REAP Conducts Skills Training for Bentol Students


first_imgThe Restoration of Education Advancement Program (REAP) has concluded a five-day camp training for over 25 students within Bentol City area, rural Montserrado County. The students were trained in different skills.The 5-day camp, dubbed Dave Parker Camp, was aimed at giving the youth the opportunity to acquire skills in catering, masonry, carpentry, sewing, agriculture and computer repair. It was held in the edifice of the William R. Tolbert Youth Enlightenment and Empowerment Center, Bentol City, Montserrado County.The Mayor of Bentol and daughter of former Liberian President William R. Tolbert, Christine T. Norman, said the camp was organized to help young children have confidence in themselves and realize their full potential and also get closer to God.“Every child should be given the opportunity to participate in activities that are relevant to their upbringing,” the Bentol City Mayor stressed.“Children should be given the chance to think critically. This is because it prepares them better for the future and challenges ahead of them,” she added.“This organization remains committed to helping young children. We have impacted over 6,000 lives across Liberia, through the freedom project. We were established between 2002 and 2003. We did this so that the manifestation of rebellion, lack of hope, we see in most young people would not trouble these. The camp will help them solve spiritual and physical challenges. We also teach these young children to know Christ,” she said.Munah Kollie, 30, a resident of Careysburg and a student of the catering department, said the camp has positively impacted her. She expressed her appreciation to the organizers for their kind gestures.“I learned a lot in these five days. At least now I know how to make cake and other food items. I will practice what I have learned and will also teach other young women what I have learned. This training will help make my dreams come true because with the skills, I will start up my own business”, she explained.Another student, Jerry D. Nelson, 18, a 10th grader of the Hope International Christian Academy, Bentol City, and a student of the agricultural department said he is proud of the knowledge he acquired in Agriculture.“I now have something to show my friends and I know that they will be able to learn from me. With this, I can teach and put into practice what I learned here and I have also learned how to work with strangers,” he stated.Eighteen-year-old Caroline Gannet, student of the Computer repair depart extended her thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the camp.“I am grateful because they have impacted my life greatly. At first being the only girl in the department, I felt I could not make it but I tried it and ended the practice. I am asking the organizers to please create another space for us next time because 5 days are not enough to get us through, however, I am happy and appreciative,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GFC Restructuring Committee highly unbalanced


first_imgDear Editor,On April 26, 2019, following repeated requests from the staff, the GFC Restructuring Committee finally met with staff and introduced the members of the Committee. Various articles have reported on the chaos that erupted following the meeting. However, as was suspected and the reason for withholding the information on the Committee makeup to the general public was that it was clearly an unbalanced Committee. The staff has noted this and during the engagement, questions were consistently asked as to why there was no HR or management specialist on the committee.For general information, the members introduced or announced to staff comprise of at least four political figures from the Government APNU/AFC membership and three other members. To be specific, the convener is an adviser to Minister Trotman and an employee of the Ministry and an AFC executive member. There is also another adviser (female) working out of the Ministry who is also an AFC member, a third AFC member from the lower East Coast of Demerara comes as a Private Sector representative who has vested interest in forestry (this can be a conflict of interest) and is also a senior member of the AFC. All three of these persons were on the AFC list of candidates for the 2015 elections and possibility the 2018 Local Government Elections. Another member introduced is a senior political adviser of the Ministry of the Presidency and a member of the APNU. So here you have four out of seven who are political appointees. The fifth member, a former Director of Conservation International is perhaps the only specialist in environment and management. The sixth member is a GFC lawyer and in private practice and the seventh, and perhaps most junior, is a middle division management staff of GFC.This imbalance did not escape the attention of staff and questions emerged as to the glaring absence of any HR and other specialist trained in these types of activities as part of the panel. No satisfactory answer was provided. The Minister, soon after in a sign of desperation, tried to justify the members of this Committee. However, this is a modern era and these missteps by the Minister will not go unnoticed.Sincerely,Staff (name withheld)last_img read more

GC Assesses Anti-Corruption Strategy Today


first_imgIn pursuit of a strategy to promote transparency and accountability in government the Governance Commission (GC) will today conduct a high level assessment roundtable on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) at a resort in Monrovia.The Anti-Corruption initiative, according to GC, is a prime focus of government as manifested by the establishment and improvement of several institutions and agencies including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Internal Auditing Agency (IAA) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).Corruption, according to the GC, is defined in the Liberian context as bribery, embezzlement and extortion; abuse of office, misapplication of entrusted property by an official of public or private institutions. Other forms of corruption are nepotism, tribalism, offering, soliciting or accepting sexual favors in exchange for the performance or omission of an act associated with entrusted authority.Also illicit enrichment, rigging of elections and the sale of votes are considered acts of corruption.A GC release indicates that the anti-corruption strategy endeavors to ensure a coordinated, consistent, efficient, realistic and sustainable fight against corruption and to promote full participation of all Liberians and other stakeholders in its elimination.GC hopes that the roundtable will assist the relevant authorities to develop a platform to plan, execute and monitor the anti-corruption strategy; design a system for implementation of the strategy, formulate ways to incorporate the national Code of Conduct within the implementation strategy, and sponsor public awareness programs promoting a culture of integrity and ethical behavior in society.The roundtable discussion on Anti-Corruption Strategy is expected to host Vice President and recently petitioned Presidential candidate, Joseph Boakai, who will chair the event.Also expected at the event are Dr. Alpha Simpson, DAH Consulting Inc. and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh.Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos Sawyer will deliver the opening statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister blames drug shortage on health sector employees


first_img…says electric system will relieve situationIn response to claims of widespread drug shortages across Guyana, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence has made it clear that there is no unavailability of medical supplies.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceAccording to the Minister, drugs are oftentimes available at the various storage facilities in the respective regions, however, it is the responsibility of the public health sector workers to ensure the supplies are requested before they are depleted.Lawrence was at the time responding to questions at the sidelines of an event on Wednesday.“This we have been trying to grapple with and that’s why we are trying to move as quickly as possible to ensure we have electriconise the system, so that persons will be able to see in the system what is happening because many times the drugs and the supplies are there either at the local level at their warehouse or it is at the Ministry’s level and if persons do not make a request then that will not be fulfilled and sometimes we have a lot of system failures where persons don’t do what they’re supposed to in a timely manner,” she explained.Just one week ago, it was reported that medical supplies were lacking in Region One (Barima-Waini). Toshao of Kamwatta Hill, Maurice Henry stated that complaints were being raised by health officials about the shortage of medicines for quite some time.“There is shortage of drugs for a long while. There’s a young health worker who recently started working and he said he hasn’t received any kind of drugs in adequate amounts although they made requests. When the former health worker was there, we used to get complaints about the shortage of drugs,” Henry noted.On July 31, the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Terrence Esseboom, confirmed that the country’s premier health institution, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) ran out of medication to treat malaria. The medication was, however, available but the staff did not make a request for it.The specific drug was not stocked in the main pharmacy so a patient had to endure intense pains and high fever in the hospital’s ward. This could have been avoided if staffers would have requested the treatment earlier from the Vector Control Services, which is a stone’s throw away from GPHC, the PRO explained.last_img read more

Man United transfer blow! AC Milan plot SHOCK bid for prime Mourinho target


first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic could not be heading to Old Trafford after all AC Milan are planning a late bid to hijack Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.The Swedish star is expected to sign for Jose Mourinho’s United this summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.The 34-year-old is set to announce where he will be playing his football next season shortly after Sweden were eliminated from Euro 2016 on Wednesday.According to Sports Mediaset, Ibrahimovic’s former club Milan are seeking to make contact with their old player to try and persuade him to make a shock U-turn from a move to Manchester.The Rossoneri are willing to offer Ibrahimovic an £8m-per-year contract and believe the veteran could be tempted by a return to Milan, where he scored 56 goals in 86 appearances.last_img read more

CHILDREN’S EASTER NIGHTMARE AFTER FINDING WORMS IN CHOCOLATE EGG


first_imgA young brother and sister now dislike Easter after finding worms in a chocolate Easter egg.The children found the worms and larvae in a chocolate egg.The young children, from Co Donegal, bought the Easter egg in Portugal. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the incident happened while the children were on holiday with their family in 2004.Barrister Peter Nolan said once the egg was open, the children found it was “riddled with worms and larvae.”The shocked children were upset for a number of days after the incident but suffered no long-term physical affects.However he added “They now have a very negative association with Easter. It ruined their holidays somewhat.”The children were in court with their mother.Mr Nolan said the company who sold the egg, Fernando Barros-Produtos, had made an offer to the children in the case.They had offered each child €2,000 in compensation which he said he had advised his clients to accept.“A sum of €2,000 has been put forward for each child.“It should not have been issued here but it should have been issued in Portugal.“We are advising out clients to accept it because if we travel to Portugal we may only get €20,” he said.Judge Keenan Johnson agreed to the awards.CHILDREN’S EASTER NIGHTMARE AFTER FINDING WORMS IN CHOCOLATE EGG was last modified: April 2nd, 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:childrenchocolatedonegalEaster egglarvaeLetterkenny Circuit Courtwormslast_img read more

Celtic unveil new 2018/19 away kit


first_imgCeltic will be hoping to make it eight league titles in a row by the end of 2018/19, and this white away strip could be the one in which they create history.Fierce rivals Rangers unveiled their home strip for next season earlier this month, which is designed by Hummel. The return of the Celtic cross is a throwback to the Hoops’ first every jersey, which had the same design. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 scrap Latest Scottish football news Celtic have unveiled their new away kit for the 2018/19 season.The Bhoys, who won their second successive treble last term, have decide to showcase their Irish heritage with a classy white shirt, emblazoned with a, frankly beautiful, Celtic cross. 3 The shirt will be complemented by green shorts and hooped socks. The body of the shirt has a faint tartan design, a bold green stripe on each sleeve, and a classy button down collar. 3last_img read more

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Raiders’ gut-punch loss to the Broncos


first_imgNo loss is good, but some particularly sting.The Raiders’ Week Two loss to the Broncos in Denver is certainly one of those losses.The Raiders failed to score in the fourth quarter and allowed the Broncos to rattle off 13 straight points en route to a 20-19 Denver win, capped by Brandon McManus’ 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.The loss drops the Raiders to 0-2 on the season, putting into serious jeopardy their playoff aspirations. Over the last nine seasons, only six of 108 …last_img read more

School campaign helps change lives


first_imgThe brand new library is the firstin the school’s 32 years of existence.The lavender patch brings in a modest income for the school. Lavender Hill Secondary School aims tochange lives and transform the community.(Images: April McAlister) MEDIA CONTACTS • June OrsmondYES programme coordinator+27 083 709 4105• Fareeg Manie, headmasterLavender Hill Secondary School+27 21 701 9000 RELATED ARTICLES • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Safe social portal for scholars • Reviving sport in SA’s schools • Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Poor schools score textbooksApril McAlister A school programme in an impoverished Cape Town suburb is helping to bring about positive change in individual pupils, their families and communities – and could be used as a model for sustainable development elsewhere in the country.The Youth Empowerment through School project, also known as the YES scheme, is a collaboration between the Wynberg Rotary Club in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and Lavender Hill Secondary School.The Lavender Hill community is like many others on the Cape Flats – an area coloured people were moved to during apartheid, so authorities could make space for more white families within the city.This legacy of displacement and oppression is still felt today, and crime, drug abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism are rife.Lavender Hill residents generally have a meagre earning potential, and a large portion of adult males there are unemployed.These issues have deeply affected the youngsters of the community, leaving them despondent about their future.YES aims to break this negative cycle by equipping young and old with skills to improve their lives and the project’s model can be applied in any community that wants to improve its standard of living.Empowering kids to make better life choicesThe YES campaign began as a charity assisting the Lavender Hill Secondary School and was previously known as the Lend a Hand in Lavender project.The project’s coordinators, June Orsmond of the Wynberg Rotary Club and Lavender Hill headmaster Faseeg Manie, have been driving YES for the past 10 years.In that time it has made substantial progress in getting children off the streets, encouraging them to take part in healthy activities and empowering them to make better life choices.The new name has emphatic and positive implications, which are reflected in all the campaign aims to do.Better facilities The campaign has been carefully and methodically planned, with four structured phases involving infrastructure development; sustainability through financial management and a trust; implementation; and the Dream Phase – which envisages community members selling fresh produce grown in the school vegetable garden.With the aid of various NGOs such as the Gauteng province-based Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, the children are given a decent meal at school, so they can focus on their schoolwork and not their grumbling stomachs.Nutritious packs are also made up and allocated to needy families, through an organised and well-managed feeding scheme.Wynberg Rotary, with assistance from a UK-based Rotary group, funded a revamp of the school playing fields and also arranged for a proper irrigation system to be installed. The fields are now ready to be used by the pupils.The Lavender Hill Development Trust has been registered to raise money for the sustainability phase, and to manage the finances. Its aim is to raise R2.5-million (US$352 178) for a capital fund and implement a YES fundraising programme, which involves leasing a block of playing fields, among other items.An established lavender garden, apt for the area and the school’s name, also provides a small income from a local market.The Bicycling Empowerment Network uses the Lavender Hill school premises for promoting exercise and alleviating poverty by providing people with a low-cost form of transport. Twenty donated bicycles will be used to start a supervised bicycle club for the community.Aiming high Although some South Africans still blame their situations on the country’s history, the Lavender Hill pupils are beyond that and are aiming high, says Manie.The school has received a batch of computers from the Western Cape’s Department of Education, with the help of the Khanya project, which uses technology to address the shortage of teachers. Lavender Hill Secondary School now boasts a top-class lab where pupils can practise their computer literacy.Two thousand covered reading books now sit on the shelves in the school’s new library which, through donations of quality furniture, has become a place for relaxation, study or leisure reading.With the assistance of activist group Equal Education, the library opened in July 2010 and is a first in the school’s 32-year-old history. Just 8% of South African schools have functional libraries.This school is still battling with a shortage of staff, but hopes to soon appoint a social worker for the children; an aide to the principal; and other helpers to free the teachers to do what they do best, which is teach.Volunteers for extramural sports and culture activities are also needed, and a drug rehabilitation programme is on the cards.Despite these challenges, the matric pass rate has improved steadily over the past five years. According to the school, its pass rate is 80%, which is well above the national average of 60.7% given by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in January 2010.In 2008 the Lavender Hill pass rate was as high as 87%, but it dropped slightly in 2009.last_img read more

Five points about the future of innovation in South Africa


first_imgA view of Cape Town with Table Mountain behind it from the V&A Waterfront. (Image: Brand South Africa)Ngozi OnuohaThis spring, I had the honour of joining seven journalists from the UK, US, China and South Africa on a tour of Johannesburg and Cape Town.Accompanied by guides from Brand South Africa, we met with leaders in technology, science and business to learn about initiatives aimed at boosting innovation in South Africa and possibly setting the stage for the country to become a future global leader in these sectors.While on my trip, the country was also preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy. It would be a bittersweet yet eventful year with the first independence celebration without Madiba, the first presidential election with born-free voters, and the country’s dethroning from their spot as Africa’s top economy.Despite the change in its economic standing, South Africa is repositioning itself for a return to the top.How? Well, one way is through science, design and technology innovation.Here are five ways South Africa could compete.5. People come in all shapes and sizes, and according to SKA, satellites do tooFascinated by space technology? The employees at Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in South Africa love it too. We visited their offices in Cape Town to learn more about their research and engineering projects.During his presentation in the SKA labs, digital backend sub-systems specialist Francois Kapp explained the organisation’s biggest achievements: KAT-7, the world’s first dish made of fibre glass, and MeerKAT, an under-construction telescope set to be the world’s most sensitive radio telescope.One of KAT-7 Satellites. (Image: SKA South Africa)The project is set to be completed in 2017 and could make history (and lots of investment money) for the country.4. Design in Cape Town will be sustained far beyond 2014(Image: Cape Town World Design Capital)In 2011, Cape Town won its bid to become the World Design Capital for 2014. This year, Cape Town and the country have celebrated the honour by bringing to life some of the concepts brainstormed in hopes of creating social change. During our visit to the World Design Capital offices, we viewed a presentation which highlighted of some of the projects and events in the works. Each project draws from the overarching theme, “Live Design, Transform Life.” They also fall into four categories:1. African Innovation. Global Conversation.2. Bridging the Divide.3. Today for Tomorrow.4. Beautiful Space. Beautiful Things.“The vision of the year is to transform Cape Town, through design, into a sustainable productive Africa city. Our mission is to identify those projects which provide tangible evidence of this transformative design in action.” – Nicky Swartz, a Cape Town Design Team LeaderA standout project that took place this year was led by a group, called Yenza. The collective – comprising architects, a stylist and an art director – help communities look at the resources around them to create low-cost, redesigned products.3. Silicon Savannah? No, Silicon Cape(Image: Bandwidth Barn, Facebook)One of our first stops in Cape Town was a visit to the Woodstock-based tech incubator Bandwith Barn.The warehouse-turned-work space is just one of a growing number of iHubs sprouting across the coastal town in partnership with an initiative called Silicon Cape. Similar to Kenya’s Silicon Savannah, Silicon Cape hopes to make the Western Cape an attractive destination for investors and tech entrepreneurs. Bandwidth Barn, the space first started out of a need for affordable access to bandwidth, now houses innovators working with companies such as Blackberry. It also has a development programme for tech innovators that offers mentorship, access to investors and, of course, work space.(Oh, and don’t worry, there’s no competition between the two Silicons. They’re partners.)2. Shooting your film in Hollywood? That was so last year.(Image: Cape Town Film Studios)Welcome to Cape Town Film Studios, the newest hotspot for Hollywood’s big-budget filmmakers.The film lot, located in Faure and just a few miles away from Stellenbosch, has seen a significant increase in the interest of movie houses such as Paramount and 20th Century Fox within the last year. Among its growing list of credits since its opening close to four years ago, Cape Town Studios has been a location for movies such as Dredd (2012), Safe House (2012) and Chronicles (2012). Most recently, the highly-anticipated film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) was shot entirely on the property. The set included a complete replica of Vilakazi Street, the area where the Mandelas, Tutus and other families lived in Soweto.“When I started, it was one of those projects that, I would say, 90 percent..95 percent of people said a low cost studio wouldn’t work here. Why would anybody in their right mind travel all the way here?…but I felt it would if you can create the right magic for people.” – Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Studios1. Women in leadership are taking centre stageIn each of the places we visited, it seemed there were women confidently articulating their research, aspirations and responsibilities as leaders in companies dominated by men. During a visit to the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems department of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), we met a small team of engineers responsible for researching and implementing the technology used to build robots. Their presentation was led by Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University who served as the group’s team leader. Govender described the research her team was doing could improve field robotics and help make robots strong, durable companions for miners. The robots could observe conditions deemed unsafe for miner exploration and cut down the number of deaths.Natasha Govender, a 32-year-old PhD student at Oxford Brookes University.The next day, we met Anele Nzama. Nzama is a junior technician at SKA South Africa, and she is in charge of controlling telescopes at the satellite technology company. The 26-year-old recent college graduate shared her excitement in holding a position at SKA SA, but also expressed a desire for more women to take part in science and technology innovation.Anele Nzama, a junior technician at SKA South Africa.Ngozi Onuoha has a masters degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and also holds a BA in English from the City College of New York (CUNY). Before attending Columbia, Onuoha was a contributing writer and event coordinator for a number of emerging Africa-centric organizations based in New York City. As a member of the diaspora’s creative community, she aims to continue coverage of arts, culture and development in Africa.last_img read more