“Adult Education Important to Liberia’s Growth”

first_imgMadam Allen: “Adult education is important to the growth of Liberia.” By Jallah AmosonThe Executive Director of the National Adult Education Association of Liberia NAEAL, Madam Desterlyn Allen, has said that adult education is important to the growth of Liberia. Adult literacy programs have been changing the lives of people by taking them from what she called ‘zero level’ to the point where the learners can read and write short sentences and letters.At the official opening of the NAEAL office on Robertsfield Highway in Margibi County over the weekend, Madam Allen said her organization, founded in 1977 by a group of Liberian educators who were interested in promoting literacy in the country, has been working in partnership with communities  and implementing partners, and coordinating activities with the  Ministry of Education to reduce illiteracy in Liberia.She said presently NAEAL has programs in fourteen counties and has conducted forestry education programs in Grand Bassa and Nimba counties. The participants were community dwellers who were taught how to manage and preserve their forests.She emphasized that NAEAL’s programs are intended to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to community dwellers to enable them to do something for themselves, and disclosed that the organization has trained more than 500 literacy facilitators and 13,000 learners across the country.As a result, she said the beneficiaries have gained self-esteem and additional skills in writing as well as working and improving their communication skills.NAEAL’s aim, she said, is to empower people through education, literacy, business and life skills, and professional development skills in order to sustain community development.  She added that NAEAL’s main programs are adult literacy, training for capacity building, literacy and educational resources development and professional development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Much love to give: Farmer blazing through motherhood with 12 children

first_img…ready to adopt moreBy Andrew CarmichaelThe saying “cheaper by the dozen” may be a lucrative motto for those in the trading industry; but for a mother of 12, “cheap” is a far cry from what she experiences with her children.Audrey Ramsay takes care of seven children who were born to other women in addition to the five she has birthed; yet she would not mind taking in another child if the situation arises.And her husband? He has no objection to increasing the size of their already large family. “My wife likes children, and if my wife wants to adopt another child, (I have) no problem,” he declared.The couple lives at Light town Village, East Bank Berbice, and earn a living out of farming. But more importantly, Audrey is the reason six children are having a normal life, let alone being able to go to school, after being abandoned by their birth-mothers.Adopting children was not always in her life’s plan. Explaining how the family acquired its size, this special mother said, “These children, their mother likes to sport and drink; she is an alcoholic. And a day she came with them and said that her family (had) put her out and she wanted somewhere to stay, or she (would) have to give away the children.”Audrey said the troubled mother threatened to take the children’s lives; and with a big heart, she took in three of the four children and the other went to stay with another family. Shortly after that, the children’s mother was murdered in 2014.However, that was not the first time Audrey had taken in someone’s children to nurture as her own. It all started a decade ago, when she took in the first set of three children.Audrey and her husband in the garden“Their father is my cousin, and the mother go away and leave him with the children, and so he go in the bush to do gold work to get money to look after them. He left them lock up in the house, and so police lock him up… That is how the children end up at me,” she explained.Audrey Ramsay and her husband (right) of Lightown Village, East Bank Berbice are warm selfless individuals who loves and cares for a family of 12 childrenAt the time when she took in her nieces and nephews, Audrey already had her five children. She explained that she has been mothering the trio siblings for 14 years now. “When the three of them were small, they weren’t going to school. The big one was not going to nursery at the time, but now she is going to high school.”The last lot of the seven adopted children is a three-year-old from the village. She took in this child as recent as April this year.The ages of the seven children whom Audrey and her husband took in range from 25 years old to three years old. Her five biological children are between the ages of 25 years and 15 years.Apart from their small vegetable garden, Audrey also makes pointer brooms to sell in order to earn money to support the needs of her children, which includes their schooling.There is no secondary school on the East Bank of Berbice, and so the three siblings have to travel all the way to New Amsterdam to attend school; and this costs the family more than $600 per day.Currently, 11 of the 12 children attend school. Come September, a further two are expected to commence their secondary schooling.A regular day after school in the Ramsay household would entail the older ones assisting the younger ones with their school work. But in the morning hours, it is Audrey who has to employ her ‘motherly’ skills to get all of them ready for school on time, while at the same time ensure breakfast is ready for the entire family and lunch is prepared for those going to schools in New Amsterdam.This Mother’s Day, while most mothers would be pampered, Audrey will be preparing her very own cricket team for school tomorrow, since this day would be spent like any other Sunday.last_img read more

Norway releases US$80M towards solar farm project

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson– money initially intended for Amaila Falls Hydropower ProjectThe Norwegian Government has cleared the transfer of US$80 million, which Guyana has earned for sustaining its rainforests to absorb global carbon emissions, from the Amaila Falls Hydro Project to fund a 100-megawatt solar energy project.This was revealed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Thursday. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Board of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), he noted that Government has secured the funding towards renewable energies.“Last week, the Minister of Climate (and the Environment) of Norway wrote to confirm that Norway has agreed to transfer the US$80 million, which was earmarked for the Amaila Falls, to do 30 megawatts of solar PV farms with storage, and that I think is a significant boost for the company,” Patterson told the newly-installed Board and GPL management, urging that they put this on the front burner.Back in July last year, then Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had disclosed that Government was able to secure “sort of the green light” to divert the Amaila Falls project funds to the solar energy project.Harmon had led a Guyanese delegation – comprising Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Patterson and Amerindian Peoples’ Association executive Laura George – which was able to convince the Norwegian authorities to accept the use of natural gas as a clean and cheap alternative during its transition.“They were prepared to accept that as a transitory arrangement, whereby because natural gas was a resource that belongs to Guyana, that it was cheap and it was clean that it was a sovereign decision as to what is done … It was felt that if you had natural gas in there, there was no Norwegian money, [but] I believe we had a more practical discussion,” Harmon had told reporters at a post-Cabinet briefing.He said the Norwegian officials saw a concerted effort by the visiting delegation to promote the solar project coupled with the support of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) and Conservation International.It was noted that Finance Minister Winston Jordan will have to activate the process with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank to release the monies earned by Guyana for preserving its rainforests – an agreement that was entered into under the Bharrat Jagdeo regime, under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).Last year, the coalition Government announced plans to pursue a 100-megawatt solar farm project, which would see several solar farms established to feed energy into Guyana’s power grid.“From what I’ve seen in the GPL study, we’ll try as far as possible to locate (the solar farms) as close to where you have these sub-stations so it will link very easily into the grid. So you won’t have to have the farms in some far place and then you will now have the issue of having to have transmission lines and all of that,” Harmon had explained.The coalition Government is anticipating that this solar project will bring about several benefits. These include a 15 per cent reduction in the country’s reliance on fossil fuels in the first year after the project has taken off. By the second to third year, an estimated 50 per cent displacement is expected in Guyana’s reliance on heavy and fossil fuels.Government contended that this move to solar power was driven by the fact that it was much cheaper with Germany and China having mastered efficient and low-cost production of solar materials.While Government was going ahead with the solar farm project, Harmon had clarified that it was still embracing hydro-projects as an alternative energy source but would be doing so with only smaller projects like the Moco Moco Hydro, which was recently approved.Nevertheless, he posited that Government is open to a private company investing in the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.The Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP) was the flagship of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)-crafted Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). The project was expected to deliver electricity to Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, and its second largest town, Linden, via transmission lines.last_img read more

Wildfire risk throughout the Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgDue to the hot and dry weather over the week, and into the weekend, the fire danger rating throughout the Prince George Fire Centre continues to rise. The risk for a wildfire is very high right now, and in an effort to reduce the number of human-caused fires, the Fire Centre has implemented a campfire ban. Officials are encouraging campers to use either charcoal or gas grills when they are outdoors. – Advertisement -To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.last_img

Poll – Are you pleased the Raheem Sterling saga has finally come to an end?

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Mendez disputes his censure, Joyce’s exit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“In hindsight, I should have been a whole lot smarter about being invited into a room with a person who was forced to retire or be fired,” Mendez said. “We started getting into her evaluation and the South Whittier (college satellite center) site, including that she was cutting funding for it from $3million to $100,000,” Mendez said. “She knew how to press my buttons. Then \ started to get hot and heavy.” Mendez, who has been on the board since 1999, is up for re-election Nov. 6. He’s being opposed by Alma Martinez, who has been endorsed by the college’s faculty association and Joyce. Joyce, who still lives in the area, said she was disappointed that Mendez “continues to be deceitful and misrepresent the district for his own political gain. WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College officials said Wednesday they’re disappointed trustee Gary Mendez has resurrected the issues surrounding the college’s controversial summer of 2006, when he was stripped of his board president title and censured following a confrontation with now-retired President Rose Marie Joyce. Mendez, 38, has claimed that Joyce’s departure last December was not voluntary – an assertion disputed by his fellow board trustees. “It was a forced retirement, yes, due to an evaluation of poor performance,” Mendez said. “(The board) made a deal with her that she was going to be forced to retire. Or the other consequence would be for her to be released from her employment – or fired.” And the altercation he had with Joyce in June 2006 that resulted in his censure by fellow trustees wasn’t about him wanting to upgrade his hotel room on a Hawaiian conference trip – it was about her being upset about the retirement, Mendez said. “It’s a lie,” Joyce said. “It’s a matter of record that the board extended my contract. You’re not forced to retire if your contract was extended.” Trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez said he had no knowledge of any retirement deal with Joyce and has nothing but respect for the former president. “All I know is that she wanted to retire, she asked to retire, and there was something that went on with Gary but that was highly confidential,” Couso-Vasquez said. “I’m so sorry this has resurfaced. I know nothing about it. I’m happy for her in her retirement and I’m happy we have Dr. (Ted) Martinez (Jr.)” as the new college president. Couso-Vasquez did not vote for Mendez’s censure last year – he abstained because he said he was uncomfortable with the lack of sworn evidence against Mendez. Faculty members are also upset over Mendez’s allegations, said Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association. “This makes the whole college look bad, and what’s the purpose of doing that?” Newman said. “I thought we’d put this behind us and now he’s raising it up again,” he said. “The fact is he was censured for bad behavior and bad language, and he was removed as president. “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

FREE BURGER AND CHIPS FOR EVERY LEAVING CERT STUDENT TODAY

first_imgMairtin KellyBIG-hearted restaurant owner Mairtin Kelly is offering a free burger and chips to every Leaving Cert student today.All you have to do is turn up after 12 noon today at Kelly’s Diner at Mountain Top Letterkenny with a print-out of your Cert/results.There’s no hidden gimmicks. Just some understanding from a man who has been there, done that (a few years ago now!) FREE BURGER AND CHIPS FOR EVERY LEAVING CERT STUDENT TODAY was last modified: August 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:Leaving certletterkennyMairtin KellyMountain Toplast_img read more

LYIT BATTLE THEIR WAY TO NATIONAL LEAGUE COLLEGES’ FINAL

first_imgAnthony Thompson faces three St Pats Drumcondra forwards as he attacks opens up another Letterkenny IT attack. Letterkenny IT won by a score of 12 -9. (photo Paddy Gallagher).Letterkenny IT had to dig deep to overcome a dogged St Pats College side in the semi-final of the National League Colleges competition.The Monaghan GAA Development ground was the venue for a spicy affair between two of the emerging teams in colleges football this year.Letterkenny IT , captained by Aodh Rua ‘s Peter Boyle and including in its ranks Daragh Gallagher and Anthony Thompson from Glenties , took to the field in Monaghan, chosen as a neutral venue by the GAA, to test their wits and strength against St Pat’s College, Drumcondra. The points came early, and in favour of Letterkenny from Adrian O’Gara who made several raids from his half back position in the first 30 minutes of play.The second point came from Shane Coyle, the Letterkenny full forward playing up front with Peter Boyle, who also soon after wards, found his range with an excellent point.It was far from one-way traffic as St Pats dutifully returned scores whenever the opportunity arose, Stewart, Flanagan and Kelly all converting. Good recovery tackling and composure on the ball from Anthony Thompson, the Donegal star, kept Letterkenny on their toes, Conor Parke, at full back turned a near perfect performance to bring the Letterkenny lads in at 8-4 in the lead on the half time whistle.The second half start from Letterkenny replicated that of the first half, a point from Adrian O’Gara. The pressure from St Pats increased as the time progressed; the Dublin side certainly was energized at the half time interval and chose the last quarter of the game to make their final push for victory. Points from Daragh Gallagher and William Gillespie and Dylan McGowan made sure of the Letterkenny’s place in the final. The combined forces of Thompson and Parke and McFadden in defence were critical factors in the game which could have went against the Donegal men but for a tremendous save from Blake Forkan, the Letterkenny IT goalkeeper, from Neary of St Pat’s college.Final score 12-9 .Team: Blake Forkan, Cian McFadden, Conor Parke, Ryan Mangan, Dylan McGowan, Anthony Thompson, Adrian OGara, Stephem Henry, Daragh Gallagher, Thomas Kerr, Brian Egan, William Gillespie, Shane Coyle, Peter Boyle, Brian Timlin, Scorers: Boyle (2), Egan,(1), Gillespie (2), McGowan (1), OGara (2), Timlin (2), Thompson (1), Gallagher (2).The Final:The League Final will be played out between Letterkenny IT and University of Limerick at the Connaught GAA grounds near Claremorris, Co Mayo, next Tuesday 19 November with a 2pm throw in. Adrian O’Gara Letterkenny IT and James Stewart, St Pats College, Dublinpictured in the Semi Final of the Division 2 Colleges League on Tuesday, Letterkenny It progresses to the final by a score of 12 – 9, with 2 points scored by Adrian OGara. (photo Paddy Gallagher).LYIT BATTLE THEIR WAY TO NATIONAL LEAGUE COLLEGES’ FINAL was last modified: November 13th, 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:LYITNational League Colleges FinalST Pats Collegelast_img read more

GIRL, 3, HIT WITH GLASS IN FACE DURING HOUSE ROW

first_imgA man almost blinded his 3 year old daughter when he threw a glass jug in a rage at his wife’s lover.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Prince Asamoah attacked his wife and her new partner when he entered her home in Letterkenny. The woman and her four daughters were left terrified in the house at 84 The Grange on June 5th last.Letterkenny District Court was told Asamoah arrived at the house and a huge argument started which saw the accused challenge his wife’s new lover to “settle this like a man.”The court heard that Asamoah picked up a chair and then a set of pliers and tried to attack the man but he was stopped.He then threw a glass jug at him but he ducked and the jug smashed spraying his three year old daughter with glass.The little girl needed stiches to the wound and pictures of her horrific injuries were handed into the court.Judge Paul Kelly said “The photos are horrifying. Hopefully they have healed up. And luckily it doesn’t appear to have damaged her eye.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had harboured hopes of a reconciliation with his wife but that was not meant to be.Asamoah faced charges of assault causing harm, assault, trespassing and criminal damage.He said he was very sorry and felt so guilty about hurting his daughter.Judge Kelly adjourned the case against Asamoah of 64 Hollywell Woods, Swords, Co Dublin for a probation report.GIRL, 3, HIT WITH GLASS IN FACE DURING HOUSE ROW was last modified: November 27th, 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:daughterfaceglassLetterkenny District CourtThe Grangelast_img read more

Glitz and glam at St Eunan’s College prom night – Pic Special

first_imgStudents from St Eunan’s College celebrated their prom night on Wednesday night las – with plenty of glitz and glam on display.The night of fun made for a great occasion in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny.Clive Wasson was in attendance to capture some of the best moments. Caoimhe Gallagher and Erin Doherty at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonProm King and Queen, Aisling Cullen and Ben Harkin at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMegan Duff and Paul Bradley at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonRosa Barrett, Roisin Conaghan and Tina Doherty at the St. Eunan’s College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCiara O’Malley Aife Davis, Claire Young and Conor Halby at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLucy O’Connell and Kathryn Kelly at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonKeelan Margey and Matthew Coyle at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonDarren Ferry and Mark McGinty at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLucia McNamara, Tiernan O’Boyle, Owen Watson and Erin Doherty at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhe Gallahger, Aoife Gallagher and Yvonne Gibson at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonLauren White and Ronan Dorrian at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonKatie Lapsley,, Liam Gallagher and Karen McClean at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonJohn Joman, Keith Bautista and Sai Prathamesh at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonFinnian O’Donnell and Maeve Doherty at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonDearbhla Doherty and James Larkin at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonMolly Moore, Rachel Foy, Laura Crossan, Jodie McGlinchey, Ronan McCann and Oisin Sweeney at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonDina Doherty, Rosa Barrett and Roisin Connaghan at the St. Eunans College prom in the Silver Tassie on Wednesday night last. Photo Clive WassonGlitz and glam at St Eunan’s College prom night – Pic Special was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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