“We Need to Produce our Own Textbooks”

first_imgOutgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh has called on Liberians to prioritize their children’s education through writing books that will help students acquire quality education.Tarpeh made the comment on Wednesday at the official turning over to the Ministry of Education (MOE) 10,000 copies of the National Curriculum on Citizenship Education.The books were produced by contractors under the joint supervision of the Governance Commission (GC.) She said there is a need for Liberians, especially the educators, to focus on producing materials that are relevant and helpful to attaining quality education.“We need to start writing our own textbooks for school going children and stop buying all kinds of books on the streets because there are Liberians with the requisite ability to write books for the children in particular,” she said.According to Madam Tarpeh, the writing of books by Liberians will help to make learning easier for the children, adding that this is the time for every Liberian to engage in making learning easy for children.“We need a team that can provide expertise in textbook writing to the education sector. When we need textbooks, we can call on them to provide rather than buy from the outside.”She wants the Ministry to do away with importation of educational materials because some of the textbooks provided were not making an impact on the country’s education sector.  Some of the names and other content in those textbooks and how they are written sometimes prove difficult for the students to understand, she said.  She explained that it had been a long road to achieve the turning over of the books.  She said she was proud to receive textbooks that will have a positive impact on the student community, particularly the younger generation.The Co-Chair of the Governance Commission (GC), Elizabeth S. Mulbah, commended Madam Tarpeh for her commitment to the Ministry and to Liberians.James Fromayan from the Center for Democratic Empowerment, Felecia S. Doe-Sumah and Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education, among others, witnessed the formal turning over of the textbooks. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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VP Boakai, Cummings, Dr. Jones Invited to Rotary Forum

first_imgThe Rotary Clubs of Monrovia and Sinkor have designated the month of February as ‘peace and conflict prevention and resolution’ month to help stimulate discussion on those issues among presidential aspirants in the forthcoming legislative and presidential elections.According to a press release issued by Global Media yesterday, the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia and Sinkor have invited three presidential hopefuls to an open forum on Thursday at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor.Those invited are Vice President Joseph Boakai, standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party; Mr. Alex Cummings, standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC); and Dr. J. Mills Jones, standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).The topic for the forum is “Processes and mechanisms for keeping peace and tranquility before, during and after the impending presidential and legislative elections in Liberia.”It is expected to bring together a cross section of Liberians, government officials and other dignitaries.The Rotary Club is a non-political organization of business professionals united worldwide to provide humanitarian services. It encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps to promote goodwill and peace in the world.The release said Rotary’s core values are the advancement of international understanding and goodwill and peace through world fellowship. The organization is also united to serve humanity and foster national peace and stability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fire Kills 3 Children in Duazon

first_imgThe wreckage from Monday’s fire incident that killed three children.By David S. Menjor and Simeon WiakantyThe night of Monday, March 4, 2019 was one of terror for residents of the Sureway neighborhood of Duazon, Margibi Electoral District #1 as three children (all girls) lost their lives in an unexplained fire incident that ravaged their one-bedroom zinc shack.It was even more difficult for anyone to have helped Helena Whlehyou, 8, Savior Nyumah 5, and Tina Nyumah 3, according to eyewitnesses, who said that the door of the zinc shack was locked from the inside. So, when neighbors went to help save their lives, it was too late for the fire had blazed uncontrollably.The three victims were children of Esther David, 23, who could not be consoled because of the immense devastation and her irreparable loss.At the scene of the incident, it was difficult to get Esther David’s neighbors to speak of the tragedy due to the overwhelming sorrow that had gripped them and left them thinking of answers they would probably never find.Braving the pain of the tragedy, Henry Kolleh, a neighbor and a father of two, said he is traumatized after the death of the kids.“We do not have electricity here and, as such, we go to bed very early most of the time. The children were around here moments before we went inside. They went to their house but shortly we heard someone calling for help outside,” Kolleh said.He said he was shocked to have seen his neighbor’s house in flames.“We went there to help but we could not open the door because it was locked inside and the fire was too hot for us to break any other part of the house to save the kids,” he lamented.Kolleh stated that he and his fellow neighbors are broken down by the death of the three girls. “Their mother Esther has been very good to us. Therefore, her children were our children and so we treated them as such,” he said, promising that he will be in prayer with Esther, to find solace in God.In a telephone conversation, Esther David said she is completely broken and believe that life may never be meaningful to her again.“I think death is better than life right now for me. I don’t know what I am living for again,” Ms. David said in tears.Though the cause of the fire is yet to be established, Ms. David explained that in the evening of the incident there was no candle or coal pot that were left unattended in the room.“I went to one of my friends for hot water to bath after returning from the market because the area was already dark and every other person nearby was already indoor so I told my children to lock the door until I come back to them,” Ms. David said.About how she came to be an occupant of the place, she said she was a caretaker of a neighbor’s land. She said the unnamed landowner built the zinc shack that she occupied with her children for the last two years.“Apart from the five bags of cement and the ten pieces of steel rod my landlord had in the place, nothing much was there. We had nothing else that one can say was the cause of the fire. I cannot imagine, up to this moment what led to the fire,” she said.On the scene of the incident, an onlooker said, “It is only God that will console Esther David. She is too young for this tragic experience.”Esther David said she is presently being accommodated by a relative on Tower Hill, along the Roberts Field Highway.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Meten-Meer-Zorg Primary’s top NGSA achievers honoured by US Firm

first_img…as Sterling Products rewards successful studentsChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling Company Limited Ramsay Ali and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson with the awardeesThe top ten performers at the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) of the Meten-Meer-Zorg Primary School were on Friday honoured by US-based consulting firm in Guyana, Keen360.This recognition was made possible through Keen360’s ‘Scholarship Programme’— which extends cash grants as well as trophies.In addition, the students were treated to a full day of activities, which included a field trip to the Botanical Gardens and the zoo, with a relaxing lunch afterward.In their continued bid to improve the school’s learning environment, the US-based firm also provided paint for all the desks and benches for grades 5 and 6 and sponsored their graduation— which was held on July 10, 2019.Keen360 will also provide each student at the Meten-Meer-Zorg Primary School with backpacks and essential stationery supplies for the new term ahead.At the prize-giving ceremony, Arif Khan, Director of Operations at Keen360, stated, “We believe in giving back to the community in order to strengthen the social fabric and sustain economic vitality”.“This investment in our shared future is being rolled out under the ‘School Supply Programme’, through which close to 450 students will benefit,” the firm noted.Khan also pointed to the social and economic benefits of these types of programmes. He noted too that the professionals at Keen360 look forward to future events for celebration and recognition, especially for the youths who are Guyana’s future.Meanwhile, Sterling Products Ltd has rewarded 12 children, who successfully wrote the National Grade Six Assessment examination and are preparing to enter secondary school come September. Each child received a cash award of $60, 000 during a small ceremony at Sterling’s Providence office on July 26. The annual bursary programme has been in place for over two decades.Addressing the awardees, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ramsay Ali, said there are continuous improvements on how the children are assisted.Wishing the children well in their secondary education, the CEO advised them that the next five years of their academic life will be different from what they are used to. He also encouraged them to remain dedicated to their studies.The pupils who were honoured by US-based consulting firm in Guyana, Keen360last_img read more

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New TIGI President supports transfer of Minister Broomes

first_imgConflict of interestas conflict of interest concerns continue to rage over Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes’ mining interests and current oversight of the mining sector, newly-appointed President of the local corruption watchdog, Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas said the entire situation was embarrassing, and supported calls for the Minister to be transferred to another Ministry.Broomes’ mining interests came under scrutiny over the weekend after information surfaced suggesting she was granted another Mining Permit H43/MP/000 by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).However, the Minister denied this, noting that the Simona Broomes mentioned in the documents which wereNewly-appointed TIGI President Troy Thomasmade public is her daughter who shares the same name.She said her mining interests were transferred to her two children, thus removing any cloud of conflict of interest that may linger.When contacted on Tuesday, Thomas said that TIGI did not discuss the Broomes issue thus far.“This issue we have not discussed,” he stated, but promised to hold talks with the TIGI executive on the issue soon.However, when asked about a personal perspective on the issue, Thomas said that while he recognised the Minister has found herself in a tough spot, she will at some point have to make a decision.“Because if mining is all I have been doing all my life, then it becomes a choice between that and being Minister and I see that from a personal standpoint as being something harsh,” he conceded, but agreed that the Minister’s presence in the Ministry which has oversight of the mining sector does create a conflict of interest..“They might also argue that she has expertise in that area, but I am not sure I will buy that, because ultimately she is working in that area and Guyana is a small country and the contacts with officials will be very close, so IJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomesthink it does create a conflict of interest from a personal standpoint,” he stated.Thomas also said he supported the position that the Minister should be reassigned to another Ministry, which could significantly reduce the accusations of a conflict of interest.“It might indeed be better if she has to be a minister, to go somewhere else, because no matter how you turn, it doesn’t look good,” he opined.Last Sunday, two other anti-corruption advocates suggested that the Minister be transferred from the Natural Resources Ministry.Political commentator Dr Henry Jeffrey contended that the only way concerns of conflict of interest could be eliminated was by completely removing the Minister from the Natural Resources Ministry.“I don’t think Minister Broomes understands clearly what conflict of interest means. I can understand her dilemma being in mining all this time and you know it’s a family business, and she is now in the Ministry involved with mining. What she should be asking is for Government to remove her from there and put her somewhere else. She could be in another Ministry,” Dr Jeffrey stated.Another political commentator and economist Ramon Gaskin reasoned that Broomes’ decision to transfer her mining operations to her children did not put to rest conflict of interest concerns.“That doesn’t solve the problem because when the children go into Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to do business, they know that the children’s mother is the Minister, so that really don’t solve the problem,” he explained.Despite these concerns of conflict of interest, there has been no official statement from Government regarding this issue. However, Broomes told a news conference Monday that she was not moved by this “deliberate attempt to besmirch” her character and those of her children.The Minister, who has spent some 28 years as a miner, said that while her children continue to operate in the mining sector, there is no preferential treatment, as rather her children were “toeing the line”.Broomes boasted that prior to becoming a Minister, she maintained a spotless character and it was her intention to continue to maintain that character and leave a legacy of transparency and accountability.“It is not an easy task, but I have committed. I am one of the female Ministers that will stand tall and I will not buckle,” she said.Some transparency and accountability advocates are maintaining that the Minister’s decision to transfer her mining interests to her children do not remove the cloud of conflict of interest, since they are in essence managing her business.They also suggested that the Minister was in breach of the Government’s highly-touted Code of Conduct for Ministers, parliamentarians and other public officials, even before its implementation.A transparency and accountability advocate recalled an almost similar situation when the daughter of then Minister of Human Services under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration, Jennifer Webster was forced to resign as a director from Natural Globe Inc, a recycling company that won the bid to develop a plant here, after conflict of interest arguments were raised by Broomes’ party while in Opposition.last_img read more

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Northern Strikers U15 Boys strike Gold at Slurpee Cup

first_imgGame 1: 3-2 loss vs MW SelectsGame 2: 2-0 loss vs Sherwood Park PhoenixGame 3: 3-1 loss vs MUSC BayernU13 Girls Results:Game 1: 3-2 win over Blizzard Chelsea 06Game 2: 4-4 tie against Sherwood ParkGame 3: 2-2 tie against Spruce Grove SaintsGame 4: 5-0 win over Rangers Athletics 06The U11 Girls, U11 Boys, and U15 Girls also attended the tournament but did not receive a medal. CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that only two Northern Striker Teams won medals at the Slurpee Cup in Edmonton, with updated information we found that three teams actually received medals. The story has been updated and now displays the correct information.EDMONTON, AB – The Fort St. John Northern Strikers were in action last weekend at the Slurpee Cup in Edmonton.Seven different Northern Strikers teams made the trip down, with three of them winning medals. The U15 boys team won the tier 2 gold medal, the U13 girls won the tier 3 bronze, and the U13 boys won the tier 3 bronze.- Advertisement -U15 Boys Results:Game 1: 4-0 win over Red Deer RenegadesGame 2: 4-1 win over DUFC SnipersGold Medal game: 4-1 win over VictoriaU13 Boys Results: Game 1: Loss vs Calgary RangersGame 2: 3-1 win over MUSCGame 3: 6-4 win over Grand Prairie UnitedU17 Boys Results: Advertisementlast_img read more

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WRITING ON THE WALL FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLGIRL AFTER POP STAR PERRI PICKS HER DOODLE!

first_imgA young Letterkenny girl has received worldwide attention after pop star Christina Perri posted her doodle for her new song on her Instagram account.Kate’s cool doodle for Christina Perri’s new songAnd even more amazing is the fact that Kate O’Brien poignant drawing ‘Head or heart’ took just 30 seconds to draw.‘Jar of Hearts’ singer Christina retweeted the cool drawing to her 723,000 followers. Christina, who releases the song at midnight tonight, only picked a handful of drawings from thousands she received worldwide after asking for suggestions.And in just a couple of hours, Loreto student Kate, 13, has more than 7,000 likes after the American singer posted it on her Instagram and twitter accounts.“I just liked the idea of a head and a heart on a signpost and jotted it down. It only took me about 30 seconds.“I can’t believe the reaction it has got. Everyone is texting me,” Kate told Donegal Daily.   WRITING ON THE WALL FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLGIRL AFTER POP STAR PERRI PICKS HER DOODLE! was last modified: February 10th, 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:Christina PerryInstagramJar of HeartsKate O’BrienletterkennyTwitterlast_img read more

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INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF CELEBRITIES (AND TOP PRIZES) AT DANNY O’CARROLL’S XMAS DINNER

first_imgDanny as Buster in Mrs Brown’s Boys….he could be serving you your Christmas DinnerIT’S the most talked about Christmas Dinner in Donegal for years.Danny O’Carroll – Buster from Mrs Brown’s Boys – is holding a charity dinner next Friday at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny (it’s almost sold out with just 18 seats left!)Danny will be joined by other cast members from the hit TV show including Rory, Pepsi and Grandad – they will be serving the meals as waiters on the night. Brian Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Bernard Dunne, Ray Houghton and even Adam Woodyat (Ian Beale from Eastenders) will all be there.Rugby legend Shane Byrne and Love/Hate’s Lawrence Kinlan will also be putting on their bow ties to serve dinner on a night of festive fun.Ryan Sheridan and his band will be providing the musical entertainment.And here are the prizes for the raffle and auctions which will take place – with all monies going to Lurgybrack School’s Autism Unit, and the paediatric unit of Letterkenny Hospital: AUCTION..1.Framed MUFC signed and framed jersey2.Seamus Coleman used football boots signed and displayed in glass box3.Rory Mcllroy signed and framed golf flag4.Steven Gerard signed and framed jersey5.Michelle Keegan signed and framed picture6.Cristiano Ronaldo signed and framed portuguese jersey7.Paddy McCourt signed and framed Celtic top8.Rory Mcllroy sined and framed nike golf t-shrit9.Conor McGregor signed UFC gloves … (MAYBE)RAFFLE..1. 50” Panasonic LED TV2. 40” Samsung LED TV’s (X2)3. 32” Panasonic LED HD TV’s (x2)4. 22” Normende FULL HD LED TV5. Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machine6. Philips LCD Portable DVD player7. 16gb Galaxy Tablet8. Pioneer bluetooth hifi system9. Panasonic Audio System10. Race Bike11. XBOX 360Final seats to the event can be booked on 074 91 22700 INCREDIBLE LINE-UP OF CELEBRITIES (AND TOP PRIZES) AT DANNY O’CARROLL’S XMAS DINNER was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusterCharity Christmas DinnerDanny O’CarrollletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

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AEK Athens v Celtic: Preview, predicted line-ups, where to watch

first_img 1 The Hoops starting XI 🆚 @AEK_FC_OFFICIAL! 📋🍀 #AEKCEL pic.twitter.com/3S5zwdJ0MT— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 14, 2018Where can I watch the match?The game is being televised live on BT Sport 2, starting at 6.30pm.How can I listen?talkSPORT will bring you regular updates of the game and reaction here.What the managers are sayingBrendan Rodgers (Celtic): “It was always going to be difficult, whatever the result. But I said to the players, we have nothing to fear. We put in a big performance and didn’t quite get the result [in the first leg], but it allows us an opportunity to go out there and get a result.”Marinos Ouzounidis (AEK Athens): “I think qualification depends on us. We have a great opponent facing us, but we have proved we are a very good team too. I am asking for the help of all friends of AEK. We need the passion, support and intensity of our supporters. The ‘Welcome to Hell’ message is used a lot, but this time I would really like it to be true when we face Celtic.”talkSPORT predictionAEK made it difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side in the first leg but expect the Bhoys to find a way in Greece.AEK Athens 0 Celtic 1 Οι 11 του Μαρίνου Ουζουνίδη για τη μεγάλη ρεβάνς #ucl #aekcel #aekfc #aekfcseason2018_19 #aekfamily pic.twitter.com/jdpA06AdhC— AEK F.C. (@AEK_FC_OFFICIAL) August 14, 2018 Brendan Rodgers’ side were beaten by Hearts on Saturday center_img Team News Celtic head to Greece knowingthey must score after drawing 1-1 with AEK Athens in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round clash at Parkhead last week.Brendan Rodgers’ men struggled against their ten-man Greek opponents in Glasgow, and Viktor Klonaridis’ vital away goal has left them facing an uphill battle to reach the competition proper tonight (August 14).last_img read more

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Child-slayer says he wants to kill self

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A hearing that could mean a return to prison for convicted killer Lionel Tate, once the youngest person in modern U.S. history sentenced to life behind bars, was postponed Monday after he sent the judge a letter threatening suicide. Tate, convicted at age 13 of beating and stomping to death a 6-year-old girl, was set to appear before Circuit Judge Joel T. Lazarus, who could send him back to prison for as much as life if he finds Tate violated his probation. Tate is accused of robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint. However, the judge said that because of the letter, he decided to wait until after a Dec. 19 competency hearing for Tate. In the letter, which the judge received Friday, Tate said public defender H. Dohn Williams did not understand “my mental condition.” He continued: “I stated to him before that I was hearing voices and that I wanted to kill myself.” Asked about Tate’s claims, Williams said: “I can’t tell you what Lionel thinks.” Prosecutors declined to comment. Tate, now 18, has not attempted suicide in the Broward County jail but has had disciplinary problems, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Liz Calzadilla-Fiallo. Tate was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, a family friend, in 1999. His lawyers initially claimed the girl died accidentally while the 160-pound boy was imitating wrestling moves he had seen on television, but experts said the girl died of a beating that lasted up to five minutes. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in 2001 in a case that stirred debate over Florida’s tough stand against juvenile crime. In 2004, an appeals court threw out the conviction after finding that it was not clear whether Tate understood what was happening to him. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was released from prison and given 10 years’ probation. 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!last_img read more

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