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In the wake of media reports that the security situation at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) is not favorable, the management has assured the public of the airport is safe to host the pending ECOWAS Summit.Liberia Airport Authority’s (LAA) says its attention has been drawn to a banner headline in the May 24 edition of Frontpage Africa newspaper captioned: “RIA Embarrassment: Serious Concerns as Liberia Prepares to host ECOWAS Leaders.”In the report, the paper cited or quoted Israeli security sources on the airport’s state of security for the summit and an airline routine audit findings.The LAA assures the public that preparations leading to the successful hosting of this year’s ECOWAS Heads of State Summit are well on course and that these unwarranted distractions will not be heeded.The LAA would also like to clarify that the security situation at the airport is safe as evidenced by all the airlines that are currently flying into the country, the most recent being the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.All other airlines flying into Liberia perform regular routine audits of the operations, facilities, safety and security of the airport and all of the findings have deemed RIA as being operationally safe and effective to handle their flights in conformity with International Aviation Standards.The management assures the traveling public that the Roberts International Airport (RIA) is safe and in compliance with all international aviation standards.“The new runway, terminal and cargo facilities will continue to enhance the operations and conditions at the airport,” the management assured.While the Daily Observer is yet to independently verify condition around the airport, FrontPage Africa yesterday reported that there are concerns within the diplomatic circles over the status and security conditions at the airport.According to the paper, it reliably learnt that the advance security team of the Israeli Prime Minister has already condemned security situation on the ground, especially the surrounding of Farmington Hotel where some members of his delegation would be lodged.Meanwhile, the paper said a Kenya Airways Ground Handling Audit of the RIA which was conducted from December 5-7, 2016 uncovered, amongst other things, that there was no training program at the RIA to ensure there is close monitoring and that all required training are carried out in agreed frequencies as per their departmental requirements to track expiry dates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian Student Prince M. Korvah (3rd from right) with fellow students in Tel Aviv, IsraelSays Liberian studying in Israel to colleagues back homePrince M. Korvah, a Liberia student in Israel, is challenging other Liberian students desirous of pursuing advance studies abroad to begin considering the State of Israel.Korvah, a former president of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), an umbrella organization to all youth and student groupings in Liberia, is currently pursuing his International Master’s in Security and Diplomacy at the Tel Aviv University (TAU), the largest academic institution in Israel.In a dispatch from that country, he has vouched for the quality of the educational standards at TAU, an institution which he says comprises nine faculties, 106 departments and 90 research institutes, and is ranked as one of the top institutions of higher learning education the world over, with its International Office directed by Ms. Maureen Meyer.According to Korvah, his academic program brings together a faculty of top scholars and leading practitioners from the Israeli Armed Forces, Security Services and its Foreign Service, now headed by Prof. Dr. Azar Gat; a renowned academician and author.He said out that the program extends far beyond the traditional classroom and is structured to have students engaged with high-ranking diplomats and other decision-makers in the weekly Ambassador Forum, building practical understanding on field visits to the Israeli borders and key security sites.In describing his recent internship as an Intelligence Analyst with MAX Security Incorporated, one of Israel’s leading security companies, Korvah shared his experiences, “this is the best place to study.”It has the special opportunity of getting to live, know and appreciate the valued quest for peace, goodwill of the Great Jewish Nation, all beyond the media perspective, as depicted by a blurred picture, he noted.Prince a former Liberian youth leader has expressed the hope that having more young Liberians study in Israel will provide opportunities of exposure to ”best practices” in the areas of water, agriculture, technology, defense and the hi-tech industries, which are crucial to Liberia’s development.He added, however, that it has its significance for impacting and facilitating a cross generational relationship between the youthful populations of both nations, one which could give a new meaning to the great friendship that has always existed between Liberia and the State of Israel, especially for the trajectory of years ahead.Korvah recalled Liberia has always been a friendly nation to Israel, “depicted by her stand as one of two African nations which voted at the UN in 1947, in favor of the Israeli Independence, the former youth leader noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… location still to be decided President David Granger has promised that the project to see a deep-water harbour being established in Guyana is still on the cards and could become a reality as soon as funding is available and logistics worked out.Speaking to Guyana Times Friday, the Head of State said Government is currently examining the possible location for the project.“We are looking at the entire Public Infrastructure networks; and it is certainly still on the cards. We are currently looking at the highway from Linden to Lethem… a deep-water harbour is a logical destination for that highway because it is meant to bring goods from Lethem. So the actual location has not been determined, but once the highway is funded, we will be able to announce what the destination will be”, the Head of State told Guyana Times.Back in early 2015, before the General and Regional Elections, the then Government had indicated that a Chinese company was moving ahead to carry out its own feasibility study for the possible location of a deep-water harbour at the mouth of the Berbice River. The then government had advised that if a deep-water port on a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) basis was to appear to be feasible, it would proceed by way of an open invitation for proposals.In 2013 however, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had approved a US$1.5 million to fund a study to prepare a road link to Brazil and a deep-water port project to be financed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The funding was expected to cover all engineering, environmental, social and financial studies required to prepare the road-link and deep-water port project for eventual financing through a public/private partnership, according to the IDB.The study by the Chinese company was said to be a follow-up on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered between the Government of Guyana and the company.Throughout the years, there have been talks about the vast economic potential and opportunities that would be made available with a deep-water port in operation.Already, the Berbice Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the idea, saying the county, though not as developed as Demerara, is ready for the significant transformation that would accompany a deep-water harbour.Deep-water harbours are essential points of transit for incoming people and goods. Primarily, deep-water harbours are fundamental to the movement of exports and imports of a country.The Port of Shanghai, in China, which started off as a small port of transit, is now the highest volume port in the world and receives approximately 30 million 20-foot equivalent units per year.In the Caribbean, the Port of Bridgetown in Barbados has immensely increased trade activities in the island and drastically boosted the tourism sector.Barbados’ deep-water harbour now acts as a home port for many of the British-based Cruise Ship lines operating in the Caribbean region, directly impacting the tourism sector and ultimately the economy, owing to the revenue generated from tourists who are willing to spend.In putting things into perspective, CGX Energy Inc Co-Chairman, Professor Suresh Narine had explained that a deep-water harbour in Guyana can actually take the strain off oil exploration companies which depend on the Port of Chaguaramas as the primary source of raw materials for their operations.The Port of Chaguaramas is some 450 miles from Guyana.If this economic activity is transferred to a closer port – in Berbice, it can significantly cut the expenses endured by these oil giants.Also, with the availability of a cheaper option, it may likely attract more exploration companies to search for the oil in Guyana’s waters, which can further contribute to the economic development of the country.Former President Donald Ramotar had repeatedly spoken about the expansion of the Panama Canal and how this project will soon start to impact the economic activities in Guyana.The Panama Canal Expansion Project is intended to double the capacity of the Panama Canal by creating a new lane of traffic and allowing more and larger ships to transit.Industry experts believe that the expansion of the Panama Canal will open a new phase for the trans-shipment in the Caribbean.If Guyana is not up to par with the rest of the countries in the Caribbean, it is possible that the international economic activities will dwindle due to the fact that the country does not have the port to facilitate the new phase for trans-shipment of more and larger ships.
“You should hear him play the piano. Amazing.” It is amazing. Even his father, Li-Yu Sung, a software engineer who came to the United States from China in 1981, can’t explain it. His older daughter, Ben-Zhen, an 18-year-old concert pianist now studying at Stanford University, was supposed to be the musician in the family. Certainly the little brother who tagged along to all her recitals would never be able to play an instrument as beautifully, especially with his hearing disability. But there he was a few weeks ago, getting a standing ovation as the featured violinist with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra. And on a recent Sunday, walking onto the stage at the Kodak Theatre to make sure each musician in the orchestra had his or her instrument tuned before the conductor took the stage. That’s the concertmaster’s job – given to the musician chosen as the best in the orchestra. Ben-Han, now an eighth-grader, got the job in sixth grade, and he never let it go. “The first time I heard him play when he arrived from elementary school, I was amazed,” Treworgy said. “I called his parents and asked them how it was possible that a child who is nearly deaf can play in tune so beautifully? “He feels the vibrations, like Beethoven, coming through his instrument. He has perfect pitch and can feel it when someone playing next to him is out of tune. It’s incredible.” Ben-Han’s parents had no idea their son even had a hearing disability until he was 3 and failed to respond when his mother called to him from another room in their Sylmar home. “Asians have a tradition of holding their babies close to them for a long time,” Li-Yu said. “Ben-Han was always on our lap or in our arms. He could hear what we were saying up close or read our lips.” Only when the boy got a little older and spent more time playing by himself in his room did they discover the reason he never answered them when they called. “We never had a violin in our home. No one in our family ever played it. But at his sister’s recitals, Ben-Han was drawn to the violin. He said he liked the sound it made. He started playing at 4.” Just two year later, as a first-grader, the kid with the hearing disability was playing first violin in the orchestra at Balboa Magnet Elementary School, although students aren’t usually allowed to join until third grade. “Playing doesn’t have to do with my hearing disability,” Ben-Han said. “I just hear the tones. I feel the music.” Now, as an eighth-grader with dozens of music awards, scholarships and performances to his credit, he has been accepted to the prestigious Harvard-Westlake School next year. “Once people get past the fact that he’s deaf, they will accept him for what he is – a prodigy, a virtuoso,” Treworgy said. “There’s absolutely no reason he can’t be a professional symphony violinist one day.” That would be nice, Ben-Han says, but he wants to make it clear that he couldn’t have done all this by himself. He thanks his parents, his teachers, and his friends for accepting him as he is: a great kid with a hearing disability and a major talent. “He’s just so humble,” Treworgy said. “For the longest time, he wouldn’t play the piano for me. “One day I went outside but stood by the door to listen. It brought tears to my eyes how beautifully he played the piano concerto. “I came back in and told him he was fabulous. He just looked up at me, embarrassed.” After finishing Mendelssohn’s concerto Monday morning, Ben-Han asks his teacher if it’s OK if he leaves now. He doesn’t want to be rude, but he’ll be late for history class. I forgot to mention. The kid with the hearing disability is getting straight A’s, and he is the odds-on favorite to be class valedictorian at Portola Middle School this year. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ben-Han Sung drew the bow across the strings of his violin Monday morning, flawlessly playing Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor.” The 14-year-old concertmaster of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 97-member middle-school orchestra, Ben-Han can hear just a faint whisper of the beautiful sound coming from the instrument tucked under his chin. But he can feel it with all his heart. “He’s 90 percent deaf, wears two hearing aids, and is a violin prodigy, a virtuoso,” said Susan Treworgy, the instrumental music teacher at Portola Middle School in Tarzana.
Dear parents/guardian,I am happy to report that this morning, school districts received confirmation of a tentative agreement between the BCTF and the provincial government. With assistance from mediator Vince Ready, the two sides have worked out the framework for a negotiated settlement. Both sides continue to meet to finalize the settlement, which will then need to be ratified by both teachers and school boards.The past several weeks have been difficult for everyone involved, and there continue to be many questions about the exact date and procedures that will be used to re-open schools. Over the next few days, all district personnel will be making the efforts needed to open our buildings as soon as possible. We all look forward to welcoming back your children. Details as to when, and how, schools will be reopened, will be posted to this website, and broadcast via local media, as soon as they are available.- Advertisement -Thank you for your ongoing patience through this long and difficult time. No doubt everyone is relieved that the new school year will soon be getting underway. I’m certain we are all looking forward to getting back to teaching and learning together.Sincerely,Dave SloanAdvertisement
Liverpool fans were devastated by their loss to Real Madrid – but Noel Gallagher wasn’t! Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final 3 City’s team bus was attacked by Liverpool fans ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield in April and the Reds went on to knock Pep Guardiola’s side out 5-1 on aggregate.This term, Liverpool are widely regarded as City’s closest rivals for the title, and Gallagher admits he is no admirer of the Merseysiders.“Liverpool fans are a bit weird,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They get over emotional.“They are like the Queen Mother, Liverpool fans. They think everyone loves them. They are a little bit deluded. getty 3 Noel Gallagher celebrates Manchester City’s 2017/18 title success with Pep Guardiola “I have three Liverpool fans in my band who are on stage with me and it is great watching the meltdowns around about March and particularly in the Champions League final.“We were on stage while it was on and I could see the couple of Liverpool fans dying as the game went on.“I must say after they smashed up our team coach in the quarter-final I think I derived as much pleasure from that [them losing the Champions League final] than I did from us winning the league.”Listen to Noel Gallagher’s full interview on talkSPORT above 3 Noel Gallagher has told talkSPORT of his newfound hatred for Liverpool!The singer-songwriter and former Oasis star is an ardent Manchester City supporter but said he took as much joy from the Reds losing the Champions League final last season than he did from his club winning the Premier League.
A JOURNALIST was one of the main drugs pushers in Letterkenny until she was caught in an undercover Garda sting, a court has heard.Lisa Harnett, whose address was given as James Larkin Court in the town, was caught with a cocktail of drugs.Drugs squad officer Garda Paul Harte said he and his team launched a major investigation in the middle of 2011 based upon surveillance and intelligence work. “She was heavily involved in the sale and supply of drugs in Letterkenny,” said the Garda.On July 22, 2011, as a result of the inquiries, Gardai stopped a car and searched Harnett and carried a follow-up search at a house in Rowan Park in the town.Two bags of amphatimine were hidden under the passenger seat and were later found to be worth €309.The searches also yielded cocaine worth €145 and cannabis worth €97.Garda Harte said a ‘tick list’ with customer orders was also found and that mobile phone had messages relating to the illegal drugs business.“It also had messages which showed she believed she was under surveillance,” said the Garda.“She was cooperative and hasn’t come to our attention since. She didn’t show any signs of wealth and it appears she spent the money on herself,” he added.It was her first offence, the court heard.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Harnett to make a €300 donation to a charity taking local children to Lourdes.JOURNALIST WAS ‘HEAVILY INVOLVED’ IN LETTERKENNY DRUGS TRADE was last modified: November 11th, 2013 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:drug dealerjournalistletterkennyLISA Harnett
Michael Murphy: His Glenswllly team are through to the county semi-finalCOUNTY champions Glenswilly have eased their way into this year’s semi-final with an easy win over Termon at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this afternoon.The game was effectively over as a contest by half time, Glenswilly eventually winning by 3-09 to 0-04.Report to follow… GAA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPIONS GLENSWILLY EASE INTO SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 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)
NAPA — The only surprise was the timing as the Raiders waived Johnny Townsend Tuesday, thereby making A.J. Cole the likely starting punter in 2019.Cole, an undrafted rookie from North Carolina State, had consistently out-kicked Townsend throughout training camp and again in the Raiders’ 14-3 exhibition win over the Rams. After that game, Gruden talked of what he expected to be a competition between the two for the remainder of camp.The injury report cut that competition short. Backups D.J. …