 years after Jimmy’s nephew – Anthony Molloy – had lifted Sam for the first time in Donegal’s history. Earlier this year his tireless work for people from this county both inside the GAA and within community organisations was recognised when he was named the 2012 Donegal Person of the Year.The retired publican, from Glencolmcille, was a popular local figure.At the annual New York GAA banquet in August Jimmy featured on Donegal Daily, organising the event and working as hard as normal for the club and his community.“Jimmy was everyone’s friend,” said Rosina Gallagher, President of the Donegal Association of New York. “He was a staunch supporter and valued member of the New York Donegal GAA Football Club, he was also a member and current Director of the New York Donegal Association. and Jimmy was the Association Donegal Person of the Year 2012.”She added: “Please keep Jimmy and the McGonagle and Molloy families in your hearts.”Details of his funeral arrangements will be announced later.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam NEW YORK AND DONEGAL MOURNS DEATH OF JIMMY McGONAGLE was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ArdaraGlencolmcilleNEW YORK AND DONEGAL MOURNS DEATH OF JIMMY McGONAGLElast_img read more

Sanchez among six Man United stars absent from training, Chong gets call-up

first_img Tahith Chong has impressed at youth level for Manchester United The absence of Sanchez comes amid reports he is unhappy playing under Jose Mourinho and eyeing a move away from the club, just nine months after his high-profile move from Arsenal.He has yet to live up to expectations since his arrival at the club and has started only two of United’s last seven matches.Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Scott McTominay were also also missing ahead of United’s clash with the Italian champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.Fellaini and Lingard are both suffering with groin problems, Dalot has a minor knock, while McTominay and Jones’ issues are unclear.With a number of injuries to his squad, Mourinho called highly-rated Dutch starlet Tahith Chong up to first-team training on Monday. Alexis Sanchez only made a cameo appearance against Chelsea 2 The former Feyenoord winger was the recipient of the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2017/18 and starred in the Under-23s’ win over Sunderland on Friday night.Thomas Sang and Zak Dearnley also trained with the senior team, and could be in line to feature against Juve. Alexis Sanchez is a doubt to face Juventus after missing Manchester United training on Monday.The Chilean forward, a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Saturday, was among six first-team stars absent from the session at Carrington. 2last_img read more


first_imgsuzy arthur (NewsPixIreland)THERE is heartache and anger in Co Donegal today following the death of a pensioner battered by burglars three months ago.Suzy Arthur was 89.She passed away in hospital last night. Suzy and her sister Isa were attacked on July 1 at their home.Isa, who is 91, is distraught at the death of her sister. Suzy was taken to hospital and never got out again.At the time Isa told how the lowlife gang called to the property offering to paint it and hours later smashed their way into the house she shared with her sister Suzy.The raiders threw Suzy to the ground and broke her hip, before ransacking the proprety at Feddyglass, Raphoe – on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road. Isa told Donegal Daily at the time: “I was out in the garden and when I came in they shoved me into the living room. I saw Suzy on the ground and she couldn’t get up.“I tried to shout that I was getting a gun but they were too strong for me. I just wished I had more strength to fight back.“They searched the house looking for stuff and ransacked Suzy’s bedroom but we don’t have anything.”Suzi suffered a serious hip injury from which she never recovered.Her nephew Joe McKean said today that as far as he was concerned the burglars had killed his much-loved aunt. “It was they (the burglars) who put her in hospital and it was those injuries which killed her,” he said.The raid in July was the SIXTH such incident at the elderly sisters’ home at Tullyrap near Raphoe.A full Garda investigation was carried out into the raid but nobody has yet been arrested in relation to the incident.Gardai were given a description of the men and the car they were driving at the time. Isa Arthur: Distraught at death of her beloved sister (Pic NewsPixIreland)HEARTACHE AS PENSIONER BEATEN BY BURGLARS DIES IN HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 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:burglary victimsdeathISA ARTHURSuzi Arthurlast_img read more

Would it be wise to bomb Al-Jazeera?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It may be the first time anyone has taken British tabloid stories so seriously since the time of Princess Diana. The Daily Mirror reported on Nov. 22 that a secret Downing Street memo revealed that President George W. Bush had wanted to bomb Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera, but that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had talked him out of it. The report was juicy fodder for all hoping to see more dents inflicted in Bush’s Iraq war armor. The British government quickly clamped down on the leak – charging two with playing tabloid informant – and employed the Official Secrets Act to threaten media outlets against publishing the memo. Operating under the premise that, if the government keeps the private meeting memo under wraps, the allegations must be true, Al-Jazeera went on the offensive. Staffers at the news channel subsequently demonstrated against the “invasion,” carrying signs that read “Don’t bomb the messenger” and the like. Strikes on Kabul and Baghdad Al-Jazeera offices in 2001 and 2003, respectively, were ruled military errors by the U.S. – but try telling Al-Jazeera that after the Daily Mirror story. The station’s managing director, Wahad Khanfar, asked to meet with Blair. Blair wouldn’t comment directly on the memo, adding, “Honestly, I mean, conspiracy theories. …” Now some Al-Jazeera staffers have launched the “Don’t Bomb Us” blog, using the forum to reap pledges from different outlets to run the memo when the opportunity arises; to spill the tale of woe regarding reporter Taysir Alluni, arrested in Spain on terror charges; and to buck for a certain degree of media martyrdom – one post is signed “One of Aljazeera’s threatened staff.” The Daily Mirror quoted a British government official as suggesting Bush made the statement in jest. That’s logical, because bombing Al-Jazeera – headquartered in friendly Qatar, where we have two military bases – would be a colossally dumb strategic move. Not only would it infuriate an ally, but it would wipe out progress made in advancing democratic ideals throughout the Middle East. Free speech happens to be one of them. Yet there’s little love lost for Al-Jazeera in much of the Western world; many bloggers call the station “Al-Jihad.” There’s scant proof that Al-Jazeera is sheltering Osama bin Laden in its break room. That said, Ayman al-Zawahri and other al-Qaida lackeys count on Al-Jazeera to air their latest productions uncut and commercial-free. You can bet there are those who sympathize with jihad within the news organization. I read Al-Jazeera’s Web site every night, along with the intensely anti-American Pravda, the United Arab Emirates’ Gulf News, Saudi Arabia’s Arab News and, of course, a hearty helping of those juicy British tabloids. Al-Jazeera fancies itself to be the minister of truth that has brought a beacon of light to the Muslim world, yet has angered many of its viewers when the channel has interviewed Israeli diplomats. Yet when Israel or America has committed a perceived indiscretion, count on Al-Jazeera to stage the editorial crucifixion. This crucifixion is subtler than Pravda gleefully screaming how lame and evil the United States is. It can be apparent in the placement of a story, the choice of accompanying images, wording or the sheer amount of attention paid to U.S./Israeli wrongdoings as opposed to other newsworthy events. This agenda-driven sense of news judgment actually doesn’t make Al-Jazeera that different from other media outlets. Al-Jazeera is playing to an audience with strong feelings in support of the Arab and Muslim world – or, as Al-Arabiya’s chief editor, Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, was quoted in The Economist, “Jazeera attracts fanatics.” Al-Arabiya was launched by Saudi Arabia in 2003, is based in Dubai and, according to the February article in The Economist, more Iraqis now watch it than watch Al-Jazeera. “Watching their contrasting takes on November’s offensive by American marines in Fallujah (2004), for example, one might have thought they were covering different events,” the article stated. “While Al-Jazeera focused on civilian deaths and heroic resistance, Al-Arabiya pictured the storming of a terrorist haven. … While senior American officials shun Al-Jazeera, President George Bush has twice granted its rival exclusive interviews.” When it comes to the dissemination of information in the Arab world, there’s something much better than Al-Jazeera disappearing in a puff of smoke: good old-fashioned competition. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at read more