UL Law School Gains USAID Support

first_imgSince becoming President of the University of Liberia (UL) in 2008, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis has split his time between running the institution and finding external support from partners and donors to close the funding gap often left behind by government’s limited budgetary subsidy. Now, thanks to Dr. Dennis’ leadership, another external support has come to the university. As with two previous ones, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Project (LPAC) has entered into a Memorandum of Corporation with the UL to support the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.The signing, which took place on Wednesday, July 20, could not have come at a better time for the Law School and its new Dean, Counselor T. Negbalee Warner, who is determined to build upon the strong foundation left by his predecessor, a release from the university noted. Speaking before the signing, Dean Warner said he was delighted that an agreement has finally been reached; one structured in a way that it matches almost all the programs of the Law School. “It is very welcoming not only because of what is inside but the thought and the design of the program. The thought that you can recognize the University of Liberia, particularly its Law School, as a critical institution that needs institutional and human capacity development,” Dean Warner said. “That you have structured the program; that it addresses almost all of the key areas; that you could help us. We recognize that this agreement is an outline of expectations, a framework for cooperation, which leaves room for us to work out the details.” For his part, Dr Dennis hailed the qualitative profile of both faculty and students of the Law School.“Over the past six years, the institution has grown particular in quality. The quality of the students admitted to the Law School now is by far better than a few years ago, and that pleases me very much,” he said. “The qualitative profile of the faculty has increased tremendously. Seven years ago, the LawSchool had just a few with an LLM degree—something around four or five—now we have about 22.” He used the occasion to brief USAID and others on the overall academic development of the university, disclosing that during the past six years, several faculty members were sent abroad for further studies, and currently, he said 60 of them have completed their studies and have returned. Dr Dennis commended USAID for its support to the university and the Law School in particular for the new agreement.“First let me thank USAID for yet another farsightedness,” he said. “I say another because I have been privileged to enjoy two previous ones. The MOC we are about to sign between the Law School is very comprehensive and seeks to build the capacity of our Law School much beyond its present capacity.” In response, Dr. Anthony S. Chan, Mission Director, USAID/Liberia said his organization was committed to working with the Law School to achieve this goal and many other goals set by its new Dean. “I understand that a key priority for the Law School is modernizing its curriculum so that its graduates can fully practice their craft in the service to clients in an increasingly competitive world,” he said. “We look forward to working with all of you together so we can strive to achieve this goal and the many other goals your new Dean has set for you.”The program ended with a tour of the facilities of the Law School by the USAID and the LPAC representatives, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coaches can alter starting times

first_imgNoonThe CIF Southern Section suggests starting times for its playoff games, but they are not written in stone. Coaches are allowed to change the game time if both coaches from teams involved agree, and submit the change to the CIF office for confirmation. The suggested time for boys and girls basketball games is 7:30 p.m., for boys and girls soccer games 3 p.m., and for girls water polo 3:15 p.m. Fans are encouraged to continue to check with the schools involved and/or with their local newspapers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wet’Suwet’en issue eviction notice to Coastal GasLink

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. – Members saying they represent the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have issued an eviction notice to anyone involved in the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.In a press release issued on Sunday, the group said “Coastal Gaslink has violated the Wet’suwet’en law of trespass, and has bulldozed through our territories, destroyed our archaeological sites, and occupied our land with industrial man-camps. Private security firms and RCMP have continually interfered with the constitutionally protected rights of Wet’suwet’en people to access our lands for hunting, trapping, and ceremony.”The letter, signed by a number of chiefs, says workers are“currently trespassing” on its unceded territory.Jen Wickham, a spokeswoman for one of the five clans that make upthe First Nation, says workers and contractors complied with thenotice.Coastal GasLink, which did not immediately respond to a requestfor comment, says in a statement on its website that it received thenotice which demanded it remove its equipment from areas in which itis legally permitted to operate.- Advertisement -A court ruling on December 31st, 2019, the B.C. Supreme Court issued Coastal GasLink an interlocutory injunction against pipeline opponents.  The ruling came just under a year after RCMP enforced an interim injunction granted by the same court and drew international attention with the arrest of 14 people.The 6.6-billion dollar Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas across 670 kilometres from northeastern BC to the LNG Canada export terminal in Kitimat.The company has said it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nation councils along the path.Advertisementlast_img read more

Virgil Van Dijk wins PFA player of year award

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool FC defender Virgil Van Dijk poses with his PFA awards after being voted the 2018/2019 season’s best playerLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk was named as England’s PFA Player of the Year for 2019 on Sunday.Van Dijk succeeded Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah in winning the award, voted for by his fellow players and saw off competition from Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling. But Sterling, 24, was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year, following on from City colleague Leroy Sane.Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($97 million, 87 million euros) in January 2018.The 27-year-old Dutchman has been an ever-present for Liverpool in their bid to dethrone City as Premier League champions this season, with Sterling’s side one point clear of the Reds at the top of the table with just two games left to play.Van Dijk has starred in a hugely improved Liverpool defence that has kept 20 clean sheets and conceded a mere 20 goals in the current campaign.– ‘Unbelievable’ –“It’s pretty difficult to put into words,” said Van Dijk, the first defender to win the award since Chelsea’s John Terry 14 years ago.“I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to receive it.”Prize guy – Liverpool defender Virgil van DijkVan Dijk, who also has a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona to look forward to this week, added: “If you see the standard of strikers or playmakers we have in the league, it’s unbelievable.”England international Sterling has been praised both for his on-field performances and a willingness to speak out about football’s continuing problems with racism.Arsenal Women forward Vivianne Miedema won the Women’s Player of the Year award after scoring 22 times to lead the Gunners to their first title since 2012, with her and Van Dijk completing a Dutch double.The north London side were crowned champions with a 4-0 win away to Brighton on Sunday.Miedema was also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award won by Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway.Miedema said: “I’m obviously really proud to represent my team here. I think we’ve had an amazing year, especially with winning the league today.”Meanwhile, the PFA’s special achievement award went to Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton.The 31-year-old defender is set to skipper the Lionesses at this year’s World Cup in France.But Houghton has said she could miss the tournament in order to care for her husband, former Liverpool midfielder Stephen Darby, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.Darby, however, is determined Houghton takes her place in manager Phil Neville’s squad.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

$52-a-parcel tax proposed for transportation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I want to see us not only build a subway to the sea, but subways from the Valley to downtown, down to San Pedro, everywhere in the city,” LaBonge said. LaBonge said he does not yet have a specific plan and has not prepared a proposal to submit the parcel tax to other jurisdictions in the county and to place it on a ballot for voter approval. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who introduced a proposal for a transportation mission statement, said it is designed to broaden transportation improvements. “We will continue to do the left-turn lanes and the traffic signals and all the other short-term solutions, but we need to also look at what we can do long-term, so we have a plan in place that we can tell state and federal officials how we will use the money,” Greuel said. LaBonge also called for a regional summit to include representatives from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties to cooperate on transportation planning. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday that he will call for a countywide parcel tax, designed to raise $1.7 billion, to help make long-term improvements to the region’s transportation system. The proposal came as the council’s Transportation Committee recommended approval of an 18-month process to develop a 20-year transportation plan. But officials said the tax proposal would need support from all cities within Los Angeles County, as well as from county supervisors. Holding up a $1 bill, LaBonge said he will propose the countywide parcel tax of $52 to fund solutions to traffic congestion. Coupled with that, he said, officials would seek to lift a ban on heavy-rail construction that has constrained transit planners. Councilman Richard Alarc n said the city has been hampered by not having a strategic plan to present to state and federal officials when they determine transit funding. “We need to be city-centric in our planning, but we also need to develop support around the region,” Alarc n said. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Investors embrace Bernanke comments

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) – Stocks closed mostly higher Thursday as Wall Street brushed aside concerns about a Chinese interest rate hike to focus on comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that a pause in U.S. rate increases may be ahead. In trading pushed and pulled by the cross currents of earnings reports, fluctuating energy prices and international events, Bernanke’s comments overrode all other distractions, analysts said. “What he’s coming through very clearly and saying is we will probably pause soon but don’t assume we’re done because we pause. … But I think the market is just reacting to `Hey, hey, Ben said we might be done soon’,” said Jeff Kleintop, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management. “Whenever you take a little uncertainty out of the picture, well, the market is going to like that.” The Dow Jones industrial average gained 28.02, or 0.3 percent, to close at 11,382.51. Broader stock indicators also moved higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4.31, or 0.3 percent, to 1,309.72, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 11.32, or 0.5 percent, to 2,344.95. The gains in stocks offset early reaction to an announcement by Chinese officials that they will raise interest rates to slow a churning economy. China’s rapid growth has accounted for a sizable share of worldwide demand for raw materials and other goods, and the announcement pushed down prices for oil, commodities and European stocks. The price of oil fell 96 cents to settle at $70.97 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That came after the Energy Department said demand for gasoline rose just 0.3 percent over the past four weeks compared with the same period in 2005. At this time last year, demand had risen 1.5 percent. But momentum was reversed in U.S. equity markets after the start of congressional testimony by Bernanke. While the Fed chairman told Congress that rising energy prices could jeopardize a strong economy and lead to further rate hikes, the market chose to focus on comments suggesting a temporary pause may be coming. “At some point in the future, the committee may decide to take no action at one or more meetings in the interest of allowing more time to receive information relevant to the outlook,” Bernanke said. “Of course, a decision to take no action at a particular meeting does not preclude actions at subsequent meetings,” he added. That was all investors needed to hear. “The knee-jerk reaction (to China’s rate hike) was simply followed by money on the sidelines that said this is an opportunity to get in,” said Richard Cripps, chief market strategist for Stifel Nicolaus. “Then Bernanke’s comments just emphasized the larger issue that the market is trying to deal with, which is the Fed is going to get out of the way.” Bernanke’s comments also boosted bond prices, pushing yields lower. The price of the 10-year Treasury note rose 9/32 point, or $2.813 per $1,000 in face value, while its yield fell to 5.07 percent from 5.11 percent late Wednesday. The 2-year note, which is most responsive to Fed policy changes, gained even more ground. The markets’ rise Thursday reflects continued optimism among investors that the economy will remain strong, gradually slowing, while inflation stays in check. In the near term, investors will be keeping an eye on energy prices and on data including first-quarter economic growth figures to be released Friday, and reports next week on personal spending and income, and employment for signs that things remain on track, analysts said. “This market is just extremely resilient and if we don’t get a major spike up in energy prices or interest rates from current levels, the strong earnings environment we find ourselves in could help carry the markets higher for several more weeks,” said Michael Sheldon, chief market strategist at Spencer Clarke LLC. Shares of Microsoft Corp. gained 15 cents to close at $27.25, before the company released its quarterly earnings after the close. After posting those results, which came in just shy of analysts expectations, Microsoft fell $1.75 to $25.50 in after-hours trading. Intel Corp. gained 59 cents to $20.08 after the company’s CEO said he plans a broad restructuring. Exxon Mobil Corp. fell 68 cents to $62.42. The world’s largest oil company posted higher first quarter profits Thursday, but fell short of analysts’ expectations. The China move also pushed down the shares of many commodities producers. Alcoa Inc. fell $1.56 to $33.40. U.S. Steel Corp. was down $2.77 to $66.18. Other movers included XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. declined $1.21 to $20.80. The company reported a wider first-quarter loss Thursday and said regulators are probing its marketing practices. Shares of Comcast Corp. gained $1.25 to $30.45, after the cable operator reported a tripling in its quarterly profits, topping expectations. Pfizer Inc. fell 11 cents to $24.86 after shareholders rejected calls to oust some of its board members as a means of protesting its CEO’s pay package. Advancing issues barely outnumbered decliners on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 2.99 billion shares, up from 2.63 billion shares on Wednesday. However, decliners were ahead of advancers on the Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies declined 3.83, or 0.5 percent, to 761.40. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average rose 0.3 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.7 percent, Germany’s DAX index fell 0.6 percent, and France’s CAC-40 declined 0.7 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Carabao Cup round-up: Bournemouth overcome Norwich and Burton beat Forest

first_img 2 Steve Cook got Bournemouth’s winner 2 Burton 3-2 Nottingham ForestBurton produced a stunning performance to move into the last eight of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 victory over Championship promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest.All the goals came in a thrilling second half, with Scott Fraser’s speculative shot dropping in off Saidy Janko to set Nigel Clough’s men on their way to a famous victory.Fraser blasted home their second on 64 minutes before substitute Lewis Grabban pulled one back.Jake Hesketh’s superb volley restored Albion’s two-goal lead with seven minutes to play but substitute Arvin Appiah set up a nervy finish, scoring at the second attempt in stoppage time.For Albion, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, it represents their first trip to the last eight of the Carabao Cup after a run that has seen them dump Aston Villa and Premier League Burnley out of the competition in earlier rounds. Here’s what happened in the 7:45pm Carabao Cup kick-offs on Tuesday, October 30…Bournemouth 2-1 NorwichSteve Cook scored a second-half winner as Bournemouth scraped into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Norwich.Defender Cook smashed home following a corner 18 minutes from time at the Vitality Stadium to see off the dogged Sky Bet Championship visitors.Norwich more than matched the hosts on Tuesday evening and looked like they might cause an upset when Onel Hernandez cancelled out Junior Stanislas’ first-half opener.Victory for the Premier League Cherries, who are sixth in the top flight, maintains their unbeaten home record and puts them in the last eight of the tournament for the second successive season. Jake Hesketh celebrated scoring his side’s third of the night Leicester P-P SouthamptonThis match was postponed following the death of Leicester’s owner in Saturday night’s helicopter crash outside the stadium.last_img read more


first_imgFriends of Daniel O’Donnell have revealed the singer’s wife is on the road to recovery after being diagnosed recently with breast cancer.Daniel and MajellaThe entertainer revealed that his wife Majella’s surgery went well and that she is now cancer-free.However Daniel, 51, revealed that Majella will continue to have treatment. A close friend of the star said Majella’s operation to remove a suspected cancerous lump and lymph nodes was successful.“They received some good news after the operation but Majella will still have to be monitored and she will still have to have more treatment.“However this is a great relief for them. Like many couples across Ireland, they went through hell.“But hopefully they can get back to living their lives to the full now and put this worrying chapter of their lives behind them,” said the friend. The couple are currently in the south-east of Ireland where Daniel is performing in concert.It is believed Majella’s treatment will last until at least the end of September meaning she will not be able to travel to Branson in the US where Daniel has committed to a number of shows.In an earlier interview with the Donegal Democrat, the entertainer said “Thank God with early intervention and surgery the cancer is gone now and it is a matter of further treatment.”He recalled the moment that he was told about Majella‘s illness.“It is one thing reading about cancer but it is a totally different and frightening thing when it hits your own family and the doctor delivers those words – ‘I’m sorry but your wife has breast cancer.’ “It is probably one of the most numbing experiences a man can go through. You just feel helpless,” he said.However, the singer did add a message of hope. “It can be beaten and I thank God that Majella is on the road to recovery.”He thanked everyone who had sent him cards and messages during their difficult time.“I know that Majella is going to be fine. It’s just so important to me that we will be together for a long, long time – the rest of our lives,” he said. The singer, 51, urged both men and women to have regular check-ups as it could save their life.“However, there is hope and help for everybody and all I can say to people, both men and women is to have regular check-ups. These can be the difference between life and death,” he said.MAJELLA ON ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER CANCER DIAGNOSIS – DANIEL was last modified: August 12th, 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajellaoperationlast_img read more


first_imgA Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert issued by Gardai in Roscommon has now been cancelled.All concerned have been located safe and well by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the Enniskillen area. Gardaí have thanked the public for their help and asked for privacy for the family. GARDA CHILD RESCUE ALERT OVER AFTER FAMILY FOUND IN ENNISKILLEN was last modified: November 28th, 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:ALERT: GARDA CHILD RESCUE ALERTlast_img read more


first_imgVOODOO VENUE: There was an electrical atmosphere last night at Voodoo Club Letterkenny with over 900 people out to celebrate their exams finishing up for another year!! However, the clever marketing team at Voodoo Venue have came up with another superb idea with the ‘Get Paid to Party initiative’.  Heading out this weekend?? Sign your friends up to Voodoo Glistrr and get paid for it!!Kickstart this Summer by earning a couple of extra euro with Voodoo Glistrr.Its simple, fast and effective, Check 20 people onto our earlybird app and earn €2050 people = €50!!Being the biggest music venue in the Northwest Voodoo Letterkenny brings the funkiest DJs, Themed Nights, Celebrities, Acts and Bands to Donegal this Summer..For more information on becoming one of our Voodoo Glistrr Reps contact Annie on 086 394 7099 or PM us on facebook: www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny Don’t forget to mark your name down for this weekends misbehaviour through our VIP Voodoo Glistrr list for cheaper entry: http://glist.me/voodooGET PAID TO PARTY AT DONEGAL’S NO.1 CLUB VOODOO VENUE! was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more