Dr. Bour Resigns as LICC President

first_imgThe President of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), Dr. Sei Bour, has resigned for what he referred to as ‘administrative reason.’Located in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County LICC is one of the newly established colleges in Liberia. The college Board is yet to inform the public the official reason for Dr. Bour’s resignation, but in email exchanges, where his letter of resignation, dated July 4, was attached, Dr. Bour said he cared deeply about the college, “but the issues of negativity have forced me to reassess my position as the president of LICC. Therefore I must make the difficult, but necessary choices that the best for the college, me and my family is to resign.” Earlier, he said in the opening paragraph of his letter, “When I accepted to serve as president of LICC, I did so with a vision to build this institution into excellence with a focus on the success of the academy and its students.”He maintained that despite all his achievements, which included the purchase of 24 acres of land, erecting multipurpose buildings on the campus, and the hiring of competent faculty and staff, it appeared there was a lack of agreement between him and the Board of Directors – a situation which, he said, likely undermined LICC’s mission to help rebuild Liberia’s educational standards.“There is no doubt the recent lack of agreement between myself and the ULICAF Board of Directors has been significant and distracting to our mission of helping to rebuild our nation through education at LICC,” Dr. Bour said. ULICAF is the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends. He thanked the Board of Directors and all ULICAF members who gave him the opportunity to serve, congratulating them for their achievement since the LICC was established.Dr. Sei Bour, who has since left for the United States of America, expressed appreciation for the time and experiences with the college.There has been no response from the Board, since the news of Bour’s resignation started circulating in the county, as efforts since Sunday, October 9, to get a comment from Acting Board Chair Dehpue Zuo through Facebook messages have so far not materialized. However, an administrative assistant in the president’s office, Henrietta Barhn, posted on her Facebook page that a man identified as Dr. James N. Kermue was introduced by Rev. Karney Dunah, founding member of ULICAF, as interim president of the college.Established by the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends (ULICAF), the LICC was launched in 2009 with a vision to make available Christ-centered, affordable, and relevant educational opportunities and programs to Liberian students.The visionary leaders of UNICAF began their ministry in the United States of America with the intention to help Liberian refugees settle in their new culture and community in the USA. The LICC has a complex built on 24 acres of land in Ganta City, including a modern community research center (library and technology center), an academic building and an under-construction three storey building for the College of Agriculture.The institution has held four graduations since it was established, and offers Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in Pastoral Theology/Mission, Education, Management, Accounting and Agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Horse town to get 315 houses

first_img“Because it’s just really good due to the water supply problems in the area.” There is only scattered development around the project site, mostly ranch-style homes on bigger lots than the project will have. The developer, B&C Land and Water, says the houses on its project could sell for $1million or more, and it expects many buyers to be horse riders. “It’s a very tranquil, very gorgeous setting for anyone to live (in),” said Dennis Bushore, project manager for B&C Land and Water. Open space will account for 73 percent of the project, including some large hills, Sackett said. AGUA DULCE – Rural Agua Dulce will become a little more developed after a vote Wednesday by the Regional Planning Commission allowing construction of 247 houses. The houses will be built on 2-acre lots, between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Sixty-eight homes were approved five years ago, so the total project will have 315 houses. The project will include a water reclamation plant and import water from a pipeline, so it will not deplete groundwater sources. “It’s a real benefit for the project, and it’s probably one of the reasons the commission voted unanimously for it,” said Jodie Sackett, a planner with the Department of Regional Planning. A slightly larger version of the project was approved in 1994, but that project was delayed because the developer was waiting for a reclamation plant to be built in the area as part of another project. Now, the developer has eliminated 24 lots from the project to build the tract’s own water reclamation plant, which will provide water for lawns and landscaping. Final approvals on the 908-acre project will take a year, and after that, homes will be built in stages to meet market demand, Bushore said. Agua Dulce Town Council member Don Henry said the community would prefer no growth in the area, but realizes that’s impossible. “I think people finally realize that it’s here, and they like the rural atmosphere,” he said. “And I think that’s why people move out here, is to get away from the city-size lots, and they like the horse theme that most of the community maintains.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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

CONFIRMED: West Ham sign French full-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos

first_img Arthur Masuaku in action for Olympiakos 1 West Ham have completed the signing of Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos.The French full-back has joined the Hammers for a fee in the region of £6million and has penned a four-year contract.Masuaku made more than 50 appearances for the Greek side after joining them from Valenciennes in 2014 and helped them claim back-to-back league titles.“It’s a big honour for me to be part of this club,” the 22-year-old told the Premier League club’s official website.“Now, to be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, I was thinking on the way here, it’s going to be crazy! I can’t wait to play with him and also all the rest of the team.“For me, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world. When I was 18, my target was to come here, so now I am here, I have to prove myself to the fans and to the team so that I can play for this big club.”Slaven Bilic moved for Masuaku after first choice left-back Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury.He is set to be followed to Upton Park by Andre Ayew, with the Ghanaian forward close to a £20m switch from Premier League rivals Swansea.last_img read more

‘He wasn’t disciplined enough for the reserves’ – Fletcher’s Pogba admission

first_img Fletcher, in action for Stoke, attempts to tackle Pogba last season. 4 whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TOP WORK predicted Fletcher, who played for 13 seasons with Man United, spent time coaching Pogba, alongside reserve boss Warren Joyce during a spell out through illness.During an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show he lifted the lid on why the World Cup winner failed to break through. 4 SORRY huge blow Most Popular Premier League Stories 4 Pogba won the World Cup with France in the summer but hasn’t turned in similar performances this year as Man United languish in seventh place, nine points behind Manchester City after 11 games. tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “It goes back to a famous game when we felt like he left off the back of, against Blackburn. Paul was on the bench and the boss picked Park Ji-Sung and Phil Jones in midfield.“We didn’t think he was disciplined enough for the reserve team never mind the first team at that time. revealed gameday cracker center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Paul Pogba has come in for criticism once again as he fails to take games by the scruff of the neck. “I like to see him in the final third and creating things,” Fletcher continued.“He played for Juventus [on the left] and I spoke before about his connection with [Anthony] Martial. Pogba can easily drift out wide. He can also get in the box, he’s a big lad. I’d love to see him with a bit more freedom to express himself.” Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Pogba has a blossoming connection with Anthony Martial which Fletcher believes should be utilised. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury And he’s of the belief he may fair better in a role which gets him closer to Anthony Martial.Fletcher said: “The first time I spent out with my illness I did a spell coaching the reserve team when it included [Paul] Pogba, [Jesse] Lingard, [Ravel] Morrison and we played him higher up the pitch in attacking areas.“We felt like he was the one who would win us the game, coupled with the fact he was ill-disciplined in the middle of the park. Former Manchester United star Darren Fletcher has revealed Paul Pogba wasn’t disciplined enough to play in midfield for the club’s reserve team during his first spell at Old Trafford.Pogba eventually left in 2012 for Juventus when a lack of playing time and trust from Sir Alex Ferguson grew tiresome. latest Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? last_img read more


first_imgKimberly Harris and Shane Gallagher, aka Rising colours were popular winnersA huge crowd turned up at the Central Hotel in Donegal Town for what proved to be one of the most popular and keenly-contested Opportunity Knocks Finals for many years.With a first prize of €5,000 competition was very tough between the acts.But in the end the winners were the popular local duo Rising Colours comprising of Shane Gallagher and Kimberly Harris. Voting was very tightJust three points behind the winners was another duo, Zara Gillespie and Michael Duffy.Popular singer/songwriter Conal Herron came third.But the judges on the night were blown away by the standard of talent on display.Other acts included Red Harmon, Breid Marie Byrne, Paddy ‘Seahorse’ Molloy, Tom Wolf, Serial Twin, Keri Marie Kelly, The Noisy Neighbours, Bridheen Caldwell and Noel Ward, Gary Hynes and Megan McGarvey. Two young contestants Breid Marie Byrne, Loughanure and Megan Mc Garvey, Gortahork in the Opportunity Knocks final in Donegal Town. RISING COLOURS STEAL THE SHOW AND SCOOP €5,000 AT OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS was last modified: April 2nd, 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:Opportunity KnocksRising Colourslast_img read more


first_imgBLACK ICE is the film on everyone’s lips.The film, which is broadly about boy racers, has hit cinemas across Donegal this weekend. The film features two local actor Danny Connaghan and Jason Matthews from Termon and Rathmullan.Here they give their views on the film, what it’s all about and why you have to go to see it!SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY THE VIDEO.  DDTV – WATCH OUT FOR THE BLACK ICE ACROSS DONEGAL! was last modified: September 20th, 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:black iceCinemasfilmlast_img read more


first_imgA man was treated in hospital after his car crashed into a pole at Porthall, Lifford last night (THURS).The accident happened before 8pm and the road was closed for a time to allow the emergency services to attend the scene.It is understood the man lost control of his car before it crashed. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.It is believed there was also a young person in the car but they were not injured.The road was reopened around 9pm.The man’s injuries are not understood to be serious.  MAN HOSPITALISED AFTER CAR CRASHES INTO POLE NEAR LIFFORD was last modified: January 9th, 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:crashdonegalhospitalLiffordlast_img read more

Magogo thanks Nation for support towards AFCON qualification

first_imgMagogo’s dream is to see Uganda qualify for 2026 World CupMENGO – The FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo has thanked everyone who contributed to the Uganda Cranes Journey into AFCON next year in Cameroon.Speaking to the press on Wednesday Morning at FUFA House, Magogo emphasized his happiness with everyone who contributed to football development especially the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguuta Museveni.“After achieving our project of Cameroon 2019, on behalf of FUFA, I’m here to thank everyone who has made a contribution in your various capacities. Magogo said.“We start by thanking the Almighty Allah, His Excellency the president of Uganda, Minister of Sports, Minister of State, NCS, and Minister of Finance for their continued support.Magogo continued to thank the Uganda Cranes Players for their endless effort, Technical team, CAF, FIFA and the sponsors particularly Airtel Uganda.“I also want to take this opportunity to appreciate the Uganda Cranes for the 7 goals, clean sheets and the entire Technical team.“Not forgetting our dear fans and sponsors for having faith in us and yes also the Media fraternity.The FUFA president never lost hope after the Uganda Cranes failed to qualify for AFCON, he and his team managed to make fundamental changes to see that they rebuild the institution of FUFA with the support of government coaches and players.“After failing to qualify for 2015, we sat in this very room to make fundamental changes, continued the FUFA President.“We did a symposium at Imperial Royale and came out with 8 pillars to rebuild the institutions of FUFA with support of government, coaches and players.Magogo also urged people to listen to critics and also allowed anyone to make contribution to the game and cautioned them not to judge his administration by qualification.“Critics and anyone is allowed to make a contribution to the beautiful game of football.“Don’t judge my administration by qualification because my dream is to create systems so that it is news for us not to qualify.He concluded by saying that Uganda is to host the U20 CECAFA tournament in January and gave a hint on Gulu district being among the centers.“U20 CECAFA tournament is in January here in Uganda and Gulu will be one of the centers.Magogo’s biggest dream is to see the Uganda Cranes participate in 2026 World Cup.Comments Tags: Moses MagogoPresident MuseveniThe Uganda Cranestoplast_img read more

Kevin Pillar’s career year with Giants shows why ‘eye test’ matters in big decision

first_imgST. LOUIS — Kevin Pillar is not an analytics darling.The Giants’ center fielder has homered more than he’s walked, has posted an on-base percentage under .300 and has found a way to play inspiring defense without inspiring love from advanced metrics.In many ways, Pillar is exactly the type of player Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi tries to avoid.Zaidi wants position players who demonstrate an advanced feel for the strike zone, batters who work deep counts and fielders …last_img

Scientist soars after career change

first_imgMarié Botha believes she is impacting South Africa’s economy and tackling social issues with her career. (Images: Supplied)Marié Botha is one of just a handful South Africans who has met Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. It was a meeting that might not have happened if she had not decided to change her career field when she was at university.In her first semester in her first year, Botha recalls, she made a life-changing decision to turn to science. Looking back years later, she is grateful that she is a professional in this industry, because she believes she is making a difference to South Africa’s growth and development.Botha, who grew up in Pretoria, is a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation in Africa. “The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy,” it explains.She was studying business commerce at the University of Stellenbosch, which she enjoyed, Botha says, when she was bitten by the science bug. “During my first year the realisation dawned on me of how much more the science field could offer, and how you could develop your own personal interest to really impact on the South African economy and its society.”GETTING STARTEDIn 2006, Botha completed her Bachelor of Commerce honours in logistics management; she went on to receive her Masters of Science in the field in 2008. “I graduated in 2006, started work in 2007. I did my Masters in my first year of work,” she says.“I got this incredible opportunity to start my career at the CSIR, as well as further my studies. This I have to attribute to my parents, who took the time to expose me to the absolutely incredible organisation that the CSIR is.”Botha started her career at the organisation as a researcher in the field of operations research, logistics and quantitative methods. From there, she moved to supply chain management, lean manufacturing and the aerospace industry.The 32-year-old explains that the decision to change career fields also had to do with the science field being stimulating and unpredictable. “It also afforded me the opportunity to further my academic qualification and my career development on a continuous basis.”Botha got involved in managing the supplier development programme for the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI). The main focus of the initiative is enabling and co-ordinating industry to be integrated into global supply chains.She has authored numerous scientific papers and developed strategies for the aerospace and non-aerospace industries. In addition, Botha is a member of the International Astronautical Federation’s Workforce Development for Young Professionals Committee and the Royal Aeronautical Society. She also serves on the council for the Aeronautical Society of South Africa.As the manager of the aerospace and composites initiatives, Botha runs a small and highly effective team of what she calls “a dedicated technical and administrative staff with support from other functions within the CSIR”.“My main responsibilities are to manage the Department of Trade and Industry’s Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, as well as the Department of Science and Technology‘s composites initiatives,” she explains.“I am also the key account manager for CSIR aerospace, which requires me to co-ordinate the internal CSIR aerospace functions.” With this profile she liaises with local and international aerospace organisations and companies.“International colleagues are intrigued by our history, our journey and our people, and in my field of work, how we managed to achieve the technological excellence we have.”SOUTH AFRICA’S ACHIEVEMENTSBotha says the South African industry has a strong history based on excellence through products such as the Rooivalk helicopter, the Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and the SumbandilaSat.Work in the industry in South African currently ranges from research and development institutions and manufacturers that supply directly to Airbus’s A350 and A400M programmes, among others, to a large defence industry as well as a network of small medium and micro enterprises supplying these organisations.“The main benefit of the industry to address the societal needs of South Africa is assisting with safety and security. This is obtained through the obvious defence applications, but also through additional not-as-evident cases such as UAVs safeguarding our borders, or even assisting with [curbing] rhino poaching.“The aerospace sector also assists with food security through crop management by satellite remote sensing, utilising satellite data to monitor natural fires, and developing an early warning system to assist with preventing and fighting these fires.”Aerospace is a key element in the government’s industrialisation strategy, she explains. “As such, our work contributes to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan. This focuses on key areas to boost the country’s industrialisation capacity and participating economic base.”And one job created in an advanced manufacturing industry creates multiple additional jobs, she adds. “In doing so, a major societal benefit to South Africans is indirectly addressed.”Marié Botha says it was such an honour to meet Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon.PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTSBotha is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. In 2014, she received the Collaboration Award and in 2012, she was received the Outstanding Contribution by a Team Award. She also received the Promising Young Researcher Award in 2008.Golden Key is the world’s largest honour society, connecting high-achieving individuals globally. The society focuses on academic excellence, leadership development and community service.About her meeting with Aldrin, Botha says it was an incredible experience. “It was a humbling experience meeting and talking to such a science icon, discussing South Africa, and its impact and future growth. I now have the photo of a lifetime.”last_img read more