In an effort to tackle unemployment in the country, the Liberian government will need US$136m to train at least 12,000 youths in the technical and vocational sector, within five years (2015-2020), according to the National Policy for Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in its 5-year operational plan.At the official launch of the policy yesterday at the Ministry of Education, Vice President Joseph Boakai said he has a strong conviction that vocational and technical training is the premier strategy for achieving a higher rate of employment.“For a post-conflict country like Liberia, there is no better place to deliver TVET than ours,” Amb. Boakai said. “We are a country that is transitioning from the setback of a conflict.”In a solemn tone, Ambassador Boakai stated that contributing to the inherent skill deficit is the structure of our national education program.He revealed that over the years, the UP Administration had placed all the eggs in the ‘holy bucket’ that produces accountants, economists, political scientists, public administrators, among others, but little emphasis has been placed on technical education. Besides the constraints triggered by the government’s inaction to change the education narrative, the country is lagging behind in producing what we consume, thus making Liberia an almost entirely an import-based economy, lamented the VP.“We are importing drinking water, valued at US$9.9m even though we have water everywhere! This policy addresses the manufacturing sector, Amb. Boakai pointed out. We need to get our people to work by the provision of demand-driven skills.”“US$15m for meat products importation and this was before Ebola! Liberia has more than 40% of the forest in the Upper Guinea region, yet we are importing tree products for US$18.5m.”The TVET Policy and its 5-year operational plans are resting on 10 inter-related pillars, namely improving on governance, management and efficiency of the TVET system, improving the trainability and capacity of the work force; providing quality and relevant TVET for all to enhance employability and livelihoods and harnessing human capital for increased manufacturing and industrialization.Other pillars include promoting productivity and sustainability in agriculture; developing a competitive workforce for tourism and hospitality sector; promoting productivity in the informal sector; building capacity in the ICT Sector; financing and branding.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe said the policy and operational plan is a major strategy to address the weaknesses assigned to the available employment opportunities.He urged the National Legislature to pass it into law to serve as a vehicle for promoting access to quality skills training, stimulating economic growth, creating sustainable employment and reducing poverty. He urged government and the international community to support the policy to achieve what has been spelled out.The Chairmen on the Committee of Youth and Sports and Education in the House and Senate, Lester Paye and Jewel Howard Taylor, promised to support the passage of the policy.US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac also pledged the US government’s support to youth development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… threatened to shoot motherA Vigilance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), man was Friday placed behind bars after he threatened to kill his mother by shooting her with an unlicensed firearm.Police investigations revealed that ranks responded to a report by the suspect’s mother who alleged that her son had threatened to kill her with a gun.As the Police arrived at the house, the suspect who was at home was told of the allegation and subsequently arrested after a .32 pistol was found hidden in the case of a video cassette recorder (VCR).He has since admitted ownership of the firearm and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.Only two days ago, the Police confirmed that a total of 109 illegal firearms were seized in 2016 when compared to 115 in 2015. These include 49 pistols, 32 revolvers, 26 shotguns, two rifles and one Sub-machine gun. Most of the weapons were seized in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) and F Division (Lethem-Interior Locations), with 46 and 34 respectively.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has issued a warning to BC property owners about what he fears is a growing trend in municipal government fiscal management.Jordan Bateman suggests, that increasingly, municipal councils across the province are introducing or hiking, infrastructure levies, carving them out from the overall property tax rate.He says, much along the line of what the provincial government does with medical services premiums, this allows local governments to give taxpayers the impression they’re holding the line on property tax increases, while taking more money out of their pockets.- Advertisement -He says taxpayers need to vaccinate their municipal councils, against what he calls, ‘MSP-itis’ that is allowing local government to use new levies to bring in what he concedes are needed infrastructure improvements — and he says the only way to do that is to push back on the tax hike funded initiatives, and instead, to insist, the money be found through cost savings within city hall.
1 Arsenal and Chelsea have got a battle on their hands as they look to land one of Europe’s most talented young midfielders.Atletico Madrid are now keen on signing Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans as they look to build again this summer, meaning the Premier League duo will have to make a decision quickly on whether they wish to land the teen.A quick-thinking playmaker, the 17-year-old, who won the 2014 Talent of the Year award in Belgium, has plenty of composure for one so young and impressed against the Gunners in the Champions League.So should Arsenal and Chelsea make the Belgian Under-21 international their top priority this summer? Take a look at the video below and decide for yourselves… Arsenal and Chelsea target Youri Tielemans
There promises to be many tall stories (and late tackles!) when Lagan Harps F.C. host their 40th Aniversary Dinner Dance in the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.The club have undertaken this event to co-incide with the Donegal League 40th Aniversary season. After numerous discussions with older stalwards of the club and the community it was agreed to have this night in the Mount Errigal to bring all the community and the as many Lagan players past and present altogether under the one roof for one night.At the recent launch it was also great to see a whole host of former players present players and representatives from the ladies team and the underage there.And again the club are appealing for the local community to come out as nearly every house in the Lagan area have at one time had a player or players who represented the club.The idea on the night is to remember the past the people who worked hard to launch the club, the middle the people who sustained the club and the exciting future the club has with the addition of the very successful Ladies team and the whole host of underage the club have introduced in the past years. Having been talking to people like Aidan O Donnell snr, Dessie Gibson, Jack Crawford and John O Donnell you soon get to realise the number of players the club have put through the books over the past forty years.The club are appealing to the whole wider Lagan/Manor community for the support on the night. Lagan without the help of the locl community on a dialy basis and without the help of our sponsors down the years would never have survived.Over the past few weeks the number of old photos that have surfaced and old paper clipings has really got the community going.Even some of the club’s most senior members say it is surprising to see names appearing of people who played with the club at a very early time and never realised that they ever played football.The success of the club has risen dramatically in the recent years past with lots of success at underage and especially with the ladies team winning an all Ireland title. The senior men have also tasted recent success under Jason Gibsons management.Brid Mc Ginty has to take huge credit in the introduction of the ladies team and the work Brid has contributed is imense. Ernie Pollock, John Crawford, Seamus Crossan and all the other successful coaches and managent who put in the work free of charge to maintain the Lagan underage structure. The night itself will kickoff with a dinner reception at 8pm in the Mount Erragail and the music on the night will be provided by David Craig & The Regulators.Tickets are €25 and are available from any club member or by calling the following mobile numbers:0863696198 – Damien0872268916 – Ernie To conclude the club will greatly like to see as many past and present members players and anyone that wishes to attend what will be a lively and entertaining night.The club says it cant promise all the stories on the night will be true but the one thing we will promise is a god old fashioned Lagan night out!LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT! was last modified: October 19th, 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:40th anniversaryLagan Harps FC
Betty Holmes of DACC.Donegal Action for Cancer Care has welcomed the great news that a second Breast Surgeon will now be recruited for Letterkenny Hospital. DACC have worked very hard over a long time regarding this very important post to both support the current Breast Cancer Services and also to ensure that the Breast services are secured into the future.“Such were our concerns that we wrote directly to Minister Varakar in January 2015 requesting an urgent meeting and we kept the pressure on till we got it on the 27th Feb at the Dept of Health” Says Betty Holmes DACC. At that first meeting commitments were given that we have yet to find out how they are progressing.One of those was for the recruitment of a General Surgeon and to now hear that that will also progress is good news – a year later.“DACC have been working very hard on this and other key cancer service issues and are waiting confirmation that the follow meeting at the Dept. of Health scheduled for this week will now soon go ahead. The delay in securing this date has given us in DACC great concern but we will not let up” says Betty.Here are the questions we took to the Dept of Health on the 27th Feb 2015 and they still give us great concern. Please read them. Aim of meeting:To provide an opportunity to be updated & told the truth regarding current issues, in particular our serious concerns regarding the current & long term plan for Breast Cancer Services at LGH.1) We feel that the Breast service at Letterkenny Hospital is doomed unless someone in the organisation can come up with a coherent plan which puts flesh on the bones of all the confidence we hear.A) What & where is the long term plan for the future of Breast Cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital?B) Are Galway Hospital & it’s key staff in support of the Breast Unit at Letterkenny?C) If so what is this support?D) Why was there a meeting in Galway on Thursday 19th Feb with the agenda“ to plan the centralization of the referral process for the Symptomatic Breast Service” What does this mean “ centralization” ?Does this mean it will not be in Letterkenny?E) Are women going to be made travel to Galway to be seen?*Why will they not be seen at the Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital?*Why take patients down this long road to Galway when a consultant can travel from Galway to the hospital in Letterkenny, it just doesn’t make sense and is not in the best interest of the patients.*Will Galway Consultants not travel to the Breast Unit at LGH? If not why not?F) Why are women who maybe in the early stages of breast cancer no longer being referred to see a specialist in Letterkenny?.Instead hundreds of women who receive referral letters from their GP will now have to travel to Galway. This does not make sense & again not in the best interest of the patient! ( We were told on Tuesday morning this was now 80 from waiting)2) Why is there no consideration to having a second Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny Hospital?3) Do each of Galway’s 5 Breast Surgeons have the required number of Breast Cancers each? 50?How many each do they have? 4) LGH needs a minimum of two Breast Radiologist’s to function at LGH.LGH has one fulltime who we assume will be retirement age in the next couple of years & one part who we understand had retiredThat leaves in the region of a couple of years to recruit at least one Breast Radiologist and we understand there is a National shortage. Also who would come to work at LGH with a single Breast Surgeon? Post advertised for 18 months & not one applicant.5) There are 425 men with prostate cancers & 160 women & men with bladder cancers that need to be followed up. Will the resources that are needed to treat the patients at Letterkenny Hospital be made available by whom & when?6) Does “In-patient care will continue and strengthen its existing links with Galway University Hospital which will provide enhanced cover pending the appointment of a full time Consultant Urologist at LGH.” mean that patients will be traveling to Galway to be treated?“To date a locum consultant general surgeon has been appointed from the 23rd Feb until the 16th April. Thereafter, a temporary general surgeon has been appointed for one year, from 16th April”. “The existing cystoscopy lists at LGH will continue along with the out-patient clinics and day surgery services. In-patient care will continue and strengthen its existing links with Galway University Hospital which will provide enhanced cover pending the appointment of a full time Consultant Urologist at LGH.”7) Waiting lists- Will funding be provided to treat the patients who are now being referred back to waiting lists at Letterkenny Hospital? This is a result we are told that there is no money left under the HSE initiative introduced at the end of 2013 for patients who had been on a waiting list for more than 12 months, whereby they were referred from public to private hospitals for outpatient consultant appointments and treatment. Again funds being used to support private hospitals!“The out patients wait for a routine appointment is two years two months, for an urgent appointment it is one year and four months while the recall backlog is two years.8) How many consultants have left or have given notice of leaving LGH in the last year?9)The great new Partnership Plan that Mr. Bill Maher talked to us about on the 31st Oct.2014.a) Will all the many existing difficulties for the hospitals in the group be addressed before it is implemented or will it be implemented with all the existing difficulties e.g. Budget cuts, recruitment embargo, difficulties accessing hospital services, etc creating bigger problems?b) Will it be primarily about building/ strengthening services at Galway’s University Hospital at the expense of the other hospitals in particular Letterkenny General Hospital?It’s 111km to the nearest Iarnrod Eireann rail station in Sligo from Letterkenny General Hospital. For a patient traveling to Dublin, the nearest motorway to Letterkenny travelling via the Republic of Ireland is over 290m. Even travelling through the north our nearest motorway is 170km. Well if you head to Newry it’s a bit closer but that would make the overall trip to Dublin even longer. We Donegal people are the worst positioned geographically in the whole country and they expect our old and sick to travel huge distances to access health care.“No other county in Ireland has to do this! “DACC are in existence 10 years 9 months, we are totally voluntary and are not going away,” added Betty.DACC WELCOME COMMITMENT FOR SECOND BREAST SURGEON AT HOSPITAL was last modified: January 25th, 2016 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:breast surgeoncancerdonegalhospitalletterkenny
Lotto & 100+ ClubThere were two winners of this weeks Lotto draw. The winners were Sean Brolly and Kieran Bradley and they receive €25 each. Next weeks jackpot is €900. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 3rd March – Joe Sweeney, 10th March – Charlie Doherty, 17th March – Bernard Devine and 24th March – Cathal Doherty. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Ronan O’Kane and he receives €100. The winner of the meal voucher for February was Brid Gallagher. Thanks to all for their continued support of the Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & ReservesTraining for the senior, reserve, U21 and minor team continues this week at the usual times.Minor BoardU16 training takes place at the pitch on Wednesday at 6.15pm. This team begin their league campaign next Sunday the 4th March away to Glenfin with the game starting at 12 midday. All players to be at the pitch at 11.00am sharp. Training for U6, U8, U10 & U12 boys and girls continues on Saturday morning at 11.00am. All new players & beginners are welcome to come along.Adult MembershipAdult membership costs €30 per person and there is a special concession rate of €50 for an adult and their partner/husband/wife. All players must pay their membership before any games commence and all membership must be paid as soon as possible. Contact Registrar Denis McGill (086) 3194326.Club DonegalClub Donegal membership cards are now on sale for 2012. Club Donegal is an important fundraiser for Donegal GAA. These cards entitle the cardholder to free admission to all club games in Donegal which are organised by the Donegal County Board. Anybody interested should contact Treasurer Liam Doherty on (087) 6478122.Strictly Come DancingAll eight couples are now in place for Strictly Come Dancing and all are training hard at the moment. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Umpires CourseA training course for umpires will take place this Wednesday evening the 29th February at 7.30pm in Jackson Hotel. All those who usually volunteer to do umpire at club games (adult or underage) or anyone interested in doing umpire this year should attend this course.SympathyThe club extends its sincere sympathy to the family of Pat Lafferty formerly of Dromore and Stranorlar following his recent sad passing. Pat was the captain of the Red Hughs team which reached the County Junior Final in 1959 and he was effectionately know as the ‘The Bird’ due to his distinctive style of play. The club formed a guard of honour at his funeral which included many of his 1959 colleagues and current club members. GAA: RED HUGH’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: RED HUGH’S GAA CLUB NOTES
1 The Manchester City forward said: “I’ve got a World Cup to prepare for and I’ve had training sessions every day, so my mind was already occupied. That was the least of my worries.”Sterling’s unfinished leg tattoo of a gun brought criticism from sections of the media at the start of last week, leading the Football Association to express its full support of a player who explained it was in tribute to his father after he was gunned down in Jamaica when the forward was just two.There was further scrutiny after Sterling took a tumble in Saturday’s friendly win against Nigeria – a match he was going to be dropped for having reported late for camp, only for manager Gareth Southgate to change his mind after the player came under attack for his tattoo.Sterling said: “(This week) it’s not really been that tough. Things happened and get spoken about, but I put that to one side. I’ve been focused on training and playing Nigeria, so for me it was a normal week to be honest.“The only thing that changed was that I was in the newspapers a bit more. I just got on with my day. I spoke with my mum and she was OK. My daughter and my son are OK, I’m fine.“That was the least of my worries. It’s obviously bad to see yourself spoken of in that light, but it’s not something that gets me down.Sterling has, though, been aware of the widespread public support – backing that has not always been there.“I heard that there was a lot of positives,” Sterling, who referred to himself as ‘The Hated One’ at Euro 2016, said.“I am grateful to see stuff like that and it just shows how far I am coming and how much the people are really taking to me as a person. Because they can probably see my true colours and my true personality, so it’s really good to see.”Sterling was peppered with questions during a 45-minute open media session at St George’s Park, just days after England beat Nigeria 2-1 in their penultimate World Cup warm-up friendly.Sterling may well get another chance to shine when England line up against Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds this Thursday.A brief break follows the final friendly before an internal game and the squad jetting off to Russia on June 12Asked if he was desperate to get out there and get started, Sterling said: “No, you take your time, prepare how we have and take every moment as it comes, every day as it comes. Prepare right and when that moment comes that you are ready.” Raheem Sterling is focused on the World Cup after coming in for criticism over having a gun tattooed on his leg.The 23-year-old has chosen to focus on England’s preparations for Russia 2018 rather than negative publicity over his choice of body art.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Charlie McConalogue TD, has expressed his concern at the latest Irish League of Credit Union survey, which has revealed that it costs parents almost €1,000 per month to send their child to college.Deputy McConalogue commented: “The latest survey results from the Irish League of Credit Unions confirms that this Government is making it more expensive for students to access third level education.“It is now more expensive for families to send their children to third level education compared to 2011. This is a direct result of a number of broken Government promises including the infamous pledge to reduce college fees for students. “The Government has also tightened the eligibility for the maintenance grant and abolished the grant for post-graduate students. The debacle with the SUSI grant system last year forced one out of ten students to drop out of third level. This is a shocking revelation.“All these facts have heaped more pressure on already struggling families and the survey results gives us a shocking insight into the hardship they face.“I am calling on the Government to follow through on its promise to make third level education more accessible and affordable for families .“The Government must also take the survey findings into account when framing the budget and invest properly in third level education. Education should be a universal right and all students, no matter what their economic background , deserve an opportunity to study at third level.” COSTS FORCING STUDENTS OUT OF EDUCATION – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 13th, 2013 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:crisisdeputy charlie mcconalogueeducationstudent costs