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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked Pope Francis and the Catholic Church for its commitment to peace and reconciliation, as well as the Church’s contribution in the fields of social welfare and education in Liberia.According to a dispatch from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, the Liberian leader made the comments during a meeting with the Holy Father at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Saturday, April 5.Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.During the cordial discussion, both the President and the Pontiff discussed the cordial relations between Liberia and the Holy See and expressed satisfaction about the positive progress made in strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions.President Sirleaf, particularly highlighted Government’s efforts for peace and reconciliation; which he encouraged. She praised the Church for its immense contribution in the fields of social welfare and education.The Liberian leader urged Pope Francis to pray for the country in order to have a sense of holiness, reconciliation, peace and that all Liberians can love one another. She also asked for the Pontiff’s prayers for courage of tolerance.They later exchanged views on current regional and international issues, with particular reference on trouble spots around the world.Later, President Sirleaf met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti.During the meeting, President Sirleaf extended thanks and appreciation to the Holy See for its support to Liberia over time especially during the years of the country’s civil war. They discussed how relations can be strengthened, especially with support to social welfare, health and educational institutions.“I think for us, this is more or less a one time opportunity. I found the Pope very affable,” President Sirleaf said following the meeting, adding that she found him to be a very humble man. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President to visit a Pope at the Vatican.President Sirleaf was later taken on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe guardian of 16-year-old honor roll student, Ms. Tomah L. Moore Toe, has expressed appreciation to the administration of the Levi C. Williams High School for graduating students from the 12th grade as young as sixteen years old.At a family celebration on Saturday July 9 for Tomah’s achievement at the family’s residence in Thinkers Village, outside Monrovia, guardian Sando Moore, publisher and managing editor of IMAGES magazine, said the school has led the vanguard to put out young graduates who are able to earn their college degrees at age 24 or 26.“From the time I registered my daughter at the school I have always had the belief that something good was going on at Levi Williams and I am satisfied with Tomah’s achievement,” Mr. Moore said, during a gathering of family, friends and the school’s staff.He noted with pride that Tomah at age 16 graduated from the school as a salutatorian with an 88.4 Average. “She has been on the Honor Roll list since she entered Levi from kindergarten and I want to congratulate her,” Moore indicated to cheers from the gathering.He added that his daughter’s ambition is to become a neurosurgeon, which is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.Moore said his daughter’s success was due to self-discipline and the young woman’s focus on what she wants in life.“We get on issues sometimes but I must state here that I don’t ask Tomah to do her lessons,” Moore said, adding that “sometimes she stays awake up to 4 a.m. over her lessons.”Moore added that he is gratified as a father for his daughter to know what she wants and not having to be told.He used the occasion to heap praises on the administration and staff of Levi C. Williams High School for putting out students who are able to choose what they want and as a result warm the hearts of their parents.Earlier the school’s principal, Mrs. Vivian Toby, expressed gratitude for having had Tomah at the school from the kindergarten stage to the completion of her high school education and thanked the parents for their trust in the school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe first damaged submarine cable which was laid on the riverbed along the channel of the Demerara River and connects to the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston Power Stations is currently undergoing repairs and mariners are being cautioned to exercise extra care in the area.A vessel that disrupted the second GPL submarine cableIn a notice published in the daily newspapers by the Maritime Department, it was revealed that these works commenced on June 8.It will see the submarine cables being laid as well as “pile driving activities across the Demerara River from Princes Street Outfall, Georgetown, to Vreed-en-Hoop Ferry Stelling”.These works are expected to last for a seven-day period and should be completed by Saturday if all goes well.This operation will be conducted using the vessels M/T Mindy Lynn, M/T Red Dawn and D/B Marine.“During this period, four wooden piles would be installed within this restricted area and would be fitted with lights showing the characteristic FL Q Y (Quick Flashing Yellow Light),” Maritime said.Moreover, it warned that these vessels will remain on site for the duration of the project so mariners are warned to navigate with caution when in the area.The 69kV submarine cable on the riverbed along the channel of the Demerara River, and connecting it’s Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston Power Stations was the first cable to be damaged.A recent examination revealed no further damage on the cable.As previously reported, investigations conducted on Wednesday, June 5, revealed a compromised section of the cable approximately 0.7 km offshore from its Kingston operations.Officials from the China Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) were a part of GPL’s efforts to retrieve and examine the submarine cable.In the interim, the utility company is continuing to engage MARAD in identifying an alternative route to lay a 13.8kV submarine cable along the Demerara River, in an effort to reconnect the Vreed-en-Hoop operations to the eastern sections of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System. Both entities are also engaged in discussions regarding establishing improved maritime conduct within proximity of the submarine cables.The second GPL submarine cable was disrupted on Thursday due to another maritime accident that occurred four days after the disruption of the 69kV submarine cable.This 13.8kV submarine cable, which rests along the upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River.As a result of this incident, West Demerara customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.According to a release from GPL, the dislodged cable was located on Thursday afternoon by deep-water divers, and efforts are being made to hoist and examine it for damages.last_img read more

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first_imgA team of officials from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), on Wednesday met with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon for an exploratory meeting, which was also attended by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman and Presidential Advisor on Petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal.The team is exploring the possible roles that the IDB could play in supporting Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector and included the IDB Representative in Guyana, Sophie Makonnen, Lead Oil and Gas Specialist in the Energy Division, Ramon Espinasa, Economist- Energy, Lenin Balza and Consultant in the Energy Division of the Infrastructure and Environment Section, Carlos Sucre.During the meeting, Minister Harmon said that he and Minister Trotman are both members of a team appointed by President David Granger to advise the Cabinet on matters related to this sector. The Minister assured the IDB team that the Government is confident that their support could benefit the development of policies in the sector.Meanwhile, Espinasa advised the ministers that it is essential for the Government to determine how it wants to manage the resources, and that it must ensure contracts are well drafted to ensure the best possible deal for Guyana. “We are here to support with whatever you need, most probably with what we call technical assistance, and this is concessionary support, and eventually, if that is the case, a loan of different amounts for creating the proper institutions,” he said.Caption: From left: Dr, Jan Mangal, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and the IDB team led by Representative in Guyana, Sophie Makonnen, Ramon Espinasa, Lenin Balza and Carlos Sucrelast_img read more

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first_img(818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fate of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s education-reform bill rests in the hands of a state appellate court panel, which heard arguments from both sides Monday. The state Court of Appeals panel is expected to rule late this month on whether the Legislature has the authority to give Villaraigosa control over Los Angeles Unified – the key to the success of Assembly Bill 1381. The ruling can be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The bill was authored by the mayor, in collaboration with the district’s teachers union, and ultimately signed into law last September. It would shift much of the school board’s authority to the district’s superintendent and grant Villaraigosa direct oversight of three clusters of low-performing schools. But the school board successfully challenged the law, touching off a series of legal maneuvers that led to Monday’s hearing. The LAUSD argued that the Legislature overstepped its authority in granting Villaraigosa a role in running the district. General Counsel Kevin Reed said a ruling in the appellants’ favor would have some “fairly serious unintended consequences down the road.” “It does open the door for really any entity that the Legislature decides is – like the mayor, a decent guy with a lot of charisma and a lot of passion for what he wants to do – to put that individual in charge of schools,” said Kevin Reed, the district’s general counsel. “It’s a pretty dangerous argument.” But Thomas Saenz, the chief counsel for Villaraigosa, said lawmakers need to be able to change school governance in order to ensure student success. “All of those reform efforts designed to improve education for kids are imperiled if you end up with a constitutional right of school board members to retain all of the authority they’ve always had, and that’s essentially what’s being argued,” Saenz said. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United might not be in the Champions League but one of their players is – and he’s looking in pretty good form.Nani rejoined Sporting Lisbon in the summer as he looks to get back to his best following a tough couple of seasons at Old Trafford.After failing to live up to considerable hype and comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis van Gaal allowed the player to leave the Red Devils temporarily as part of a deal which took Marcos Rojo to Manchester.Van Gaal could now be casting envious glances towards Portugal now, though, as the winger has hit four Champions League goals this year, including this sensational solo effort against Maribor last night.You can see the brilliant goal below… Nani 1last_img

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first_imgST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s basketball team had three student-athletes selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) collected first team honors for the third-consecutive season while junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) earned first team honors for the second straight season. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) garnered All-MVC honorable mention accolades along with being named to the MVC All-Freshman Team. Freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) joined Rhine on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Wendell has started every game so far this season and led the MVC in scoring at 20.3 points per game along with finishing third in steals at 2.1, sixth in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent and tied for 11th in assists per game at 2.7. She reached double figures in every contest and posted a league-high 16 20-point scoring games. Wendell is the first Bulldog since former standout Jill Martin to be named to the MVC first team three times in a career.Ingle, a point guard, has also started every game this season and averaged 10.1 points per game. She averaged a league-leading 6.9 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. Ingle recently passed the 500-assist mark and currently has 506 assists to rank fifth all-time at Drake and 14th all-time in the Valley. She tied her career-high with 15 assists in the win over Evansville on March 3 and had seven games of handing out 10 or more assists. Rhine shined in her first season as a Bulldog. Coming off the bench, she averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while leading the conference in shooting at 63.1 percent. Rhine recorded four double-doubles and scored in double digits in 20 games while averaging just 19.6 minutes per game. Bachrodt started all 29 games in her first season and averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She finished fifth on the team in three-pointers made with 19. The first-year honors for Bachrodt and Rhine mark the third consecutive season, Drake has placed two on the MVC All-Freshman team. They join Ingle and Wendell in 2014 and Becca Jonas and Maddy Dean in 2015. Drake begins play at the 2016 MVC Tournament in Moline, Ill. on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs play the winner of No. 7 Illinois State vs. No. 10 Evansville. First Team All-ConferenceCaitlin Ingle, DrakeTaylor Johnson, LoyolaCartaesha Macklin, Southern IllinoisTaylor Manuel, LoyolaRishonda Napier, Southern IllinoisDyana Pierre, Southern IllinoisTyonna Snow, Missouri StateAmber Sorenson, UNIMadison Weekly, UNILizzy Wendell, DrakeKenzie Williams, Missouri State Honorable Mention All-ConferenceRangie Bessard, Wichita StateCierra Ceazer, Indiana StateSara Dickey, EvansvilleJen Keitel, UNISara Rhine, Drake All-Freshman TeamSammie Bachrodt, DrakeShakeela Fowler, Illinois StateGrace Goodhart, LoyolaSara Rhine, DrakeDakota Vann, Loyola Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_imgSister Sara’s are preparing to drown the shamrock in style this St Patrick’s Day weekend by announcing a stunning line-up of entertainment over the weekend.Management at the popular venue have earned a reputation for providing top-class entertainment every weekend.However, for the weekend that’s in it they’ve really pushed the boat out to make sure Sister Sara’s is your port of call for the St Patrick’s weekend celebrations. Tonight DJ Marty Temple will kick off the weekend and will play all your favourites to get you in the party mood.On Saturday DJ Marty Curran will have the place hoping with his weekend soundtrack.On Sunday there will be LIVE music with the incredible Half the Cuff band.On Monday the superb Rockhill Ramblers will be rocking the place with their distinctive sound. While on St Patrick’s Day DJ Tubbsy will be playing all your favourite tunes with special guest Gary Gamble.It promises to be a FANTASTIC weekend of entertainment. SUPERB LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: March 13th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

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first_imgArcata >> It took one inning for the Humboldt Eagles to get on the scoreboard and even though it was still early, the palpable stench of victory was strong.On a partly cloudy afternoon the local American Legion team took a 4-2 victory over the visiting Grants Pass Nuggets in the first game of a rescheduled doubleheader Wednesday.“We are trying to ride the wave,” Eagles head coach Brad Morgan said. “We are on a four-game winning streak right now and we have been doing really well defensively …last_img

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