15 Jan

Storm Vandalizes Gbloulay Demonstration School

first_imgOn Friday, May 8, a storm swept through Gbloulay town in Nimba County and left several homes vandalized and destroyed.Gbloulay Demonstration School, a public school was also destroyed by the violent storm.Henry N. Teah, principal of the school told the Daily Observer that nearly all the facilities in school, including benches, blackboard, and stationery were damaged by the powerful wind.“It is very unfortunate for us because the storm came at the time we were just about to begin the fifth period test,” he said.Our Nimba Correspondent said the school with over 200 students was seemed completely broken down with all the pieces of zinc scattered all around the vicinity.“This school contains seven classrooms, an office and it was up to junior high level so we don’t know what to actually do with this kind of situation,” he added.Gbloulay is the home of the late Jackson F. Doe, former political leader of Liberia Action Party (LAP). It is located around the Liberian border with Ivory Coast in the Buu-Yao Administrative District in Nimba County.There was no casualty reported, but many homes were also vandalized in the town and other surrounding villages.Meanwhile, the administration of the school is appealing to all to come aid so as recondition the building as soon as possible.“Since the storm destroyed our school, we have had classes in the open air and whenever it rains, we abandon teaching and run for cover,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

EU Provides US$29M to TVET, CSOs

first_imgSigned in May 2018, the transaction was the first under the EU’s new budget support programme, called “Moving Liberia forward – Improving service delivery and public investment”. Flashback: Finance Minister (right) Tweah signs the financing agreements on behalf of the Government of Liberia, as the EU Ambassador Cavé looks on.The European Union (EU) and the Liberian government have signed two financing agreements valued at Euro24 million or US$29 million to support efforts that aim to improve technical and vocational education and training (TVET).The Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., signed for the Liberian government, while EU Ambassador to Liberia Helene Cave signed for her government. The signing ceremony was held on Thursday, May 3, in the conference room of the Finance Ministry.The money will make significant contributions to the government’s “pro-poor agenda,” fostering governance and promoting institution building by focusing on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), according to Ambassador Cave and will be complementary to EU’s efforts in supporting the supply side of accountability in the four focal sectors of EU cooperation in Liberia, which are education, agriculture, governance and energy.The main targets of the programme, according to Ambassador Cave, are Liberian middle-level CSOs that are interested and willing to get more deeply involved as well as play a stronger role in domestic public policies. She said the program is also intended to be complementary to the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project, implemented by the World Bank, which the EU is supporting through a multi-donor trust fund.“These two programs are the first that we are signing since President Weah’s administration took power in January, but they will not be the last. The EU has a long-term commitment to Liberia. We will continue to work closely with the government to identify ways in which we can support their ‘pro-poor agenda,’” said ambassador Cave.She added that the programs will be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Euro 20 million will go directly to TVET for a period of six years while Euro 4 million will go to CSOs’ initiatives.“Quality, technical and vocational education is the key to unlocking employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people, while the active involvement of CSOs in policy development and monitoring of service delivery is an important element of sustainable development,” she said.The program will, therefore, support the government to modernize TVET, promote training in strategic sectors of the economy, foster an entrepreneurial culture and equip youth with skills that actually match labor market demand and respond to new economic growth opportunities.“It will directly support a number of schools to strengthen links with the private sector, to ensure the education and skills on offer match local demand. Based on initial consultations these include ICT, agriculture, technology, electrification with focus on rural electrification, among others,” she added.She said EU will also send a number of vocational instructors abroad for training and practice for up to a year so that they can serve upon their return as instructors in TVET schools and as master trainers in the Centre of Excellence for Vocational Instructor Training that will be established with support from the program.The schools that will initially be supported include MVTC, BWI, Greenville Multilateral High School; Cape Palmas High School and Zwedru Multilateral High School.Ambassador Cave said the element of support at the central level means the program will also create a framework that the government can eventually extend to other public schools in the future should funding become available.“We are confident that the government will embrace and adopt the project from the very beginning so that after six years of support and financing the schools –by then upgraded and modernized-will remain fully operational and will deliver high-quality TVET to students.“We remain committed to our agreement to support and improve the labor force by empowering the young people of this country through the provision of quality TVET and look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Education under this program,” she said.Minister of Education Prof. Ansu Sonii said the program is in line with President George Weah’s quest to providing a better education for his citizens.Minister Sonii said there are too many young people who are waiting to be reprocessed into active self-productive citizens, to contribute to the development of Liberia, and the agreement will ensure that it is implemented under the “pro-poor agenda.”Meanwhile, MFDP Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., said EU remains one of the most trusted partners to the Government of Liberia and said over the next six years of the government’s development plan process, “we look to deepen this partnership and to see the possibility for stronger coordination and cooperation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Construction of women’s home, community centres to commence soon

first_imgThe clearing of lands to facilitate the construction of a women’s home and several community centres in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been completed, with construction expected to commence later this month.This comes a year after the announcement by Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell that the United States (US) Armed Forces Southern Command (New Horizons) will be pursuing the initiative in collaboration with Government.US Army and civil engineers are expected to commence construction this month, as part of “Exercise New Horizon 2019”.Land being cleared to facilitate constructionThe women’s shelter is expected to cater for abused women seeking help, while the community centres, one which is to be built at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie; and the other at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, will be recreational spaces for the community’s youths.last_img read more

11 Jan

Friends call off search for sailor

first_img“The active search has been discontinued due to exhausting all present leads and the lack of new information,” friend Mike Olson said in a statement. “Of course, should we or the Coast Guard receive any new information, we will investigate it.” The Coast Guard scoured 132,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, looking as far south as the Channel Islands over four days without finding a trace of Gray or his boat. Last week, Gray’s colleagues expanded their search for him to waters off Mexico, nearly a week after the Coast Guard called off its own search. SAN FRANCISCO – Friends of a renowned computer scientist who disappeared off the California coast said Friday that they were suspending their search for him and his sailboat. The Coast Guard, San Francisco police and colleagues of Jim Gray, 63, had been searching for the Microsoft engineer and his 40-foot-yacht, Tenacious, since Jan. 28. Gray, acclaimed for his pioneering research on databases, set out from San Francisco late last month to scatter his mother’s ashes around the Farallon Islands, about 25 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. Gray’s friends and colleagues had used satellite imagery, collected wind and current data and arranged for searches from Oregon to Mexico’s Baja California coast. They also walked the coastline and distributed posters of Jim and his boat, but didn’t find any clues to his whereabouts. 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

29 Dec

Pakistani community saddened over slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“The Quran says that to kill one person is to kill humanity,” he said. “But these cowards corrupt the Koran by taking one or two phrases and taking them out of context. To take the life of a woman and a mother is cowardly, and unacceptable.” Bhutto was a “beacon of light” who would have helped stabilize Pakistan at a most crucial time, Hashmi said. “Recently the economy had been improving and poverty was being alleviated, but a year ago that had slowed down and we needed new leadership,” said Hashmi. Family members in Lahore told Hashmi they are practically imprisoned in their own houses because of the riots that broke out after Bhutto’s killing. “She was probably at this point in time the only person enlightened enough to lead Pakistan,” he said. ROWLAND HEIGHTS – Pakistanis in the San Gabriel Valley reacted with concern and sadness Thursday to news of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Bhutto, 54, was killed moments after a rally before thousands of supporters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Her killing touched off a wave of violence in the country 12 days before a national election that might have returned the former prime minister to office on a pro-reform, anti-terror and pro-democracy platform. Faisal Hashmi, an engineer from Duarte who left Pakistan in 1984, said Bhutto’s intellect, and the fact that she was a woman, was too much for some fundamentalists to bear. At the Islamic Center of the San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, where many expatriate Pakistanis worship, several saw the assassination as a grave loss for Pakistan and the world. “I didn’t agree with her politics, but this is shocking and horrific news,” said Mohammed Arif as he prepared for evening prayers. Arif, who is from Karachi but has lived in Walnut for 20 years, blamed Bhutto’s murder on fundamentalist extremists bent on destabilizing his home country. “They want to steer (Pakistan) away from the path of democracy, which (Bhutto) was a symbol for,” said Arif. “This is a big loss for the country.” Maryan Mansuri wouldn’t call herself a fan of Bhutto, but was saddened when she heard about the former Pakistan prime minister’s assassination. “I didn’t like her, but we are very sad and it is a shock for everybody,” said Mansuri, 45, who came to the United States from Pakistan 25 years ago. “When she was in power there was a lot of corruption. But the way she was killed, it was not right.” Mansuri said she talked to family members in Pakistan who have told her they can hear rioting and shooting in the streets. “My husband called his sister, and she said they will not leave their house for three days,” said Mansuri. “So the issue is not whether you liked (Bhutto), but what the attack says for the security situation in the country. The poverty rate in Pakistan is 40 percent. How are people going to survive if they can’t even leave their homes?” Brandon Shamim, a Pasadena business consultant, said he felt that Bhutto was the only hope to keep Pakistan on the path toward democracy. “It still remained to be seen whether Bhutto could unite the country’s disparate groups, though she had already taken a step toward that by reaching the deal with (President Pervez) Musharraf allowing her to return to the country,” said Shamim, who emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1976. “She had become a very distinguished international leader and was seen as a warrior for democracy in a very fragile country, so her death should be seen as a blow to pro-democracy movements everywhere,” Shamim said. He also worried that Bhutto’s death would solidify Musharraf’s power by eliminating his most powerful rival in the Jan. 8 elections, while at the same time giving him the excuse to reinstitute marshal law in the country. But Shamim doubts speculation that Musharraf may have had a hand in the assassination. “He has been targeted for assassination more than once because of his efforts to stamp out al-Qaida,” Shamim said, adding that while he believes Musharraf might postpone the January elections, that they will eventually take place due to international pressure. “This attack is part of a concerted effort by terrorist groups to promote a sense of lawlessness” in an effort to take over the government, he said. “This is a fragile, destabilized democracy with a strong foothold by al-Qaida, the Taliban and other fundamentalist forces. The fact that it has a nuclear arsenal reinforces what Newsweek recently reported; that it is the most dangerous country in the world.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want 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

25 Dec

DONEGAL BAND CHOSEN TO PLAY ELECTRIC PICNIC!

first_imgSlowPlaceLikeHome to play Electric PicnicDonegal musical outfit SlowPlaceLikeHome have been chosen to play at the Electric Picnic. The outfit will play Donal Dineen’s ‘Radio Activity’ stage on Friday, August 30th.The band recently had a hugely successful appearance at the Body and Soul festival in June. The outfit say they are honoured to have been asked by Dineen to play at the event.SlowPlaceLikeHome have also signed to Bluestack RecordsIt’s an honour to be personally asked, by the legendary music pioneer, to perform on his stage.“After being offered some amazing deals from abroad, I decided on them, as I felt we were a good match. Together, we are trying something slightly different in the North-West,” said frontman Keith M.  DONEGAL BAND CHOSEN TO PLAY ELECTRIC PICNIC! was last modified: August 21st, 2013 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:Electric PicnicSlowPlaceLikeHomelast_img read more

25 Dec

FEARS FOR DRIVERS’ SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TWO CARS CAUGHT BY RISING TIDES

first_imgTwo more motorists have had a lucky escape after their cars were caught by rising tides  on the beach at Rossnowlagh.The incident occurred yesterday evening, and comes just 24 hours after a Toyota was swept away out to sea on the same beach.Rossnowlagh is one of the most popular beaches in Donegal and attracts huge crowds throughout the year. The Mondeo car this mroning.However, the tide comes in exceptionally quick in Rossnowlagh which catches out unsuspecting beach goers.There has been an on-going problem at the beach, particularly during the summer, with many beach goers parking their cars on the beach.Its led to traffic jams on the beach due to the volume of cars on it, with people trying to get off the beach as quick as possible as the tides swarms in on them.This latest incident again reiterated the dangers of parking your car on the beach at Rossnowlagh, thankfully though these two cars were saved this time round unlike the unfortunate Toyota.    FEARS FOR DRIVERS’ SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TWO CARS CAUGHT BY RISING TIDES was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachdonegalRossnowlaghtideslast_img read more

24 Dec

CRAZED DONEGAL MAN WHO TERRORISED EX-GIRLFRIEND IN HER HOME HAS PRISON SENTENCE CUT BY 3 YEARS

first_imgA DONEGAL man who terrorised an ex-girlfriend in her home during a night of terror has had his prison sentence cut from five years to two years.Kevin Ginty (47), formerly of St Columba’s Terrace, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to burglary at the home of a woman he had been in a two year relationship with on April 4 2010.He was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court on July 22 last year. During that hearing the victim said that a part of her did not survive that night, and everything in her life now revolves around the fact that she was attacked.She said she has since moved house and has installed personal alarms, telling the court that this incident has prevented her from moving on with her life. “To me I am no longer living”, she said, “I survive”.In finding that the offence could be met by a sentence of two years imprisonment, Mr Justice George Birmingham said insufficient regard was paid to Ginty’s lack of previous convictions.Mr Justice Birmingham said Ginty had been in a romantic relationship with the injured party for some two-and-a-half years. The evening before the offence took place, Ginty had called to the lady’s home and had been told quite firmly by her that the relationship was very definitely over.The following evening she returned home from a “girls night out” in a taxi at 2:30am, Mr Justice Birmingham said. Very soon after entering her home she noticed a shadow passing the sitting room window. The shadow had been made by Ginty, Mr Justice Birmingham said.He said Ginty had knocked on the door and when he couldn’t gain entry into the house he climbed into her home through the sitting room window.As the woman was making her way to a neighbour’s house her phone rang and during that call her phone went dead because Ginty had come up behind her, put his arm around her and proceeded to drag her back into the house, the judge said.The judge said he banged her head against the bottom step as he dragged her up the stairs. Her phone rang again and on this occasion, Ginty answered the phone, putting on a woman’s voice to say she wasn’t there and had gone to a disco.Eventually this very unpleasant incident came to an end, the judge said and when Ginty departed the woman rang the gardaí once more.Mr Justice Birmingham said Ginty was a chiropractor and not only had he no previous convictions but he was very well thought of in his locality and native county.The incident had had a significant impact on the injured party, the judge said. She moved home and such was her loss of personal security she carries a personal security alarm around with her on all occasions.Mr Justice Birmingham said the case took an “unusual route” to the Central Criminal Court because another charge ultimately did not proceed.It was asserted without statistical evidence, Mr Justice Birmingham said, that if the case was dealt with in Donegal it might have been disposed of “non-custodially”.The Court of Appeal took the view that it was a serious offence involving violation of the dwelling. It involved an act of violence directed against a female in her own home.Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said any suggestion that violence in a domestic or quasi-domestic context was less serious “should be squashed here and now”.The court took the view that Ginty’s sentence was out of line with sentences typically imposed in cases of this nature. Ultimately this was dealt with as a burglary in the course of which an assault was committed by somebody appearing before the courts for the first time.Mr Justice Birmingham said the offence could have been met with a sentence of two years imprisonment and “that is the sentence that will now be imposed”. It was backdated to the date of his conviction, July 15 2013.CRAZED DONEGAL MAN WHO TERRORISED EX-GIRLFRIEND IN HER HOME HAS PRISON SENTENCE CUT BY 3 YEARS was last modified: December 14th, 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:burglardonegalgirlfriendKevin Gintyletterkennynutterterrorlast_img read more

21 Dec

San Francisco landmark: Giants community gathers to remember McCovey

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thirty two years ago, Willie McCovey stood on the stage on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York and spoke about his family.At a Hall of Fame ceremony designed to commemorate McCovey’s career and honor his on-field accomplishments, the San Francisco Giants first baseman turned the tribute around and shined the spotlight on those he felt closest to.“Like the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, I’ve been made to feel like a landmark too,” McCovey said with …last_img read more