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  • Dr. Neyor: ‘I’m Ready to Serve’

    first_imgMontserrado County Independent Senatorial aspirant, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor has declared that he is ready to serve the people of Liberia, through Montserrado County.At a forum organized by the Job Seekers’ Intellectual Center in the Freeport Community, Dr. Neyor decried the poor economic condition of the people and called on policymakers to adopt necessary policies that will adequately address the plights of the people.Amidst his supporters, Dr. Neyor spoke on the topic “Contradictions and Passivity.” He blamed the poverty-stricken conditions of the people on widespread corruption entrenched in bad and poor governance practiced by past and present regimes.“For too long our people have been marginalized, excluded and in some way, oppressed and the oppressors have created a system of patronage where they offer handouts to appear to the oppressed as lords. The contradictions in our country are quite appalling; we are one of the richest countries in terms of resources but quite frustratingly, the wealth of the nation has continuously been siphoned by the powerful few at the expanse of the majority”, Mr. Neyor stated.Dr. Neyor, who once served as president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), intoned that this is because of “sharp contradictions and passivity in the governance system. Liberia has perennially been dragged into a series of struggles—the struggle for social justice and academic freedom, the struggle for political participation which finally translated into fifteen years of bloody and multifaceted civil conflict which led to the failure and collapse of the Liberian state.”He stated that in spite of the lessons taught by these contradictions, national state actors have dismally “failed or deliberately refused to institute the necessary measures to avert the recurrence of our bitter past.”Mr. Neyor told the gathering that Liberia’s potential for the extractive industry particularly the oil and gas sector is great and promising. He was, however, quick to stress that it requires someone with profound experience, education and the right character to provide expertise and leadership to guide against further waste and abuse of the nation’s extractive wealth. “This expertise, I bring to you our people. You must be keen to ensure that our extractive industry is not underutilized or mortgaged…or else, our oil will become a curse and not a blessing,” he cautioned as he assured them that he was ready to serve.He provided four new jobs to four seekers at the end of this lecture. On the spot, he employed two drivers, and assured the gathering that the remaining two would be employed in January in administrative positions.According to his campaign team, Dr. Neyor provided the jobs as part of efforts to reduce the high rate of unemployment and bring smiles on the faces of the ordinary Liberians, who have been made destitute in their own country. The jobs were offered by the Moweh Energy Group, a consultancy firm owned and operated by Mr. Neyor himself as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Speaking on behalf of the Job Seekers was Mr. Mark Khoury, Vice Chairman. He thanked Mr. Neyor for accepting their invitation and for turning out to grace their occasion. He lauded the effort of the aspirant and cautioned his colleagues to ensure that the good tidings are spread in the nook and corners of their community. Dr. Neyor is among 11 candidates, including Amb. George Weah, Mr. Robert Sirleaf and Aunty Miatta Fahnbulleh, who are now campaigning for the Montserrado County senatorial seat in the coming Special Senatorial Election slated for December 16, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • BWI Advances Suggestions for Incoming Gov’t

    first_imgAtty. Tarnue gives an academic overview of the year under review – Introduces Biomedical Technician ProgramAttorney Harris Fomba Tarnue, Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), over the weekend advanced several suggestions to the incoming government that if implemented, would prepare and turn the youth into the future workforce required for nation-building.Tarnue’s suggestions were contained in a statement he delivered over the weekend at the campus in Kakata, Margibi County under the title, “Highlights of State of Affairs of the BWI End of Second Year of Service: January 2016-January 2018.”“We acknowledge that we are in a critical period in Liberia – national political transition that is burdened with a national economy under stress. In the mist of such challenges that would face the incoming government, all of us need to take practical steps in managing the expectations of Liberians, especially our young people; and one of the surest ways to achieving this is by training and turning our young people into the future workforce required for nation-building,” Atty. Tarnue said.He called on Liberians, irrespective of status, to remember that Liberia along with the rest of the global community is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Each of the goals contains specific targets to be achieved over a period of 15 years. Specifically, SDG #4 seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.Target 4.4 of SDG #4 specifically states the need to “substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship by 2030.”He added: “We believe that together as Liberians supporting the new government, we will keep Liberia working to achieve higher levels of socioeconomic status.”He recalled how the Unity Party-led administration took significant actions in supporting the development of youth programs in technical, vocational and education training (TVET).Therefore, Tarnue called on the incoming administration of President-elect George Weah to begin to appreciate the role and relevance of TVET institutions in ensuring peace and inclusive growth and development, adding: “We look forward to working together in rolling out strategies and programs to develop the talents of our young people to support economic growth and the country’s industrialization.”BWI, he said, is here to continue contributing to the “critical national challenges” as Liberia begins a new journey in it historic national transition with a popularly elected coalition government that has a rearranged national leadership line-up transitioning from Mrs. President and Mr. Vice President to Mr. President and Mrs. Vice President.Tarnue believes that Liberia is a record setting country, therefore, he congratulated President-elect and Vice-President-elect, Senators George Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor, for their overwhelming and popular mandate in the 2017 presidential runoff elections. Not only did he congratulate the President-elect and the Vice President-elect, but also the administrators, faculty, the general staff and the students for their level of support and cooperation in his two years of service.He then expressed the strong hope and prayers that such a service and corporation would continue as BWI moves beyond national political transition to the continuous search for support to achieve a model center of excellence status.Biomedical Technician ProgramIn a related development, Atty. Tarnue told the gathering that the BWI Biomedical Technician Program has been launched with the training of a small team of young graduates, noting, “This team led by our German TVET and Biomedical Technology expert has carried out repairs of medical equipment at a health center in Kakata,  one at a clinic on Randall Street, Monrovia, and the institution is now in discussion with other health facilities across the country to provide repair services of their medical equipment.”These services, he said, are forerunners to setting up a Biomedical Training Center at BWI in collaboration with the BWI Alumni Association of North America (BWIAANA), “as well as our national and international development partners.” The BWIAANA program in Dallas, Texas last year also witnessed the honoring of the ‘Class of 59.’Progress in 2017 Governance The BWI Board of Governors has continued its proactive and responsive stance on all matters regarding the operation and management of the institute. “We are grateful to the leadership of the Board to include Chairman Jackson J. Paye and Vice Chairman Ezzat Eid, Chairman Emeritus Kenneth Y. Best and all other members for their commitment in providing guidance, policy direction and working to ensure the sustainability of the institute. In 2017 we completed compilation and printing of two very important policy documents for the institute. These documents will enhance promotion, marketing and branding of the institute.”As of 2017-2018, Tarnue said BWI’s prospectus and the abridged five year strategic sustainability plan (2017 – 2022) will be the instruments clearly presenting the institute’s  vision to the public and her many stakeholders and partners, which BWI education and training are championing.Additionally, Tarnue said his administration has revised the student handbook with greater participation of student representation for the first time and staff development in continuation and in collaboration with their foremost development implementing partner, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), adding: “We again sent two young staff to Abu Dhabi, the Middle East to the World Skill Day events to expose them to and participate in contemporary skill development.”2017 BWI Alumni Association Convention in Dallas, Texas, USATarnue said as a result of the institute’s participation in the June-July 2017 Convention of the BWINAANA in Dallas, Texas, the USA, “significant efforts are underway to help with the development of our Alma Mater.” The Convention approved US$30,000 for two specific projects, namely: The Biomedical Technician Training Program and The Food Hub project. Portion of this money, he said, has already been remitted to a firm in Washington D.C., “to undertake the construction of an irrigation system on our farm using Solar Energy Technology. Additionally, work is progressing on support from the Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas and Hampton University in Virginia to provide scholarships for young graduates of BWI to study at those institutions to return home to strengthen the faculty in the vocational and technical departments.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • 7-year-old burn victim laid to rest

    first_imgSeven-year-old Shaniya Persaud, who succumbed at the Shriners Hospital in Galveston, one month ago in Texas was given an emotional farewell on Sunday.The child whose leg and fingers were amputated had suffered severe burns about her body and had to be taken overseas for treatment with the hope of staying alive.Shaniya PersaudSaving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA) in a Facebook post confirmed that Persaud’s remains arrived from the US and were handed over to her parents for the funeral.A funeral service was held at her Lot 101 Mon Repos North, East Coast Demerara home after which the body was taken to the Good Hope Cemetery where she was interred. Guyana Times understands that scores of people went to pay their last respects.On August 5, the now dead child and her brothers, Akeem Persaud, 9, and Brandon Anthony, 13, were left at home alone as their mother, Samantha Gayadin, attended a wedding in the community. However, the fire, which was later confirmed to be arson, completely gutted the house but not before Persaud ensured that her brothers were safe.She was seen walking out of the burning building. She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted and treated for second and third-degree burns to 97.8 per cent of her body. The SHEA organisation assisted the family and the child was taken overseas after a total of US$42,000 was successfully raised to offset some of the expenses.Persaud was medevaced from the Georgetown Public Hospital on August 10 to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, where she boarded a chartered flight to the United States.During the short period, several corrective surgeries were performed in an effort to save the child’s life.Nevertheless, she died a few days later. SHEA stated that “Shaniya fought a long and difficult battle, but her fragile body could no longer continue. Her heart stopped twice and her doctors tried desperately to resuscitate her”.That announcement came one day after the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) revealed that the child’s wounds were not healing, especially those suffered internally.Meanwhile, Fire Chief Marlon Gentle stated that investigations have concluded and the fire was an act of arson and the matter is now being dealt with by the police who are tasked with finding the perpetrator(s) and to determine for what reason/purpose the act was committed. However, no one has been arrested for the crime.last_img read more

  • Injured Aguero faces World Cup fitness race

    first_imgAguero is City’s top scorer with 30 goals in all competitions this season. The injury, suffered in training on March 10, does not appear to rule him out of Argentina’s World Cup campaign.Asked if the striker’s season was over, Guardiola said: “Here, yeah. He will be out for four or five weeks. He is in Barcelona right now. We are going to fight to get him to the World Cup.”The World Cup starts in mid-June, with Argentina due to play their opening match against Iceland in Moscow on June 16.“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” Aguero tweeted on Tuesday. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”Aguero, who has 199 goals for the club, has not started a game since City’s victory over Chelsea on March 4.Following a month-long lay-off he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on April 7, when he was hurt in a controversial challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished.After that he was unable to train fully in the build-up to the second leg of City’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on April 10. Again, he was only able to appear as a second-half substitute.With the issue still bothering him, he was ruled out of last Saturday’s 3-1 win at TottenhamThe striker was this week named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year.In November, he became City all-time leading record goalscorer, surpassing the longstanding mark of 177 goals set by Eric Brook that had stood since 1939, when he was on target in a 4-2 Champions League group game away to Italian side Napoli.Aguero had already assured himself of a prized place in the Manchester club’s history by scoring the dramatic extra-time winner on the final day of the 2011/12 season that saw City to a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers as they snatched the Premier League title from under the noses of local rivals Manchester United.This season’s success means Aguero has now won the English title three times with City, having also starred in their 2013/14 triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Season over but not World Cup hopes: Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Russia after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Friday his club season was over.Guardiola, whose side secured the Premier League title last Sunday, said the 29-year-old would be sidelined for four to five weeks following minor knee surgery.last_img read more

  • Man United line up without key player at Watford this weekend

    first_img1 Louis Van Gaal during United’s last Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion 1center_img Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was handed an injury headache ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at Watford, with the news that Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches following a foot injury he sustained in the France’s friendly against England on Wednesday night. While French boss Didier Deschamps claimed it was “just a knock”, he did concede that Martial “was in quite a bit of pain after the match”, and Van Gaal will now have to call on reinforcements as he looks to resume United’s title challenge at Vicarage Road. In the past week, Michael Carrick was forced off after an ankle injury sustained in England’s match against Spain and it emerged Antonio Valencia will be sidelined for five months due to a foot injury which required an operation.Though Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson could be considered for selection in the matchday squad after their respective knocks, long-term absentee Luke Shaw and centre-back Paddy McNair make up the rest of the United players who are unavailable for selection.With news of Martial’s injury, here’s United’s possible XI against Watford at Vicarage Road.last_img read more

  • Judge raises concerns as man fined for wedding ‘doughnuts’

    first_imgA District Court Judge has expressed concerns at the image being portrayed of Donegal in a number of ‘high profile’ incidents.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking at today’s sitting of Falcarragh District Course, in the case of John Ward, who was charged with dangerous driving and obstruction on May 30 2015 A newly-married couple, Michael and Siobhan Doogan, were filmed in the middle of the N56 at Gortahork with cars, one of them being driven by Mr Ward, circling around them.A video of the incident, which was filmed by another driver, appeared on the internet and had gone ‘viral’.Solicitor Frank Dorrian, representing Mr Ward, said his client had done ‘rotations at the behest of other people.’He said: “It was done in the spirit of levity and he did not perceive any danger.His involvement was minor here. He was the first person to do a pirouette and there were other incidents that he did not participate in.“The filming was done by the driver of the other car and it wasn’t at his instigation that this happened.“He assures me to assure you that there will be no re-occurrence of this at any point on the graph. He never sought to negate responsibility.”The court was told that Mr Ward is a 26-year-old, who works in the UK, where he makes his living driving ‘specialist equipment’ and returns to Ireland once a fortnight to see his child.On the charge of dangerous driving, Mr Ward was fined €500 and given three months to pay. The obstruction charge was struck out.Judge Kelly said: “There are several of these incidents at various locations and there seems to be the view that people come to Donegal and this is what is expected.“It gives the county a bad name. I listened yesterday to a lot of media talk about Donegal Tuesday. It is a concern that this is the perception and there are so many incidents that have such a high profile.“There are a number of traffic incidents and some horrible accidents. There is a view that you can come up here to Donegal and get away with it.”Judge raises concerns as man fined for wedding ‘doughnuts’ was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:FalcarraghFalcarragh District CourtJudge Paul Kellyweddinglast_img read more

  • Mizoram BJP chief puts party unit on the line

    first_imgMizoram BJP chief John V. Hluna on Tuesday threatened to dissolve the party’s State unit if the national leadership goes ahead with the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, “harming the interests of Northeast people”. He stressed that people of Mizoram and their safety were of “primary importance”. “The BJP State unit was formed to safeguard the interests of the people of Mizoram. If the central leadership decides to legislate the proposed amendment, the State unit would have no option but to dissolve itself,” Mr. Hluna told reporters here. He said he had approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other national leaders over the controversial Bill and appealed to the party’s central leadership to revoke it. ‘Keep Northeast out’He added that as an alternative, the State BJP unit also requested the national leaders that the Bill, if not revoked, should at least keep the Northeastern States out of its purview. “We would be left with no choice but to dissolve the BJP State unit if our appeals are not taken into consideration,” Mr. Hluna said.Protests against the Bill have rocked the entire Northeast, including the Mizo National Front-ruled Mizoram.Mass prayersMeanwhile, an umbrella organisation of major churches has urged its members to organise mass prayers next week so that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is defeated in Parliament. In a statement on Tuesday, the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee made the appeal to its 16 constituent churches to offer mass prayer during the night service on February 16 so that the Bill is not introduced in the Rajya Sabha or, even if taken up, is not passed.last_img read more

  • After Building Global Machine With Indian Workers, Can Infosys Replicate The Indian Story in Trump’s US

    first_imgWhen InfosysNSE -0.51 %, a big Indian technology outsourcing company, opened a new office in Indianapolis this year, executives hailed it as a step along a new path.Infosys built itself into a global giant by running the digital engine rooms of U.S. corporations with armies of engineers in India. But the new technology center — a sprawling open-plan space in a downtown office tower — is in the epicenter of the American Midwest. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

  • Sandip Patil fails to live up to expectation in Indo-Pak Test series at Nagpur

    first_imgStark : Getting awayIt’s a long way from the arms of Britain’s Prince Andrew, 23, but, last fortnight, former soft-porn star and royal paramour Koo Stark, 26, popped up without much murmur on the capital’s cocktail circuit. Stark, who hit international headlines October last, when she took off for a,Stark : Getting awayIt’s a long way from the arms of Britain’s Prince Andrew, 23, but, last fortnight, former soft-porn star and royal paramour Koo Stark, 26, popped up without much murmur on the capital’s cocktail circuit. Stark, who hit international headlines October last, when she took off for a secret tryst on the Caribbean island of Mustique with the British monarch’s second son, was up to no such tricks in India. Travelling with a girl-friend, she had trotted up to Ladakh on her way back from a holiday in Bali. Looking more like a scrubbed schoolgirl – no make-up, with her blonde hair clipped short – than a sex siren, Stark seemed amazed that her renown had spread so wide. Pursued relentlessly by the western press since I’affaire Andy, a startled Stark quipped before vanishing from the garden party at a diplomat’s house: “Journalists? Here too?”Saeed and Madhur: Playing parentsIt’s one team that has survived the vagaries of high competition and divorce. And for Saeed Jaffrey and ex-wife Madhur Jaffrey, the year has been full of high points – both here and abroad, where they reside. Last fortnight, they were both signed up by the high priest of the Hindi film industry Ramesh Sippy, for his next venture Sagar, which also has Dimple Kapadia making her re-debut. Madhur, who acted in a number of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant productions, which included an award-winning cameo in Shakespeare wala, has been acclaimed for her role in Heat and Dust. In Sagar she plays the mother of Rishi Kapoor, while Saeed plays the father of Dimple Kapadia. Saeed dismisses the reported strain between the two by saying “We get on famously. And Madhur really hits it off with my wife Jennifer (a BBC producer). Our relationship is delightfully incestuous.”advertisementPatil: Flight of fancyCricketers these days have assumed the role of gods – at least as far as their fans and the Government is concerned. And last fortnight two incidents amplified the glorification of the men in white who send crowds reeling in hysteria. When Sandip Patil, the bearded cricketer-cum-film star-cum-journalist was summoned for the Indo-Pak Test series at Nagpur, the last flight from Bombay had departed. The wheels of the Maharashtra Government moved swiftly and Patil was bundled onto a government plane, normally strictly used for VIP’s and disasters. and deposited at his destination. Eyebrows rose, questions were asked about who footed the bill for the solitary flight, and why Patil was given such special treatment. Patil obviously angered many, much more when he totted up just six runs in his first innings at Nagpur and followed it by a miserable score of 26 in the second innings. Quipped a sports columnist: “Dashing Patil to replace Amarnath was like rushing Hema Malini to fill in for Shabana!”Khan in Bombay: Star drawIf Patil came off a damp squib at Nagpur, Imran Khan, the dashing Pakistani cricket player proved more than ever that he reigns, supreme. Cried an ardent fan before the superstar of the pitch decided against coming for the Indo-Pak Test series: “Cricket without Imran is a big bore.” Last fortnight, Bombay’s cricket fans were squealing with delight when Khan descended on the city for the Abid Ali Benefit Match. And there was an additional bonus for them – a book by Khan which was released just two days before he arrived. Priced at Rs 65, 4,000 copies of the book were air-dashed from London to coincide with Khan’s arrival. Hysteria held sway as thousands of swooning crowds mobbed Khan at the match to have copies of his books autographed. Despite the presence of film stars, and cricket luminaries, it was clearly “Imran, Imran” – as the crowds chanted – all the way.last_img read more