‘Honesty Should Be the Hallmark of Your Leadership’

first_imgInducted officials of the National Teacher’s Association of Liberia Credit Union Cooperative (NTALCUC) …CDA Registrar General Cautions New LeadershipThe Acting Registrar General of the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), Regina Sokan-Teah has challenged the newly inducted officials of the National Teacher’s Association of Liberia Credit Union Cooperative (NTALCUC) to protect their character for the forward match of the institution.Madam Sokan-Teah spoke when she inducted into office new leadership of NTALCUC over the weekend in Sinkor. NTALCUC, following a successful conduct of its elections, elected 15 persons from various counties to steer the affairs of the organization.Addressing her audience, she said nowadays leaders forget to know that they were elected to serve the people, but when they ascend to power they no longer protect their integrity and the institution that they work for. This, she said, has become  a serious challenge and that over the years created lot of problems for the society. “It is important to have the fear of God as a leader so that you can never be moved easily by evil deeds,” she stated.She challenged them to be cognizant of the fact that the best thing a good leader can do to save oneself from public outcry and to save the image of the entity by upholding their integrity, which is a recipe to building a vibrant institution.According to her, if a leader has financial discipline, he or she is capable of working any part of the world. Madam Sokan-Teah said with the overall responsibility of the CDA, which gives them all rights to audit the NTALCUC, her office will not hesitate to dismiss any one who will be caught in financial scandal.“You are representing thousands of people in Liberia; therefore please provide the kind of leadership that will transform the society and not a kind of leadership that is dictatorial,” she concluded.The Chairman and the Board of Directors of NTALCU,  Joeson B. Whisnant, admonished his colleagues to work together for the common good of the organization and the public in general. Mr. Whisnant said the viability of the entity depends on a collective contribution. “In our endeavor to make NTALCUC more viable, our first priority is to embark on an awareness campaign to encourage most of our teachers to become member of the credit union,” he declared.He also assured his colleagues of providing more training opportunity for its members across Liberia to enable them become efficient in the performance of their duties. He further promised to conduct a nationwide tour that will provide other teachers the necessary awareness about the existence of the NTALCUC in the country.He said for so long teachers in Liberia have suffered because there was no credit union in the teachers association to help buttress the little salary they earned to pay their children school fees. He noted that the existence of NTALCUC has brought them a total relief, adding that it is about time that teachers take advantage of this union.Mr. Whisnant said he was optimistic of the kind of leadership inducted at the credit union and noted that they are going to make the difference in the country. “The only way we can make NTALCUC second to none in Liberia, is to be united in all that we do,” he stated.Those who occupied positions include;  Mr. Joeson Whisnant (Bong), chairman; Mr. Wubor M. Bazzie (Lofa), co-chairman; Madam Charlotte M. Coleman (Bomi), Treasurer; and Mr. David A. Jarr (River Gee), Chaplain.Other members include Isaac Q. Frederick (Grand Gedeh), Joshua Biomah, (Gbarpolu); Mary W. Mulbah (NTAL Central office); Samuel Y. Johnson, Sr. (central office); Thomas Nyantee (Grand Kru); Daniel Zeo (Rivercess); George Nyuma (Maryland); Peter Zubah (Montserrado); Peter Karmei (Nimba); and Ernest Falkia (Grand Cape Mount).Also elected are members of the Advisory Board, which include: Abraham P. Johnson (Montserrado), Chairman; Andrew Korkolu (Central office), Member; and Francis Pratt (Margibi), Member.The NTALCUCS was established in 2013 during the 64th Convention of the NTAL in Kakata, Margibi County with the aim of providing fair, honest and proactive leadership with the requisite skills and knowledge to steer the affairs of the credit union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Last Well Responds to Lofa Water Crisis

first_imgLast Well vice president, Doc Lawson, at one of the recently rehabilitated hand pumps. An American charity, The Last Well has robustly responded to the water crisis in Foya and Kolahun districts in Lofa County. The charity response is based on an article published in the April 24 edition of the Daily Observer, under the caption: Foya Kolahun Districts Suffer Acute Water Shortage.”According to Last Well government relations officer, Abdul Koroma, the response of the charity is part of its mandate to ensure that Liberians have access to safe drinking water.Koroma describes the water crisis in the two districts as “appalling, and regrettable for Liberians to go through such suffering.He said as part of the organization’s intervention, The Last Well has dispatched its contractors to Lofa to carry on a robust assessment aimed at addressing the water crisis.According to Koroma, The Last Well’s intervention will not only focus in the two affected districts, but the entire county. He said the organization will construct 116 new hand pumps, and also rehabilitate 161 others.As part of the intervention, The Last Well will also distribute 5,500 water filter buckets in the county.The charity has meanwhile called on other partners operating in the county to assist the residents the two districts.“The Last Well will continue responding to the needs of Liberians by providing safe drinking water. The two districts are said to be densely populated, and the water crisis started in March,” Koroma said.According to reports, residents in the two affected districts have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to fetch water from distant places, including Kolba City, which is one of the worst areas hit by the water shortage.It is reported that the town does not have a hand pumps, thus making it extremely difficult for residents to have access to safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

GTA seeks to meet international tourism standards

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced that it has committed to the international adventure travel guide standard. As such, a training activity was initiated last week which was designed to meet the adventure travel guide standard. Entitled ‘Raising the Bar for Adventure and Ecotourism Guiding’, the training was offered to pre-qualified tour guides and held in the North Rupununi region, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).The training included master training for four local guide trainers to lead future trainings. It was led by the CEO of Pandion Consulting Daniel K Moore, who has 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, professional travel guide, Adventure Travel Master trainer and is a trainer for the Adventure Travel Trade AssociationThe guides during the training exercise(ATTA).The core focus of the training was on how to fit naturally in the overall adventure experience, the importance and psychology of customer survive, storytelling and interpretation, and the concept of sustainable practices. However, the ultimate goal is to build existing capacity to train travel guides via elevating tour guide standards across the country.“The Guyana Tourism Authority is focused on raising tourism standards in country to meet international traveller expectations and international standard. We have formally committed to adhering to the principles of the Adventure Travel Guide Standard and implementing its requirements,” said the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis.Approximately 150 tour guides are currently operating in Guyana, conducting independent tours or for local companies and lodges. The GTA is of the view that it is important that they are quipped to provide a professional experience for tourists.Part of the course included building domestic capacity by targeting five core competencies which includes technical, medical, customer service, interpretation and sustainability.The adventure travel industry has expanded from an estimated $89 billion in 2010 to $263 billion in 2013, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 45.99 per cent during the period 2016-2020. Guyana is highly attractive to the growing number of adventure travellers seeking personal growth, new destinations, immersive culture, and personal growth.This year, the GTA became a member of the ATTA as a stepping stone towards meeting these international standards. Apart from that, the organisation is responsible for developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Guyana through collaboration with sister agencies and the tourism Private Sector.last_img read more

Preliminary work begins at new fire hall site

first_imgPreliminary work has begun on Fort St. John’s new Fire Hall on 93rd Street and 93rd Avenue.While actual construction has not yet begun at the site, east of the Sobey’s supermarket, it is being fenced off, and it’s the subject of some preliminary testing.According to Jim Rogers, the Director of Facilities and Protective Services, the city hopes construction can begin by the end of next month, and the project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.- Advertisement -10.4 million dollars has been put forward as the approximate project cost and while the contractor has yet to be selected, Mr. Rogers also says the city hopes to keep the constuction jobs, as local as possible.last_img read more

Coventry are back! Steven Pressley on the Ricoh return

first_imgCoventry boss Steven Pressley joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to reflect on the news the Sky Blues are finally set to return home to the Ricoh Arena following their exile in Northampton.last_img

Universal exec Snider to head up DreamWorks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Snider will report to Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey who, after a year of running the studio, has given Paramount’s executive ranks a major makeover. Her final year at Universal was marked by mixed results. The studio’s major year-end release, “King Kong,” stalled at $216.7 million at the domestic box office – a big number for most movies but more was expected of the high-profile remake. The studio’s prestige film, “Cinderella Man,” was also a curious box office disappointment. But Snider’s successes over the years included such box office smashes as the comedy “Meet the Fockers,” “The Mummy” franchise, “The Fast and the Furious” and Best Picture Oscar winner “A Beautiful Mind.” Spielberg, whose current film “Munich” was released by Snider’s Universal, is confident the executive will foster a creative environment within the DreamWorks unit. “She adores films and brings to this business – and this art form – talent, experience, and enthusiasm that inspire those who work with her,” he stated. “We have built a very solid foundation for Stacey to take us even higher.” After a decade at Universal Pictures, including six at the helm, Stacey Snider has jumped to Paramount Pictures where she will head DreamWorks SKG – the mini-studio recently purchased by Paramount for $1.6 billion, it was announced Sunday. Snider, 44, will be co-chairman and chief operating officer of DreamWorks and will create up to six movies each year. She will run the day-to-day operations while Steven Spielberg, who co-founded DreamWorks with David Katzenberg and David Geffen 12 years ago as a stand-alone studio, will remain involved as a director-producer. Geffen will be co-chairman with Snider. Katzenberg heads up DreamWorks Animation, which was spun off as a public company in 2004. “I’ve dreamed of working with Steven Spielberg for many years. And this is my opportunity to be part of the Tiffany company that he, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg have founded,” Snider said in a statement released by Paramount. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 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


first_imgBrian McLaughlin is to get a new sentence hearing. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A Co Donegal man who sharpened knives and then tried to strangle his girlfriend has been told his prison sentence was not “unduly lenient.”Brian McLaughlin launched a horrific attack on then partner Shauna McLaughlin after a night out.The terrified young woman told her boyfriend she was pregnant to stop him from strangling her. He was sentenced to just six months in prison following his court case at Letterkenny Circuit Court.However yesterday, after the Director of Public Prosecutions successfully appealed that sentence, it was decided to hold a new sentence hearing.Judge Garrett Sheehan decided the original sentence handed down by Judge Francis Comerford was “unduly lenient.”The original case heard how after returning to their home on St Oran’s Road in Buncrana, McLaughlin, 22, exploded into a rage before holding Shauna hostage and subjecting her to a vicious assault.McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court after pleading guilty to the 2013 offences at a previous sitting.The court heard how McLaughlin set upon his girlfriend after she preferred to stay out with friends instead of returning home with him.They argued and then McLaughlin suddenly punched her in the face before climbing on top of her on a bed and trying to strangle her.Ms McLaughlin said she thought she was going to die but managed to claw at her attacker.However, he twisted her arm into her back and she said she remembers waking up in the sitting room and he was telling her to wake up.She called the emergency services but when Gardai arrived, McLaughlin locked the doors and a hostage-like situation began at around 1.55am.He got a kitchen knife and began sharpening it and refused to allow Gardai into the house.Shana eventually managed to hide the knife but McLaughlin went berserk when he could not find it and fetched a number of other knives for the kitchen.Trained hostage negotiators were called who contacted Brian McLaughlin’s father who finally convinced him to take some medication.He eventually released Shauna and at 4.40am, he finally gave himself up to Gardai.He asked to be admitted to a psychiatric unit at Letterkenny General Hospital but he was refused admission because staff felt he had addiction issues.Barrister for McLaughlin, Damien Crawford said his client had suffered a “mental meltdown.”He asked how his client’s irrational actions were that of a rational man.At one stage McLaughlin had held aloft a television over his head and threatened to throw it at Ms McLaughlin.When questioned about this by Gardai, he denied it saying he would have nothing to play his Grand Theft Auto computer game on if he did.Mr Crawford said his client was receiving medication for mental health issues but had unfortunately mixed it with alcohol on the night.“He is is deeply ashamed and has been trying to unravel what happened that night. He was on medication. This is more of a mental health episode rather than a criminal episode and I am not taking away from what happened to Shauna. He had not got an appreciation of what was going on around him. He had a mental meltdown,” said the barrister.Judge Francis Comerford said there was a limit to how much mental illness could explain McLaughlin’s actions on the night.He described the actions of McLaughlin in holding down his victim and then “throttling” her as horrible and said the outcome could have ben far, far worse.He sentenced McLaughlin to three years in prison for each offence to run concurrently, but suspended the last two and a half years.Two relatives of Ms McLaughlin were in court for the hearing but the court was told that she had now moved overseas.The new sentencing hearing will be heard is the coming months.MAN WHO SHARPENED KNIVES AND TRIED TO STRANGLE GIRLFRIEND TO GET NEW SENTENCE was last modified: March 16th, 2016 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:buncranadonegalknivesSentencelast_img read more

VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo bags brace to move Los Blancos closer to LaLiga glory

first_img This was just one of many Spanish top flight matches live on talkSPORT 2 1 Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice at Celta Vigo to ensure Real Madrid need just a point from their weekend game at Malaga to win the LaLiga title for the first time in five years.Ronaldo, who in reaching 368 league goals for a top European club overtook Jimmy Greaves in the all-time scorers list, struck early in each half as Real held Celta at arm’s length to claim a 4-1 victory.Even though Celta’s star man Iago Aspas was sent off, John Guidetti managed to make some amends for his late miss at Old Trafford last week with a response after the hour mark, but Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos made sure to protect Real’s three-point haul.The capital club head to Malaga on Sunday three points clear of Barcelona, who will retain their crown if they beat Eibar and Real lose on the south coast, due to their superior goal difference.Watch the goals below…last_img read more


first_imgOn Wednesday next 29th February the Co Donegal Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics finals takes place in the Aura Leisure Centre LetterkennySix teams,all who have qualified via regions from within the county during then past few weeks, will contest four different team competitions, see attached detailsSHA/Little athletics in a team format supports and involves children in the fundamentals of athletics -ie running, jumping, throwing, relays agility, balance and co-ordination. The concept supports the new PE primary schools curriculum where athletics is part of the core curriculum, and is a developmental wing in all Donegal athletics clubs. At a local county level the Primary Schools SHA initiative has been pioneered, encouraged and supported  in partnership between Donegal Local Sports Partnership and Athletics Ireland  Regional Development officer, with the support of Donegal Co Board, local club coaches and schools and primary teachers across the county.If you are free and in the Letterkenny area on Wednesday next please accept an invitation from Donegal Sports Partnership/Donegal Co Athletics Board to attend what promises to be a fun filled few hours of outstanding child centred team competition.The following Teams/catagories have qualified via regional heats at various locations throughout the county in the last two weeks. The winning teams will represent Donegal in the All Ireland Primary Schools SHAsemi finals 3rd/4th Class BoysSt Eunans,Raphoe; Scoil Naomh Dúigh;Annagry,Woodlands NS, Letterkenny; Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,; Naomh Colmcille, Kilmacrennan3rd/4th Class GirlsNiall Mor, Killybegs,;St Eunans Raphoe,;Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Annagry,;Woodlands NS, Letterkenny;        Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town,;Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana;5th/6th Class BoysSt Eunans, Raphoe,; Scoil Chróine, Dungloe; Woodlands NS, Letterkenny,;Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town,; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,; Naomh Muras,Tooban; 5th/6th Class GirlsSt Eunans Raphoe,; Scoil Naomh Dúigh, Annagry,; Woodlands NS, Letterkenny,; St Macartans, Bundoran; Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana,;St Patricks GNS, Carndonagh.Co Final Primary Schools Sportshall AthleticsAura Letterkenny Wed 29th February 2012  Order of events10-10.30am teams arrive/final declarations10.30 am Introductions10.45am CompetitionRunning[1] 1+1 Lap Race 5/6th Class Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4thClass Girls; 3/4th Class Boys[2] 2+2 Lap Race  5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys[3] 6lap Parlauf -5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys[4] 4x1lap relay-5/6thClass Girls; 5/6th Class Boys; 3/4th Class Girls;3/4th Class Boys11.30 Field eventsS.L.JS,T.JIk Ball throwSoft Jav.Vert JumpSpeed Bounce3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Girls3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Boys5/6 Boys3/4 Boys3/4 Girls5/6 Girls5/6 Boys12.15pmOver and under relay 4 x 1 Lap -5/6 Girls; 5/6 Boys; 3/4 Girls; 3/4 BoysObstacle relay 4 x 1 Lap – 5/6 Girls; 5/6 Boys; 3/4 Girls; 3/4 Boys12.45pm Conclude – 1pm PresentationsCOUNTY DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHA ATHLETICS FINALS: TIMETABLE AND TEAMS was last modified: February 25th, 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)Tags:COUNTY DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHA ATHLETICS FINALS: TIMETABLE AND TEAMSlast_img read more


first_imgGlasgow Sheriff CourtA Donegal man has been charged with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder.Anton Duffy, 39, appeared in a Scotland court today. Duffy was arrested last Wednesday October 23 in Scotland under the Terrorism Act during an operation focused on dissident Irish Republicans.Four others were arrested under the operation on the same day – three men and one woman.Duffy appeared separately from his comrades at Glasgow Sheriff Court. He was charged under section five of the Terrorism Act, which covers the preparation of terrorist acts, and conspiracy to murder.All five alleged terrorists made no plea or declaration and they were remanded in custody.Duffy had been held at the high-security Scottish Terrorist Detention Centre in the Govan area of Glasgow prior to his court appearance. Heightened security surrounded the arrival and departure of the alleged terrorists.Scottish police said that the operation leading to Duffy’s arrest “focused on the activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident Republicanism but who are not affiliated to any specific group.”Police Scotland, the PSNI and the security service were all involved in the operation.In 2010, Duffy was jailed for five years for firearms offences. He had been in a busy Glasgow nightclub with a revolver and live ammunition inside his jacket. He produced the gun during a scuffle with nightclub bouncers and was subsequently arrested and charged.DONEGAL MAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISM OFFENCES was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:anton duffyglasgow sheriff courtScotlandterrorismlast_img read more