‘We Must Love Our Country’

first_imgThe most appreciated Liberian government official, Mary Broh, has said that everything she does is meant to give a good image of the country she loves and cherishes so much. She is therefore urging Liberians to show similar affections if the country is to be developed.“I love this country! I really love this country because this is the place I call home and everything I do, I do it in the best interest of this country,” Madam Broh, affectionately called ‘General Broh’, said at the Liberian Series of the African SHEROES Awards over the weekend.Madam Broh was one of several honorees at the event, where she scooped the Outstanding Female Government Official Award. In this category, she edged out Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, and another nominee.After being presented with the accolade, Mrs. Broh, who is known for her no-nonsense approach to ensuring that Monrovia and its environs are kept clean by residents as well as taking on every task presented by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said: “Liberia is a place that I hold so dear to my heart. This country is a sweet place but we all must work to make it so.”“President Sirleaf similarly loves this country.”She said it will take only Liberians to make Liberia better. “No one will come from anywhere to do it for us. This is the only place we have,” she said.The GSA boss was recently given a month-long task of giving Monrovia and its immediate environs a facelift for the festive season; which she, as usual, ably executed, though many described her actions as “anti-developmental.”The African SHEROES Awards is a newly initiated premier international awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful and inspiring females of African descent, with the Liberia edition being the first of its kind to kick-off this year.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the biggest winner at the award ceremony, taking home the maiden edition of the highest and most prestigious award of the African SHEROES Awards (ASAs), The Ultimate SHEROES Award.The president was not at the ceremony, but Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan Cassell received the award on her behalf.The President was selected by the organizers for the highest honor because of what they termed as her great achievement in politics and setting the bar for other African women to follow. The ultimate SHERO is a woman who has continuously risen to the challenge of matching social impact with economic value and broken the glass ceiling, organizers of the event said.The ASAs, a Liberian event, was created specifically to honor women who strive for success in spite of the limitations society put on being a female. The organizers are Barkue Tubman and Salamartu Duncan. The awards were won in both youth and adult categories, with many young girls emerging as winners.Tubman and Duncan, speaking at the ceremony, promised that each year the organization and its partners will recognize African women for demonstrating excellence – from economic growth to social change, from local to global, across multiple sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Repeated offender remanded on threatening, wounding charges

first_imgAfter spending three months in prison, Daniel Bouncer of Tucville, Georgetown reappeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday, slapped with a series of charges including escaping police custody, threating language and wounding.Bouncer pleaded not guilty to all four charges after it was read to him. The first charge read that on March 17, 2019 at East La penitence, Georgetown while being in lawful custody for the offence of threatening language, escaped custody. On the same day, at Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown he made use of threatening language towards Raul Boucher.Another charge alleged that on January 30, 2019 at Tucville, Georgetown he made use of threatening language towards Randy Greene thereby breaching the peace.The final charge stated that on February 17, 2019 at Silverballi Street, Georgetown he unlawfully wounded Jevena Boucher, so as to cause her actual bodily harm.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail being granted to the defendant. Meanwhile the virtual Complainant, Jevena Boucher in an explanation to the court stated that the defendant is a threat to herself and family.As such, the defendant was remanded to prison until June 21, 2019.last_img read more


Peace River Regional District News Letter

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Another tragedy for the Broncos

first_imgCircumstances surrounding his death weren’t immediately available. Signed as a free agent in August, Nash played in three games for the Broncos last season and finished with 18 carries for 66 yards. He started as a rookie in 2005 with Tennessee, which drafted him in the fifth round. He played in three games for the Titans. Damien Nash, a backup running back for the Denver Broncos, collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis, his agent, David Canter, said Saturday night. Nash was 24. Nash was from St. Louis but played his senior year of high school in East St. Louis, Ill. He played two seasons at the University of Missouri after starting at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College. The death was the second to strike the Broncos in less than two months. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was shot and killed Jan. 1 while riding in a limousine after leaving a nightclub in Denver, just hours after the Broncos’ season ended. That shooting remains unsolved. Brady Quinn is not working out at the NFL scouting combine this weekend. He will do the interviews, take the Wonderlic intelligence test and go through medical evaluations with teams, particularly those concerned with the knee injury that occurred during the USC game, aggravated in the Sugar Bowl loss to LSU and is not fully healed at this point. center_img But as far as he is concerned, talk that his stock in the April NFL draft may be slipping is something to be ignored and laid to rest on pro days March 4 and 22. He is unequivocal: He will tell NFL general managers he clearly still should be one of the top three picks in the draft. “There’s not one other player who has had the kind of coaching I’ve had the past couple of years,” Quinn said. “There’s not one other player who has done what I’ve done the past couple of years. You’ve seen the progress, the numbers and everything we’ve done at Notre Dame, and I feel I am the best leader for a team that needs someone to fulfill that job.” Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe would like to tell NFL teams to look past the numbers, in this case his 5-foot-7-inch stature, and focus on numbers that matter-179 all-purpose yards per game. “People are entitled to their beliefs and they feel that I wouldn’t have accomplished those same things playing in a bigger conference,” Wolfe said. “But my offensive line coach (Sam Pittman) said it best when he said everything I’ve accomplished I’ve accomplished with a Mid-American Conference offensive line. It wasn’t like I was out there playing with a Big Ten offensive line. (And) I wasn’t running up and down the field against air.” Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp. Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips confirmed that the wide receiver needs a second procedure on the finger that required surgery last month after getting injured during the 2006 season. Phillips did not give a date, but The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the surgery would be Thursday. “I’ll have to talk to our doctors and his doctors about how long he’s going to be out,” Phillips said. “Drew Rosenhaus (Owen’s agent), who I talked to already, said he was going to be back sooner than what he says.” BrieflyShalane Flanagan won the 3,000 meters in the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, finishing in 8 minutes, 56.74 seconds. Kawasaki’s James Stewart raced to his sixth win of the season Saturday night in the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, edging Ricky Carmichael before a record crowd of 70,649 at the Georgia Dome. 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


DONEGAL MEP WINS SANCTIONS AGAINST ICELAND FOR STEALING OUR FISH

first_imgThe Committee on Fisheries in the European Parliament has approved the introduction of new trade measures including sanctions which are designed to prevent overfishing by non EU countries.The final vote was unanimous with 24 MEPs in favour and none opposed.The Committee on Fisheries appointed Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher to oversee the introduction of the measures, which were initiated by the European Commission in response to the overfishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Mr. Gallagher described the report adopted by the Committee on Fisheries in the European Parliament as “an effective and meaningful instrument designed to prevent unsustainable fishing practices.”The report according to Mr. Gallagher is a “vast improvement on the European Commission proposal, which was too limited in scope” and he believes the report to be “an excellent basis for a final agreement with the Council of Ministers.”Mr. Gallagher again called on the Coastal States to resume talks immediately with a view to reaching an agreement on the mackerel dispute.Mr. Gallagher said “I sincerely hope that these measures will never be used and I encourage all sides to immediately resume talks so as to resolve the dispute over mackerel in the North East Atlantic. If a solution is not found, all sides will eventually lose out as history has shown that countries cannot continue to fish above the recommended quota without environmental consequences occurring resulting in subsequent economic impacts for all.” The plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the Gallagher report during the week commencing the 11 June. After which, formal negotiations between the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission will commence with a view to reaching an overall agreement.Mr. Gallagher concluded by stating “the ball is now in the court of the EU Fisheries Minister’s to deliver and to follow the strong and unanimous signal made today by the Fisheries Committee.” DONEGAL MEP WINS SANCTIONS AGAINST ICELAND FOR STEALING OUR FISH was last modified: April 25th, 2012 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)last_img read more


Pacific pulls surprise party against Carter

first_img Carter senior running back Damon Fredieu ran for 106 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, but Penn ran just four times for 45 yards. Carter all-purpose back Joseph Guilbeau scored on a 31-yard reverse play and also caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Wooten with 47 seconds left in the game. “We’ve looked like crap and haven’t gotten much respect,” Pacific coach Randy Jensen said. “Tonight, we played a little like a team.” Pacific employed a tandem system at quarterback with both Tyquiese Anthony and Demetrius Payne scoring on long runs. Anthony scored on a spectacular 85-yard run off a broken play early in the second quarter, and ran for a 10-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Combined, Anthony and Payne ran for 178 yards. Payne scored on a 24-yard run that was set up by Aaron Melton’s 66-yard kickoff return, giving the Pirates a 35-21 lead with 5:06 left in the game. SAN BERNARDINO – D.J. Richardson ran for 212 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Pacific to a shocking 42-36 win over Carter on Friday in a San Andreas League opener. Richardson scored on a 60-yard run in the first quarter and on a 7-yarder with 6:32 left in the half to make it 21-7. He scored again on a 3-yard run to give the Pirates a 42-28 lead with 1:50 left in the game. “We got our butts kicked because we couldn’t stop them,” Carter coach Mike Churchill said. “Our kids think they are better than they are.” Carter did display some offensive ability, primarily by Dorian Penn, who caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Khalid Wooten. Penn then added a 73-yard TD pass to Alex Villapando to bring the Lions to within six at 35-29 with 4:47 left in the game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While Pacific’s win puts the San Andreas League up for grabs, the win didn’t surprise Richardson. “Anything is possible. We can beat anyone,” he said. Pacific outrushed Carter, 493-269. 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


PICTURE SPECIAL ON A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR JASON QUIGLEY AND HIS DONEGAL FANS

first_imgIT’S not every night you win your first Professional bout.But it was a dream start for Jason Quigley – and for his Donegal fans at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.Here’s some more snaps to celebrate. PICTURE SPECIAL ON A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR JASON QUIGLEY AND HIS DONEGAL FANS was last modified: July 13th, 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:Jason QuigleyLas Vegaspicture speciallast_img read more


Minister McHugh announces new project to teach Irish through PE and other subjects

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has announced a new project to support the learning of Irish through PE and other subjects.The three-year pilot, using the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, will be developed in two phases.It will be open to 22 starter schools and early years settings to take part from September 2019 with the number increasing as the project progresses. Minister McHugh said: “We have a duty and responsibility to try and make Irish relevant to the next generation.“Seeing young people socialising and playing and having fun in a language is as good a test as there is of how vibrant and alive a language is. Through actions like this we can support our young people to connect with our language and own it.“In a post Brexit global economy, we need to ensure that young people are engaged in a way that promotes bilingualism or even multilingualism, a skill that will support future economic growth.”The first phase of the project will be developmental and will run over the 2019/2020 school year. It will include the design of a professional development programme and resources for teachers and early years practitioners. Teachers and practitioners in a range of settings will be invited to participate.Starter schools and preschools taking part in the early phase will receive considerable support from teacher educators including the Department’s support services.The teachers, practitioners and pupils involved in the first phase will then be ambassadors for the CLIL approach to language learning as the project progresses.In almost all of the English-medium preschools, primary and post-primary schools involved the project will work exclusively on promoting Irish by learning various curricular areas through our language. In Irish-medium post-primary schools, the project will exploit the experience of learning through Irish to develop further CLIL learning in Modern Foreign Languages. This will be built upon as the project expands.The second phase of the project which will commence in 2020/2021, will allow the project to be extended to a greater number of schools and settings and will involve larger numbers of teachers and practitioners. Minister McHugh said: “We should not stop here. Our goal should be to make this new approach a success and see the great potential to extend it to other subjects in schools like music, science, art or maths.“I would encourage stakeholders to attend the upcoming CLIL information event and support teachers and young people in participating in this very important and innovative project.”CLIL is an educational approach in which the target language, (Irish or a Modern Foreign Language) is used in the teaching and learning of other subjects.For example PE could be taught through Irish in an English medium school, or through French in an Irish or English medium school. While CLIL is not the same as immersion, it offers flexibility and opportunities for a more focused approach to target language learning and teaching.The Department will host a CLIL information session in the coming weeks to outline the project and the benefits of participation to stakeholders.As part of development work, Minister McHugh has established a new steering group to progress a CLIL pilot project for Irish as provided in the Irish language five-year Action Plan 2018-2022 and for Modern Foreign Languages under the Languages Connect Strategy.The group comprises representatives from Mary Immaculate College/UL, Institute of Technology Tralee, DCU, Maynooth University, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), the Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI) as well as departmental officials and the Inspectorate.The pilot project will work with teachers to develop quality-assured lesson exemplars/materials and resources and ensure focused professional development for teachers. It will build on the learning and insights gained from the work already done by institutions and the Department’s Professional Development Service for Teachers.Minister McHugh announces new project to teach Irish through PE and other subjects was last modified: April 23rd, 2019 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:donegalEducation MinisteriIrishpelast_img read more


A Step Closer to Gecko Adhesive

first_imgScientists are getting closer to imitating the amazing wall-climbing ability of geckos.  Science Daily reports that a team from UC Berkeley manufactured tape with hard polymer fibers just 600 nanometers across that mimic the spatulae on gecko feet.    This latest attempt at imitating the gecko works only on smooth, clean surfaces, but requires no pressure and resists sliding.  It lifts off easily and leaves no residue.  Both gecko feet and the new tape work by employing intermolecular forces called van der Waals forces that only become significant at close range.  The tiny fibers create a large surface area for these forces to act on.    Next, the team wants to improve it so that it can work on rough or dirty surfaces and clean itself.  Geckos are still way out in front in this technology (01/04/2005).  Their spatulae, being much smaller (200 nanometers in diameter), resist contamination because large dirt particles are more likely to stick to the surface than to the foot.It was only after 2000 that scientists began to understand the physics of gecko feet (08/27/2002).  Immediately, they set out to imitate them.  Products inspired by this technology will soon find wide application.  Science inspired by nature’s designs – biomimetics – is on the forefront of research that, unlike evolutionary theory, is poised to improve our daily lives.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


SA faiths unite for climate

first_imgJune Josephs-Langa signs the declaration, while Tahirih Matthee stands ready to add her signature. (Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternGlobal climate change is probably the most important issue facing decision-makers in the 21st century. Because South Africa is a developing country, the Kyoto Protocol does not require it to cap greenhouse-gas emissions. Nonetheless, the country has voluntarily committed to stabilising emission between 2020 and 2025, followed by an unchanged plateau for 10 years thereafter, and an active reduction from 2035 on.For these targets to be met, the country must develop a strategy now. In order to get input from the widest possible range of stakeholders, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and the Department of Science and Technology will be holding a Climate Change Summit from 3 to 6 March 2009 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.One of the organisations that will submit resolutions to the summit will be the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), a multi-faith environmental organisation that works in two ways.It is generally accepted that global climate change is directly caused by the excessive, affluent and acquisitive lifestyle of the wealthier and more influential members of society. So the solution to the problem will have to include some lifestyle change.This is where the faith communities step in. It is in the churches, temples, mosques, meeting houses and stone circles in the veld that the people of South Africa gather to contemplate their relationship with the universe, with nature, and with their god or gods.A major aim of SAFCEI is therefore to work on the consciences of faith leaders so they can encourage their constituents to live in a more environmentally responsible way, and so  contribute to the solution, not the problem.A call to actionMore than that, religious communities also have a responsibility to speak out on behalf of their members. To this aim SAFCEI, in partnership with Indalo Yethu, held a Religious Leaders Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg from 10 to 12 February 2009. Indalo Yethu is an independent trust set up by DEAT to communicate environmental issues to South Africans.Over a hundred religious leaders of various levels and from diverse faiths met for the three days to thrash out a two-fold strategy.The first day was dedicated to exploring ways faith communities can directly affect change by adopting sustainable alternatives in their places of worship, and by encouraging their communities to do the same. This directly addressed one of the main issues brought up by Tinyiko Maluleke, president of the South African Council of Churches, in his keynote address.“The faith communities are our only hope to debunk the myth of the environment as an elite-based concern,” he said. “In your congregations you have the rich and the poor. But you also have culprits and victims. CEOs of the worst polluting companies may be worshipping in your sanctuary – your role is bigger than you embraced”InterconnectednessBut that’s only one side of the story, so the second and last days were spent drawing up a declaration on climate change, and drafting a resolution to take to the DEAT summit in March.The resolution focused on five areas: water, climate change, waste management, food security and biodiversity.After high-level input and a panel discussion on these areas, the delegates formed smaller groups to draft the relevant resolutions. Not surprisingly, they discovered an enormous overlap in the focus areas.Water affects everything from waste management and food security to biodiversity, biodiversity impacts on food security, climate change affects everything, and waste management is critical in reducing carbon footprints, maintaining clean water and protecting biodiversity.Overarching all is the dominant economic system, which encourages a culture of profligacy and waste. So probably the most controversial of the statements to come out of the summit is the call to the implementation of a new economy similar to that drawn up at the Tällberg Forum in Sweden in 2008. This calls for an economy that, instead of being profit-oriented to the exclusion of all else, is “designed to meet human needs”, is sustainable, and is “bounded by ecosystem limits”.The declaration was signed by Tahirih Matthee, the chair of SAFCEI, and June Josephs-Langa, the CEO of Indalo Yethu, while delegates stood around them in a circle. In true SAFCEI fashion, the summit ended with an interfaith worship and a few irresistible impromptu songs of praise.Geoff Davies and Liz McDaid will attend the Climate Change Summit in March to present the declaration and resolutions on behalf of the faith communities represented at the SAFCEI summit.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesUsing waste to save the world Improving lives with bicycles Sappi and Volvo greening SA Investing in a clean future Africa’s carbon-trading potential Wind power on SA’s national grid Useful linksIndalo Yethu Southern African Faith Communities Environment InstituteDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismDepartment of Science and Technologylast_img read more