Challenges for BWI’s New Principal Tarnue

first_imgThe Civil Service Agency (CSA) has done a good job recruiting a new Principal for the Booker Washington Institute (BWI). President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had directed the CSA to advertise the position and vet a short list of applicants. The CSA’s first attempt was a bit hurried, but the President requested another try, giving more time. It was from that second attempt that Harris Fomba Tarnue, a 1980 Business graduate of BWI, was chosen. After leaving BWI, the ambitious young Tarnue went on to take the Master’s degree in Public Procurement from the University of Turin in Italy and a law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia (UL). To his credit, this is his second principal-ship. He served from 1982 to 1988 as Acting Principal of the Bopolu Central High School in his native Gbarpolu County. He later took a stint at politics, serving in the Transitional Legislative Assembly of the National Transitional Government of Liberia under the chairmanship of Madam Ruth Sando Perry. There he chaired the Standing Committee on Education and Co-chaired the Committee on Planning and Economic Affairs and Banking and Currency. Tarnue also taught part-time at the UL’s Department of Public Administration and served as Deputy Director General for Research and Consultancy at the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA).His experience in school administration, politics, teaching, public administration and, in addition, his law degree make him eminently qualified for the post of BWI Principal. We pray that he will effectively apply these experiences and skills to his new job, help BWI meet the urgent challenges it faces as the nation’s premier vocational and technical institution that was terribly scarred by the civil war.Tarnue will find considerable rehabilitation work successfully undertaken by the Interim Principal, Alexander Massey, an accomplished architect, and BWI alumnus, who renovated the auditorium and dining hall, Graham Hall and other boys and girls dorms, some of the shops and the football pitch. Massey also took a shot at curriculum reform and continued the retirement exercises among faculty and staff begun by the previous Principal, Mulbah Jackollie.These were, however, interim measures. As the new, full-fledged BWI Principal, Mr. Tarnue faces far more serious challenges. He must first complete the retirement process and free some of the housing still occupied by a few of the retired staff members still awaiting their so-called “14-year” retirement benefits, which the Board of Governors has taken serious initiatives to resolve. He must complete the renovation of the trade shops and accelerate the recruitment of new, young and qualified academic and trade faculty.The major challenge Principal Tarnue faces is two-fold: finding the money to improve dramatically the academic program, especially in English, Math and the Sciences; and to modernize all the trade shops, which are woefully behind in modern technology and top notch instructional staff. The new Principal must make contacts quickly with neighboring countries, especially Nigeria, in a bid to recruit competent technical staff to come in and assist in the trade shops. Also, he and the Board of Governors should approach some of the embassies in Monrovia, especially the British, Chinese, German, Indian and others, and seek their assistance in beefing up the technical staff and equipment for the trade shops. This two-fold challenge is one of the institute’s most urgent priorities.In this, Mr. Tarnue has one serious advantage: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s pledge to turn BWI into “a center of excellence” before her retirement. Mr. Tarnue and the Board must now work closely with Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe, who is in charge of the “center of excellence” project, and the President to accelerate the realization of this most important objective.Mr. Tarnue will also find it necessary to employ his legal skills to remove those who have squatted on BWI land and restore the institute’s 1000 acres, which the nation’s Chiefs, on the request of President C.D.B. King, granted the Liberian government during the Executive Council in Kakata in 1928 for the founding of BWI. It is nothing short of criminal for unscrupulous individuals to attempt shortchanging this principal vocational and technical educational institution of the land it was given by Liberian leaders, way back in the past century, to train Liberia’s technicians. The land must be retrieved.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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South African Investors Hold Talks With NPA MD

first_imgA high-powered investment delegation from Johannesburg, South Africa held talks yesterday, June 21, with the Management of the National Port Authority, aimed at exploring possibilities of investing in the Liberian Sea Port Sector.The Delegation expressed keen interest in partnering with the National Port Authority to further enhance the Ports operations through marine training, infrastructure development and inter-modal means of transporting goods throughout Liberia. Mr. Robert Wellinton Gumede, a prominent South African Businessman and head of the delegation, said the Ports of Liberia have huge investment potential to revive the country’s economy. He made the remarks following his delegation’s visit to the Port of Greenville followed by a presentation by the NPA management on the prospects and ongoing developments taking place within the Port Authority.In remarks, NPA Managing Director David Williams expressed optimism over the delegation’s visit to the port, indicating that the port’s administration looks forward to partnership investment in the areas of infrastructure development, capacity building, and marine services.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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Man released on bail for threatening neighbour

first_imgKhemraj Shaffy, 49, of Lot 29 Hadfield Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was on Friday released on $10,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly, when he reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a threatening language charge.Shaffy pleaded guilty to the charge that was previously read to him. Initially, he had told the court that he was not aware of his actions based on the fact that he was intoxicated.The court heard that on June 3, 2018, the defendant used threatening language towards his neighbour, Basil Persaud, and had already been placed on a court bond to keep the peace.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail being granted and informed the court that Shaffy was previously charged and placed on a bond to keep the peace for a similar matter.The matter will continue on June 22.last_img read more

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FSJ bicycle safety issues

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP says numerous complaints have been reported this spring concerning the behavior of cyclists. As a result police are reminding bike riders they must operate on the same side of the road, and adhere to the same driving rules, as drivers of other vehicles.- Advertisement -They’re also reminded again that cycling on sidewalks is prohibited in BC, and those who do so are subject to a $109 fine.In addition, all cyclists are subject to a fine of $29 for riding without a helmut, and in this regard police are encouraging parents to set a proper example for children.At the same time police are also reminding motorists to pay attention to cyclists, and to give them the same right-of-way they would give any other vehicle.All that noted police are encouraging cyclists to enjoy a safe summer, and to make use of the city bicycle paths.Advertisement However, in this regard, it’s important to remember those paths are also used by runners and walkers, and when they’re approached from behind by a cyclist, a verbal alert prior to passing, is also important for safety reasons.last_img read more

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Council members back mandatory spaying, neutering

first_imgOffering accounts about their own pets, Los Angeles City Council members gave qualified support Tuesday to a statewide measure that would require pets to be spayed or neutered and initiated a plan for a similar city ordinance. AB 1634, proposed by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, is designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs that are euthanized each year by requiring all pets be spayed or neutered by the age of four months. The council’s action came after Councilman Bill Rosendahl was assured that provisions would allow breeders who paid a $100 licensing fee would be able to continue to own unaltered pets. “We shouldn’t punish the responsible pet owner,” Rosendahl said, recalling how he bred one of his dogs and gave the puppies to responsible owners. Without the measure, Boks said he and other animal control officials are concerned that the number of animals euthanized each year will grow beyond the 800,000 that are killed now in California. Councilman Tony Cardenas urged the council to back the measure. “Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not have a legislature speaking for them,” Cardenas said. Councilman Richard Alarc n said he will study bringing a measure before the council that would allow the city to implement a four-month spay or neuter requirement without waiting for the state to act. The city this year is expected to issue about 44,000 vouchers to pet owners for spay or neutering services. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rosendahl said he also was concerned the law would give too much power to Animal Control officials to go after pet owners. Councilman Herb Wesson, who sponsors a pet giveaway twice a month, told of his anguish when one of his dogs died and he urged the council to back the measure. “The least we should do is make sure we keep this debate going,” Wesson said. Ed Boks, director of the city Department of Animal Services, said the measure is needed to reduce the unwanted pet population. “We are not going to be … going after animal owners,” Boks said. “We will respond to complaints and where we know there are problems.” last_img read more

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Cotton-kicking moment

first_imgDALLAS – As soon as the ball left Jamie Christensen’s foot, the only way to describe his 45-yard field goal attempt was “ugly.” It was low, it was wobbly and it had a sideways spin that seemed certain to make the ball hook left even if it had enough oomph to reach the crossbar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Christensen, a sophomore who’d won consecutive games in October in the closing seconds, battled back from missing a 39-yarder and having a 38-yard attempt blocked. “That’s awesome,” Christensen said. “I’m still in a daze. It’s unbelievable.” The entire stadium went silent when Christensen’s kick went up – well, about 15 feet up at its highest point. When the official closest to where the ball cleared threw up his arms, a teammate lifted Christensen into the air and a wild celebration began around them. “I didn’t know if it was going to be good,” Christensen said. “I didn’t know until I saw the referee’s hands go up.” A bizarre scene followed: While everyone from the Crimson Tide side of the field danced, everyone on the Red Raiders’ side was so stunned they weren’t moving. Then it twirled through the bottom left corner of the goalpost, giving the No. 13 Crimson Tide a 13-10 victory over No. 18 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. “I hit the ground,” Christensen said. “I’m glad it just had the distance and I got it there.” center_img “It didn’t look very good when it left his foot,” Tech coach Mike Leach said. “I had high hopes for it not being good at that point. Did he make it?” Alabama’s speedy defense kept Tech’s offensive machine without a touchdown for 57 minutes and 4 seconds. Then the Red Raiders (9-3) finally broke through, tying the score at 10 on Cody Hodges’ 12-yard pass from to Jarrett Hicks The Tide began their final drive at their 14, with two timeouts and 2:56 left. Brodie Croyle drove them 58 yards in 10 plays, hitting Matt Miller for 17 yards on third-and-6 and Keith Brown on a 23-yarder to get into field-goal range. “Coming into Alabama, that’s what you dream of: Your last game, in the Cotton Bowl, you got 2 minutes to go score,” Croyle said. 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

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first_imgThe hugely popular Jackson’s Hotel are preparing for their one-day Wedding Fayre Extravaganza which will be held this Sunday.From 1pm – 5pm, you can come along to the Donegal wedding venue and experience its wedding offerings in their full glory.There will be two floors of wedding suppliers ready to help you come a little bit closer to planning your wedding day along with competitions and spot prizes. There will also be a live wedding band showcase and dance demonstrations for your entertainment.Meet Donegal’s leading wedding venue’s experienced team who will guide you through the hotel’s facilities where you can view the exceptional room décor and request a tour of their truly remarkable facilities.Entry to the wedding fayre at Jackson’s Hotel is free and there is ample car parking outside. There will also be complimentary refreshments as well as a warm welcome on the day.Overlooking the River Finn and Drumboe Woods, Jackson’s Hotel is superbly located as Donegal’s best wedding venue. For your special day, Jackson’s Hotel will offer you an unrivalled service, the idyllic wedding venue hosts in excess of 100 weddings a year and is a popular wedding destination for couples both home and abroad.The 70 Year history of Jackson’s Hotel is well known and it is why today the hotel is known as Donegal’s premier wedding venue.The warmth of its Irish welcome, fine wholesome food and their attention to detail will be the focus on your wedding day giving you peace of mind to enjoy a day filled with joy, laughter and many happy memories.SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OFFERJackson’s Hotel have a special offer for newly engaged couples –  stay the Sunday night for only €50 B&B plus a complimentary drink each, subject to availability on 22nd February 2015. Tel +353 (0) 74 9131021 or email to make a reservation.. Complete Wedding packages from €39. Civil ceremonies. Caters for guests from 50 -550 people . Reduced accommodation rates for guests. Personal wedding co-ordinatorwww.jacksonshotel.ieJACKSONS’ HOTEL SET FOR WEDDING FAYRE EXTRAVAGANZA was last modified: February 20th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesJackson’s Hotelnewslast_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL will continue their bid for All-Ireland glory at Croke Park next Sunday, with a 4pm throw-in.The game will be the second quarter-final of a double header.Cork will face Kildare in Croke Park at 2pm. Following a meeting of the CCCC in Thurles this evening Down will face Mayo in Croke Park next Saturday evening at 5pm with Dublin then meeting Laois at the same venue at 7pm.The double-headers are expected to sell out.The Donegal County Board has advised fans to have their ticket orders with their clubs by tomorrow.Several other fixtures were also decided this evening. Full details are below:Saturday August 4th: All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals: Mayo v Down, Croke Park, 5pm; Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 7pm.All-Ireland MFC quarter-final: Mayo v Tipperary, Croke Park, 3pm.All-Ireland JFC semi-final: Mayo v Lancashire, Old Bedians Sports Ground, Manchester, 2.30pm.Sunday August 5th: All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals: Cork v Kildare, Croke Park, 2pm; Kerry v Donegal, Croke Park, 4pm.All-Ireland MFC quarter-finals: Roscommon v Kerry, Croke Park, 12pm; Dublin v Monaghan, Páirc Esler, Newry, 5.30pm; Tyrone v Meath, Páirc Esler, Newry, 7.15pm.Saturday August 11th: All-Ireland JFC semi-final: Kerry v Cavan, Nenagh, 3.30pm.Sunday August 12th: All-Ireland SHC semi-final: Cork v Galway, Croke Park, 3.30pm.All-Ireland MHC semi-final: Clare v Dublin, Croke Park, 1.30pm.Sunday August 19th: All-Ireland SHC semi-final: Tipperary v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 3.30pm.All-Ireland MHC semi-final: Tipperary v Galway, Croke Park, 1.30pm. GAA: DONEGAL WILL PLAY KERRY NEXT SUNDAY AT 4PM was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has today welcomed the Agriculture Committee’s report recommending urgent policy actions to safeguard and enhance commonage lands.There are hundreds of acres of commonage across Donegal.Said Deputy Pringle: “A series of proposals were outlined at the Agriculture Committee yesterday, of which I am a member, aimed at unleashing the benefits of well managed commonages for the communities which depend on them, with the Committee arguing against one-size-fits-all solutions noting that each management scheme must be based on and address the unique characteristics of individual commonages, and this approach would be very welcome indeed. “These recommendations are contained in a report on a review of commonage lads by the Agriculture Committee which is aimed at providing a roadmap for policymakers to safeguard and enhance commonages, drawing on current best practice of successful management of these lands.“Other recommendations include the identifying and assessing of the effects of dormancy on the management of commonages and on their agricultural and environmental conditions, and that the management of commonages be promoted through output-driven schemes. In particular, I welcome the recommendation that compensation over and above the Single Farm Payment be paid to farmers to meet department de-stocking requirements on them.“It is now of the upmost importance that both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht give these recommendations serious consideration, noting that the evidence and contributions from both the witnesses and the members offer a valuable insight to designing pragmatic proposals for a workable policy,” stated Pringle.  PRINGLE WELCOMES MOVES TO SAFEGUARD COMMON LANDS was last modified: July 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PRINGLE WELCOMES MOVES TO SAFEGUARD COMMON LANDSlast_img read more


Bear Tooth DNA Yields New Date Record: 400,000 Years

first_imgAccording to a story posted on Yahoo News, Swedish scientists found intact DNA in a bear tooth claimed to be 400,000 years old.  The team leader remarked, “It is usually hard to find DNA that is older than 100,000 years, and work on fossilized DNA mostly focuses on material that is a few tens of thousands of years old, at most.”Is it credible to believe these fragile molecules could survive for more than a few thousand years, let alone half a million?  If and when they find DNA in dinosaur soft tissue (02/22/2006), evolutionary dating is going to be stretched to the snapping point.  But we’ve already seen that Charlie Gumby is as flexible as a cartoon superhero.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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