The Government of India has expressed its country’s willingness to support the Government’s long-term development agenda, Vision 2030 or Lift Liberia and as well invest in major sectors of the Liberian economy.The Indian government, through its new Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Dinesh Bhatia, expressed its willingness to support Liberia’s development initiatives and its readiness to encourage more Indian investors to invest in Liberia, particularly in crucial sectors such as agriculture, rural development, microfinance, infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors.He also indicated that India is also willing to cooperate with Liberia in the technical fields of health and education. The new Indian Ambassador made these statements when he presented his Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office Thursday, July 3.Ambassador Bhatia told the Liberian leader that his Government is committed to contributing to the capacity building of Liberia. He disclosed that during this academic year (2013/2014) his government provided 43 Liberian students scholarships to study in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Program (ITEC).“Already the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has approved eight slots for graduate and post-graduate studies for the year 2014/2015. Liberia recently received 14 scholarships on Agricultural Extension Management under the Joint India and United States Initiative to extend global food security,” he said.The new Indian envoy also offered training opportunities for the National Elections Commission (NEC) with the Elections Commission of India, this he said, is as a result of the recent peaceful and successful General Elections his country conducted that brought in a new Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India, it should be known, is the largest democracy in the world.He expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations between the two countries have deepened and are growing as evidenced by the exchange of high level visits to each other’s country, including President Sirleaf’s State Visit to India last year.He also made mention of the 10 years of uninterrupted peace that Liberians celebrated recently. He attributed this to what he termed as President Sirleaf’s “sound governance policies of social inclusiveness, opening up the democratic space, visionary leadership as well as the resilience of the Liberians themselves.”Appointed on April 12, 2014, H.E. Bhatia replaces Ambassador Anil K. Sharan. He’s concurrently accredited to the Republics of Guinea and La Côte d’Ivoire. He resides in Abidjan, La Côte d’Ivoire.Prior to his recent appointed, Ambassador Bhatia served as Joint Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.President Sirleaf, upon receiving the Letters of Credence, said that Liberia and India have over the years forged excellent cooperation, especially in the areas of agriculture, education, health, and transportation. She said all of this cooperation is geared towards enhancing and accelerating Liberia’s recovery process.She made reference to the numerous bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MOUS) the two countries have signed, noting that much progress has been made since then.The Liberian leader spoke fervently of the long and friendly ties between Liberia and India, which she noted, have strengthened their two peoples and fostered closer cooperation in the areas of trade investment, and human capacity development.She, among other things, reiterated her gratitude to the Indian government for the donation of a fleet of TATA buses together with spare parts in 2011 that is helping to alleviate the transportation challenges faced by residents in and around Monrovia. She also mentioned about that government’s offer to set up a Farm Science Center, as well as the Barefoot Vocational Training Center geared towards improving Liberia’s agricultural sector.“I am glad that you have again highlighted India’s pledge to establish an Information Technology (IT) Center in Liberia and to continue your assistance to our human capacity development through scholarships and short-term training under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programs,” the Liberian leader reiterated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia’s premier agricultural and industrial learning center, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), has launched a website and new academic programs.The launch of the website coincided with activities marking the Institute’s 86th founding anniversary held from June 26-28 under the theme, “Working for Her Interest and Good.”The website: www.bwitech.edu.lr, according to Principal Alexander M. Massey, is for students, educators, families, friends, stakeholders, and the general public to learn everything about BWI.The website acts as an arm of information sharing, introducing people who don’t know much about the school, such as a parent or a prospective student or a teacher, as well as individuals seeking employment. It provides information on current events and the general culture of the school and a forum for teachers, administrators, students, and parents to exchange information such as news, calendar of events, entrance results, student handbook, alumni activities, admission process, financial requirements and policies. In addition, Mr. Massey said BWI has also included a web database at the backend of the website, which will enable students and parents to view students’ progress reports (grade sheets) online, financial payments and balances, disciplinary records, transcripts, fees, etc.Currently, the BWI budget of US$1.8 million, which has remained consistent four years, has finally been increased by US$450,000, bringing it to US$2.3 million for Fiscal Year 2015/2016. With this, Mr. Massey said his administration is committed to increasing BWI’s revenue and has therefore contracted the services of a professional fundraiser consultant to help the institute.The BWI agriculture program, said Principal Massey, is getting back on track, following the intervention of USAID-FED, backed by the United States Agency for International Development, with a donation of greenhouse, a power tiller and other implements, and the construction of the soil science lab. The USAID-FED also supports BWI with a new National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) program.“We recognize that our programs are only as good as our teachers. We are interested in qualified teachers with some level of integrity, who are dedicated and committed to upholding our legacy,” Mr. Massey emphasized.As such, he said this effort by his administration is intended to be augmented with better teacher salaries and living accommodations, with emphasis on teacher training, both short and long-term.“We want to devote enough resources to training our faculty in new academic and vocational standards,” he emphasized.Additionally, Mr. Massey said his administration recognizes the urgent need to revise the existing curriculum to conform to the new West African Senior School Examination Certificate (WASSEC) curriculum as prescribed by the Ministry of Education (MOE). It will also conform to the vocational and technical training realities of the day, he added. “We are also turning to industry, those enterprises which participated in our annual internship program, for their input in the revision of our curriculum. We are diverting from the concept of only institutional-led training programs and turning more to competency-based as well as industry-led training at BWI,” Mr. Massey assured.Although, curriculum revision is a continuous process in the educational arena, Mr. Massey explained that the BWI goal is to keep up with current trends and standards in vocational and technical skills training.BWI’s HistoryThe establishment of BWI in Liberia was a dream come true for the late President Charles D.B. King. During an official visit to the United States of America in 1922, President King was asked by a reporter to name anything of significance that he would like, if it were possible, to take back to his country, Liberia. The President said, “If it were possible, I would like to take Tuskegee Institute in Alabama back to Liberia. President King’s dream of a Tusgegee type institute in Liberia was fulfilled in 1929 when Mrs. Olivia Phelps Stokes, and American philanthropist, in cooperation with the Liberian Government, established BWI. Kenneth Y. Best, a 1959 BWI Alumnus, in his book, The BWI Story, recalled that Mrs. Stokes donated the first US$100,000 as seed money for the founding of BWI.As a result of this joint venture between Ms. Stokes and the Liberian government, BWI opened its doors in 1929. Its first Principal was a white American named James Longstreet Sibley, who hailed from the American State of Georgia. Unfortunately, Mr. Best said in his book, Mr. Sibley, shortly after he opened the school’s doors, contracted yellow fever and, said Best, “in 48 hours he was gone.”But the dying Principal dictated to his secretary that they should not bother to send his body back to the USA. He wished to be buried right on the BWI campus, and that everything he owned he bequeathed to BWI. Mr. Sibley’s grave is situated on campus, across from the Library and Administration Building.Since 1929 the institute has produced professional agriculturists, technicians, engineers, secretarial and business management and accounting experts who have over the decades served in both government and the private sectors, her and abroad. Because of their expertise in so many fields BWI alumni in the United States and North America have organized since the late 1980s the most successful Liberian Alumni Association in that part of the world, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank. Much of this money has been used to help sustain the Institute during the war years and since.The current BWI Alumni Association in North America is headed by Mr. Zaccheus Payne, while the Association in Liberia is led by president Jonathan Paye Layleh, a prominent Liberian journalist and BBC correspondent. 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Recruits from the Felix Austin Police College who are currently undergoing training were treated to a special luncheon by senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Friday.The annual luncheon saw trainees being served by officers at the Officers’ Mess Annex, Eve Leary.Speaking at the event was Force Training Officer, Clifton Hicken, who said the aim behind the initiative is to serve as an appreciative act to the recruits who will be entering the Guyana Police Force soon.Hicken noted that through this initiative, the new officers will be able to interact with their seniors on one level. He further urged the trainees to put their “best foot forward” as they enter their new professions.“On behalf of the administrative team, I would like to extend well wishes to all. As you go off into the world of work, I trust that you do your work to the best of your abilities,” the Deputy Police Commissioner stated.According to Hicken, over the years, the Police Force has seen a significant boost with more successful batches of recruits applying.He pointed out that following this batch, another is set to begin training in a matter of weeks.Nevertheless, the Force’s Training Officer outlined that most of the recruits who are successful during training have gone out in the field and are performing their duties excellently. In fact, he disclosed that the Force has seen more qualified recruits joining its team.Hicken urges qualified persons joining the Police Force to do so with an open mind and be prepared to go through the necessary training and ranking structure.Among the top officials serving the recruits at the luncheon on Friday were Commissioner of Police Leslie James, Divisional Commanders, the Crime and Traffic Chiefs, as well as heads of the various administrative departments within the Police Force.
A man, who allegedly wounded his neighbour, was remanded to prison on Tuesday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Forty-year-old Travis Garrett of Diamond Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty.The charge stated that on July 24, 2019, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, with intent to commit murder, he wounded Ramchan Chunilall. In Court on Tuesday, the Virtual Complainant related that he did not wish to proceed with the matter.“I don’t want to carry this matter further, my wife is sick and I have little kids,” the VC told the Court. The VC, who had a visible scar on the side of his neck, further told the Magistrate “see if you could help them out”.Prosecutor Ceon Blackman informed the Court that Garrett offered the VC $300,000 settle the matter. The Prosecutor, nevertheless, objected to bail, pointing out the seriousness of the offence and the penalty it attracts. Garrett was remanded to prison and the case will continue on August 5.
The owners of a refuse collection company whose truck killed a toddler have appeared in court charged with having no insurance on the day.Ferry’s RefuseDirectors of Ferry’s Refuse Collection, Jimmy and Mary Ferry, are charged with having no insurance on February 16th, 2010. On the day one of the company’s trucks was involved in an incident in Letetrkenny which resulted in a three year old boy being knocked down and killed.The driver of the truck, Alex McDaid, has since been cleared by Letterkenny Circuit Court of dangerous driving causing the death of little Patrick McDonagh at The Green, Ballymacool.The tot was killed after being struck by the truck as he chased a ball onto a roadway outside his house as Mr McDaid reversed the bin lorry up the street.The charges of no insurance against the Ferrys arise out of claims that Mr McDaid did not hold a valid driving license while working for Ferrys Refuse Collection.According to defense solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin, the Ferrys of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, say they were shown an English driving license by Mr McDaid.He said that if the license is valid then his clients are insured.However solicitor for Mr McDaid (60), Patsy Gallagher, revealed in court that Mr McDaid admitted during the previous circuit court case that he did not have a driving license.The court heard that there is now some concern over the authenticity of the license.The matter is being investigated by Zurich Insurance, the Gardai and the licensing authority in Britain.Garda Superintendent David Murphy said Gardai had made enquiries through Interpol about the license and were still awaiting verification.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until November to allow more information to be gathered.He also asked Gardai to seek to obtain the original license belonging to Mr McDaid.REFUSE COMPANY CHARGED WITH HAVING NO INSURANCE ON DAY TODDLER KILLED was last modified: October 17th, 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:Alex McDaidballymacooldeadFerry’s Refuse Collectioninsurance
Tiemoue Bakayoko 1 Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko will miss the start of the French club’s pre-season schedule with a move to Chelsea imminent, according to reports in France.The all-action midfielder was due to report back for training this week alongside his team-mates, who were crowned Ligue 1 champions last term.But, according to L’Equipe, the 22-year-old will not be present with a transfer to Stamford Bridge now said to be close to completion.The Premier League champions have been tracking Bakayoko all season and have reportedly made him one of their key targets.The future of Nemanja Matic, who is a target for Manchester United, remains unclear and Chelsea want to land Bakayoko as a potential replacement.The west London club have had a largely frustrating transfer window so far having missed out on former player Romelu Lukaku but they did complete the signing of Antonio Rudiger over the weekend.Now it has been reported that they want to make it two in quick succession with Bakayoko seemingly on his way.However, further reports on Monday morning have claimed United are also interested in the 22-year-old and could be plotting to hijack Chelsea’s move – read more of that story here!
A DONEGAL Town man has spoken of his horror as he witnessed the double bomb blast at the finishing line of the Boston marathon yesterdayChris Cassidy, a political journalist with the Boston Herald, had just completed the marathon when the first explosion took place. Three people were killed and more than 140 injured in the atrocity.“The first explosion sounded like cannon fire,” he said. “I saw a cloud of grey smoke rise up in front of me near the Boston Marathon finish line and an army of police in yellow jackets race toward it.“My first reaction — which now seems incredibly naive — was that some kids were playing a prank, maybe setting off fireworks.”Chris went on: “I had just crossed the 26-mile marker — dedicated to the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Nothing was going to keep me from that finish line — just two-tenths of a mile away, I thought to myself.“Then I heard the second explosion behind me and saw not only pieces of a trash can blown away but casualties. “That blast rattled me. This now seemed to be an organized attack, and I immediately thought a third explosion would be next. And for few moments, I was terrified.”He said that absolutely nothing he experienced can compare to what the injured and victims went through yesterday.“It was the only time in my life I thought there was a real chance I was going to die — or at least get struck by flying debris from a third blast that never came,” said Chris.“Near the site of the second blast, I saw several severely injured spectators. I saw a woman bleeding from her forehead and drops of blood on the sidewalk on the opposite side of Boylston Street from the second blast.“Another woman lying on the ground was being attended to by a Boston police officer. A pair of brown women’s boots lay in the street. “Police and hotel staff now were pushing everyone away from the finish line. That’s how my ninth Boston Marathon ended.“I never did finish the race. Within seconds of the second blast, I saw several runners around me high-jump the metal railings — no easy task after running 26 miles — and evacuate the course.“Wearing a race singlet and possessing only a cellphone with a nearly dead battery, I climbed over a toppled railing and scurried into Copley Place Mall. I was joined there by other fleeing runners and spectators, while unsuspecting shoppers blithely strolled past a food court.”The Donegal man said that inside the mall they were all told to stay inside. “I then thought about my teammates, several of whom were near me at the time of the blasts. But I didn’t see any of them after everyone scattered. One of my friends who was on a patio on Boylston had just yelled out to me seconds before the explosions. I soon learned everyone was OK. I feel lucky.“Time to get whoever did this,” he added.DONEGAL REPORTER AT BOSTON MARATHON: ‘I SAW CARNAGE AFTER BOMB ATTACKS was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL REPORTER AT BOSTON MARATHON: ‘I SAW CARNAGE AFTER BOMB ATTACKS
Tags: A1 ChallengeBetway PowerJavon Lady PhenomsKIU TitansNBL Power has been unstoppable this season (File Photos)FUBA National Basketball league 2-18YMCA Court, WandegeyaFriday, 22-06-2018-A1 Challenge Vs Javon Lady Phenoms (Ladies) @06:00pm-KIU Titans Vs Betway Power (Men) @08:00pmThe National Basketball league will return with two games on Friday at the YMCA Court in Wandegeya.In the Men’s division, early pace setters BetWay Power will be hoping to improve on their eight game winning start to the current season when they take on KIU Titans in a giant clash.Power have by far been the most impressive side this season and with wins against reigning champions City Oil and second placed Pemba Warriors, they will be confident they can also get the better of the University side.“The game will need both physical and mental focus especially from the players, said Power coach Arnold Lando.“The focus on our short term goals still stands and we will try to keep the advantage till the end of first round.“We know KIU is a strong side and it is evident in their 7-1 record so far but we believe we have enough quality to win the game.Their opponents on Friday, KIU Titans are also on a good run since the start of the season, losing only one of their eight games so far.The Titans’ only loss came at the hands of lowly Sharing Youths towards the end of last month.Having also defeated the two big sides in Warriors and City Oil, they will be confident going into the game.KIU defeated defending champions City Oil last monthPower is the only team in the men’s division who are yet to lose a game in the National Basketball League this season, winning all their eight engagements.With three games remaining to the end of the first round, KIU Titans game on Friday, looks the trickiest one for Power – Ndejje and JKL Dolphins are the other two fixtures. It is also worth noting that all will be played at YMCA, the training ground of Power.Last season, Power won both regular season games against KIU Titans: The five time champions won 56-64 in August before adding another 79-76 victory on October 27th.Power defeated KIU twice in regular season last yearHowever, looking back at the October game, five of the players who scored the most points for Power on that day will not be part of the roster today – Michael Makiadi (24) left for greener pastures in Rwanda’s Patriots, Ikong Joseph (19) is with the Silverbacks team currently in Turkey, Willy Nijimbere (10) left after a tough debut season, Isaac Afidra (8) joined the coaching staff and Diego Anghemi (8) crossed to Our Saviour Basketball Club.However, Arnold Lando is still positive heading into the tie.“We have a big team and I think it gives an opportunity for other players to step up and show their worth.Ikong has had 29 rebounds; only Geoffrey Soro (41) and Phillip Ameny (48) have grabbed more for the team.He has scored 79 points in total this season, a stat only bettered by Stephen Wundi who has posted 86.With the baton in Wundi’s hands, the former UCU player noted that his side is confident for a victory:“We are ready physically and mentally, we just have to reduce their comfort in the shootings and rebound more.KIU has seen the addition of Joseph Chuma to the roster this season improve their back-court immensely –The Titans have conceded the least points this season (426) so far.Chuma has collected 62 rebounds this season, only City Oilers Landry Ndikumana (91), UCU’s Fadhil Chuma (82), UPDF’s Bernard Okumu (76) and JKL’s Ivan Lumanyika (76) have picked more.On a good day, a team that has Sudi Ulanga, Chris Omanye, Collins Kasujja, Samuel Agutu, Mike Bwanga, Kazungu Ethienne, Chuma, to mention but a few, can hurt anyone in the league.Titans coach Wathum, prior to the game noted:“It should be an exciting game considering both teams’ style of play, said Titans coach Wathum ahead of the game.“We are prepared as usual as we prepare game at a time.When asked whether his side has what it takes to dethrone Betway Power, this time round, the always confident coach had this to say:“It would be nice to but I can’t predict the future.“Let’s just wait for tip off and see how it goes.In the Women’s division, title contenders A1 Challenge will take on struggling Javon Lady Phenoms.A1 has had a mixed start to the season, losing two of their opening six games, both coming against rivals JKL and KCCA.Currently on a two game winning run, they will be fancying their chances against one of the worst sides in the league this season.The Phenoms have lost all but one of their seven games in the league this season, including a 50-72 loss to Nkumba Lady Marines at the same venue on Wednesday.Upcoming fixtures:Ladies. Saturday, 23-06-2018.Javon Lady Phenoms vs JKL Lady DolphinsNkumba Lady Marines vs Angels Basketball ClubMagic Stomers vs A1 ChallengeUCU Lady Canons vs KIU RangersMen. Saturday, 23-06-2018City Oil vs Our SaviorUCU Canons vs KIU TitansComments
Letterkenny Golf Club is hosting Ladies and Gents Open Golf Competitions this Friday, August 18, in aid of Bumbleance.Bumbleance, the children’s ambulance service, will benefit from the proceeds of Friday’s event.There will be overall ladies and gents prizes. Entry cost €20.Book online at Letterkennygolfclub.com or by ringing 0749121150Letterkenny Golf Club to hold competition in aid of Bumbleance was last modified: August 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)
A Donegal road is so bad that school bus drivers are now refusing to use it.The road at Drumatoland, Castledooey, Galdonagh in the St Johnston area is filled with potholes and motorists say it is almost impossible to drive on.Numerous motorists say they have suffered punctures and other mishaps in recent weeks on the one kilometre stretch of road. The situation has become so bad that the local bus driver has now refused to travel on the road after months of saying it is dangerous to drive on.They have informed Bus Eireann, who oversees the route, of their decision.Schoolchildren must now travel to a designated area so they can be collected to travel to school.Donegal County Council has filled the potholes on a number of occasions. However, locals say the entire road needs to be resurfaced as the situation deteriorates every few weeks after it is temporarily repaired.A spokesman for the local residents said “All we are looking for is fair play and we are simply not getting it. Just look at the state of the road in this picture.“The council comes out time after time and does a temporary job but it is just as bad a few weeks later.“We appreciate money is tight but we pay our road taxes like everyone else and yet we are driving on third world roads.“It is bad enough that we have to navigate these horrific roads every day but now our children are being put out and that is just not on.” School driver forced to leave students at roadside because of potholed road was last modified: February 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:potholesroadSt Johnston