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

Golf Zone building demolished

first_imgSince then, due to safety concerns, officials have moved cautiously with the demolition.Due to the extent of the damage they also ran into difficulty pinpointing the cause of the fire, and the local Fire Department’s investigation was inconclusive. However, the third party private fire investigator hired by the building’s insurance company claims the fire may have started in a void section in a wall above the women’s washroom. Most of the structure has been knocked down, and the clean up will continue into next week.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Hydro building microwave transmitter tower south of Alaska Highway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Work is proceeding rapidly on the latest addition to Fort St. John’s skyline.Contractors for BC Hydro are in the process of assembling a microwave transmitter tower near Hydro’s substation south of the Alaska Highway, across from its intersection with 86th Street. Once the tower is complete, which should occur before the end of the summer, the orange and white tower will be 58 metres, or 190 feet tall.BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer says that the tower is a communications tower that will connect the substation with the other substations and generating stations in the provincial power grid, including the generating stations that are owned by independent power producers. Gammer says that Hydro uses their microwave communication network similarly to the cellular phone network, in order to move electricity around the grid as efficiently as possible, and to provide for an increase or decrease in electricity demand.- Advertisement –last_img read more

De Gea ‘guaranteed’ to stay at Utd -Mourinho

first_imgBut ahead of United’s International Champions Cup pre-season encounter against Real, on Sunday, Mourinho has delivered an unequivocal message about the 26-year-old’s future.Mourinho implied that there were negotiations with Real which fell through last summer, yet he believes the prospect of returning to La Liga has now become less appealing for the Spanish international.“I can guarantee that he’s not going this season. My feeling is that it will be very difficult for him to go,” said Mourinho.“He’s a very honest boy, very straight. He was contacted for a long time. The club was closed [for negotiations].“Then we opened [it] because I always have this feeling that when a player has the desire to go, I don’t like to stop them. In the end, you don’t get from them what you expect.“So we opened it and then they decided to close.“I don’t think the feeling from him [towards Real] is very good. I see him really happy, focused and working better than ever. For me, 100 per cent he stays with us.”Prior to the £75million ($97.4 million) signing of Romelu Lukaku, United had been keen to do business with Real after pursuing now Chelsea frontman Alvaro Morata.– Bale no-go –Real Madrid forward Gareth BaleBut Mourinho has confirmed that Real’s ex-Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was never a realistic target.He said: “You have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things. It was clear that Bale likes Madrid, likes the situation and is in a club with a very good situation now.“I never felt the desire for him to leave so why use time and energy on that?”Mourinho still hopes to add a further two players to his squad before the end of the summer transfer window, despite describing the market as “very difficult.”But while Mourinho is content with the make-up of his current options, he faces going into the new season without the injured trio of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo.The three have been recuperating with United’s squad in California, yet Shaw is ruled out until September, Young until October and Rojo until December.“No chance [that any are fit] for the beginning of the Premier League,” said Mourinho.“But it’s good to have them, good for them to be with us and recover with the group.”Their absence does open the door for the young hopefuls at United. The likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Andreas Pereira and Axel Tuanzebe are all due to feature against Real, in Santa Clara, with Mourinho keen to rest several key figures after Thursday’s win over Manchester City.“I’m going to play other players and give rest for some,” added Mourinho.“[For] Tim Fosu Mensah and Andreas Pereira, it’s going to be a great experience for them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David de GeaSANTA CLARA, United States, Jul 23- Jose Mourinho has given a “guarantee” that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid.Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since the goalkeeper was a whisker away from heading to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2015.last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s leading tax consultants has warned Revenue will use the Property Tax Database for future audits.The Tax ClinicHowever Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic has warned that tax-complaint people have nothing to fear.The information gathered on the owners of nearly two million houses covered by the property tax is potentially the most lucrative database the Revenue have had in years says Michael. “Now that the property tax collection system is up and running the information will be used to target those who own more than one house. This will then be cross- referenced against their tax returns and social welfare payments,” says Mr.Coll.He added “The information will be electronically analysed and the high risk cases will be identified and may have a full Revenue Audit to ensure that they are not under-paying their tax.“Compliant tax payers have nothing to fear as the system will quickly eliminate people who own multiple houses through inheritances or who have taken out mortgages to fund their purchase.”Michael says put simply, the Revenue will be querying the sources of income used to purchase the properties and if the rental income from such properties is being declared. To find out more log onto or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs” PROPERTY TAX DATABASE WILL BE A KEY TOOL FOR REVENUE WARNS DONEGAL TAX CONSULTANT was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Michael CollPropoerty Tax RevenueRevenuelast_img read more


first_imgDaniel and Majella get ready to hit the road.If you own a B&B and a man comes to your house who looks and speaks like like Daniel O’Donnell, the chances are it will be him.That’s because the singer and his wife Majella yesterday kicked off their six week tour of Ireland’s bed and breakfasts.Daniel and Majella make the mark of their road-trip in the sand.Daniel and Majella are filming their road trip especially for UTV with a series on their travels due to be broadcast later in the year. Daniel got things off to a romantic start when he drew his and Majella’s initials inside a love-heart on a beach yesterday.The couple also took a picture of themselves beside their car which they will be using on their road-trip.The couple’s schedule remains a mystery so they could be coming to stay in your town any day now.Daniel revealed recently how he has signed up to take acting classes in Galway over the summer so they may well be popping along the Wild Atlantic Way. DANIEL AND MAJELLA BEGIN THEIR SIX WEEK B&B TOUR OF IRELAND! was last modified: July 6th, 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:bed and breakfastsdaniel o’donnelldonegalMajellaroad-triplast_img read more

‘It’s strange’ – Sarri is not happy about Willian’s situation

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade “It’s strange,” Sarri said. “I am not happy about this situation but before I answer, I would like to speak to him.”Willian has been linked with Real Madrid and it is thought that Chelsea sources worry this is very similar to what Diego Costa told them last summer before demanding a move away.Willian, who is a close friend of Costa and represented by the same agency, was linked with Barcelona and Manchester United before Madrid’s interest emerged.Chelsea next play Manchester City in the Community Shield, with a friendly against Lyon scheduled before their season begins against Huddersfield on 11 August. possible xi smart causal Willian has been linked with Barcelona, Man United and Real Madrid this summer Maurizio Sarri will sit down for urgent talks with Willian to find out more about his late return to pre-season.Willian returned to training five days later than requested, apparently because of passport issues.And following the pre-season loss to Arsenal, the Chelsea manager was asked about the situation. possible standings Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining silverware REVEALED REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Chelsea news tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more


first_imgTalented students from across Donegal are celebrating the anniversary of St Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music with a number of free concerts.The concerts are open to everyone and it’s a chance to support and encourage the young performers.Go along to An tSean Bheairic, Falcarragh, tonight at 7.30pm to enjoy the music. Another concert takes place tonight at the Regional Cultural Centre at 7pm and at 11am on Saturday also at the RCC.The concerts have been organised by the Donegal Music Education Partnership.FREE CONCERTS TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE PATRON SAINT OF MUSIC was last modified: November 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL musicRCCSt Cecilialast_img read more

Manus Kelly to steer into politics as FF go for three-pronged Letterkenny strategy

first_imgMotorsport ace and businessman Manus Kelly will be added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for this year’s local elections.The Glenswilly native will be included as FF launch a three-pronged attack for the new Letterkenny area.Last night at a Fianna Fáil party convention at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny, sitting Councillor Ciaran Brogan and former schoolteacher Donal Coyle were ratified as candidates. Following the withdrawal of Councillor James Pat McDaid last week, the party hierarchy was keen for another name to be added to the mix.As the close of nominations had passed, Kelly – who emerged as a late contender – could not be ratified at the Convention, Fianna Fáil HQ will this week give the three-time Donegal International Rally winner the green light.Like McDaid, who is stepping out of politics due to increased work commitments, Kelly is Glenswilly-based and his addition to the race throws a new light on the battle in the new area.Coyle was the principal teacher at St Bridget’s National School in Convoy and is the current Chairman of Bonagee United Football Club. Donal Coyle.Coyle was an Independent Fianna Fáil candidate in the former Letterkenny Town Council elections and has been the Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Fianna Fáil Comhairle Ceanntair.In the last local elections in 2014, McDaid polled 1,314 votes and was one of 15 new Councillors elected across Donegal.Sitting Independent Councillor Dessie Shiels – who polled 955 first preferences last time around – has opted out this time, meaning a lot of surplus votes are out there for candidates.Councillor Ciaran BroganSitting Sinn Féin Councillor Adrian Glackin will be confident of collecting a sizeable number of votes in his native Glenswilly, though the impending addition of Kelly will make things rather more interesting.Another Glenswilly man, Charlie McClafferty, is believed to have declined an approach from Fine Gael, but there is speculation he could go as an independent candidate. National Community Games President Gerry Davenport is being touted as a possible candidate for FG in Letterkenny, where Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh is already on the party ticket.The waters could become even more unclear should sitting Councillor Michael McBride declare in the Letterkenny area. McBride’s vote is evenly split between the Letterkenny-Milford areas and has something of a ‘stick or twist’ decision to make in relation to where he hangs his hat in the coming weeks.Letterkenny businessman Kevin Bradley, the owner of Highland Bakery, will be on the ballot paper as an independent, while Cathal McGlynn has already launched his campaign.Manus Kelly to steer into politics as FF go for three-pronged Letterkenny strategy was last modified: March 11th, 2019 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:Adrian GlackinCathal McGlynnCharlie McClaffertyCiaran BroganCouncillor Ciaran BroganCouncillor Michael McBrideDessie ShielsDonal Coylefianna failJames Pat McDaidKevin BradleyletterkennyManus Kellylast_img read more

On tour

first_imgPatricia Trudes da Veiga – Brazil (Editor)Patrícia Trudes da Veiga, 47 years old, has been a journalist at Folha de S.Paulo (the best-selling Brazilian newspaper) since 1984, where she currently holds the post of editor of the Sunday supplements, in addition to editor of the Folhinha, the weekly children’s supplement. Since 2005, she has also been the editor responsible for the Social Entrepreneur Award, a partnership established between the Schwab Foundation and Folha de S.Paulo. This year, she is also the editor in charge of launching the Folha’s Promising Social Entrepreneur Award. Patrícia holds a degree in journalism from the Fundação Cásper Líbero, and a specialization degree in the Third Sector from the Fundação Getulio Vargas de S.Paulo (FGV-SP).Nagy Abdel Aziz – Egypt (Deputy Business Editor)Nagy Abdel Aziz writes for the Almasry Alyom Newspaper in Egypt. He’s main focus areas are topics on Energy, industry, stock market, commercial, investment and transport.Pei Guangjiang – China (Correspondent)Chief correspondent, People’s Daily South African Bureau. Graduated from Tsinghua University in 2006, and started career as professional journalist in the International News Department of People’s Daily the same year. Worked in South Africa since February 2009. Responsible for covering all Southern and eastern Africa countries.  Have written stories about South African general election and World Cup, AU Summits etc.People’s DailyWith publication started in June 1948 and a current circulation of over 2 million, People’s Daily is among the most influential newspapers in China. People’s Daily brings you the latest major domestic news and international news released from Beijing, China. It reflects the views of the Chinese people, and prints four pages of international news per day as well. Our international news covers from politics, economy to science and technology, culture and tourism.David Smith – UK (Senior Correspondent)David Smith is Africa correspondent of The Guardian newspaper in the UK. Since April 2009 he has reported on news, politics, culture and sport across the continent, with assignments so far including the South African general election, an interview with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the 2010 football World Cup and travels in Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.David, 35, was born in Salford in the UK and studied at Nailsea School and Leeds University, where he edited Leeds Student newspaper. He went on to join the Daily Express in 1997 and The Observer in 2003, working as a general news reporter and covering the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He enjoys film and theatre and supports Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. His lives with his wife, Andrea, in Johannesburg.Yingni Lu – UK (Correspondent) Professional experience: Experienced in strategy and business development, with a unique skills set that combines a B.Eng in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University, an MBA from Imperial College, solid professional experience in cleantech and energy sector in the UK and China.  Previously have provided industrial consultancy on Beijing technology need in renewable energy and resources during the period of “11th Five-Year Plan” (2006) and strategic consultancy for one of the business units in EDF Energy (2010).  I am currently doing cleantech research at ICUK, evaluating emerging clean technologies in the UK to identify potential candidates to advise and to connect them to both business and financial partners for expansion to China. Yingni Lu is will be coming through as reporter for ReConnect Africa magazine during this trip. Sue Cullinan – Paris (Editor)Sue Cullinan is a writer and editor for The Africa Report magazine, published in Paris by Groupe Jeune Afrique. A journalist for nearly 30 years, Sue has also worked for the Guardian and Time magazine, New York Times Travel and Leisure and NBC News (US). In Paris, Sue covers South African politics and economics for The Africa Report as well as for Africa Confidential in London. Africa Report is planning a special issue on South Africa in March-April 2011.Miriam Mannak – Netherlands (Journalist)Born in The Netherlands and bred in Angola and Rwanda, Miriam Mannak (1977) is a journalist and photographer based in Cape Town. She writes about different topics, including business and finance, health, social development, politics, environmental issues and travel. Besides being the foreign correspondent at the Dutch equivalent to the Financial Times (Het Financieele Dagblad), she is a regular contributor to Leadership Magazine, Black Business Quarterly, Leadership in HIV, I-Net Bridge, both in-flight magazines of Emirates, and other publications. She holds university degrees in Journalism, American Politics and International Development Studies and moved to South Africa in 2004 as part of a Dutch media programme. From September 2004 until April 2005 she worked as a general reporter at the Cape Times. After realising how much South Africa had to offer, she decided to stay and to make South Africa her home. In 2009, she was awarded a fellowship by the International Aids Society (AIS) and the National Press Foundation in Washington, the US.Currently, Miriam is the Vice Chair of the Western Cape branch of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea); South Africa’s main platform for freelance media professionals.Evgenia Pertzova  – Russia (correspondent)Evgenia is graduated from Moscow State University on Journalist department. She has been working as a journalists for more then 5 years. She used to work for online business portal before she joined RBC media group. Her main specialization is food retal + b-2-b communications.Alex Kokcharov – Russia (Correspondent)Born in 1976 in Belarus.  Alex studied Geography and Economics at the universities in Minsk (Belarus), Bochum (Germany), Moscow (Russia) and Oxford (UK). Started a career in business journalism during his student years and joined Expert in 1998. Since 2003 he is the London Correspondent of Expert magazine.  Alex covers primarily business, finance, economy and energy – authored over 300 feature stories, primarily with international focus (including several on Africa). In January 2008 he was awarded a prize by the Russian Media Union for the best business story in the Russian media in 2007 for a story on the competition between financial centres of London and NYC.Evgeny Pavelko – Russia (Correspondent) ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETADaily newspaper of the Russian Government, nationwide,circulation 200000 copies a dayEvgeny Pavelko, born 21.12.1957.Executive Director on International Projects and Advertising.Since 1983 worked like as a correspondent of RIA Novosti agency, Moscow news weekly, creative director of advertising IMA-press agency, editor of international department Izvestia daily newspaper. Working foreign languages – French, English.Specialized on international policy and economy, responsible for foreign supplements and pages in the daily newspaper of the Russian Government – “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”Andreev Alexey – Russia (Editor)Starting from 1996 – writer for “”Asia and Africa today”1997-2003 -worked at Independent Newspaper as international politics observer 2005 – Editor of the foreign policy in New Izvestia newspaper, KOL for BBC (radio) in Asia and Africa.James Lawrence – UK Lifestyle journalistJames Lawrence is a freelance lifestyle journalist and self confessed wine, travel and food obsessive, passionate about discovering and promoting the lesser known wines and wine regions of the world. He is a frequent contributor to, Harpers Wine and Spirits, The Guardian online, QS magazine and runs an interactive, community led wine forum, also co-owns a media production company, called Wine Spotlight. A major project for them next year will be to produce a film, or mini-documentary celebrating South African tourism and culture through its wine industry. He is very excited about his first trip to South Africa, hopefully the first of many.last_img read more