UL, USAID Sign US$7M MOU

first_imgThe University of Liberia (UL) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a US$7 million memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the renovation of the UL Science Complex Building on Fendell Campus, outside Monrovia, UL President, Dr. Emmett A. Dennis has confirmed.The MOU, according to Dr. Dennis, is intended to create an educational opportunity for students to gain more practical experience in the science courses and other areas of studies including technology.Dr. Dennis made the disclosure during a program marking the first graduation of Public Health Technicians Certificate Program organized by the Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (CEHLS) with funding from USAID.The graduation program was held on the UL Capitol Hill Campus in Monrovia.Earlier in his welcome statement, Dr. Dennis underscored the importance of the public health certificate program, which he said is crucial to prepare Liberians to battle Ebola that is not yet eradicated from the country.He stressed the need for Liberians to be trained in public health to ensure that public areas such as food centers and school campuses are well protected.According to him, UL is expected to start offering bachelor degrees in nursing and midwifery as well as public health management for people to run health facilities, while doctors remain focused on patients in hospitals and other health-related facilities.The keynote speaker, Public Health Consultant at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), Angela  Benson, praised the students for the achievements and encouraged them to work together to develop their skills and also motivate others.For her part, CEHLS Country Director, Ansahta Yna Garnett, appealed for additional financial support to her organization to enable the institution to continue the program.She said the center focuses on enhancing the capacity of the health workers in Liberia through academic partnership between the UL, Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States.She said the purpose of the center is to build the capacity of the UL programs to address a national shortage of health workers, and therefore, it was necessary that the center be fully supported.According to her, the agenda was accomplished through the development of new and updated programs at the A.M Dogliotti College of Medicine, Thomas J.R Faulkner College of Science and Technology and sister public institution, the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA).The focus of the center, she said, is to further prepare students in life sciences such as public health, nursing, midwifery and pre-clinical science in medicine and pharmacy.The CEHLS program was launched on March 26, 2012 as an academic partnership to address the healthcare delivery needs in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies Player of the Week: Jared Winkel

first_img– Advertisement -Jared Winkel Facts: Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed. As part of a weekly feature, Jared was met at the rink to talk about himself and his team effort. Jared: “Definitely winning the championship last year.” Jared: “Pretty well anything.” What do you hope for the future, in terms of this season? Jared: “I play left-wing.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #17 Forward Jared Winkel. Jared: “Mostly an offensive forward but I like to be a 200 foot forward, for sure.” What’s your favourite food? Who’s your favourite hockey player? What is your favourite moment so far with the Huskies? How long have you been with the Huskies? Who’s your favourite hockey team? Age: 19Height: 5′ 11″Weight: 172 lbs.Shoots: LeftHometown: Lantzville, B.C. Jared: “Well, take it one step at a time but hopefully win another championship, go on further and win a Provincial championship.” What position do you play? Jared: “The Chicago Blackhawks.” Jared: “I played last year and this is going to be my second year.” How would you describe your style of play? Jared: “Patrick Kane.”Advertisement Jared: “Pizza, lasagna, spaghetti; a lot of Italian food, actually.” What kind of music do you listen to?last_img read more

Babcock and Culling qualify for US rodeo finals

first_imgBy Jon Zacks A pair of local high school athletes has qualified for the U.S. National High School Rodeo Finals. Gaileen Babcock, riding a new horse, won the Pole Bending event at the recent Alberta championship in Ponoka. Steven Culling, meanwhile, won the steer wrestling event. The two will head to the National High School Rodeo Final, to face off against more than 1,500 other competitors in Gillette, Wyoming, from July 17- 24th.- Advertisement –last_img

Liverpool target can leave Real Madrid for £24m this summer

first_imgReal Madrid are set to turn down loan offers for Liverpool target Mateo Kovacic – and will only sell him for £24m.The 22-year-old only arrived at the Bernabeu last summer but has struggled to establish himself as a regular first-team player.The midfielder made just eight La Liga starts last term and reports in Italy have suggested that a loan back to Serie A could be on the cards.Roma are very keen on luring the Croatia international back following three impressive seasons at Inter before his Real switch.And it has been reported that Kovacic could be open to the move with game time so short in Spain – which has come as a blow to Liverpool.The Reds have kept tabs on him for some time now and they have also been heavily linked with a summer offer.But now the Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Madrid do not want to loan Kovacic out next season and that they will only consider letting him go permanently if somebody is ready to cough up.They paid Inter €30m (£24m) to sign him this time last year and it is said that they will only sell him should they receive the same fee in return. Mateo Kovacic in action for Croatia 1last_img read more

Someday is coming … someday

first_imgIt’s more exciting than any holiday, and more thrilling than any vacation. The day I look forward to is – someday! Yes, someday. It can be next month or next week. And occasionally it’s a year or two from now, but it’s always someday. Someday is the day I will look really great in my jeans again and finish the oil painting I started two years ago. It’s when I will grow an herb garden. It’s when I will learn French beyond the minimum I now get by with, which is just enough to keep me sheltered and fed in a small village. Someday is the day I will publish my fifth book – even if, for now, I have yet to send out my first book proposal. Yes, someday is really a magical time because that’s when I will be sophisticated and fashionable – even if today I can barely walk 10 feet without tripping or spilling something on my drugstore sweat shirts. You see, today is just today. Who cares what I look like now? It’s the future that counts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSomeday is when I will be invited to all sorts of fabulous parties. And I just know someday I will attend the most amazing New Year’s Eve party of my life. I see myself in something sparkly. Wow! I look great. I’m dancing on tables along with other partygoers. We are so euphoric we can’t help ourselves. It’ll make up for all the New Year’s Eves I’ve ever spent driving in the rain as a radio host counts down the seconds, or all the ones spent on the couch watching Dick Clark’s countdown. Thanks to somedays, I sleep well at night. I don’t worry about all the things I’ve put off – jogging, bike riding, learning to surf. I know that tomorrow, next week, next month, I will do it all. This isn’t new for me. My inability to do today what can be done tomorrow has been a lifelong problem. Even at four years old, when attending family parties, I couldn’t wait until my legs were long enough so I could reach the dip and chips on kitchen counters. In school, I drifted off dreaming about flying cars and the TV-telephones of the future. Hey, please understand I don’t spend all my time dwelling in someday. I have great gratitude for what I have today. I appreciate my funny, hardworking husband and my lovely, 17-year-old daughter – when she’s not telling me how little I know. They make today a wonderful place to be. But now that I think about it, I do hope someday my daughter will catch herself saying, “My parents were right.” Maybe it’s the optimist in me. Or maybe it’s denial and procrastination that have me believe someday is going to be great. But I don’t think I’m alone. Take a look at what’s going on in America today with people buying homes they couldn’t really afford or stacking up debt in credit cards. I figure subprime-mortgage lenders and American credit-card companies depend on many Americans’ hope in someday. Isn’t that why many people put off paying today what can be paid some other day? Isn’t it the someday in the future many count on? That’s when adjustable-interest rates hover or dip and never rise. Someday is when people will receive raises, rake in cash in the stock market, win the lottery or stumble upon a Van Gogh at a garage sale. See, I know I’m not alone in my glamorization of someday. When I stop to think about it, as I am now, I have to face reality. The truth is, someday isn’t a sure thing. Actually, today is my someday of yesterday. Unfortunately, someday doesn’t greet us with balloons and music. “It’s here – the day when it’s all going to happen!” Someday, very unceremoniously, sneaks in a moment at a time. So if I write one page today and edit one tomorrow – a month from now I’ll be closer to a completed book. And maybe for folks in debt, they can save a dollar today rather than owe it tomorrow with interest. As corny as it sounds, it’s true – someday is here. I’ve got lots to do. How will you spend it? Michele Miles Gardiner is a freelance writer in Winnetka.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

Home-price fall in October is nation’s largest since 1991

first_imgLeading the index lower was Miami, where prices fell 12.4percent in October compared with the same month last year. That led it to surpass Tampa, Fla., as the worst-performing city. Tampa posted a year-over-year loss of 11.8 percent.Besides those two cities, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego also posted double-digit year-over-year declines. Atlanta and Dallas, which had previously posted price appreciation, fell in October. Prices fell 0.7 percent in Atlanta and 0.1 percent in Dallas compared to a year earlier.Only three areas – Charlotte, N.C., Portland, Ore. and Seattle posted year-over-year home price appreciation in October. Charlotte posted the largest gains at 4.3 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is considered a strong measure of home prices because it examines price changes of the same property over time, instead of calculating a median price of homes sold during the month.Home prices could fall an additional 10percent over the next year to 18 months before bottoming out, said Patrick Newport, an economist with financial consultant Global Insight, in an interview.Newport said four of the largest groups trying to sell homes – banks holding foreclosed properties, home builders, speculators and unemployed consumers – are typically flexible about lowering house prices because they need to get rid of the property.Sales of homes will likely start to rebound late in 2008, with price appreciation to follow, Newport said.A second, broader Case-Shiller index, which measures 20 metropolitan areas, fell 6.1 percent in October. Among the 20 areas used in the broader index, 11 posted record year-over-year declines and all 20 declined in October compared with September. NEW YORK – U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.The record 6.7percent slide in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index also marked the 23rd consecutive month that prices either fell or grew more slowly than the month prior.“No matter how you look at these data, it is obvious that the current state of the single-family housing market remains grim,” said Robert Shiller, who helped create the index, in a statement.The previous record decline was 6.3percent, recorded in April 1991. The index tracks prices of existing single-family homes in 10 metropolitan areas.last_img read more

Former Assemblyman Firebaugh dies at 39

first_img It allows students who attend at least three years of high school in California to qualify for the same in-state fee break given California citizens, regardless of their immigration status. The lower in-state fees can save students thousands of dollars a year. Firebaugh also wrote legislation to provide money for low-income communities most affected by air pollution. He unsuccessfully tried to make California the first state to outlaw smoking in vehicles carrying young children. The measure, which fell four votes short of passing the Assembly in 2004, would have made it an infraction to smoke in a motor vehicle carrying a child who was under age 6 or weighed less than 60 pounds. Supporters said the bill would have protected young children against health hazards created by breathing secondhand smoke. “Marco never backed down from a tough fight for what was right,” state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement. “He stood up for immigrants and working families, and courageously took the lead on social justice issues when many others remained silent.” This year, Firebaugh was running for the Democratic nomination in the 30th Senate District, which covers part of southeastern Los Angeles County. Also on the June 6 ballot are assemblymen Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. The incumbent, Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, is termed out. Firebaugh missed the end of the 2003 legislative session while battling a serious liver problem. At the time, he said the unspecified ailment required “intensive treatment” but he expected to recover. Firebaugh was born Oct. 13, 1966, in Tijuana, Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley, and a law degree from UCLA. He is survived by two children, Ariana and Nicolas. Firebaugh was president of MAF Strategic Consulting Inc., a public affairs firm in Los Angeles. He also was a visiting professor and a fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture. Last summer, officials dedicated the Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School in Lynwood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “So young and so talented,” Polanco said in a telephone interview. The two became acquainted when Firebaugh was a student at the University of California at Berkeley, and served as an intern in Polanco’s Sacramento office. Firebaugh served in the Assembly from 1998 to 2004, representing a district in southeast Los Angeles County, and was majority floor leader during the last two years of his term. He also led the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “This is a moment of profound sadness and grief for all of us who liked and respected Marco Firebaugh, cared for his life work, cherished his charm and charisma, enjoyed his love of life and admired his leadership in the Legislature,” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement. Among Firebaugh’s most significant accomplishments was writing a 2002 law that allowed some illegal immigrants to attend California universities while paying in-state fees. That law was challenged last December by a group of out-of-state college students who filed a class-action lawsuit claiming it was discriminatory. Former Democratic state Assemblyman Marco Antonio Firebaugh, a native of Mexico who wrote legislation making it more affordable for immigrants to attend California universities, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 39. Doctors attributed the death to influenza and liver failure, according to a statement from his campaign office. Firebaugh was running for a state Senate seat. He died at 7:15 a.m. at the UCLA Medical Center with family and close friends at his side, former state Sen. Richard Polanco said. Polanco, who as at the hospital when Firebaugh died, praised the former assemblyman for his compassion and his commitment to improving life for working-class families. He said Firebaugh was born in Tijuana and grew up poor while being raised by a single mother. last_img read more

LETTERKENNY TRIATHLON CLUB AGM

first_imgLetterkenny 247 Triathlon Club’s AGM will take place this Tuesday the 25th January at 7.30pm in Aura Leisure Centre. All new members welcomeLETTERKENNY TRIATHLON CLUB AGM was last modified: January 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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

GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG SUFFER SECOND HOME DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

first_imgNaomh Padraig GAA News: CLUB LOTTOThere was one lucky winner of last weeks lotto jackpot which was €550 the numbers drawn were 5-7-1-2-6-3-4 and the winner was Phelim McColgan. Next Weeks Jackpot €300SENIORSThe seniors suffered defeat in their second home game of the season against Naomh Ultan going down to a scoreline of 1-12 to 3-10. Next week the seniors and reserves have a bye.UNDERAGE Under 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture. The U-12s continue this week with away games against Carn on Tuesday evening. The 16s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a great victory over rivals burt on Friday evening with a scoreline of 4-08 to 0-05.CAMOIGECamoige for girls aged 6 and over will begin in Ture pitch on Thursday16th,April at 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Come along and join in the fun.BIG BREAKFAST The club would like to thank everyone who helped out and supported the big breakfast in any way on Saturday morning.CHILDRENS CHARITY CONCERTOur Annual Childrens Charity Concert will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday May 1st. Proceeds to InishowenSpecial Olympics. Performances by children from the parish. For imformation contactEileen on 086 8720734.QUIZ NIGHTThere will be a Quiz in order to raise funds for defibrillator training for the Quigleys Point area. The defibrillator is currently in the village and it is very important that we have a number of people from the area fully trained in its use. Community support for this event would be greatly appreciated. the quiz will take place in the POINT INN on Friday 24th April at 9.30pm.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG SUFFER SECOND HOME DEFEAT OF THE SEASON was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh PadraigNoticesSportlast_img read more

SPECTACULAR! DONEGAL’S TRIBUTE TO OUR OLYMPIC ATHLETES

first_imgWhat do you get when you cross five stepladders, five dog leads, some wire wool and five kitchen whisks?The answer is an amazing tribute to Ireland’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.The amazing sight was captured by a group of amateur photographers from Buncrana. Members of Buncrana Camera Club decided they wanted to produce a picture that would capture the spirit of the games.And so armed with the necessary equipment and very good balance they have captured an amazing photograph.The picture was taken after a number of initially unsuccessful attempts on the Castle Bridge in Buncrana.The underside of the bridge was already lit up green from St Patrick’s day but there was no other trick photography. Gerard O’Kane of Buncrana Club, said they are delighted with the end result.Gerard, one of 54 members of the thriving club, revealed it took 10 photographers to get the perfect picture but they are not revealing who took the actual shot.“It was very much a team effort on behalf of the club.“It took us more than three hours to get it right and we even had to wait on a local fisherman to finish on the river.“But I have to say, it was certainly worth waiting for,” he said. Gerard revealed the technique used to capture the image which is already making its way around the world via the internet.“We put the steel wool into the whisks which are then tied to dogs leads of the same length.“The wool is then set on fire and the sparks create the rings when they are swung around.“It took us a number of attempts and we finally got finished up at 1am but it was worth it,” he said. SPECTACULAR! DONEGAL’S TRIBUTE TO OUR OLYMPIC ATHLETES was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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:Buncrana Camera ClubCastle Bridgedog leadsOlympic Gameswhiskswire woollast_img read more