Gbowee Drops 3 ‘Pregnant Scholarship Students’

first_imgThree out of the 63 female students benefitting from the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) scholarship programs, have been dropped due to pregnancy, the 2011 Liberian Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee announced over the weekend.Madam Gbowee, founder and president of the GPFA, told newsmen that the “pregnant students” violated a contract  clause, which prohibits female students from getting pregnant while on the GPFA scholarship.Madam Gbowee stated that two of the students are from the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and the is from the Star Institution of Professional Studies. Their names have been withheld.Happily, all is not over for those students.  Madam Gbowee stated that after they shall have delivered their babies, they may reapply for the scholarships and would be reaccepted if there are available spaces.“We are not against girls and women getting children, but these scholarships are intended to empower girls and women to promote their holistic transformation,” she said. “Someone can’t spend their hard-earned money to pay your fees and you get pregnant instead of focusing on your studies? Families, who are sponsoring these scholarships, want to see value for their money.”Another female student from the Tubman University has also been dropped because she failed to reach the minimum GPA of 3.0 after four semesters of hiring instructors to prop her up.Madam Gbowee, an educator and peace activist, hailed six of their scholarship students who have successfully passed all the required courses in their various institutions of learning.She named Madam Vaiba Flomo, Grace Jarson and Gwendolyn Myers, who earned Certificates in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University in the USA; Korto S. Johnson, BSc in Public Administration, UL; Welmu Ewu, AA in Nursing, Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences; and Ernestine Vulue, a high school diploma, Effort Baptist Church School.Accordingly, Madam Gbowee said Eastern Mennonite University scholarships provided the GPFA and the United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) and cost about US$90,000 for the three students; while the other three students’ tuition amounted to US$5,000. “We thought to highlight this to the media because when you journey with a group of people, it’s important to stop and take a note of your progress to let the public know what you have done,” Madam Gbowee said. “It’s also good to pat yourselves on the back,” she added. She disclosed that a Belgium University has offered a scholarship to GPFA for a  Master’s candidate; while a US university a scholarship. A Scottish university has signed a 3-year scholarship program with GPFA and owing the  failure of Liberian females to meet the requirements, Ghanaian and Nigerians have been selected.Madam Gbowee further indicated that the GPFA, for the second time, has awarded a full scholarship to a male student to attend any university or college of his choice because of his constant high averages from 9th to the 12 grade classes.She has meanwhile expressed  satisfaction that her foundation has sent out 18 students on internship at  hospitals and other institutions. She disclosed that each of interns is given a monthly per diem of US$100.Madam Gbowee uses her global platform to build partnerships with institutions of higher learning all over the world to provide women and young girls opportunities to acquire undergraduate and graduate degrees.The GPFA identifies young women who have achieved academically but lack the financial resources to study abroad. The foundation provides support through the application process, secures required health exams, passports and documents. GPFA hopes that qualified candidates in need of support will commit themselves to use their education for the development 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

50 Parents Get Street Child Business Grant

first_imgAt least 50 parents of former street children, who received a grant of $100 (US) each from Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL) have been told to use the money for its intended purpose.Street Child’s Project Coordinator for Sustainability, Mrs. June-Rose Dangbuah, told the beneficiaries to apply ideas gained from an earlier workshop that preceded the distribution, to help their children.The program, held at the premises of the Educational Promoters in Chocolate City, Gardnersville near Monrovia, was attended by the selected beneficiaries, majority women.The workshop, conducted from 8a.m. to 1p.m, took the participants through basic information on running a business successfully, with resources available.She explained that the grant is meant to empower them, with the overall objective of providing for their children’s education and economic needs.Presenting the grant to individual members, SCOL’s board member, Andrew Kemokai, Sr., said it is the first of its kind in the country for an advocacy group to provide funds to encourage the sustainability of their beneficiaries.“Use the money wisely for the children,” Kemokai said, “so that the next 50 persons can also benefit from the next grant.”Assisted by another board member, Sumo S. Dangbuah, Kemokai appealed to the beneficiaries to engage in modest businesses that with time could generate the needed income to also take care of their children’s education.A member of the beneficiary, on behalf of the group expressed appreciation for the grant and assured that the money would be used properly.“We want other groups to follow your example,” the spokesman said, “so that we can help our children.”It is the second time that Street Child has dished out grants to support its beneficiaries in its Family Business Scheme. The organization recently expanded its humanitarian activities to provide material assistance to include children who lost both parents to the Ebola Virus Disease, assisting 195 orphans from 72 families with emergency food aid in Dolo Town, Margibi County and VOA in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zeelugt Cemetery tomb raided

first_imgLess than one day after the body of 58-year-old Jadgeo Jagdeo of Zeelugt on the West Coast of Demerara was laid to rest, his coffin was removed from the tomb and several items were stolen.Speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, family members explained that the man was buried on Thursday afternoon at the Zeelugt Cemetery.His son, Jai Jagdeo, said he received a call the following morning, indicating that someone had broken into his father’s tomb. The man said he went to the cemetery shortly after and found that the tomb was vandalised and the coffin was removed and tossed outside with the body inside.A wristwatch and $2000 were removed from the coffin.“…when I come, I see all the clothes outside [the tomb]. The coffin was open and they take the watch and some money that went there and the body was still in the coffin,” he said.The coffin after it was returned to its place in the tomb by relativesThe police were called to the scene and statements were taken from relatives as investigations continue.Last Wednesday, the tomb of 60-year-old Roopnarine Kowlessaw was found vandalised with the man’s body outside and the money that was pinned on his clothing missing. The man was buried on March 1 at the Number 65 Village Cemetery.The body was reportedly found lying in front of the tomb with the casket alongside it. Residents in the area recalled hearing banging sounds and dogs barking.His son, Budram, told Guyana Times that when he and other relatives visited the tomb on Wednesday, there was a small hole which was executed with a chisel. However, they returned on Thursday and found the coffin outside of the tomb.He explained that in excess of US$300 was missing but GY$400 was found on the ground next to the body. Kowlessaw, the dead rice farmer and businessman, was reburied on Thursday morning.last_img read more

BREAKING: Exxon strikes more oil

first_imgUnited States based oil giant ExxonMobil has made another oil discover in Guyana, according to the Department of Energy.See below statement from the DOE:Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, today, announced that ExxonMobil made an oil discovery on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana at the Tripletail-1 well in the Turbot area. This well was being drilled by the Tom Madden drillship.This discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of more than six billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.“This is another major development for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana which, along with 14 other oil discoveries, has the potential to advance the country’s economy and propel it towards impactful and sustained development.The Department of Energy (DE) continues to be encouraged by the prolific rate of discovery of high-quality hydrocarbons offshore Guyana as the discoveries add to the further de-risking of this play type in the deep and ultra-deep zones,” Dr. Bynoe said.The Tripletail-1 well is located approximately three miles (five kilometres) northeast of the Longtail discovery. The well was drilled in 6,572 feet (2,003 meters) of water and encountered approximately 108feet (33 meters) of a high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.“This discovery is another indication that Guyana’s future is bright. But we can only secure that future through stronger collaboration, an improved legislative environment, and a cohesiveness that is most necessary at this time than at any time in our country’s history. The DE, along with its partner institutions, will continue to work assiduously and efficiently to ensure that we extract the best value from these resources for our nation and people,” the Energy Director said.On completion of the operations at Tripletail, the Noble Tom Madden drillship will next drill the Uaru-1 well, located approximately six miles (10 kilometres) east of the Liza field.With this new find, ExxonMobil is expected to continue to move forward exploration and development activities elsewhere on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana. The Stena Carron drill ship is currently drilling the Ranger-2 well and upon completion will conduct a well test at Yellowtail-1. The Bible Bod Doglas drillship is currently completing development drilling operations for the Liza Phase 1 project.ExxonMobil will add a fourth drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in October 2019 as the company continues to optimize its drilling plans, based on well results and the ongoing study of the basin.Previously, ExxonMobil announced plans to have at least five FPSO vessels on the Stabroek Block, which will produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. The Liza Phase 1 development is on track to start-up by early 2020 and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, utilizing the Liza Destiny FPSO.ExxonMobil approves funding for the Liza Phase 2 development after it received Government and regulatory approvals in May 2019.Plans are in train to start-up by mid-2022, using the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day.Further, pending Government approvals, a third development, the Payara start-up could be as early as 2023 and production is expected to reach an estimated 220,000 barrels of oil per day.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

Listen to the boss

first_imgSOUTHERN California residents who want the state to deliver on highly anticipated bond money to relieve traffic on the 405 Freeway picked up a powerful ally Tuesday: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local leaders in demanding that the California Transportation Commission pony up for the much-needed northbound car-pool lane from LAX to the Valley – a project voters considered all but a given when they voted for state infrastructure bonds in November, but which the CTC staff has recommended against. That decision was an outrage. Los Angeles has 28 percent of the state’s population and 33 percent of its traffic, yet it’s slated to get just a pathetic 12 percent of the allocated transportation funds. Worse yet, losing the state appropriation could imperil the chances of getting much-needed matching funds from Washington. If simple fairness or good economics aren’t enough to motivate the CTC’s commissioners, we can only hope that the advice of the state’s top elected official – that is, their boss – will be. 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

Fekir to join Liverpool from Lyon- reports

first_img0Shares0000Next one in: Nabil Fekir looks set to become already Liverpool’s third summer signing © AFP / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 8 – Lyon captain Nabil Fekir is set to become Liverpool’s latest signing in a Sh7.2bn (£53 mn) deal, according to British press reports on Thursday.Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the Champions League final last month, Liverpool have already bolstered their midfield options for next season with the arrivals of Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita, in a deal agreed with RB Leipzig last summer. Fekir, who can play in both midfield or attack, is set to fill the creative void left by the January departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.The 24-year-old is part of the France squad for the upcoming World Cup.And Liverpool are keen to close the deal before Fekir jets off to Russia following France’s final warm-up friendly against the United States on Saturday.“Talks between the clubs could conclude on Friday about a deal that may amount to 60m euros,” reported the BBC.Fekir scored 24 goals this season to help qualify Lyon for the Champions League by finishing third in Ligue 1.Liverpool, though, have much higher ambitions after missing out on a sixth European Cup success by losing 3-1 in the Champions League final to Real Madrid on May 26.As well as going one step further in the Champions League, Liverpool are aiming to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City to end a 28-year wait since they last won the English title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

8 reported killed in L.A. auto crashes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Highway Patrol officers made 296 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County during that period, compared with 307 such arrests a year ago. Statewide, 1,406 motorists were arrested by Highway Patrol officers on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, compared with 1,571 DUI arrests in 2006. By City News Service At least eight people were killed in traffic crashes in Los Angeles County during the first 60 hours of the Labor Day weekend, compared with four fatalities during the same period a year ago, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday. Statewide, 42 traffic-related deaths were reported between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, compared with 32 during the same period in 2006, according to the Highway Patrol. last_img read more

Senate reaches deal on bill

first_imgPutting aside party differences, Senate Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday around compromise legislation that holds out the hope of citizenship to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States unlawfully. “We can no longer afford to delay reform,” said Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in a statement that capped weeks of struggle to find common ground. But delay soon set in as party leaders became embroiled in a procedural dispute that threatened prospects for passage by week’s end, if not longer. Democrats blocked votes on Republican amendments, and Republicans responded by accusing Democrats of trying to scuttle a bill they had embraced earlier in the day. “I believe there are some people who would rather have no bill,” said Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., a Cuban-born first-term senator. He declined to identify any Democrats by name. The seesaw nature of events was in keeping with the unpredictable course of the election-year legislation, designed to enhance border security and regulate the flow of future temporary workers as well as affect the lives of illegal immigrants. President Bush said he was pleased with the announced compromise, and urged the Senate to pass legislation by week’s end. But the emerging compromise drew fire from both ends of the political spectrum. Conservative Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, likened it to an amnesty bill that cleared Congress in 1986, while AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said it threatened to “drive millions of hardworking immigrants further into the shadows of American society, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.” Still, after days of partisan, election-year rancor, an overnight breakthrough on the future of illegal immigrants propelled the Senate closer to passage of the most sweeping immigration legislation in two decades. Both sides indicated the Senate might complete a bill when Congress returns from a two-week recess. In an indication of the complicated political forces at work, officials of both parties disagreed about which side had blinked. But they agreed that a decision to reduce the number of future temporary workers allowed into the country had broken a deadlock that threatened as late as Wednesday night to scuttle efforts to pass a bill. The change will limit temporary work permits to 325,000 a year, down from 400,000 in earlier versions of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., characterized the developments as a “huge breakthrough.” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he was optimistic about final passage, but cautioned, “We can’t declare victory.” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “While it admittedly is not perfect, the choice we have to make is whether it is better than no bill, and the choice is decisive.” Officials described a complex series of provisions: _ Illegal immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years could receive legal status after meeting several conditions, including payment of a $2,000 fines and any back taxes, clearing a background check and learning English. After six more years, they could apply for permanent residency without leaving the United States. They could seek citizenship five years later. _ Illegal immigrants in the country for between two and five years could obtain a temporary work visa after reporting to a border point of entry. Aides referred to this as “touch base and return,” since people covered would know in advance they would be readmitted to the United States. _ Officials said it could take as long as 13 to 14 years for some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship. It part, that stems from an annual limit of 450,000 on green cards, which confer legal permanent residency and are a precursor to citizenship status. _ Illegal immigrants in the United States for less than two years would be required to leave the country and apply for re-entry alongside anyone else seeking to emigrate. Separately, the legislation provides a new program for 1.5 million temporary agriculture industry workers over five years. It also includes provisions for employers to verify the legal status of workers they hire, but it was not clear what sanctions, if any, would apply to violators. To secure the border, the bill calls for a virtual fence _ as opposed to the literal barrier contained in House legislation _ consisting of surveillance cameras, sensors and other monitoring equipment along the long, porous border with Mexico. Conservatives unhappy with the deal voiced their concerns to Frist, while Democrats sought assurances that the agreement would not be undercut in any future compromise talks with the House. McCain told reporters that he and other members of the GOP were circulating a letter pledging to vote against any changes demanded by the House that “would destroy this very delicately crafted compromise.” The House has passed legislation limited to border security, but Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and other leaders have signaled their willingness in recent days to broaden the bill in compromise talks with the Senate. The comments sparked a furious counterattack from critics. “I can just about guarantee you we’re not going to get a majority of the House members (to agree) on amnesty to 10 million people,” Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said at a news conference. “I am disappointed that apparently Mr. Frist has caved in to the desires of Democrats, to Kennedy,” he added. Tancredo’s remarks underscored the unpredictable political fallout from the issue as Republicans seek legislation to fortify the borders without offending the fast-growing Hispanic voting population. Bush has long argued that a guest worker program is an essential element of border security, but potential challengers for the 2008 GOP nomination have come at the issue from a variety of perspectives. McCain and Kennedy have worked hard to find common ground, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., supported a bipartisan measure that emerged from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Frist, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, sought to establish more conservative credentials when he initially backed a bill limited to border security, an approach that drew criticism from some members of the rank and file who said he was placing his own ambitions ahead of the party’s interest. At the same time, Frist has repeatedly called for a comprehensive bill _ adopting Bush’s rhetoric _ and involved himself in the fitful negotiations over the past several days. 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 read more

GAA: KILLYBEGS NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 13, 15, 27 and 30. Gerard McBrearty, Largy, Killybegs was the winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €1,500. Match 3 is €60. Next week’s Killotto seller is Willie Tully’s Team and Shane Molloy’s team is selling 4th of June. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prize went to Annie McGinley, Meenaneary, Carrick. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,450 on 46 calls.The U-14’s played their 1st match of the year against St. Naul’s last Wednesday evening in Eamonn Byrne Park. It was a cold and windy evening which made conditions difficult. Killybegs won the match 2-08 to 2-02 in a keenly contested game. Scorers for Killybegs: Mark Hegarty (0-4), Rory McCallaig (0-3), Conor Knox (1-0), Daniel O’Keeney (1-0), Daniel Gallagher (0-1, 1f)The club are hosting a U-12 13 – a – side tournament on Saturday 4th of June. The following teams are participating – Killybegs, Coalisland, St. Paul’s Belfast and Crossmaglen Rangers. Competition starts 11a.m to 4p.m. Any person wishing to help out in any way can do so by contacting Joe McBrearty on 0877587553. There will be a minor board quiz on Friday 27th at 10p.m sharp in Tara hotel. Please come and support.The Seniors and Reserves played in the championship against Kilcar last Sunday in Eamonn Byrne Park with the reserves winning and seniors being defeated. Seniors 0-6 Kilcar 0-14, Reserves 2-07 Kilcar 1-06.GAA: KILLYBEGS NOTES was last modified: May 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Golden Bears slip by the 49ers

first_imgCross country falters The Long Beach State cross country team, competing in its first national caliber in-season meet, saw each of its top runners struggle at the Pre-National Invitational in Indiana but saw its core run well at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships, hosted by Indiana State. The men’s team finished 25th among 34 teams, with 629 points in the 8K event, while the women in the 6K, paced by three runners in the top-10, were 30th of 35 teams with 727 points. Men’s golf ties The Long Beach State men’s golf team tied for 12th place at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic at the San Joaquin Country Club. The 49ers shot a 297 in Saturday’s final round, to end the tournament with a score of 892. Denver won the team title with an 858 and San Diego State finished in second at 865. But, Michael Sharf of Cal found the back of the net with 0:23 left on the clock to lift the Golden Bears. Brad Scoles and Erik Geoffroy both had two goals for the 49ers, as did McCleave. Thomas Onyshko recorded 12 goalie saves in the game. The 49ers continue play today at the NorCal Tournament as they take on Pepperdine at 8 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The No. 8th-ranked 49er men’s water polo team dropped a tough 9-8 decision to the third-ranked California on Saturday at the NorCal Tournament at the Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. The Golden Bears (12-2) scored the game-winning goal with just 0:23 left on the clock. Long Beach battled back from a 6-3 halftime deficit to tie the score at 8-8, after Brett McCleave scored his second goal of the game with 3:34 left. last_img read more