Rev. Kruah Campaigns for ‘Commonsense Family Initiative’

first_imgRev. Torli H. Krua, founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), has launched a commonsense campaign in Liberia to promote Family Visa Initiative. Rev. Krua, who has arrived in Liberia for the new sustainable development strategy, said it is aimed at improving the quality of life of Liberian families by granting access to equal opportunities and resources and networks of the Liberian Diaspora. UHRI, he said, is seeking a waiver of all visa fees for members of the Liberian Diaspora to open the doors for those who fled during the war to return home to visit their families and engage in economic activities thereby beginning the healing process.Until now, he said, there has been a call for dual citizenship and for Liberians to return home but the door to Liberia is effectively shut to many in the Liberian Diaspora Community.There are over 10,000 Liberians in Australia since the year 2000 but there is no diplomatic mission or consulate to process visas, Rev. Kruah said.Liberian refugees who resettled in Australia still have families in Liberia, he noted, saying, “they went to Australia on a one way ticket and a onetime travel document, making acquisition of Australian citizenship a necessity.”Since 2013, efforts by the Liberian community in Australia to petition the Sirleaf Administration to establish a consulate has yielded nothing but frustrations, Rev. Kruah indicated, noting “Returning Liberians must send their passports to Japan and UK or obtain visas for Ghana to visit their families.”“Liberians in the USA must pay visa fees of US$130-$400 to visit their families, causing economic strain on families at home and abroad. On the other hand, citizens of the ECOWAS region in West Africa with an estimated population of 300 million people are exempt from paying visa fees when they travel to Liberia,” he said.  While the Liberian government has been unsuccessful to advance “Dual Citizenship” for the Liberian Diaspora in the past decade, he said there are no tangible business incentives for members of the Liberian Diaspora to enter the private sector, establish new businesses and hire their fellow countrymen. “Those desirous of returning are required to pay visa fees, which is an extra financial burden for families,” he indicated. Rev. Krua recently joined hundreds of democracy activists from around the world attending the Citizen University annual conference. Citizen University, founded by Eric Liu, works with a national array of partners to help cultivate the values, systems knowledge, and skills of effective democratic citizenship.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toddler saved by 7-year-old sister from burning house

first_imgA four-year-old child was on Monday evening saved from a burning house at Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) by his seven-year-old sister.Reports are the two young children were asleep in the two-storey concrete and wood home when the fire started.However, the elder sibling was awakened by the smell of smoke and having realised that the house was on fire, she immediately wrapped her brother in a blanket and eased him through a window as far as the blanket could reach and before dropping him the remaining six feet to the ground.Quick response by ranks of the New Amsterdam Fire Service was able to prevent major damage to the buildingShe then made her way out of the burning building by jumping through the same window, which was 14 feet from the ground, fracturing her leg in the process. She then screamed for help and neighbours rushed to her assistance. She was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she was admitted.Guyana Times was told that the fire might have started from a candle, which the children’s mother lit in the room before locking them in the house and going out.Neighbours rushed over, kicked open the door to the home and formed a bucket brigade to put out the fire. Meanwhile, the Fire Service arrived and was able to extinguish the fire.This publication was told that neighbours contacted the mother of the children and informed her that her house was on fire.By the time the mother arrived, the Police and Fire Service were already on the scene. After seeing the crowd, the woman reportedly told the driver of the vehicle she was in to turn around and leave the area. A section of the crowd tried to stop him, but their efforts were in vain. The Police are now looking for the mother of two.The residents were high in their praise for the quick response of both the Police and fire department.Meanwhile, residents said that on many occasions the two children were left unattended and locked in the house for several hours.Some neighbours recalled seeing the seven-year-old girl on the street after 01:00h in the morning a few days ago looking for her mother.A few months ago, the four-year-old was hospitalised after being burnt with hot porridge when his sister tried to make breakfast for him.The Childcare Department in the Region was notified and had visited the home after reports of child neglect were made.On the last occasion, they allowed the children to continue living there after the children’s grandmother had promised to take care of them.The children are now in the care of an aunt.last_img read more

CPCE challenged in hiring lecturers

first_imgThe Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) has been faced with constraints in terms of appointing lecturers to tutor several areas of studies, which are pursued by a growing number of graduates each academic year.This was the concern raised by the Principal, Viola Rowe on Thursday, who noted that there are difficulties in finding full-time lecturers to direct the Physical Education, Art Education and Music curriculum education.“CPCE continues to find it challenging to recruit full-time staff with the right skill-mix to facilitate as tutors [and] lecturers for the delivery of physical education, art education and music education curriculum,” Rowe expressed.Apart from this, there is also the trend of increased vending outside of the collegePrincipal of the CPCE, Viola Rowecompound, which is deemed unacceptable, since it takes away from the aesthetics of the College atmosphere.“A seeming and disturbing trend has been the increase in vending on the parapets at the front of the college compound. This act is unwelcomed and unsightly and runs counter to the administration’s goal to improve the aesthetic appeal of the College.”Apart from these concerns, the Principal lauded the improvements in the hinterland region, which saw the introduction of an education training centre in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). This was a projected goal in the last academic year, which the institution managed to execute during the 2017-2018 period.“In the last reporting period 2016-2017, we projected that for this current reporting period, we would offer teacher and education training in at least one location in the North Pakaraimas, Region Eight. We’re happy to report that was done with the resuscitation of the Paramakatoi Centre.”Adding to that, a “monitoring and evaluation system” was introduced to closely look at centres individually at all satellite centres to identify shortcomings and solutions for their rectification.Rowe explained that this was implemented at all coastal satellite centres to ensure equality in the services being offered as well as a uniformed performance.“We also projected to design and implement an effective system of monitoring and evaluation, which would include as a strategy, the use of the staff appraisal instrument in all satellite centres. This approach allows for gaps, strengths and limitations to be unidentified for our centres,” Rowe explained.She further mentioned, “The results would include the areas of development that are needed for that individual centre. Ultimately, without losing sight of contextual differences, the proposed strategy would help to ensure congruence in the delivery of our centres. We introduced this system in all coastal satellite centres.”last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgClinical trials of the H1N1 vaccine have shown that 85-98% of healthy adults developed an immune response strong enough to protect them against the virus. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Making Informed Decisions About H1N1” – Advertisement – Last week, after an exhaustive review process based upon the best available science, critical trial data and evidence about H1N1 from Canada and around the world, Health Canada authorized the H1N1 flu vaccine as safe for use.  This approval will make the vaccine available for EVERY Canadian who needs and wants it. The Government of Canada has been working with provincial and territorial governments to deliver the H1N1 vaccine to health care facility sites.  Many vaccine clinics are already open across the country.  And yes, as the first wave of Canadians flood these clinics, there will be line-ups. It’s one of the most pressing issues for Canadians this week.  It’s impossible to avoid it in the news or in discussions around the office.  Yet the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the H1N1 flu virus is to educate yourself…get informed. I recognize some people believe the H1N1 outbreak is being overblown.  While it remains true that many Canadians die from the seasonal flu each year, it primarily hits those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly.  As we’ve tragically witnessed, H1N1 has more potential to cause death in anyone who contracts the virus, including young, perfectly healthy individuals. Phone: 8-1-1 or www.healthlink.bc.caHealthLink BC:  If you have symptoms or concerns you can speak to a nurse 24 hours a day/seven days a week. www.phac.gc.caYour H1N1 Preparedness Guide:  Includes Symptoms of the H1N1 Flu; Prevention; Caring for Someone who is Sick; Vaccine and Antivirals.You can download this guide from the website above or your can call 1-800-O-Canada. The following are some important resources for information that you should read and discuss with your family: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/h1n1/vacc/myth-mythe-eng.phpVaccine Myths. I intend to get my H1N1 shot.  I encourage you to get yours as well. www.immunizebc.cawww.gov.bc.ca/h1n1Information about H1N1 for British Columbians:  Includes H1N1 Surveillance in BC; Prevention Tips and H1N1 School Information. However, millions of additional doses continue to be shipped each day.  Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has the capacity to vaccinate EVERYONE due to careful planning and preparation, which includes our Conservative Government’s $1-billion investment in Budget 2006 to better prepare for public health threats such as a flu pandemic. www.health.gov.bc.ca/flu/Flu Clinic Finder for British Columbia. It’s understandable that Canadians are worried and confused about H1N1.  Any parent cannot help but worry about their own child with news this week that more healthy school children have died suddenly from the virus.  As for the confusion, there are many myths circulating about the virus and the vaccine.  It’s important for you to research your actions and decisions related to the outbreak. Regular hand-washing and other hygiene measures to avoid catching or spreading the virus, as well as staying home from work or school if you fall ill, are important steps you should take to protect yourself, your family and those around you.  Yet, the H1N1 vaccine is your best defence against this virus.last_img read more

FEARS FOR FUTURE OF ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ AS CREDITORS MEETING CALLED

first_imgTHERE are fears for the future of Donegal’s most famous soft drink – Football Special – after a creditors’ meeting was set for later this month.Donegal Daily has learned the creditors’ meeting will take place at Bewley’s Hotel Dublin Airport next Wednesday afternoon, December 17, at 4.30pm.The family company which produces the fruity fizzy drink, James McDaid & Sons Limited, has formally notified its creditors of the meeting. The company has expanded its distribution area in the past couple of years – and has been running Christmas giveaway competitions on its social media sites in recent days, with a huge response from Donegal people living abroad.There was shock in May this year when staff in Ramelton were called to a meeting and told  production was being moved to Ballymoney, Co Antrim, home of the Maine brand.They took over over the Football Special and Banana flavoured drinks synonymous with Edward McDaid and his firm.Founded in 1949 Football Special was originally born to help celebrate the numerous successes of local football club, Swilly Rovers. The drink called “Football Cup” was designed to “fill the cup” with an exciting non-alcoholic beverage. Later the name was changed to Football Special but the unique taste stayed the same. FEARS FOR FUTURE OF ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ AS CREDITORS MEETING CALLED was last modified: December 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:creditors meetingdonegaldublinFootball SpecialJames McDaid LimitedRameltonlast_img read more

Sales & Services: Need furniture that doesn’t break the bank?

first_imgDonegal Daily’s new Sales & Services section gives you a list of the top businesses and services within Donegal.The Sales & Services section is now live on our website so if you require any business have a look at our brand new section for contact information.Below are some of the top Furniture stores in Donegal, so if your a looking for new furniture make sure to have a look at what these top furniture stores in Donegal have in stock. If you would like to place your business in front of 55,000 readers a day contact Hugh today on 087 164 1160 or on hughboyle95@gmail.comOnly 5 businesses per category so don’t miss out and call today to book your spot. Sales & Services: Need furniture that doesn’t break the bank? was last modified: July 19th, 2016 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:business directorydiscount furniture letterkennyDonegal DailyFurniture liquidatorsales & serviceslast_img read more

Custodial post, tech budget face ax

first_imgNORTH EDWARDS – Muroc Joint Unified School District officials will eliminate one custodian position and cut the technology budget by about one-third to help deal with a deficit. Muroc has had budget deficits for the past five years, and without any cuts, the district would have to move $750,000 from a reserve fund to balance next year’s budget. “We’ve had deficit spending for the last few years, which means we are having to dip into district savings to balance the budget,” Superintendent Mike Summerbell said. The district also is piloting a new lunch program at two schools that offers more a la carte selections and sandwiches to help cut costs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTrustees also had discussed charging students for bus transportation but want more information before making a decision. Charging fees for playing sports was another option but the board dropped consideration of that for now because such a move would only generate about $6,000, Summerbell said. Muroc traditionally sets aside $100,000 for upgrading and maintenance of technology equipment but will reduce it to $70,000 next year. “Because we continue to receive pretty good donations in that area, we reduced that by $30,000,” Summerbell said. The district will save about $65,000 by cutting the custodial position. The district has been experiencing a drop in enrollment so fewer classrooms are being used, Summerbell said. The pilot lunch program is being tested at Branch Elementary School and Boron Junior Senior High School. If implemented districtwide, the district potentially could save $65,000 a year. “We are doing a pilot program to see if organizing food service operations differently would work,” Summerbell said. “We are testing that theory now, and also seeing what the reception is by students at the schools.” The district moved $486,000 from the reserve fund to balance this year’s $21 million operating budget. Moving the $750,000 out of the fund to balance next year’s budget will drop the fund to $1.2 million, Summerbell said. In the past couple of years, the district has lost about 250 students whose active-duty parents live on base as Edwards Air Force Base’s military work force decreased. The base has privatized operations leading to more jobs being held by civilians, and military housing on base has been reduced. District officials are forecasting a drop in annual federal impact aid from $4.8 million to $4 million because there are fewer students whose parents are military personnel. The purpose of the impact aid is to provide a source of revenue because the 301,000-acre base and its residents are exempt from local taxes, district officials said. Muroc has had budget deficits for the past five years, a not-uncommon fiscal condition because 522 districts, more than half of the districts in the state, are deficit spending, Summerbell said. Muroc has 2,300 students at seven school sites. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Danny Murphy: ‘Tottenham fans forget how far they’ve come under Pochettino’

first_img Tottenham fans are yet to taste silverware under Pochettino Danny Murphy believes Tottenham fans forget how far they’ve come under Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine boss is yet to win any silverware since taking over in 2014 and failed to make any additions to the squad in the summer transfer window. ALTERED impact LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS However Murphy, who made 22 appearances for the club, argues that fans’ disappointment only stems from the high expectations Pochettino has set.He told talkSPORT: “All of a sudden they haven’t made any signings, [fans are asking] can we compete with Manchester City, can we do this, can we do that. Liverpool are going out and spending a fortune.“Because of the desperate want for success, they forget how far they’ve come.“He [Pochettino] has made a rod for his own back because jumping to the next step is difficult.“But I still think they’re ahead of the game. They’ve got an amazing stadium, which is going to be full every week because of the support.” Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal silverware gameday 1 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA highlights How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible standings last_img read more

Eir customers in Donegal endure internet problems after Storm Fionn

first_imgLast week’s bad weather has led to thousands of eir customers around Ireland experiencing broadband and phone problems. Customers in Donegal are among more than 9,000 users nationally who are having network issues following Storm Fionn. The number of outage reports rose daily last week, with Donegal and Kerry among the worst affected. The impact of high winds and lightning had caused the influx of faults which include internet outages.Repair times were outside normal estimations due to poor weather. The latest update from eir on Friday said that an overtime plan was put in place to ensure repair works were continuing over the weekend, with a focus on the worst impacted areas. “Road conditions have been hazardous and have made working conditions difficult for our field teams on the road,” a statement from the company said.It was estimated that Donegal faults would be repaired by tomorrow (Tuesday).Eir customers in Donegal endure internet problems after Storm Fionn was last modified: January 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbandeirinternetphonesstorm fionnwifilast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Freshwater regulation changes coming in 2018

first_imgOn Sept. 1, The California Fish and Game Commission released to the public a list of proposed freshwater regulation changes for 2018. The changes coming down the pipeline are fairly significant, and could impact several angling user groups on the North Coast. The regulation changes will be voted upon at the commission meeting begin held on Dec. 6-7 in San Diego. For more information and a complete list of the proposed changes, visit www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2017/1_05ntc.pdf. Rest …last_img