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‘Compassionate and Decisive Leader’

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, Wednesday, April 22, led the diplomatic staff at the Abuja Mission in signing the Book of Condolence for the late Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Mr. Charles Gyude Bryant.The former Chairman died on April 16, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia after a period of illness.Ambassador Conteh noted that Chairman Bryant served Liberia from October 17, 2003 to January 16, 2006 during a very difficult time, when the fate of the nation was at stake.The Liberian envoy described Chairman Bryant as a compassionate and decisive leader who served diligently and believed strongly in affirmative action, justice, fair-play and inclusiveness.Ambassador Conteh recalled that Chairman Bryant never wavered in his stance on meritorious issues under tough circumstances while negotiating with opposing groups and warring factions under a power-sharing government. “He had to implement a delicate balance in implementing the various terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, including the allocation of government posts.”   Ambassador Conteh was appointed President of the University of Liberia by the late Chairman Bryant, who was then the Visitor of the University.  He served at the state run University from 2004 to 2008.The Liberian diplomat recalled the pivotal role Chairman Bryant played in restoring peace to Liberia through his work with the warring factions, the United Nations and others in the international community for the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process that paved the way for the 2005 presidential elections that brought Africa’s first democratically elected female President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to power.Ambassador Conteh prayed for God to grant the soul of the late Chairman peaceful rest, and expressed his deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for the untimely loss of this illustrious son to them and the Liberian nation.Members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja have started signing the Book of Condolence opened at the Abuja Mission for the late Chairman, a process that will continue throughout the 15-day national mourning period announced by the Government of 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

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Guyana Airways never filed an application to operate – GCAA

first_imgBy Davina RamdassHead of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Egbert Field on Saturday said that the new Guyana Airways, which recently won a Court case against the Government for the use of the name, has never filed an application to operate in Guyana.This was related by the Director of the GCCA, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Saturday.“The Civil Aviation Authority onto the time of my departure on Tuesday for the Director General’s Conference in Peru, we have not received any information or any documentation from Guyana Airways…we have not received any application from Guyana Airways,” Field said.Although it has been in the air that the proprietor of the airline had submitted his application for operations, the director noted, “they’ll have to submit an application. They never did submit an application before and I want to make it pretty clear.”According to him, Guyana Airways filed an ‘intent of operations’ on the work they intended to pursue. “That was not an application. The application process starts when you provide the application for the operation so we are awaiting, now after the court’s decision, (for) the application from the Guyana Airways,” he explained.Although the airline was hoping to begin operations in February 2019 as was related to this newspaper by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GuyanaDirector of GCAA, Egbert FieldAirways Corporation (GAC), Colin Abrams, this may not be possible since it takes at least 12 or 13 months before the airline’s application is approved, due to the processing requirements.“The normal process when an airline is being approved or going through the five step process for an air operators’ certificate which is what the entity would have to go through before an air operator’s certificate is granted, if it’s a large jet operations because of the intricacies which are involved, it could take as much as a year to 13 months. If it’s a small operation like a domestic caravan or even an islander operation then that process can take between four to six months,” Field explained.This period, he said, is “absolutely important” as officials would use this phase to ensure that all aspects of the operation are covered such as training for staffers, evaluation of personnel and the documentation of the airline, such as operations manual, flight attendant manual, weight and balance manual, maintenance manual and several others, to outline the procedures for the specific section. He said this phase usually takes up most of time.Further he outlined that the aircraft’s facilities would require inspections and the aircraft itself would require evaluation.These processes he mentioned are important as it would ensure passenger safety among others.Government had taken the private airline to court this year for using the name which was used by two other companies which no longer exist.The inconvenienced business man explained during a previous interview, “Two years after we’ve been registered and putting all this together and spending all this money, they just snuffed the life out of us without a hearing, without anything. We just had a marshal show up at our secretary’s home and that’s it, so they kinda murdered us.”According to him, 110 flight attendants have already been hired for the two airlines which will soon provide flights to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad for now and will extend its services to the United States of America when Guyana becomes authorized to do so.Meanwhile, some 150 persons in total will be hired to work on the airline. Training for those employees will be done here in Guyana for four weeks and wind down in Miami, USA.Among the cards expected to be thrown out on the table by the airline is that of low cost flights. The CEO noted that flights with Guyana Airways will be of a reduced cost all year round, which will afford Guyanese the opportunity to fly back and forth from North to South America.last_img read more

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Schools notify teachers of cuts

first_imgOfficials at the other seven area school districts – East Whittier City, Los Nietos, Lowell Joint, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, South Whittier, Whittier City and Whittier Union High – said they were not giving out notices this year, though many are also suffering from declining enrollment. “This is the first year we haven’t had to send out any notices,” said Ginger Shattuck, superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. In terms of enrollment, the news could get even worse for the 11,000-student El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera. Plans for the grade separation project at Passons Road call for the demolition of a multi-story apartment building that houses 95 El Rancho students, Genis said. “So on top of the 271, we stand to lose an additional 95 students,” Genis said. “And that’s really difficult because that means we’ll feel the loss of those students every year, not just this one time.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Thirty-two Whittier-area teachers will receive notices today that they may not have jobs – or hold the same positions – at their schools come next fall, officials said Wednesday. The bulk of the teachers work in the El Rancho Unified School District, which is projecting that it will lose nearly 300 students in the 2007-08 school year, Superintendent Norbert Genis said. As such, the district sent out “non-re-elect” notices to 28 probationary or temporary teachers by today, the state-mandated deadline for giving out these notices. They also gave layoff notices to one permanent teacher and an administrator, though the administrator will likely just be placed into a different position next year, Genis said. For those receiving layoff notices, the district must notify them by May 15 as to whether they will have a job next year. “But this doesn’t mean we’re going to release all of them,” Genis added. “We needed to make some space because, first of all, we’re going to have eight teachers coming back from leave next year. “And then we also have a few teachers who are going to retire, but they don’t officially have it in writing yet,” he added. “So we still have to leave space for them.” Three probationary teachers were also given non-re-elect notices at the Little Lake City School District, Superintendent Philip Perez said. “We’re just finalizing our enrollment projections and the ties to staffing, so we will be doing some tightening up of teachers,” Perez said. last_img read more

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Montney major player in Crew Energy 2015 capital budget

first_img“The first half of our capital program will concentrate on completing construction of our 60 mmcf per day West Septimus gas processing facility and related infrastructure which is anticipated early in the third quarter, as well as completing 12 pre-drilled Monteny horizontal wells which will supply gas to the new facility,” Crew Energy writes in a press release.The capital budget’s heavy focus on building-up Montney production volumes and processing capacity is said to be “in light of the recent volatility and uncertainty in commodity prices.”Meanwhile, Crew Energy is anticipating a temporary slow-down in their Fort St. John production.- Advertisement -“…At Fort St. John, a third party operated deep cut facility will undergo a major turnaround for approximately six weeks in June and July, affecting 2,500 – 3,000 boe per day of crew’s legacy production.”The capital budget is said to be designed with three goals in mind; generate growth from their high-quality asset base, retain their financial flexibility, and target a 13 per cent year-over-year increase in their fourth quarter average production volumes.last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY – BOYLE & KELLY BATTLING IT OUT

first_imgSome action photos taken by Brian McDaid during the first two days of stages of the 2016 Joule Donegal International Rally.With Garry Jennings forced to retire due to engine trouble yesterday it means there will be a new Donegal International winner for 2016. Declan Boyle is currently leading but it there are only 4.9 seconds separating Boyle from Donagh Kelly in the Ford Focus WRC. Keith Cronnan and Mike Galvin BantrySeamus Lenord and Paul McLaughlinJonathan Grier and Kersty Riddick, Belfast Declan Gallagher and James Mc Nulty. ArdaraBrian Brogan and Damien Mc Gettigan,LetterkennyKyle Mc Gettigan and Dale McGettigan Letterkenny.Darragh Kelly and Eamon Doherty Donegal Town.Barry Mc Gill and Derick HennaDonal kelly and Chris Mc Kenna, DunfanaghyDeclan Gallagher and Columba Henna. PerthPICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY – BOYLE & KELLY BATTLING IT OUT was last modified: June 18th, 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:Declan BoyleGarry JenningsjouleJoule Donegal International RallyManus Kellypicture speciallast_img read more

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1,600 years for 38 letters

first_img In an effort to keep their language, values and customs alive in America, Armenians over the past 40 years have built about 20 schools in the Los Angeles area that serve more than 3,000 students. Greg Tufenkian and his sister – who grew up in a household with an Armenian-speaking mother and an Armenian-American father who spoke only English – attended Armenian school and now send their children to Armenian school in an effort to preserve the language. “I think we’re so lucky to have a language and an alphabet as a people, since there are so many people whose languages aren’t even spoken anymore,” said Tufenkian, a Glendale resident who sells commercial real estate. “It seems through history we’ve always been an underdog; yet we’ve always been able to regroup, refocus, survive and go forward. So preserving our language for the next generations is the least we can do to preserve our culture.” High-profile attorney Mark Geragos said he speaks enough Armenian to ask for more water, say thank you and ask how are you. But he talks to his two children about the Armenian Genocide and sends them to Armenian events, summer camps and church – to keep the culture alive in future generations. “The rule of thumb is that identification with your culture dies out in three generations, and I’m determined not to let that happen.” Armenian-Americans have been criticized as insular and ethnocentric, but determination to keep the language alive is a byproduct of historical tragedy, said Ed Finegan, professor of linguistics and law at the University of Southern California. “Because of our history – when you experience a calamity like a genocide or holocaust – you are so insecure and so paranoid that you are constantly fighting a war of preservation,” said Vahe Berberian, an Armenian writer, performer and artist. Stepan Partamian, the popular host of a controversial Armenian public-access program, argues that there’s not much to celebrate when, like Americanized Spanish or Spanglish, what’s being created in America is “Armenglish.” “Why should we celebrate 1,600 years of the Armenian alphabet when we don’t utilize it today?” he said. “Learning it will one day become more of a novelty than a necessity.” But language in fact must change and adapt in order to survive, Finegan said. “In order for a language to remain vital, it has to grow and adapt, so borrowing English or words from other languages doesn’t affect the heart of the language,” Finegan said. Despite the effort to preserve the language, some Armenians are resigned to the probability that it will one day die in America. They point out that once-vibrant Armenian communities have evaporated in India, Rome and Singapore. There are two ways a language can die, Finegan said: Its people are eliminated, or the speakers give it up for another language. But the language can survive by being used for functions more immediate to the culture – as at home, church or heritage events. “The more it can be preserved there, the more likely it will be to survive,” Finegan said. Oganesian would definitely want her children to learn Armenian. “I think it’s a connection to their heritage,” she said. “It’s always a good idea to know how to speak more languages, and any way you can give yourself more avenues by which to express yourself, the better off you are.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Nicole Oganesian realized that her high-school Spanish kicked in while she was trying to communicate with her great-grandmother – but not the language of her ancestors – she knew it was time she learned Armenian. She saw her opportunity at the University of California, Los Angeles. After five quarters, she was able to communicate in the language she hadn’t learned growing up in an Armenian home. “I felt a frustration – not being able to communicate with family and grandparents,” said Oganesian, 26, a law student from Chino Hills. “There was no reason for me not to know how. I almost felt a duty to learn it. It just makes me feel like I can better interact, and I felt like it just made me more in tune with the culture.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Some 10 million Armenians worldwide this week are celebrating the 1,600th anniversary of their alphabet – which, along with their Christian religion, serves as a key link to preserving their cultural identity. Armenians have long believed that their alphabet was destined for them and came from a higher source, even ascribing its origin to mysticism. Mesrop Mashtots, a cleric of the Armenian royal court, is said to have dreamed the 38 letters in 405 A.D., writing them down when he awoke. Mashtots, who was interested in translating the Bible into his native tongue, is something of an icon for Armenians, with statues of him erected throughout the homeland. Most Armenians-Americans today have a poster or painting of the alphabet in their homes. More than anything, Armenians believe that their language is the basis of maintaining the culture – one that has been threatened over the years by a genocide of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and by life in the Diaspora. last_img read more

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€40.4 million to be invested in Donegal’s road network

first_imgTransport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has granted a total of €40.4 million to go towards the improvement and maintenance of Donegal national primary and national secondary roads for 2018.The sum is an increase on 2017’s allocation, however it is still several million short of the €44 million requested by Donegal County Council.The allocation for 2018 includes allocations for the commencement works on the N56 at Dungloe to Glenties, Mountcharles to Inver and the Coolboy Kilmacrennan. Over €7.2 million has been allocated to improve road surfaces on the national secondary road network within the county.Welcoming the allocation, Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle says that this year’s allocation must only be viewed as a start to the level of investment which is required in order to improve the county’s road network.“Significant further investment will be required in order to deal with the lack of investment in the road network since 2011, this will involve increased funding year on year to clear the backlog of road improvements needed on our roads,” he said.“Additional works need to be carried out on the N15 Ballybofey to Lifford and the Letterkenny to Lifford N14 road needs to be prioritised in advance of the A5 works moving to construction – it is essential that preparatory work are done on these projects in order to progress the required improvements in the years ahead. “The N56 also requires further investment in the coming years with the stage between Inver to Five Points in Killybegs requiring route selection and other preparatory works. If we as a county are to benefit from the improving levels of investment available for roads nationwide it will be imperative that we have projects ready which are ready to go to the construction stage.”He added that the route network in Donegal is the “backbone of our infrastructure”, and extra investment needs to be sured for our regional and county road networks in order to deal with the infrastructure deficit.In relation to county and regional roads, it is anticipated that an allocation for these roads will be made by the Department of Transport within a matter of weeks, it is critical that Donegal gets a sizeable portion which should be well in excess of the 2017 allocation of €20.2m.€40.4 million to be invested in Donegal’s road network was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Pat The Cope GallagherROADSTransport Infrastructure Irelandlast_img read more

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49ers pregame: Reuben Foster not only big name out vs. Bucs

first_imgTAMPA — Not only will the 49ers face the Bucs today without linebacker Reuben Foster but they’ll also be missing several key offensive players.Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon will not suit up, nor will running back Alfred Morris for the first time this season.Kendrick Bourne will start in place of Garçon (knee) and Dante Pettis will make his third career start as Goodwin was excused Saturday to return home for a personal matter.Morris’ benching was foreshadowed by the …last_img

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Treasure Trove of Rare Species Found in Papua New Guinea

first_imgThere are still untouched areas on our planet.  Scientists announced the discovery of a “lost world” of new species of birds and mammals in a remote section of Papua New Guinea with no sign of trails or roads.  The news media are all abuzz with the exciting announcement: see MSNBC, National Geographic, BBC News, EurekAlert and LiveScience.  Rare mammals found include an egg-laying echidna and a golden-mantled tree kangaroo.  Exotic rhododendrons, palms, insects, and frogs round out the dozens of new species found so far.  The team was dropped into the remote habitat by helicopter and has only scratched the surface of the diversity of living creatures that call this area home.  Not even the native people had seen it.Isn’t it great to know there are still things to discover in the wild?  Maybe you would like to visit the area with Google Earth.  This is surely one of the most dramatic findings in recent years and should provide biologists with much to study.  Notice that these creatures all exist in the present.  Tales about their supposed evolution will undoubtedly come later when the Darwin Party storytelling brigade sets up base camp.  Despite reporters’ hyperbole, this wasn’t Eden, and this “lost world” was never lost.  People are sometimes, but these animals knew exactly where they were.  Do you?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Maybe, the Lord really wanted those games for us,” he said.The Knights will next brace for contenders San Sebastian and Lyceum for their upcoming games next week. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “This started from the game against San Beda. They woke us up so that we’ll get a chance to the Final Four,” he said.From a 1-3 record, Letran has nabbed wins over Arellano, St. Benilde, and the latest, a 63-61 squeaker over Perpetual on Friday to rise to solo third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThrough that stretch, the Knights have also unearthed valuable contributors from the bench like Jeremiah Taladua, King Caralipio, and Christian Balagasay.Quinto himself has found a way to be more effective as he let senior Rey Nambatac took much of the mantle. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter three straight wins, Letran seems to be finally getting its groove  midway through the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Bong Quinto believes that the Knights’ disheartening 81-74 loss to San Beda two weeks back was the turning point for them as they took the defeat to their fierce rivals to heart.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’ “I saw that the defense of our opponents is really focusing on Rey, so I thought that I needed to help him and I do that on defense,” he said.The 20-year-old, though, isn’t letting up on his offense and on Friday, Quinto tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, including the game-winning drive with 12.6 seconds left to push his side up by two.But Quinto still shared the credit to Nambatac, who trusted him the rock in the waning seconds of the game.“Maybe it just so happened that I got the ball. It wouldn’t have happened if Rey didn’t trust me enough, so I didn’t want to fail him,” he said.Quinto is optimistic that just like this game, chips will continue to fall on Letran’s way going forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more