MOL Aims to Create 250,000 Jobs in 4 Years

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor (MOL),  through the National Bureau of Employment (NBE), has ended a two-day seminar on the Decentralization of the National Policy Action Plan.The workshop, which was held in Gbarnga, Bong County Bong County, brought together 25 participants from local line Ministries and Agencies in the county.Mr. George H. Saah, National Coordinator of the NBE, who spoke at the opening program, said the National Employment Policy is an instrument developed by the Government of Liberia aimed at increasing employment opportunities for Liberians.Liberia, like any other countries in the world, he said, has a huge unemployment record with youthful population accounting for about 60 percent.According to him, the policy is intended to provide employable skills in the labor force so that they may graduate from the informal to the formal sector of the country.Mr. Saah named five priority areas of the policy focus as: public infrastructure work, enhancing human capacity, revitalizing the agricultural sector, upgrading the informal economy and empowering vulnerable groups.If all these priority areas are fully implemented, a total of 250,000  jobs are expected to be created within the next four years, he stated.The NBE National Coordinator of the said that because of the importance the Government attaches to the policy, the MOL anticipates taking it to all counties in Liberia to solicit the views and imputs of stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norwalk-La Mirada school board candidates focus on funding cuts

first_imgTotal cost of administration has risen to an estimated $9.4million – even with salary increases – during the past three years. Deal said experts have looked at Norwalk-La Mirada and given it good marks. “We had a partnership with the Panasonic Foundation for 10 years,” said Deal, 48, of La Mirada. “They could not believe how lean we are up at the top.” But Covarrubias, 38, of La Mirada said the district can do more. “We have to think out of the box,” he said. “We have to re-evaluate our purchasing practices. There was a teacher who said, `Why do we have to spend $350 on reading material when we can buy it for $150?”‘ He says his background in business and the fact that his wife is a teacher in the district will help. If elected, he won’t be able to vote on any issue involving his wife, Elsa, under state law. He would be able to vote on collective bargaining issues. Morrison, 55, of La Mirada said district schools are working hard to attract students. “I just want people to know that closing schools is the last thing I want to do,” she said. “I also don’t want to cut our kids’ programs.” Neal, 42, of Norwalk – the only teacher in the race – said the district needs to do more to promote schools. “We need to send people out there letting everybody know all the great things going on so people won’t file a permit (to go to other schools),” she said. Possible school closures isn’t the only issue in the race. The Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada endorsed Deal and Morrison, but chose challenger Neal over incumbent LeGaspi. “He’s done not-nice things to teachers at many sites,” said Laura Williams, association president who declined to be more specific. “I’ve gotten lots of concerns about him,” Williams said. “We just couldn’t endorse somebody with that many concerns.” LeGaspi, 44, of Norwalk had little comment on what Williams had to say. “That is a teacher-student thing that was brought up years ago,” he said. But LeGaspi – like all three incumbents – said the district is doing good things. “I want to make sure our modernization is seen through to the end,” he said. “Our reading initiative is going very well. We’ve made the hard decisions and we’ve made the district better.” Election Day is Tuesday. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m opposed to school closures,” said Hunter, 37, of La Mirada and a parent at Dulles. “I’m somebody who will take a serious look at the budget,” he said. “The 800-pound gorilla in the room is the excessive administration spending, especially at upper administrative echelons.” He points to figures showing the district spent about $9 million on administration in 2005-06 – $406 per student, the latest year comparisons are available. The statewide average is $426 per student. As a result, Hunter said there is no reason to close schools. But incumbents say that administration costs are being cut, pointing to the elimination of five positions during the past three years. Declining enrollment has brought decreasing dollars, talk of school closures and the most competitive and contentious school board race in years for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Incumbents Pauline Deal, Richard LeGaspi and Karen Morrison are trying to hold off challenges from Moses Covarrubias, Greg Hunter and Lorraine Neal. The district has lost nearly 1,600 students and $9 million in revenue over the last three years. As a result the board two years ago considered closing Dulles Elementary School and in May voted to close Delores Huerta Elementary School. All three incumbents say they don’t want to close schools, but it may have to be considered. The three challengers say they won’t shutter schools. last_img

Biggest Sunday delay was at LAX entrances

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAirline arrival and departure monitors showed nearly all flights to and from the stormy Midwest and New England regions to be running on time, a surprise to travelers seeing four-hour ground holds being described on cable news channels. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airline delays were a hit-and-miss proposition at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday, but perhaps the longest waits passengers faced was waiting to get into terminals to get to planes that were departing on schedule. Passengers holding boarding passes for America West and Southwest airlines flights out of Terminal 1 snaked down World Way in the bright sunshine all afternoon. Although most of those flights go to California, Nevada and Arizona destinations and were on time, the ticket and security lines were long. “I think this is terrible, but at least the line is moving,” said Lori Sampson, 46, a Bay Area resident returning home from a trip to Disneyland. Another Northern Californian looked at the line and concluded that “LAX needs to do a lot better.” Pamela Haskins, on an LAX layover while traveling home to San Francisco from the Bahamas, said airport officials “know the holiday is coming, and they should have it down to a science.” last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised alarm over the fresh threat to maternity services in the West/North West region. Pat the Cope GallagherA confidential HSE report seen by Fianna Fáil threatens the closure of up to four obstetric units in the region – Sligo General, Letterkenny General, Portiuncula and Mayo General.MEP Gallagher said, “This report confirms that the HSE and Minister for Health James Reilly are strongly considering a dramatic reduction of maternity services right across the West and North West. “All the scenarios under consideration would result in the closure of at least some obstetrician-led units in this region.“This could include dramatically downgrading the maternity units at our regional hospitals to midwife-only units, or indeed closing some units altogether.Gallagher believes the result would be a centralisation of maternity services at just two hospitals across the West and North West.In a vast geographical area, the removal of any maternity units will have a severe impact on expectant mothers. Many would be expected to travel for hours for just a regular check-up with an obstetrician.While the value of midwives in antenatal and postnatal care cannot be overestimated, in the case of emergencies it is essential that all expectant mothers have quick and easy access to a consultant.Gallagher added, “This news is causing great distress among many parents across the region.“It’s essential that the Minister for Health James Reilly steps in immediately to clarify what his plans are in relation to the future of maternity services in this region.According to Gallagher, it looks like the Government is sitting on this report until after the local and European elections. Gallagher concluded, “It is simply not good enough to play politics with such a vital front-line health service that affects hundreds of thousands of people across this region.“We need clarity from the Government now. Any attempt to strip maternity services from our regional hospitals in the West and North West must be resisted.ELECTION 2014: COPE RAISES ALARM OVER THREAT TO LETTERKENNY MATERNITY SERVICES was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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:Election 2014: MEPMaternity ServicesnewsNorth westPat The Cope GallagherPoliticslast_img read more


first_imgA 23-year-old man facing charges of causing the deaths of two friends by dangerous driving has had the case adjourned until July.Noel Carr, of Glenkeeragh, Newmills, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. Mr Carr appeared in court in relation to a road accident which claimed the lives of two young men in Rathmullan on August 3rd last year.Shaun Graham, 19, and Matthew Crawford, 21, from Letterkenny were both killed when the car in which they were passengers crashed on the Rathmullan to Portsalon Road.Mr Carr did not speak during the brief hearing today.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that a full book of evidence is being prepared in the case and the case was adjourned until July 28.DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: May 19th, 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:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGNoel Carrlast_img read more


first_imgThe newest members of the fabled ‘Donegal Tunnel Tigers’ have been central to one of the biggest and most ambitious tunnelling projects ever undertaken in the UK.The Crossrail Tunnel project estimated to have cost £15 billion has been completed after nearly THREE years.  However, the project has been driven by men from all over Donegal who have continued the long tradition of ‘Donegal Tunnel Tigers’ involved in huge tunnelling projects all over the world.The Rosses area in particular has a huge number of men who have played pivotal roles in ensuring the Crossrail project was completed.The colossal 1,000 tonne machine used for drilling during the lengthy project is called the Elizabeth and is named after the Queen.John Michael O’Donnell from Burtonport, explained to Donegal Daily the complex nature of the job completed. He also named all those involved in the project from Donegal and it’s very clear the £15 billion pound project has Donegal embedded all over it.O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, “After an incredibly long journey of over two and a half years, the’ TBM s719′ better known as ‘Elizabeth’ finally reached her destination of Farringdon last week.“Elizabeth left Limo in November 2012 and it passed through the Canary Wharf’s new 1 billion pound station.“However, much to the disappointment of our highly skilled crew two of our Donegal compatriots Donal McCole and Jake Bonner decided to abandon the Elizabeth and there colleagues.Despite the set-back O’Donnell said an inspirational speech by fellow Rosses man and pit-boss John ‘Dinjo’ Boyle rallied spirits.O’Donnell continued, “Leading miner Pauric O’Donnell and pit boss John ‘Dinjo Boyle rallied the troops with a rousing speech and the journey continued towards Stepney Green into the largest SCL Cavern in the whole of the cross rail project. “That project was completed primarily by men from TGT (Tommy Gallagher Tunnelling)who is a native of Ardara.“Gallagher has looked after all the Donegal men on all his projects over the years and with his son Tommy Jr. now primarily at the controls hoping to carry on the proud Donegal tunnelling tradition.The colossal Elizabeth then pushed on with the construction of the East bound tunnel and was followed closely by her sister TBM Victoria on the West bound tunnel.The TBM Victoria was manned mainly by a Donegal crew with Burtonport Charles O’Donnell employed as lead miner. O’Donnell added, “Both TBM’S came to rest at the next station for a period of TEN months were they were greeted by two Donegal Islanders Frankie Duffy (Inishfree) and Charlie Gallagher. (Arranmore)The Victoria and Elizabeth with other lead miners Christopher ‘Dinjo’ Boyle and Eugene McFadden continued their epic journey to Liverpool Street Station and on to her final destination in Farringdon where she was steered to perfection by Michael O’ Donnell. (Arranmore)O’Donnell added, “Under the instructions of Tommy Gallagher, the Elizabeth was steered to her final destination by John Michael O’Donnell, and it was done so to pin-point accuracy. 🙂O’Donnell said the joy, satisfaction and sense of relief at the completion of the project was overwhelmingly, and that all Donegal men involved with both the Elizabeth and Victoria celebrated accordingly.“We received a superb reception when the crew emerged through the cutter-head with Mark Finnigan from Falcarragh the first man to shake the hand of the emerging crew.“However, no one was prouder than the the Boyle brothers better known as the ‘butchers’ from Dungloe.This was evidenced by a phone call from another proud Boyle brother involved in another TGT project in Saudi Arabia.O’Donnell concluded, “Declan ‘The Butcher’ Boyle then received a call from another TGT project in Saudi Arabia.“The call was from his brother Brendan ‘Fred Butcher’ Boyle and his neighbour and close friend Michael Boyle who rang through with words of congratulations!!“We’re just keeping our fingers crossed now and hope we have another successful day in about two weeks time on the arrival of the Victoria.“This will be the last piece of tunnelling on this massive £15 billion pound project.“Dún na nGall Abú! 🙂 Well done to all the Donegal contingent involved in this incredible project.DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS CENTRAL TO COMPLETION OF £15 BILLION LONDON CROSSRAIL PROJECT was last modified: May 15th, 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:CrossraildonegalFeaturesnewsprojectrossesTunnel Tigers£15 billionlast_img read more

Brand South Africa engages industry key players at the RapidLion Film Festival

first_imgBrand South Africa is proud to have collaborated with RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival – for the third consecutive year, hosting a panel discussion under the theme, “taking local cinema to South Africa’s masses”. The creative industry in South Africa evolves in leaps and bounds at an ever-increasing pace, and for this reason it is necessary to take stock of the strides taken and to identify tangible and sustainable opportunities for mass audience to have access to South African films and local cinemas.Brand South Africa’s participation at the RapidLion Film Festival extends from the 2018 Nation Brand Forum, where the role of film and the creative industries in shaping the Nation Brand was a vibrant topic on the agenda.The session sought to delve deep into the state and accessibility of South African cinema and exposure to local content by the masses. On the panel was actor and director of LK Theatres, Hlomla Dandala, Kasi Movie Nights’ Producer Thapelo Mokoena and The Peoples Fund founder, Luyanda Jafta, who gave us an extensive framework of just how much the film industry has improved since the traditional bioscope era.Although much growth has been achieved over the years, a great need remains to expose the broader South African audience to local content and films. This would, however, require an appetite for local authentic stories, adequate investment and financing from industry and ease of access for people to enjoy a cinematic experience, particularly, outside of urban areas.Watching a locally-produced film used to have limited audiences, but with product offerings like Kasi Movie Nights and LK Theatres, the script has been flipped. The panellists spoke about the different means in which they’ve packaged their cinema offering, taking cinema to eKasi (townships). These production houses have put research, innovation and fun behind taking the films into the community, aiming to create an experience beyond the classic 22-metre screen, popcorn and Coca Cola-style.“The South African Nation Brand is influenced by creative industries including music, film, visual arts and design (to name a few). This is definitely one-way of utilising a positive brand image of the country that is influenced by its people, telling their own stories through the film industry. The RapidLion Film Festival is a perfect fit in gaining insight from the creative industry on measures to advance South African arts and be recognised as competitive global player,” said Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus De Kock who moderated the panel discussion.The Film Festival kicked off on Friday 1 March 2019, and is still currently running at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, until 10 March, ending off with the prestigious Awards ceremony.About RapidLionRapidLion recognises the achievements and excellence of filmmakers who are born in Africa, are members of the African diaspora and are citizens of BRICS countries.last_img read more

Brand South Africa celebrates International Women’s Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 08 March 2019 – International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This day was identified for well over a century ago, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.This year’s campaign theme #BalanceforBetter, is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference? The United Nations Women is an entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women supports #BalanceforBetter. This is done through putting emphasis on achieving a gender-equal world that requires social innovations to work for both women and men, leaving no one behind. It begins with making sure that women’s and girls’ needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations.Africa has and continues to make strides in achieving gender-equality, with women like, Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang a Gambian politician and activist who served as Vice-President of the Gambia and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the Liberian President and the first democratically-elected female President on the African continent. While in South Africa, a country with a widely admired constitution ranks 2nd place out of the G20 members, with at least 42% seats in parliament held by women. Another first for the country is Phetogo Molawa, who became the first woman of colour to take command of the SA Air Force.As the country celebrates International Women’s Day, Brand South would like to remind all South Africans, to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes constitutional awareness of a free and fair society for all. To this end, and in strengthened efforts to elevate women’s voices, the organisation has partnered with W-Suite, a platform for advocacy and action aimed at bringing woman into key leadership and operational roles, particularly in the C-Suite across organisations, markets and governments.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “it is important that we are very much aware of what the Constitution’s promise to women is and live up to it. The W-Suite is a platform that reminds women to have the power to act, and if we know this reality we become aware and believe that we uplift each other”.The W-Suite media launch will be held on 20th March 2019 at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, more details to be shared closed to the time.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.Social Media:Facebook: @OfficialBrandSouthAfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAInstagram: @BrandSouthAfricaAbout W-SuiteW-Suite a platform for advocacy and action towards bringing more women in key leadership and operational roles particularly in the C-Suite across organisations, markets and governments. W-Suite provides a platform whereby all relevant stakeholders can engage on how we can collectively increase women’s influence on the Africa Union’s development programme (NEPAD) and towards the attainment of Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want.Social Media detailsFacebook: W-Suite ZATwitter: @ZaSuiteInstagram: @wsuitezaHashtag: #WSuiteSummit2019last_img read more

The spirit of the Freedom Charter integral to South Africa’s DNA

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 24 June 2015 – The Freedom Charter, which will be 60 years old on Friday 26 June 2015, remains one of the most progressive documents in South Africa’s history. It represents the collective will of a coalition of like-minded South Africans who transcended race, religion and political ideology to come together to craft the vision of a South Africa which would belong to all who lived in it.• Download the media statementThe innovative and inclusive response to conditions of oppression represented, and continues to represent, a seminal moment in South Africa’s history.This moment and the accompanying action by the Congress of the People – as those who gathered in Kliptown 60 years ago have come to be known – attested to the resilience, forbearance and tenacity of the South African people. It equally resounded with the spirit of Ubuntu and appreciation that the South African struggle for liberation would succeed by collective will and effort. The moment was imbued with the hope and optimism that a free, liberated and democratic South Africa would belong to all citizens. These qualities of resilience, inclusivity, optimism and Ubuntu continue to define the South African DNA.Although the Freedom Charter is 60 years old, the spirit in which it was crafted and the sentiments contained within its pages remains relevant and undisputed.The Freedom Charter outlined the vision of a South Africa where:• A spirit of freedom, equality and democracy would characterise our country and would be embodied by our people.• All citizens would have equal rights and equal access to opportunities, including education, housing and employment.• South Africa would take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the global community of nations and would make a meaningful contribution to sustainable international peace, security and development.This sentiment of equality and democracy served as the foundation for South Africa’s highest law, the Constitution.The longevity of the Freedom Charter was further assured when it became the basis of the National Development Plan which is regarded as the country’s blueprint for socioeconomic development. The plan will set the tone for a South Africa defined by equality, development and prosperity till 2030 and beyond.The National Development Plan, which is the most recent document to be based on the spirit and ethos of the Freedom Charter, is already being implemented with a view to addressing systemic challenges which would impede South Africa’s long term growth and development. These include infrastructure development, job creation, energy security, as well as people-centred development. The plan, anchored on the spirit of active citizenship, will enable the development and prosperity so long yearned for by the people of our country.It is such concerted, collective and cohesive action that will ensure that the Freedom Charter, the South African Constitution and the National Development Plan are brought to life in a way that positively impacts directly and consistently on the lives of the majority of our citizens.As South Africa commemorates 60 years of the Freedom Charter, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to play their part in moving our country towards socioeconomic growth and development. South Africa’s freedom was borne of the collective and unwavering efforts of millions of citizens. A future characterised by prosperity and development – anchored by the National Development Plan – will be borne of no less.last_img read more

JD(U) proposes ‘farmer driving tractor’ as poll symbol in Jharkhand

first_imgThe Janata Dal (United) has proposed ‘a farmer driving a tractor’ as its new election symbol in Jharkhand, after the Election Commission barred the Nitish Kumar-led party from using the ‘arrow’ symbol. The poll panel had issued the order last month in response to an application filed by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) which pointed to the similarity of its own party symbol ‘bow and arrow’ with that of the JD(U)’s ‘arrow’. “We have proposed to the ECI ‘a farmer driving a tractor’ as our new symbol for Jharkhand,” JD(U) state unit president Salkhan Murmu said on Friday. Jharkhand is scheduled to go to polls later this year. Mr. Murmu also said that the JMM had filed the application in retaliation to the JD(U)’s move to get the Shibu Soren-led party symbol scrapped in Bihar. To persistent queries on a possible alliance in the State, he said the JD(U) is likely to go it alone in the Assembly elections.“The party’s executive committee meeting on June 9 had decided that the JD(U) will contest Assembly polls on its own in Jharkhand, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir [currently under President’s Rule] and Delhi,” Mr. Murmu told reporters. Contending that the party is preparing to contest all 81 seats in Jharkhand, the JD(U) State chief said “tickets would be given to winnable candidates.”last_img read more