The final funeral rites over the remains of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Charles Gyude Bryant, was held Wednesday, May 14 at the of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.Liberians, including former heads of state, former officials of government, many of whom were co-workers, and members of the diplomatic corps turned out in huge numbers to pay homage to Chairman Bryant, who is being eulogized as the architect of Liberia‘s peace process.Although the Liberian government was originally denied any participation in the funeral rites for the late Chairman in terms of a state burial as is allegedly enshrined in his Will, an array of government officials led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Speaker J. Alex Tyler and Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzongar M. Findley, were present at the service.The Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Liberia, Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said the late Chairman was a humble servant of humanity, notably the state and the church, where he offered his life and services to the advancement of those institutions until his death.The Episcopalian Prelate said the late Bryant was a “peace maker, a reconciler and a visionary leader”—who was asked at a difficult time when the country was in disarray to serve his people; an honor he accepted and executed with “diligence.”He said that Bryant did not exhibit a greed for power as exemplified through the timely and peaceful transfer to a democratically-elected government headed by Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2006.He reminded Liberian politicians and those in the strata of leadership that they are called to serve humanity; and as such, they should serve with commitment, transparency and enthusiasm as did the late NTGL chairman to the glory of the Almighty Creator.Bishop Hart called on Liberians to respect and love one and another and desist from those things that will tear the country apart, undermining the peace that Liberians currently enjoy. The Episcopal clergyman also called on Liberians to desist from deceit and hypocrisy “as it has the propensity to drift us further apart.”Bishop Hart: “Gyude Bryant was a very dedicated and faithful scholar and statesman who contributed immensely to his church and country. He was the Chairman of the NTGL while at the same time serving as an usher in our church directing people to their seats. He was indeed a servant.”According to Bishop Hart, “It was mandated for the late Bryant to serve for only two years. He did not hold onto power as many of us would do had we been in those shoes. Therefore, we must try to emulate the exemplary life that he lived by doing away with pretense and undermining each other as Liberians.”Former Chairman Bryant, who “faithfully and honorably” served the Liberian state from October 2003 to January 16, 2006, died at 65 on April 16, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.For President Sirleaf, the former NTGL Chair was a man who gave much of his life and service to the betterment of Liberia and Liberians.She said the Liberian people are downhearted by the death of such an humble leader. “The country has lost one of the most committed and dedicated servants,” she lamented.The Liberian leader described the late Bryant as a man who had deep unpretending humility, and the opportunity to serve his people. She said the late Bryant will forever be remembered by his compatriots for his role in bringing peace to the country.Bryant’s former Vice Chair, Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson, described the deceased as a soft-spoken and understanding, but firm man, who always ensured that the right things were done.Paying tribute on behalf of members and former officials of the NTGL, Ambassador Johnson said the late Bryant will be highly credited for the peace that Liberians presently enjoy as he was one of those who wholeheartedly sat at a table for dialogue for a peace resolution to the Liberian conflict.He said the NTGL, under the leadership of Chairman Bryant, fully implemented the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Meanwhile the emotions at the service began to soar as congregation began to reflect on their interaction with the late Liberian statesman. Some people, especially the fallen statesman fiancée, Sia-Ella Sammy, and three children, Charles G. Bryant III, Cheryl R. Bryant, and Charles Mleh Bryant, could no longer hold back tears as the congregation sang some soulful and heart rending funeral hymns.The late NTGL Chair was not given a state burial because his families’ members (The Carr and Bryant) insisted that government stay out of the process. The family members claimed the late Bryant willed that government be excluded from his burial rites.This decision might have been the result of “bad blood” between the current leadership and the late statesman, created when he was accused of corruption and sent to prison.Nonetheless Bryant’s children thanked the Liberian government and people for honoring their father at his home going.“We shall have elections on time, I will not remain in office beyond our mandate…not one year, not one month, not one week, not one day and not one hour,” Charles G. Bryant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… driver’s licence was suspendedAn 11-year-old student of Tagore Memorial Secondary School in Berbice was on Thursday afternoon struck down in front of his home at Number 46 Village, Corentyne, by a car driven by a driver whose licence was suspended.Dead is Simon Kendall, of Lot 1 Number 46 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. He was hit by a car, which fled from the scene after the accident.Dead: Simon KendallReports are that the Grade Seven student was with his 17-year-old brother Sheldon Kendall when the accident occurred. Guyana Times was told that the boys were on their way to their family’s farm to water plants. According to Sheldon Kendall, his younger brother was about 10 feet behind him when the sound of a speeding car was heard. The young man explained that he pulled the bicycle he was pushing at the time onto the parapet and looked around when he heard the sound of the impact and saw his brother being flung into the air and landing on his head.Accused driver,Darichan BabulallOne lot away, 17-year-old Armani Sookchand related to this publication that he saw the car coming to a halt and the school boy cartwheeling above the car. He said the young man landed about 20 feet away.According to Sookchand, the driver brought his vehicle to a halt momentarily but then sped off. The younger Kendall was picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.This newspaper was told that the car later returned to the scene but on that occasion, it was driven by the father of the errant driver.Police in a release said enquiries disclosed that motorcar PVV 7617 was travelling South along the eastern carriageway of the road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the pedestrian. The driver was taken into custody and a breathalyser test was conducted, but no blood alcohol was recorded in his breath.The driver, Darichan Babulall, 21, of Number 46 Village was taken to the scene. He told investigators that there was a minibus parked on the road and Kendell attempted to cross the road when the car collided with him.The car involved in the accidentThe driver claimed that the child made a sudden dash and got to the middle of the road where he was fatally struck.However all the eyewitnesses reported that there was no minibus parked on the road, adding that the child was not attempting to cross the road.Simon Kendall leaves to mourn his parents and three siblings.Meanwhile, Babulall appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon and was refused bail.The rice mill operator and father of one was slapped with four charges. The charge read that he drove motorcar PVV 7617 in a dangerous manner, thereby causing the death of Kendall. Babulall is also charged with driving a motorcar while his licence is suspended, failing to stop after an accident and failing to render assistance after an accident.He pleaded not guilty to those three charges. The court was told that the accused is a businessman and had served a one-year sentence for a similar offence. However, Magistrate Artiga stated that the accused did not serve the sentence but had appealed the decision. She said that she was the person who handed down the sentenced on Babulall. The Magistrate noted that she had suspected his licence for two years.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Phillip Sherriff, asked the court to deny bail, noting that the accused had committed the offence while waiting on an appeal for a similar matter.The Magistrate refused bail on the grounds that Babulall is a flight risk, he was driving while an appeal for a matter of a similar nature is pending and that he provided inaccurate information to the court in relation to the suspension of his licence. He will return to court on December 28.In August 2014, Babulall appeared before the same Magistrate at the Whim Magistrate’s Court on a charge of causing the death of another teenager at Alness Village, Corentyne. He was convicted in May of this year and sentenced to one-year imprisonment and two years suspension of his driver’s licence.However, he appealed the decision and was released on bail by the High Court pending the determination of the matter. (Andrew Carmichael)
While former Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry, has been promoted to acting Education Minister, some of her functions will be taken away, as Government intends to create a Department of Education.This was made known by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a recent post-Cabinet press conference. Harmon stressed that President David Granger had confidence in Henry to discharge her duty, but added that Henry’s recent promotion would come with some changes at the ministry.According to Harmon, a Department of Education will be created, and it will formulate policies to reform and improve education in Guyana. Traditionally considered one of the roles of the Education Minister, this department will be under the supervision of the Ministry of the Presidency.Education Minister (ag) Nicolette Henry“What that does is that it takes away the responsibility for driving innovation and reforms, and puts it under the handling of an expert and technical set of persons who will be identified for that purpose,” Harmon said. “So some of the functions of the Minister of Education would have been removed and will be dealt with by a special group of persons.“The President has expressed confidence in the Minister to perform in the capacity she has been asked to perform. As it stands, Minister Henry is performing the functions of the Education Minister, and that is the function she will perform until the President, in his deliberate judgement, decides that another arrangement has to be put in place,” Harmon said.Minister of State Joseph HarmonMeanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Thursday tabled the first financial paper for 2017, which seeks another $604 billion from the treasury. In Financial Paper No 1/2007, as presented by the Finance Minister, provisions were made for the financing of the new Department of Innovation and Education Reform, housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.The Financial Paper outlines the additional spending on this department. One of the glaring increases for this department is the more-than 700 per cent increase in employment cost for its contracted employees — up from an originally voted provision of $899,000 to more than $6.3M.This department is also slated to receive, under Capital Expenditure, in excess of $3M for the provision of furniture and equipment.On June 13, the death anniversary of Working People’s Alliance (WPA) founder Dr Walter Rodney, Government had announced that former Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine would be removed and transferred to the Public Service Ministry.The appointment of Dr Roopnaraine took effect from June 15. A government release had stated that Roopnaraine will keep his place as a member of Cabinet and a Member of Parliament.Speaking on the issue, Harmon had said that President David Granger has full confidence in the ability of ministers and in Roopnaraine. He said that Roopnaraine’s transfer followed a discussion the former Education Minister had with Granger.This will not be the first time the coalition Government has created systems in order to help ministers who were facing criticism to run their Ministry. Last month, Harmon had announced that a Ministerial Council of Legal Advisors would assist Attorney General Basil Williams in the discharge of his duties.Harmon had disclosed that the functions of the Council would include providing legal analysis and advice on the development of the local justice sector, Government’s legislative agenda and litigation matters; providing input into legal policy design, and engaging stakeholders with interest in the justice sector, where appropriate.BlundersDuring her stint as Junior Minister, Henry had been involved in a number of blunders. One of the most questionable incidents under her tenure was the Department of Culture’s failure to provide seats for the Parliamentary Opposition during the 2015 Independence celebrations.As is customary, invitations were extended to the Opposition to take part in the celebrations. When members of the parliamentary opposition arrived, however, it was to find that no seating accommodation had been provided for them.The PPP had reportedly been assured beforehand that seating would be provided, and as such left after a lengthy wait.Henry came under renewed scrutiny when, during her department’s March 2017 Phagwah celebrations, she continuously referred to the event as “Diwali” and “the Festival of Lights” while reading from a speech. It was only after prompting from the crowd that the Minister corrected herself, but she then repeated the mistake. Diwali is celebrated in the Month of October.It was subsequently reported in sections of the media that two senior officials in the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture were suspended over the Minister’s slip-up. Another had reportedly opted to leave the job.
Photo: Firefighters respond to a fire at the hospital October 15th – Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.caTraffic was held up on 100th Ave today as Fort St. John Firefighters responded to a fire inside the Fort St. John General Hospital.- Advertisement – Shortly after 2pm today, workers were using a grinder while doing some work at the Fort St. John General Hospital when one of the sparks from the grinder went down a pipe into the hospital’s linen room, where it set a small fire. Luckily, the fire was quickly extinguished by fire crews. The Fire Department has not yet released a statement on the matter.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Mario Balotelli “must do more” for the team, after he failed to score for the fourth consecutive game in a dismal 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basle.The striker has managed just one goal since his £16million summer switch from AC Milan, so far failing to repeat the emphatic form he showed during his previous two seasons in his native Italy.That’s in contrast to the decent start fellow £16m man Danny Welbeck has enjoyed at Arsenal, with the England forward netting a fine hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday night.Balotelli has shown plenty of endeavour for his new side, more than most expected from the maverick 24-year-old, but Rodgers admits his positive workrate is not enough.“He worked hard, but needs to do more,” said the Reds boss.“He will be judged on what he creates and what he scores and he didn’t score.“But the boy is trying, he is working hard.”Rodgers was also left to lament Liverpool’s “poor” defending in Switzerland, as his side’s vulnerability from set pieces was once again exposed when veteran forward Marco Streller netted the winner from a corner.“We defended very, very poorly on the corner and it’s not the first time so it’s very, very disappointing we couldn’t get something from the game,” The Northern Irishman told Sky Sports.“I think it [set-piece defending] is something we continue to talk about and look at and analyse, but you have to do it on the field and the key to defending is your first contact with the ball and we continually don’t do that enough.”
Approval has been given to the Rosses Community School to replace four prefabricated classrooms with four permanent classrooms.Rosses Community schoolIn addition to this, approval has also been given for four permanent Special Education Classrooms.The move has been welcomed by MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher who has lobbied for the improvements. This development will be funded from the Additional Accommodation / Small Grant Schemes by the Department of Education and Skills.This accommodation will cater for an increase in enrolment to 520 for the academic year 2013 – 2014 at the school whose enrollment has increased from 340 to 520 over the past 6 years.It is now a matter for the school authorities to engage an architect to design and make the necessary planning application to Donegal County Council.Pat the Cope who has been involved with many of the developments at the school, including the sports hall and synthetic football pitch, running track and library, has warmly welcomed this approval. He paid tribute to the successive Boards of Management and in particular the school management and staff. ROSSES COMMUNITY SCHOOL GETS NEW CLASSROOM OVERHAUL was last modified: July 5th, 2013 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:new classroomsPat The Cope Gallagherrosses community school
Donegal Show Jumpers at the National FestivalAt the National Association of Irish Riding Clubs’ (AIRC) two day Festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, which is the largest amateur equestrian event in Ireland, and attracts 3000 entries, Rudy Schneider, Belcruit, Kincasslagh, a member of the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club, was 2nd in the National Advanced Primary Show Jumping Competition on his own horse, My Boy Boysie.The competition, one of the largest at the Festival, started at 10.30am and finished at 3pm, and attracted 102 riders from all over Ireland. Only 22 of the 102 riders managed to get double clears on Tony Ennis’ challenging course. Rudy was one of the first to jump and he set the standard for the day with a double clear in a time of 61.16 seconds. Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh, riding Jenny’s Jigsaw, completed the course in 62.22 seconds. The two Donegal men were in 1st and 2nd places for most of the competition.And it was near the end of the competition that Rudy was dislodged from the top spot, while Smyth’s time was bettered by a number of riders and he finished in 7th place.Schneider and Smyth (Team Captain) combined with two Mayo riders, to form a four rider team in the National Advanced Primary Team Show Jumping Competition.Fifteen teams from various parts Ireland competed and competition was keen. Philip Byrne, and Adrian Corcoran, who are both members of Barnacarroll Riding Club in Upper Mace, Co Mayo, slotted in well with the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club pair, and the Donegal-Mayo team finished in third place, just behind the Co Kildare, and Co Galway teams. Laura Schneider, UCD Vet student, Rudy’ daughter, was placed 5th in the Open Show Jumping Competition on Chloe Lass, while Patricia Warren, Dunfanaghy/Falcarragh, took the 4th place in Open Dressage to Music on her horse, The Colourado Kid. On the same horse, Patricia was placed 6th in the Working Hunter Showing Class, which attracted over 60 entries. Later, she was in the rosettes again, collecting the 6th place in the Open Tale Your Own Line (TYOL) competition.Conor Gallagher, Meenbanad, Dungloe, competed well in Open Show Jumping, TYOL, and Open Power & Speed. He rode Jenny’s Jigsaw, The Colourado Kid, and Burinex, from Killult Stables. Although rosettes eluded him, the young riding instructor showed why he is so highly regarded. EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS IMPRESS AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 24th, 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:EQUESTRIAN: DONEGAL SHOW JUMPERS IMPRESS AT NATIONAL FESTIVAL
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team returns to action on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Iowa at 3 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs enter the midweek contest on a four-match winning streak and are coming off a 5-2 victory over Northern Iowa to begin Missouri Valley Conference action. Drake has been impressive in the friendly confines of the Roger Knapp Tennis Center as the Bulldogs are 8-2 at home. Senior Maddie Johnson leads the team with a 9-3 singles record. Johnson and freshman Joely Lomas have a team-best 8-2 doubles record. Iowa comes to Des Moines on a six-match losing streak and is 0-5 in Big Ten play. Despite their recent woes, the Hawkeyes are 4-0 against MVC teams, beating Missouri State twice and sweeping Northern Iowa and Bradley. The Hawkeyes are led by freshman Adorabol Huckleby, who holds a 9-3 singles record. Following the Bulldogs’ match against Iowa, the team will wrap up its seven-match homestand on April 7 when it hosts St. Louis at 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version
Letterkenny Municipal councillor, Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh has called on the council to address the terrible smell of sewage at Glenwood Park. Cllr. Kavanagh told the meeting that the smell was awful on the laneway between Beechwood Road and Glenwood Park.He said “It is also in the area of the playground and basketball court in Glenwood, making it very difficult for children to use that area for its intended recreation purposes.” Cllr. Kavanagh said that there is obviously a blockage somewhere in the system and he asked that the council investigate as a matter of urgency and if possible give a detailed report to the next meeting of the municipal council on the cause of the problem and proposed solutions.Councillor calls on council to address sewage issue was last modified: October 13th, 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)
13 May 2010In a week that marked exactly a year since assuming the Presidency, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament that his administration was succeeding on service delivery and changing the attitude and style of government.“We can already feel the sense of urgency in all government spheres. Gradually, we are succeeding in changing the attitude and style of government and transforming the way government relates to citizens,” he said, while delivering the Presidency’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday.Zuma said there was visible progress in some identified priorities, such as health, poverty eradication, job creation, quality education, rural development and the fight against crime and corruption.He pointed to the recent launch of massive campaigns on HIV, TB and measles, the increased roll out of HIV treatment and prevention measures as well as the testing campaign that saw him, among other senior government officials, get tested for HIV.Improving educationShifting his focus to education, Zuma said the revitalisation of the country’s education system was progressing well adding the Departments of Basic as well as Higher Education and Training have directed attention on improving performance in schools and the training of a skilled workforce.Shortly after assuming office last year, Zuma announced a split in the education portfolio into two separate departments in a bid to bring more focus in the system.Several changes were made in the schooling system such as the introduction of compulsory numeracy and literacy tests for learners from Grades 6 to 9.The government has also allocated about R3.2-billion in infrastructure funds to universities over the next two financial years. Zuma said the money will help increase the production of graduates in the critical areas of engineering, life and physical sciences, teacher education and health sciences.In addition, he said, work towards the establishment of universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will continue this financial year, in order to further expand access to higher education.“We are doing this in recognition of the fact that nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35. We have to invest in our youth, in our future,” Zuma said.Recovery from recessionZuma further said all indications are that South Africa was recovering from the recession that saw thousands of people losing their jobs. “Our economy is growing and investors are showing confidence in our country. The government responded swiftly to the recession and a lot has been achieved under the auspices of the framework for South Africa’s response to the international economic crisis,” he said.Zuma said the government was engaged in a number of activities to respond to communities in distress and to assist vulnerable workers and troubled enterprises and sectors of the economy.Work has also been taking place through the Commission for Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA) to strengthen efforts to avoid retrenchments, he said.To protect the poor and jobless from inflated food prices, Zuma said the government had directed the competition authorities to speed up their investigations into price-fixing and cartels in the food supply chain. As a result, a number of implicated companies have been prosecuted.Industrial policyHe was also confident that the Industrial Policy Action Plan – which seeks to grow industrial sectors to retain existing jobs and to create new decent jobs – launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davis earlier this year would produce a concrete plan to significantly expand South African industrial capacity.Other measures that enable job creation would include stepping up the implementation of the expanded public works programme, investing in further education and skills development and encouraging small business development and entrepreneurship.“We now know what works and what needs to be corrected, and what needs to be strengthened,” said Zuma who also announced the names of the people to serve on a presidential review committee of state-owned enterprises.The committee will identify challenges faced by these entities and recommend possible changes in their running.Source: BuaNews