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UL Receives US Academician

first_imgThe president of an American-based university-the Savannah State University (SSU), Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier, is visiting the University of Liberia (UL), a press release from UL Relations said.Dr. Dozier’s visit to the UL is part of her three-day visit to three institutions of higher learning in West Africa.According to the release, while in Liberia Dr. Dozier and her delegation will hold a meeting with UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis and the staff. The nature of the meeting has not been disclosed, however, following its closure, members of the delegation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore possibilities of establishing academic and training programs in the country.Dr. Dennis, while visiting the US sometime ago, met with Dr. Dozier where the two academics reportedly agreed on a number of collaborations between their institutions.During her three day visit to Liberia, Dr. Dozier is expected to meet with the president and faculty of the Camp Johnson Road-based African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU); the U.S Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac; the director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine K. Ngafuan.The SSUThe SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium of Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for Liberia, Cynthia I. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the U.S. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S. based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations can network; exchange information; collaborate on global initiatives and projects; and establish research partnerships, study abroad; experience summer job opportunities, and student and faculty exchange programs.The UCL consists of 20 institutions and organizations including 15 colleges—all based in Atlanta Georgia.Recently, three students of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) government including the president, Patrick Sowah; vice president, Randolph Glee; and student representative, Alhaji V. Kromah returned home from the Savannah State University.While in the U.S., the students, according to the release, visited the campuses of eight other colleges and universities where they held interactive leadership conferences and sought scholarships for their Liberians colleagues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

My response to MotP

first_imgDear Editor,The MotP decided to do a hasty press release, on Sunday 2019-06-02 around 23:00 hours, in response to my letter. This release, in my opinion, is nothing but unadulterated “balderdash.” It actually strengthens my point about the legal advisers to His Excellency.I will now try my best to respond to the MotP press release:With regard to the President sitting as the Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, that is indeed true, according to our Constitution. However, in his role as Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, he is supposed to be acting in the interest of the state, and not for the Government.The army is “LOYAL” or “SUBORDINATE” to the state, and not the “Government.” It is clearly defined in the Oath taken by each and every officer upon commissioning: “I will bear true faith and allegiance to the State of Guyana; that I will support and defend the State against all enemies whomsoever.”I will not bother to reply to the issues dealing with neglect, the Cadet Corps, the Reserve and the former Government. We are, first and foremost, soldiers and NOT politicians; please don’t drag us into your political squabbles. Those issues should be addressed in Parliament. As a matter of fact, were they ever addressed when you were sitting on the other side of the table?As regards training, based on our geography and environment, Exercise Greenheart remains relevant to our training doctrine. However, Exercise Ironweed needs to be revised. Modern wars are fought from the air, and not with troops running around the savannahs. Our army is more involved in military operations other than war, or MOOTW, a term coined by the US Military. I am quite sure that, as Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, you are very aware of this too.Kindly allow me to thank you, on behalf of all the “equestrians”, for the horse-riding lessons. This will help us greatly in our hinterland patrols, as opposed to using ATVs.Horseback patrolling was implemented by Major General Joe Singh, after the Rupununi Uprising in January 1969, to counter cattle smuggling. I am sure that all of Guyana would be happy to know that, after 50 years, we are still using horses to patrol the hinterland while the enemy is using ATVs, SUVs and aircraft.With regard to all the wonderful things you have done for the GDF since 2015 to present, isn’t it your obligation, as the Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence, to do so, sir? You are not doing us a favour by providing for the army; for the GDF to execute its mandate, we need to be properly equipped with the relevant tools and resources.The problem some of the politicians and public officers in this country seem to be suffering from is clearly understanding who they work for, and not who works for them.The MotP press release failed to address the legitimate concerns in my letter. They attempted to play politics and gain cheap political mileage. I wish to ask the intellectual author/authors of the MotP press release a few questions:1. Why did the President change the retirement policy? How many former officers who currently work for this Government retired after 20 years of service with all of their benefits?2. Why is the Executive arm of the Government intruding on the Judicial arm with regard to interdiction of ranks?3. Why is the President changing the promotion criteria as detailed in the Defence Act, Chapter 15:01 of the Laws of Guyana?This is the same document that was referenced by MotP.“The Ministry of the Presidency wishes to make it pellucid that the Head of Government, since Independence, had been Chairman of the Defence Board and Minister of Defence; his duties are detailed in the Defence Act, Chapter 15:01 of the Laws of Guyana.”The new retirement policy will result in a top-heavy force with no room or scope for the younger officers to be elevated to higher rank. All over this country, the youths are stagnated, with no room for elevation. This practice has to stop at some point.To the senior officers of the GDF, stop making wild accusations about the author of the first letter. I am a junior officer seeking answers to the legitimate questions you all failed to address.Allow me to say this in closing, please: We are in 2019; we are evolving slowly but surely as a country and a people. Gone are the days when the military was used to do political work, such as selling “New Nation” papers by Kitty Market. Those days will never be allowed to return. Kindly provide some answers to us regarding the questions.Sincerely,Concerned JuniorOfficerlast_img read more

Box-office smackdown: 6 films to slug it out

first_imgBattling “TMNT” for the family audience will be “Mimzy,” which New Line Cinema has high hopes for as it bows in 3,000 locations. “The crowded marketplace will have an impact on everybody,” admitted New Line’s David Tuckerman. “But we really do have a wonderful movie, the marketing has been terrific and sneak (previews) were really well-attended. We are also starting to pick up strong reviews.” Sony Pictures Entertainment is still basking in the glow of its $100 million-plus grosser “Ghost Rider” and a solid opening for its Sandra Bullock suspense-thriller “Premonition.” The studio will give moviegoers yet another choice with the release of “Reign Over Me,” a drama starring Sandler and Don Cheadle. “It’s certainly crowded with a lot of pictures, no doubt,” said Sony’s distribution head, Rory Bruer. “We’ve had this date for a long time. Our picture, I think, has a different kind of audience than some of these other pictures.” “Reign” is bowing in 1,600 locations instead of the usual 3,000 or more for a Sandler comedy. “We’re not going extremely wide,” Bruer said. “We feel like this is a movie that people are going to love, but it’s something that needs a little bit of special handling and doesn’t need to go into 2,500 theaters right off the bat.” Also opening in about the same number of theaters (1,518) is the Lionsgate sports drama “Pride,” starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. Fox Atomic, a 20th Century Fox film label, is releasing its horror film “The Hills Have Eyes 2” into 2,500 theaters with the hopes of drawing the young male crowd in droves. The first “Hills” had a $15.8 million opening a year ago. “None of these pictures looks like blockbusters, but some of them can succeed,” Gray said of the new releases. “But if a movie isn’t compelling on its own, it probably won’t do well even if the marketplace is on a roll.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a severe case of multiplex madness, six new movies are entering wide release today – twice the number of films that bow on a typical weekend. The major studios are hoping this fresh batch of movies will combine to extend Hollywood’s current box office roll and not cannibalize each other. Looking to dislodge blockbuster “300” from the top spot after two weeks are the horror sequel “The Hills Have Eyes 2”; the Mark Wahlberg action-thriller “Shooter”; the fantasy “The Last Mimzy”; the Adam Sandler drama “Reign Over Me”; the sports flick “Pride”; and the CG-animated “TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).” “You are more likely to find this kind of glut around Christmastime,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “I think it’s a bunch of movies trying to get into the marketplace to capitalize on various spring breaks, when kids are out of school, and the Easter holiday.” After a six-week slump, year-to-date box office began to rebound over the Presidents Day weekend and has surged to $1.777 billion – 5.31 percent higher than a year ago – according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers LLC. The week’s release calendar would have been slightly less crowded had Paramount Pictures not pushed “Shooter” back a week from its original March 16 date to avoid directly facing off with Warner Bros.’ “300,” which is closing in on the $140 million mark domestically after less than two weeks in theaters. “It is too crowded, but within the genres you are looking at, we’re happy to be two weeks behind `300′ with an R-rated movie rather than where we were, which was a week behind,” said Don Harris, Paramount’s executive vice president of distribution. “It’ll be interesting to see how each of these movies fare within their own demographic.” Warner Bros. distribution head Dan Fellman said Thursday that “300” still has “plenty of steam left” as it enters its third weekend, but he is also bullish on his studio’s “TMNT,” which is being released into 3,110 theaters – more than any other movie. “The picture looks sharp and crisp and is well-done,” Fellman said of the latest movie in the “TMNT” franchise. “Our previews have been outstanding and we are looking forward to a nice weekend. The marketplace is always crowded these days and we are focused on a targeted audience of `Turtle’ fans and I think they’ll come out to see the film.” last_img

Guardiola wants to stay at Man City beyond 2021

first_img0Shares0000Eyes on the future: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – Pep Guardiola is interested in staying as Manchester City manager beyond the length of his current contract with the Premier League champions, which is due to expire next summer.The 48-year-old is already on course to make City the longest employer of his managerial career, having spent four years at Barcelona and three in charge of Bayern Munich. But Guardiola has for the first time indicated that he would be prepared to discuss the prospect of staying beyond the summer of 2021 and into a sixth season in charge at the Etihad.“I’m open (to staying) yes, I’m so comfortable working with this club,” said Guardiola.“It depends on results. When you are five years it depends on the results. We will see what happens this season and next season.”This season has not gone according to plan for the City manager as he attempted to match the unprecedented efforts of last year when he swept all three domestic titles with the club.Injuries have played a big role in City, who travel to Newcastle this weekend, falling nine points behind league leaders Liverpool although the manager has long insisted that he will fulfil his current contract.The fact his wife Cristina Serra has returned to live in Barcelona has cast doubts over Guardiola’s long-term plans in some quarters but the City manager insisted he feels like Manchester has become a second home.“A little bit yeah,” he said. “But I also knew how tough this league is and I’m comfortable with the players, they’re incredible people and it is a joy to train with them.“We know how well they react when they don’t win, they win and they don’t play good, want to improve and when you see it it’s a dream come true as a manager and that’s what we have to continue.“Any club, any situation, any country is different, I’m older, already I have have been in three incredible leagues, it’s different.“In that period (with Barcelona) I was younger and now I’m more experienced. Maybe with the experience I have now I would stayed in Barcelona or Bayern Munich.“Still, I have 18 months, that’s a lot of time in football, that’s why the club and myself agree it is not time to talk just play tomorrow do our best, make a good season and after that we see how everything goes.“That is the best way I trust a lot the club and they trust me and that is the most important thing. The results and our passion and what we see and decide.”While Guardiola has yet to actively open contract talks, his words will be encouraging to a City hierarchy who saw their club boosted this week by a £388 million investment from US private equity firm Silver Lake Management, a move that valued the Premier League champions’ parent company at nearly £4 billion.Before opening serious talks with City management, however, Guardiola also needs to satisfy himself that the club’s staff and players remain on the same page.“It is not the same when the manager is five years as two years (into a job),” he added.“It is not about what the club wants or not. For me myself I want to see my players and the reaction of my players and everything.“It is not simple like I want to extend. I want to see the club, I want to see the players, I want to see how still we are working together.“That is the most important thing after five years together. You have to feel like we can do it together and enjoy to work together. When I feel that that is not worse, we will see with the club the best way.”0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Angelides wins primary, prepares to take on Schwarzenegger

first_imgWith the primary election behind them, Gov. Arnold Scwarzenegger and Treasurerer Phil Angelides picked up campaigning today, vowing a vigorous effort through the Nov.l 7 general election. Schwarzennegger, who had only token opposition in the primary, began a tour through Northern California. And after winning a bruising campaign against Controller Steve Westly, Angelides toured the state in a victory lap to thank supporters and lay out the beginning of his campaign against the incumbent. The scene was the same for other candidates, who began to lay out their strategy in dealing with opponents for the Nov. 7 election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Former California Gov. Jerry Brown made his first stop in Burbank after easily defeating Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to be the Democratic candidate for attorney general. He’ll face Republican state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno in the general election. Brown, who did only limited campaigning in the primary, said the biggest problem of the general election will be engaging voters. Figures indicated only about one in four registered Californians turned out to vote on Tuesday. “It’s not surprising,” Brown said. “There were all these negative ads and they gave people no reason to turn out.” Brown is to face state Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, in the general election. While Brown said he hoped the two can avoid a bitter partisan race, Poochigain indicated he plans to run a strong campaign against Brown, includinig the former governor’s opposition ot the death penalty. Most of the attention in the election was on the Democratic race for governor, where Angelides and Westly spent an estimated $80 million, mostly in attack commercials in the final weeks leading up to the election. Angelides, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, was able to bring together a traditional coalition of labor and other groups to back his candidacy to set up the showdown with Schwarzenegger. In other statewide race, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi edged out state Sen. Jackie Spier, D-San Francisco, for lieutenant governor. He will challenge state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, in November. State Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina Del Rey, defeated state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D- Sacramento, for Secretary of State, setting up a race against Republican incumbent Bruce McPherson.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

Patrick involved in altercation following crash

first_img “He’s going to actually say he got beat up by a girl?” Patrick, however, did verbally beat up Lazier at the post-race news conference. “Lazier was a problem all day. He’s been a problem for years,” Patrick said. She then went after Chip Ganassi, the owner of Lazier’s car who criticized Patrick during the television broadcast. “Yeah, OK. I think they’ve crashed every race,” she said. Lazier didn’t show any physical signs of the altercation as he stood outside his team’s hauler, where he met up with his family. “It’s hugely misplaced at this level of racing to have an attitude like that,” Lazier said. “The only thing I can say is she’s thinks she’s Showtime. She’s been on Letterman and all that other stuff. “I guess she thinks she’s bigger than the whole rest of the series.” Much has been expected of Patrick since she led the Indy 500 en route to a fourth-place showing in May, the highest finish by a woman in race history. Her best finish since then was seventh in Nashville in July, but she did set a rookie record for poles with three. “I didn’t deserve to end the season this way,” said Patrick, who will accept the IRL’s Rookie of the Year Award at a banquet tonight in Los Angeles. A.J. Perez can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “My son hits harder than she does,” chided Lazier, whose son Kayden is 4. Lazier, a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, didn’t offer any more details and said he’s going to let IRL officials handle it. “There are two sides to every story,” IRL spokesman John Griffin said. “We will investigate.” The other side denies anything actually took place. “I didn’t do that,” said Patrick, who was ninth at the time of the accident. “No. No. I yelled at him. I definitely yelled at him, but I didn’t punch him. FONTANA — Danica Patrick didn’t hold back words or apparently one of her fists after she got tangled up with Jaques Lazier late in Sunday’s Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. “The first person I saw after the accident was Jaques, and that wasn’t a good thing,” said Patrick, who blamed Lazier for the Turn 2 mishap that knocked both drivers from the race with 15 laps remaining. “I confronted him. I told him how I felt. I was mad at him.” center_img Patrick evidently took it up a notch sometime during the ride to the infield care center in the back of an IRL safety team vehicle. This paper has learned the 23-year-old IRL rookie sensation struck Lazier in the face. The driver of the SUV had to stop briefly to tend to the situation, which reverted to verbal sparring as they circled the track. last_img read more


first_imgThe Blaze U13 girls team.There were mixed fortunes for Blaze Basketball club in the Ulster finals in Belfast today.Blaze Under 13 girls basketball team from Letterkenny were pipped in the final of the Ulster Final today.The girls had no luck and eventually went down to Monaghan Steelers on a scoreline of 39 to 24. The Under 18 Blaze boys had more luck and were crowned Ulster champions after overcoming Belfast Stars/Queens in their final.BASKETBALL – BLAZE GIRLS PIPPED BUT BOYS VICTORIOUS IN ULSTER FINAL was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 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:Blaze Basketball ClubUlster Finalslast_img read more


first_imgCastle Bridge, Buncrana.Some of Donegal’s most notable buildings and landmarks have once again been lit up gold this month as part of the 3rd annual Light It Up Gold campaign by Childhood Cancer Foundation.The Irish campaign is part of a wider international campaign originating in the USA, that has seen buildings across the world ‘Light It Up Gold’ in September to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer and this year’s campaign in Ireland sees the CCF collaborating with Cancer Fund for Children and CLIC Sargent in Northern Ireland.It’s been a busy year for Childhood Cancer Foundation who earlier this summer announced partnerships with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and with Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s largest independent Star Wars costuming club.These associations are invaluable to the charity with both Emerald Garrison and the GPA, helping to support the promotional activity of CCF, including the charity’s Light It Up Gold Campaign. Emerald Garrison’s Derry Invasion last weekend at the Millennium Forum saw thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts throng to the Maiden City and Childhood Cancer Foundation had an awareness stand at the event. The troop was also supporting CCF at the Curragh Racecourse for Longines Irish Champions Weekend.Gaelic players from counties nationwide, including the All Ireland winning Kilkenny senior hurling team, have volunteered their services to support the new partnership and will work as ambassadors with CCF both in their communities and to promote national events.Maura Toner, who lives on Inch Island and whose 8-year-old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma explained that Childhood Cancer Foundation’s overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer.“There has been a great response from buildings across Ireland, north and south. Our aim this year is to have gold shining in 32 counties across Ireland. Increased awareness will improve early detection and increase understanding among policy makers and communities which will hopefully reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects.” In county Donegal, the Public Service Centres in Donegal Town, Dungloe and Milford are going gold. In Buncrana, the Council Offices, Castle Bridge and the Roundabout are all already lit up gold as indeed is An Grianán Theatre and the Polestar Roundabout in Letterkenny and the Castle Folly at Oakfield Park in Raphoe. In coming days, additional buildings/landmarks will be added to this list, ensuring that once more, Donegal will be leading the way with the Light It Up Gold campaignIn Northern Ireland, buildings lighting up gold include the Guildhall in Derry, Armagh Gaol and Enniskillen Castle among others.“We are so grateful to everyone who has come on board with the campaign and would like to especially recognize the efforts of Liam O’Hara of O’Hara & Harrison Electrical Contractors who have worked for free to install temporary lights for us at the Polestar. Also special thanks to various staff within Donegal County Council who assisted me again this year with this campaign.She concluded: “We are delighted that children diagnosed with cancer in the Republic of Ireland are now automatically entitled to a medical card for five years. This is after extensive campaigning by parents of children with cancer. We are currently engaged in submissions for the National Cancer Strategy 2016-2020 and we hope to have paediatric cancer recognised in the cancer strategy for the first time. We hope this will improve the situation for families dealing with childhood cancer in the future.”DONEGAL LANDMARKS ‘LIGHT UP GOLD’ FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION was last modified: September 14th, 2015 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:donegalLANDMARKSLIGHT UP GOLDlast_img read more

Boyer appointed Ohio Farm Bureau director of public policy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Korre Boyer of Lucas has been named director of public policy for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). In his position, he will manage Ohio Farm Bureau’s public policy outreach team covering livestock, animal care, food policy, food safety and commodity issues.Boyer’s most recent position was with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where he served as manager of Malabar Farm State Park and Mohican State Park and oversaw the state parks’ wastewater treatment plants. Previously he was an OFBF organization director in Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties and a vocational ag teacher for the Lucas Local School District.A 1999 graduate of Ohio State University, he has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and was a member of the 1998 livestock judging team. He is a 13-year member of the Richland County Farm Bureau and a member of the county Cattlemen’s Association. He has a beef cattle operation in Ashland County, and he and his wife, Belinda, have three children.last_img read more


first_img“We have converted frustration and criticism into hope. “We have converted frustration and criticism into hope. I dont want to delve into negativity regarding any selection process. Different federations have different selection processes. We (OGQ) are to support the efforts of the government and federations,” said Sethi while refusing to be drawn into the Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav controversy. His view found support from Prakash, 1980 All England badminton Champion and OGQ director Niraj Bajaj, as well as hockey Olympian and member of the team that won the gold in the 1980 Moscow Games, M Somaiya. PTI SSR KRK ATK KHSlast_img read more