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Liberia Ambassador to US Seeks Partnership for Higher EducationLiberia Ambassador to US Seeks Partnership for Higher Education

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, is seeking partnership with two US higher institutions of learning — Louisiana State University and Georgia Gwinnett College. Amb. Sulunteh is opting for the partnership so that it would afford young Liberians the opportunity to “drink of the great fountain of knowledge” at those higher institutions of learning in the US. “We will welcome the opportunity to further discuss such a partnership,” he told administrators of both institutions when he addressed their commencement convocations separately on May 14 and 15, respectively.Speaking at the graduation exercises of Georgia College on May 14, the Liberian Ambassador saluted Liberia Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who had gone to attend the ceremony because his daughter, Ms. Michelle Samukai, was among the graduates. Ms. Samukai was an intern with the Liberian Embassy in Washington D.C. last summer. Amb. Sulunteh told both audiences that about 62 percent of the Liberia’s population comprise of youth, between the ages 15 to 35. “Majority of this group lacks basic skills and education. Liberia’s health care system needs a transformation for any future challenges, and its infrastructural development is in dire need. Consequently, Education, health and infrastructure are three top priorities for the government in its agenda for transformation,” he stated. While celebrating the successes of the graduates at both Louisiana State University and Georgia Gwinnett College, he told them, “As we join you today in celebrating the achievements of these students, our hearts are aching that many Liberian youths would wish that someday somehow, they too could have such opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for service to their villages, communities and the larger Liberian society.”He reminded his audiences that Liberia, which is a tiny West African nation, needs each of the graduates now more than ever before in its post-Ebola recovery effort. Adding, “Liberia’s post-Ebola challenges are the government’s top priorities.” The Liberian diplomat used the occasions to extend on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia immense thanks and appreciation to the people of the United States and the international community for the tremendous support to the fight of the deadly Ebola virus disease that attacked the West Africa Region, specifically, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. “The outbreak of this deadly disease in March 2014, and the robust response of the world is an example of this extraordinarily new global realization of which I speak.” He specifically told everyone at the Louisiana State University graduation that Liberia has a historical relationship with the State of Louisiana. “The State of Louisiana is a place of historic importance to the continent of Africa. Our forefathers tell us that between 1718 and 1750 slave traders transported thousands of captive Africans to Louisiana from the coast of Senegal in West Africa. By 1840, New Orleans had the biggest slave market in the United States, which contributed greatly to the economy. Today, New Orleans has become one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.”“History also tells us that the first 10 presidents of Liberia were African Americans. Since then, majority of succeeding Liberian presidents have been African Americans or descendants of African Americans. Many of these returnees were educated in American schools. These returnees carried with them American traditions and cultures that impact our life styles today in Liberia. Many streets and cities in Liberia are named for cities in the United States, including the city of “Louisiana,” a settlement named for your beautiful state, Louisiana.”The Liberian Ambassador spoke to the Louisiana State University’s graduation on the theme: “Preparing Global Citizens and Celebrating Diversity.” At the Georgia Gwinnett College, he used the topic: “Impacting A Global Society.”He reminded both graduates that their faculties were certificating and sending them out to become “ambassadors,” who will impact their world. “As you leave these walls today, you have been given the requisite tools, the knowledge and skills that are not only necessary, but sufficient to positively impact the world. Whichever continent you will go, make the best representation of your Alma Mater and America’s dream to make the world a better place for all mankind.”He further told the graduates that their years of study at both institutions have prepared them to become global citizens that are well equipped to serve in a global village with diverse challenges. “Your commencement convocation today is an endorsement that you are smart, you are spirited and that you are prepared to always seek solutions to the challenges of our one world.”“The United States is not the world, and as you graduate here in the United States, allow the world to experience the greatness of an American education. Unfortunately, your participation is no longer optional, it has become imperative.”“Your challenge as you leave these walls is to determine what your impact as an individual and as a collective group of university graduates will have on your world.Indeed, the World is yours and you must own it with all of its challenging difficulties; including the pressing and insurmountable needs of humanity; and the uncompromising and demanding voice of social justice that refuses to be quieted by traditional means.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two Ministers, ‘TOP HEAVY ‘Regional Health management, failing National Ophthalmology HospitalTwo Ministers, ‘TOP HEAVY ‘Regional Health management, failing National Ophthalmology Hospital

first_imgDear Editor,At last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Six, held last Thursday, a number of important issues were highlighted, the most important being the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, which is being managed by the Ministry of Public Health, failing the people of Region Six.After numerous pleadings by the RDC and the media, both Ministers of Public Health and a ‘top heavy’ regional management are unable to ensure that the National Ophthalmology Hospital perform cataract surgeries. Both Ministers promised the residents of Region Six, three months ago, that the situation would be resolved.Unfortunately, the Public Health Ministry failed, and as such, the Regional Health Committee is recommending that the RDC manage the National Ophthalmology Hospital to ensure that these problems are resolved, to ensure efficient delivery of health care.The RDC is presently managing the day-to-day running of the National Psychiatric Hospital. Likewise, the Regional Democratic Council should manage the National Ophthalmology Hospital.This situation exposes the level of incompetence that exists in the APNU/AFC Coalition Government. The People of Region Six are calling for the resignation of both ministers for failing to fix a critical issue that has been existing for the last three years.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

21-year-old Supenaam porter commits suicide21-year-old Supenaam porter commits suicide

first_img– succumbs days after ingesting poisonous substanceAubrey Evans, 21, of Supenaam Village, Essequibo Coast, Region 2 (Pomeroon-Supenaam) ended his life by consuming a poisonous substance. Evans, a porter was seen vomiting around 08:00h on September 12 at his home. Neighbours in anguish called his sister Alana John to immediately visit her brother.According to reports when the sister arrived, brother Aubrey was observed vomiting a ‘whitish’ substance. When questioned, he admitted to ingesting poison. She rushed him to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was admitted. He survived for two days.It is yet unsure why he wanted to end his life. He was living alone at the time of his death since his parents died years ago.last_img read more

Gervinho saves Elephants’ skinsGervinho saves Elephants’ skins

first_img0Shares0000RUSTENBURG, South Africa, January 22 – Favourites Ivory Coast were made to sweat but eventually overcame enterprising Group D ‘lightweights’ Togo 2-1 to get their Africa Cup of Nations campaign off on the right note.Premier League stars Yaya Toure and Gervinho got the goals for the continent’s top-ranked team with Jonathan Ayite scoring for Togo, back in the competition after the deadly Cabinda attack before the 2010 finals in Angola.Despite all the pre-competition focus on Didier Drogba making his Cup swansong, the veteran China-based striker went largely AWOL throughout the match and was taken off with quarter of an hour to go. Ivory Coast’s starting XI for the Group D opener featured three Premier League stars — Manchester City’s Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya and Gervinho of Arsenal, with Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote on the bench.A fourth taking a busman’s holiday from the British winter to help his national cause was Togo’s talismanic Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who decided to turn up after a protracted ‘will he won’t he play’ saga.The match kicked off before barely a couple of thousand fans at the 42,000-capacity Royal Bafokeng stadium — a small crowd was only to be expected perhaps in Rustenburg, Afrikaans for ‘city of sleep’.Adebayor almost nicked a goal in the opening seconds, when an Ivory Coast defensive blunder presented him with the ball bang smack in front of goal, but dithering undid him and keeper Boubacar Barry cleared.On eight minutes Gervinho proved too quick for his marker down the right flank, his cross finding Yaya Toure who struck first time, the ball zinging through the Togolese defence, taking a deflection en route, and into the back of Kossi Agassa’s net.The midfielder has now scored at every one of the last four Nations Cups.Despite the gulf in class — they are ranked a yawning 63 rungs below the Ivorians — Togo were making frequent incursions into Elephant territory, with Ayite and Serge Akakpo proving particularly meddlesome.Ivory Coast, beaten by Zambia on penalties for the title in 2012, seemed happy to sit on their lead, although Yaya Toure almost got a second when his shot ricocheted off the near upright.Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Togo achieved something that no team had accomplished throughout the entire tournament last year – namely score against Drogba and company.They drew level when Ayite knocked in Serge Akakpo’s corner from the left — the first goal Barry has conceded in 613 minutes of CAN action.Togo had the ball in the back of the net for a second time approaching the hour mark off a corner but Cameroon referee Alioum Neant disallowed it, ordering the kick to be retaken as they had taken it too early.Gervinho and Yaya Toure teamed up neatly again with 15 minutes left, Toure’s shot denied by Agassa’s superb reflex save.Then, with two minutes left, Gervinho saved Ivory Coast’s blushes, this time Yaya Toure turning provider with the free-kick which the Arsenal man swept past Agassa.Ivory Coast 2 (Y. Touré 8, Gervinho 88) Togo 1 (Ayite 45+2)TeamsIvory Coast: Boubacar Copa Barry – Emmanuel Eboué, Kolo Touré, Souleymane Bamba, Siaka Tiéné – Gervinho, Yaya Touré, Didier Zokora, Max-Alain Gradel (Salomon Kalou 59) – Didier Ya Konan (Cheik Ismaël Tioté 63), Didier Drogba (cap) (Wilfried Bony 74)Yellow card: Max-Alain Gradel (32)Togo: Kossi Agassa – Abdel Gafar Mamah, Dare Nibombe (Moustapha Salifou 90+2), Vincent Bossou, Dakonam Djene – Komlan Amewou, Nouveau, Alaixys Romao – Serge Gakpe (Floyd Ayité 61), Emmanuel Adebayor (cap), Jonathan Ayite (Prince Segbefia 78)Yellow card: Vincent Bossou (33), Alaixys Romao (47), Dare Nibombe (61)Referee: N. Alioum (CMR)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Early Arsenal team news: Injury update – up to seven players outEarly Arsenal team news: Injury update – up to seven players out

first_img Danny Welbeck is a doubt for Saturday’s clash Arsenal have endured some pretty bad luck when it comes to injuries, but this weekend they will face a side with a worse record when it comes to player fitness.The Gunners play host to Man United – live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Saturday, from 5pm – with the Red Devils missing up to 12 players.SEE MAN UNITED’S INJURY NEWS HERE: ’12 PLAYERS OUT’That doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the part for Arsenal, who are facing their own lengthy list of concerns.The latest is Danny Welbeck, who seemed to suffer a hamstring problem in England’s 3-1 victory over Scotland, before being hauled off as a precaution. It has since been reported that he is a doubt for Saturday’s clash, leaving Arsene Wenger with something of a headache in attack.News over Welbeck comes during a week in which it was confirmed that Mesut Ozil is still seven weeks away from returning to action, with the German suffering a set-back in his recovery from a knee ligament injury.There did appear some good news on the fitness front however from French duo Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy. The pair were spotted around London town earlier this week, ahead of reports that Debuchy should be able to return to the first XI within the next month, while Giroud looks ready to feature against West Brom on November 29.Unfortunately for the Arsenal back-line, Laurent Koscielny continues to struggle with tendonitis, with Arsene Wenger opting to give the centre-back rest, rather than put him under the surgeon’s knife.Elswhere, perennial sicknote Abou Diaby remains injured as does goalkeeper David Ospina. 1last_img read more

Arsenal ace credits Gunners flop for helping him feel ‘at home’Arsenal ace credits Gunners flop for helping him feel ‘at home’

first_imgArsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain credits an unlikely name for helping him become a Gunners star.The England international moved from Southampton to north London in 2011 and was so nervous in his opening training session he could not pass the ball five yards.But Emmanuel Eboue, now plying his trade in Turkey for Galatasaray, who was once so unpopular at Arsenal he was booed off by his own fans, helped his new team-mate to settle in quickly.“I remember my first training session,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.“I think I was just coming back from an ankle injury as well. As I arrived, my first session was with Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Eboue – just the three of us doing passing drills.“I remember I couldn’t even pass the ball more than five yards in the first 10 minutes. Eboue made me feel comfortable and welcome with his jokes and his laughing and I settled into it a little bit more.“It’s been a great experience for me, now I feel like this is home.” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1last_img read more

Pogba ‘ready for contract talks’ after finding new lease of life under SolskjaerPogba ‘ready for contract talks’ after finding new lease of life under Solskjaer

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Paul Pogba has been rejuvenated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Paul Pogba is reportedly ready to sign a new contract Paul Pogba is ready to sign a contract extension at Manchester United, according to reports.Rumours have been rife that the midfielder was seeking an exit from Old Trafford with his former club Juventus the most likely destination. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Latest Transfer News Pogba is currently United’s second highest paid player on £290,000 a week and reportedly wants a deal to put him somewhere near Alexis Sanchez, who gets up to £505,000 a week.A source told The Sun: “Pogba’s agent is ready to end the problems he has had with the club over the last few months. targets REVEALED IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti That was when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Red Devils and the two are understood not to have got along.Since Mourinho’s sacking, Pogba has found a new lease of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has scored five goals in six games.The Sun report the France World Cup winner is willing to have talks over a new contract, with two years left to run on his current deal. “He wasn’t over much towards the end of last year. There was a big breakdown of relationships while Mourinho was in charge.“Raiola wants to talk about his clients ongoing future when all the January business is concluded, which won’t be too much.“There were talks over whether he would go, but there is no chance of that. He looks like he’s the happiest he has been in a long time.”last_img read more

Best of Instagram: Week of March 11, 2018Best of Instagram: Week of March 11, 2018

first_imgMarch 13, 2018 Share This!Welcome to our new weekly series: Best of Instagram!Or would you rather it be called, “Instagram Monday?” The name’s a work in progress, Guys…I know not everyone has an Instagram account (currently glaring at my husband as I type this), but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the fun! That’s why every Monday, we’re posting last week’s highlights right here on the blog.Fellow blogger, Daisy Lauren, does a truly amazing job posting daily on our IG page (seriously, her photos are works of art), and I love interacting with you all over there.Speaking of which, I’ll also be posting a top comment (or two) of the week. This is our way of acknowledging you; our subscribers. YOU are the reason we get to do what we do each day. Without your support, none of this would be possible.Now that I’ve introduced the series, let’s get to the meat of this article: THE PHOTOS!March 11, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 12, 2018 March 15, 2018Top Comment of the Week!Okay, maybe I’m a little biased with this top comment. It’s just so great meeting you all in person! For me, I can best describe it as bumping into a friend. If you see us at the parks, please feel free to say hi!That’s all for this week. If this post inspired you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplanslast_img read more

Japan’s Stimulus Propels Science Spending to New HeightsJapan’s Stimulus Propels Science Spending to New Heights

first_imgTOKYO—The economic stimulus the Japanese government announced last week includes $11 billion for science and technology according to a preliminary analysis released by the Cabinet office yesterday. Combined with previously planned spending, total national and local government support for science for the fiscal year through March will reach $57 billion—a new record. Much of the new money will go to applied research. The stimulus package includes $958 million to upgrade research infrastructure, $107 million for disaster prevention and mitigation studies, $359 million to promote innovative medical treatments and pharmaceuticals (including $238 million for research on induced pluripotent stem cells and other regenerative therapies), and $437 million for next-generation energy technologies. Another $666 million will go to Earth, marine, and polar observation programs. The largest science-related line item in the package is $2 billion to promote university-industry collaboration. Though details are still being worked out, some of the spending will aim to equip universities for industrially relevant research, and some will support R&D, according to a spokesperson for the Japan Science and Technology Agency, which will disburse part of the funding. “Even though Japan is strong in basic research and funding is increasing, I think it’s true that there is little connection to industry,” says Kazuhito Hashimoto, a physical chemist at the University of Tokyo who helped take a self-cleaning photocatalytic material from lab discovery to commercial use in cladding products. He hopes to use his position on a new Industrial Competitiveness Council to boost ties between universities and industry. “Of course to guarantee long-term growth, there must be investment in basic research and human capital,” adds Reiko Aoki, an economist at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo who serves on the Cabinet’s Council for Science and Technology Policy. She expects those areas to get more attention in the regular budget for the next fiscal year. 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