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Dr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to provide support to Liberia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy.Dr. Qian gave the assurance at a one day consultation on the draft TVET Legislation, organized by the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on TVET in partnership with UNESCO.He stressed the need to work collaboratively with the government to support the National TVET Policy, advising, “Let’s work together, because we are going to be with you only when you apply effort that will help young people to get jobs.”He said the issue of youth unemployment has major implications for society and the national security of any country, therefore the passing of the TVET Policy by lawmakers will create an environment where Liberian youth will be trained and become marketable for any job.Dr. Qian pointed out that in Liberia, it was sad not only that young people are unemployed, but they also lack employable skills to compete for available jobs.He disclosed that Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) of over US$20 billion has been committed to the country; and already, some have started yielding and creating jobs. However, due to the lack of absorptive capacity (the ability to understand new information and apply it to commercial ends), Liberians are losing a lot of the available employment opportunities.He emphasized that education is a basic human right for the public good, as well as a key component of national growth. TVET, he said, provides more jobs for potential people who desire to improve their lives, adding that for the past three years, UNESCO introduced a program in Liberia with skills on TVET, but weakness contributed to its fragmentation.On behalf of Education Minister George K. Werner, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Saku Dukuly, said the response from companies that graduates don’t meet the criteria employers want needs to be looked at seriously.“The vision of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as a result of her interest in TVET, was to form an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce to look at the sector,” he added. Mr. Dukuly has meanwhile commended the Ministry of Youth and Sports for working hard over the years to ensure that TVET becomes prominent in the support of education and training.Assistant Youth and Sports Minister for TVET Boakai Jaleiba said to develop a national policy and operational plan, the legislature needs to commission a financing validation of the TVET program.He said the problem with the youth is that they lack jobs, adding that TVET is providing them skills for the job market.He advised that the program should modernize and provide support to the informal sector to ensure that out-of-school youth, early school leavers, women and other vulnerable groups acquire employable skills that will lead to an increase in their income-earning capacities.Mr. Jaleiba also said that if TVET is passed into law by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, it will be called the Liberia Technical Commission (LiTCOM). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as GTA hosts inaugural FAM trip for 2019 With the aim of marketing Guyana as a divergent tourist destination, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) hosted its first Familiarisation Trip (FAM Trip) for 2019, which saw members of the German media and officials exploring various parts of the country.This was revealed at a recent press conference at the tourism’s agency office in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The GTA together with its contracted marketing representation firm, Fast-Forward Marketing, are industriously working to raise awareness and to further establish Guyana’s presence as a tourist destination mainly in the travel markets of German-speaking countries.To achieve this, the GTA intends to increase the demand for travel and strengthen the direct connections between international airlines, tour operators, and travellers moving between Guyana and Germany, while also catering for other German-speaking countries like Switzerland and Austria.GTA Director Brian Mullis said since Guyana was not well-known in most travel markets, the agency planned to change that through media worldwide.“So it’s always wonderful, particularly in a destination that’s not well-known in certain markets like the German market … we have to raise awareness, and the best way we can raise that awareness is bringing out media who are connected with the market of travellers we are trying to reach,” he asserted.The FAM Trip is specifically geared towards educating the foreign media on Guyana as a tourist destination. The German tourist market has been selected since it has one of the highest rankings of well-travelled tourists who are seeking out authentic nature, culture and adventure experiences that Guyana offers in abundance.Fast-Forward Marketing representative Thomas Vogler said the marketing agency was working with the GTA in seeking the best way to promote Guyana’s incomparable beauty.“We wanted to make sure that the money the GTA, and the tourism ministry, is spending in Germany is well-spent and that we can really find the best solution for Guyana for the promotion of Guyana in the German market …. One of our goals is to work with our partners on getting those visitors to spend longer exploring Guyana and another is to increase awareness of those who have never visited and entice them to come to Guyana,” Thomas stated.The group GTA just hosted consisted of five media personnel and two tour operators – all German nationals. Among the sites visited were the Kaieteur Falls and other eco-tourist destinations.
“The calculator was used for less than one semester then I dropped the class,” he wrote. Cho’s eBay feeback rating from other users was superb – 98.5 percent. Only one person gave him a negative rating. The site says the person has had an account since January 2004. On the eBay-affiliated Web site half.com, several books were listed for sale under the screen name “blazers5505.” They include “Men, Women, and Chainsaws” by Carol J. Clover, a book that explores gender in the modern horror film; the publisher’s note reads: “Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism?” Others include “The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre” by H.P. Lovecraft; and “The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense” by Joyce Carol Oates – a book in which the publisher writes: “In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves.” BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech killer went to eBay to buy ammunition clips for one of the types of guns he used in the rampage, a spokesman for the auction site confirmed Saturday. Using the handle Blazers5505, Seung-Hui Cho bought two 10-round magazines for the Walther P22 – one of two handguns used in the massacre of 32 people. The clips were bought March 22 from a gun shop in Idaho. “It’s apparent that he purchased the empty magazine clips,” eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said. “They’re similar to what could be purchased in any sporting goods store around the country.” On eBay and affiliated sites, Cho also sold several books with violent themes, tickets to Hokies football games, and a graphics calculator that contained several games. Books by those three authors were taught in his Contemporary Horror class, meaning he could have been merely selling the used books at the end of the semester. Computer forensics have played a major role in the investigation into Cho’s motives. Authorities are examining the personal computers found in his dorm room. An examination of a computer is “very revealing, particularly for a person like this,” said Mark Rasch of FTI Consulting, a computer and electronic investigation firm. “What we find … particularly with people who are very uncommunicative in person, is that they may be much more communicative and free to express themselves with the anonymity that computers and the Internet give you.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Re “Angst over exit exams” (Jan. 15): Some high school students fear they will not pass the California exit exam, your article suggests. Your writing test example should be a breeze for any fourth-grader; the math, perhaps sixth grade. I attended public schools in Los Angeles, and I am fortunate enough to have done so prior to their evident failure. If any student cannot pass these tests, it means someone failed grossly in that student’s upbringing. Shall blame be focused on the parents, the student or the liberal California laws that now all but prohibit classroom discipline? I will not blame the teachers. Bring back real classroom discipline, make parents accountable and don’t wait until high school to teach elementary skills. Charles L. Murray Santa Clarita Back when … Re “Test for success” (Editorial, Jan. 17): Paranoia, panic and intense pressure? Our high school seniors are losing sleep over passing the exit exam. You’re joking, right? I am 40 years removed from high school and it took me less than five minutes to ace both the English and math portions of the test samples. They wouldn’t let me out of the sixth grade if I failed this test back when teachers taught and public schools cared. Our tax dollars at work, right? At least the self-esteem classes (indoctrination) give comfort to high school seniors knowing they can all graduate with a sixth-grade level of education. Bob Tanabe La Canada Flintridge Too big to audit? Re “Chick demands records from earlier audits” (Dec. 28): Laura Chick asks LAUSD for former audit information and they say they need time to get them to her. Is the district buying time to adjust the audits to fit? Truth be known, Chick does not have a team large enough to audit this school district. The depth of the spending and mismanagement of public money is likely unimaginable in relation to the size of this kingdom, spread over hundreds of square miles, with countless buildings and satellite locations. And the leadership of this district depends on the size to overwhelm any auditor, including Chick. This is one time I’d like to be wrong. Michael C. Hines West Hills No shame or honesty Re “DeLay eyes funding post” (Jan. 14): Wait a minute! What’s going on? Tom DeLay, who on three separate occasions in 2004 was admonished by the House Ethics Committee; was indicted last year on money laundering charges; and is being investigated for his ties to ex-superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, causing him to resign his post as majority leader, is now likely to be approved by GOP leaders to a post on the coveted House Appropriations Committee? What the …? If he’s the best man for the job, then there is no shame or honesty in current administration politics. Where is the public outrage? George J. Kramer Northridge Not your property Re “Don’t bet against Texas, city learns” (Briefly, Jan. 14): I just read that Council President Eric Garcetti lost a bet to his Houston counterpart and will now fly a “Don’t mess with Texas” banner on our City Hall. I am outraged. City Hall belongs to all of us and is not the property of our council members to use as a personal wager on a football game. This is just another example of our elected officials using public property for their personal use. Come on, L.A., when do we wise up and vote these idiots out of office? The council president owes us all an apology and should do so after he apologizes to the person he made this ridiculous bet with that he has to renege and not put up the banner. Morris Caraway Van Nuys Allen execution The reason there are elderly Death Row prisoners awaiting execution is that California’s many dishonest appellate judges – who obviously love murderers and hate their victims – defy the law to keep these totally guilty monsters alive when they should have been executed 20 years ago. Clarence Allen is no exception. He slaughtered innocents, including a teenage girl. Whether he’s 76 or 176, he deserved to pay for his horrible crimes. There are hundreds more like him, most of them actually much worse, all kept alive by renegade judges. Let’s get on with it. Charles K. Sergis Calabasas Arnold’s example Re “Arnold won’t be cited in collision” (Jan. 12): LAPD and the district attorney should have filed charges against the governor for driving a vehicle without the proper permits, or at least ticketed him. Why should he get off? We have millions of drivers in the state who still can’t obey the rules of the road who either get ticketed – if they’re lucky – get into accidents or cause them. The governor should have insisted on getting a ticket, to set an example for the rest of the state, but his current example of walking away scot-free only proves money talks, malarkey walks. If the governor gets away with it, why shouldn’t the rest of the state? Governor, set an example for all of us to follow. Get the ticket, and pay for it. Otherwise, you’re no better than the lawbreakers. John C. Weaver Reseda No two-tier system Re “Bad example” (Editorial, Jan. 13): The governor’s treatment was not based on a two-tier system. Arnold Schwarzenegger could not be cited by the police even if they had arrived on the scene. Driving with a license not endorsed for motorcycles is an infraction of the law subject to citation only when caught driving. Even if the governor, or anybody for that matter, had told the police someone just ran a red light, the police cannot cite that person unless they witness the violation themselves. Traffic laws are not citable unless witnessed by the citing authority. Only a report to DMV is necessary because there was an injury. This is a matter for the insurance companies and not the law. Don’t mislead the public. Leonard Yniguez San Fernando Not too bright Re “Labor Center opening low-key” (Jan. 14): As a resident of Burbank, I sure don’t remember ever voting on having any work safe havens for obvious illegal immigrants built in city limits. After the recent big-time coverage of once-city official Stacey Murphy’s brilliant display of leadership, one would think that aiding and abating criminal activities for any reason would have been the last thing on council members’ minds. Not too bright. To all involved – good luck at the next city elections. Ron Moreland Burbank Different Alito Re “Confirm Alito” (Editorial, Jan. 15): Evidently I saw a different Senate hearing on Alito than you and your readers. I saw a judge who stonewalled when questioned on his membership in an anti-woman/anti-civil rights group; bloviated when asked about women’s right to choose; whose record is pro-corporation, anti-individuals’ rights 85 percent of the time; and who may eviscerate the clean water, clean air acts. A judge who’ll be elevated to a lifetime position of immense power so long as most citizens don’t know where he really stands. He reminds me of Dickens’ character Uriah Heep. Pearl Kalechstein Woodland Hills Party dictatorship Re “Confirm Alito” (Editorial, Jan. 15): I’ve been a proud new citizen of the United States for several years now and it really pains me to see this wonderful country going the way of a dictatorship by party. I am afraid that Judge Alito will only hasten that journey. After studying his record, I am convinced he will vote for big business, ignore the little people and give more power to the president. If put on the Supreme Court, I am afraid it will be a sad day for freedom and for the American people. I pray that I am wrong. Jorge Rivero Los Angeles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gardasil works best when given to girls before they begin having sex and run the risk of HPV infection. The vaccine does not protect those already infected. The FDA said that Gardasil appeared very safe. It remains unclear if its effect is long-lasting or if women will need booster shots later in life. Merck will monitor long-term effectiveness. The company also continues to study whether the vaccine is safe and effective in males. Merck intends to market Gardasil as a cancer, rather than an STD, vaccine. Its cost, along with conservative opposition to making the vaccine mandatory for school attendance, may curb its widespread use.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Its manufacturer, Merck & Co. Inc., seeks similar approval elsewhere around the world. Each year, cervical cancer kills an estimated 240,000 women worldwide, including 3,700 in the United States. “FDA approval of the HPV vaccine, the first vaccine targeted specifically to preventing cancer, is one of the most important advances in women’s health in recent years,” said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, president of the American Cancer Society. The vaccine developed for hepatitis B has been shown to protect against liver cancer. Clinical trials showed Gardasil prevented 100 percent of cervical cancer related to the two HPV strains in women who had not been previously infected, Merck said. It also prevented 99 percent of the cases of genital warts caused by the two other strains. “Fortunately, we can now include the worst types of HPV and most cervical cancer in the list of diseases that no one need suffer or die from ever again,” said Alex Azar, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Research presented earlier suggests an added bonus to Gardasil: It also protects against vaginal and vulvar cancers linked to the four types of HPV. WASHINGTON – Women for the first time have a vaccine to protect themselves against cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday licensed the vaccine, Gardasil, for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26. The vaccine works by preventing infection from four of the dozens of strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. By age 50, some 80 percent of women have been infected. Gardasil protects against the two types of HPV responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine also blocks infection by two other strains responsible for 90 percent of genital wart cases. The vaccine will be available by the end of the month, with a three-shot series costing $360.
Michelle English accepts the 2014 Overall Donegal Sports Star Awardon behalf of Mark English from special guest Sean O’Rourke. Alsoincluded are Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely,Cathaoirleach CllrJohn Campbell and Sports Star Chairperson Neil Martin2014 DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS WINNERSATHLETICSMark English, UCD A.C. BASKETBALLCian Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze BOXINGMichael Gallagher, Finn Valley A.B.C.Sean O’Rourke presents Termon’s Geraldine McLaughlin with the BrendanMcDaid Memorial Special Achievement AwardCLAY PIGEON SHOOTINGGearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun ClubCYCLINGCiara Doogan, Errigal Cycling ClubSPECIAL ATHLETE Meg Carr, LetterkennyPatrick Quinlivan, LetterkennyEQUESTRIANLisa Moore, Glenleary, Ramelton GAANeil McGee, Gaoth DobhairGOLFKyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, LisfannonGYMNASTICSEilíse McLaughlin, LetterkennyHOCKEYJames Corry, Instonians Hockey Club, BelfastHURLINGPaul Sheridan, Aodh Ruadh, BallyshannonMARTIAL ARTSSamantha Weir, Samurai Uladh ClubMIND SPORTSJohn Joe McGee, Buncrana (Draughts)MOTOR CYCLINGRichard Kerr, KilmacrennanMOTOR SPORTDeclan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward,PARA-ATHLETENoel O’Donnell, Bonagee UnitedPOWER LIFTINGMick Coleman, StranorlarPROFESSIONAL SPORT ACHIEVEMENTSeamus Coleman, Everton F.C.ROWINGConor Maquet, Loughros Point Rowing ClubRUGBYNora Stapleton, FahanSAILINGSean McCarter, BuncranaSNOOKERAnthony Bonner, North West Snooker Club, LetterkennySOCCERCiara Grant, UCD WavesSURF LIFESAVINGSarah Meehan, BallyshannonSWIMMINGMatthew McGarrigle, BallyshannonTRANSPLANT ATHLETEKieran Murray, RameltonTRIATHLONChristine Russell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYShane O’Donnell, Scoil Cholmcille LetterkennyPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLSaoirse Bonner, Keadue N.S, Keadue, BurtonportSECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOYBrendan O’Donnell St Eunan’s College, LetterkennySECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRLKaren Ward, St. Columbas College, StranorlarTEAM MANAGER/COACHFrancie Friel, Termon Senior Ladies GAA TeamAPPRECIATIONBrid McGinty, Lagan HarpsTEAMTermon Senior Ladies GAA TeamPRIMARY SCHOOLScoil Naomh Fiachra, IllistrinPRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERMáire McCole Keadue N.S., Keadue, BurtonportSECONDARY SCHOOLMulroy College, MilfordSECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHERStephen Doohan, PCC FalcarraghINTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONFinesse Gymnastics Display TeamBRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTGeraldine McLaughlin, TermonSPECIAL RECOGNITIONDonegal Men County Darts TeamMalachy McDermott, Cockhill CelticYOUNG SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEARKarl Griffin, UCD A.C.HALL OF FAMEJames McLaughlin, Burt GAA ClubOVERALL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR 2014Mark English, UCD A.C.DONEGAL SPORTS STARS AWARDS – FULL LIST OF WINNERS was last modified: January 31st, 2015 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:Donegal Sports Stars Awards winners
The North-West 10k AGM will take place on next Wednesday the 14th of December at 6pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel.North-West 10k AGM is next Wednesday was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:North West 10k
—Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Monroe of North Hills edged Birmingham of Lake Balboa 83-94 for third place in the Div. I varsity boys’ race won by Loyola of Los Angeles. Monroe and Birmingham are expected to contend for this year’s City Section title. Monroe’s Gabriel Guzman, the two-time defending City individual champion, won the race in 14 minutes, 34 seconds. He beat by one second the time run last year by Mark Matusak, the 2004 Daily News Runner of the Year and 2005 U.S. Junior Outdoor 1,500-meter champion. Birmingham’s girls also are a City favorite. They finished second in the Div. I girls’ race, only 10 points and six seconds ahead of El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. Two Marmonte League runners won races. Simi Valley’s Anna Sperry won the girls’ Div. I title, and Agoura’s Erin Baird Baird, the Marmonte runner-up in 2004, captured the girls’ Div. II/III crown. Paraclete of Lancaster dominated the Div. IV girls’ race, beating Morro Bay and La Reina of Thousand Oaks by 99 points. The Spirits placed three runners in the top five, led by winner Kaitlin Huerta, who finished in 18:31. The Bell-Jeff Cross Country Invitational previewed several potential postseason matchups. Each of those races Saturday at Griffith Park was especially close. Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge, No. 1 in Southern Section Div. V, beat No. 2 Maranatha of Pasadena 33-44 to win the Div. V varsity girls’ title. It was the first race this year for Flintridge Prep’s top runner, Lauren Von Der Ahe, who finished fifth in the division at last year’s state championships. She has been hampered by a knee injury and ran cautiously Saturday to an 11th-place finish. Maranatha appeared to be leading after two miles on the 2.9-mile course, but Flintridge Prep closed strong. “We just raced smart,” said Ciara Gonzalez, Flintridge Prep’s top finisher. “We focused on our pack, and our girls, not who we were racing against.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But it wasn’t the two-time NFL MVP’s offense that did it his two TD passes gave him nine for the season after setting an NFL record with 49 last year. “Any time you get turnovers and that kind of field position, you want to score touchdowns and we did,” Manning said. “They weren’t letting us pass downfield. It used to be teams wouldn’t let us run the ball and we had to throw. Now it’s the opposite. They won’t let us pass. But the defense is doing its job.” The Rams, playing without ailing coach Mike Martz, lost quarterback Marc Bulger to a sprained shoulder in the second quarter after he led St. Louis to the early lead. But it was almost all defense for Indianapolis. Dwight Freeney chipped in with a forced fumble for the Colts (6-0) and Robert Mathis took over the NFL sack lead with seven he has at least one in every game this season. That provided the field position that allowed Indianapolis to run 36 consecutive plays in St. Louis territory in the last 27 minutes of the game. “We got down early but we didn’t panic on the sideline,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. “We kept our spirits up and we played a lot better in the second, third and early in the fourth quarter. We made some big plays. We got the turnovers. We got the momentum.” Bulger, who was 6-of-8 for 121 yards and a touchdown, was hurt when he was blocked by David Thornton on the first of the interceptions by June, a third-year linebacker who leads the NFL with five picks. It came less than three minutes into the second quarter and led to James’ 8-yard touchdown run. “I definitely made a bad throw and things definitely got worse as the play went on,” Bulger said. Jamie Martin took over at quarterback for the Rams and could do little but throw underneath until late in the game and was 17-of-21 for 134 yards. He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Cam Cleeland for a meaningless TD that made it 45-28. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDIANAPOLIS — When the Indianapolis Colts score 45 points, it’s usually because of Peyton Manning and the offense. Not Monday night. Cato June had two interceptions that set up two touchdowns and Nick Harper had an interception and a fumble recovery to set up scores as the Colts overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 45-28 and remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Edgerrin James helped things along with 143 yards rushing on 23 carries and three touchdowns and Manning had two touchdown passes, including a record-setter to Marvin Harrison. Photo gallery: Monday Night Football