Barely a week following the designation of a new Minister of Education, some members of the public are of the view that the new administration will not be different to change the educational direction of the country.However, others believe that the Ministry under Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell’s leadership will make a tremendous improvement—just as she transformed the Tubman University (TU) in Maryland County, over the past years.Those views about the incoming administrative structure at the Ministry of Education (MOE) were made when this newspaper quizzed some members of the public, particularly those in Monrovia, following the pronouncement of Dr. Russell’s name by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the Minister-designate for MOE.Some of those interviewed told the Daily Observer that the administration of Dr. Russell will not succeed “unless she approaches the job in the same way she effected reformation of TU to its present status.”“Anything short of that, the education sector will continue to cry for improvement with regards to putting in place of quality education, mainly at the beginner’s level.“We expect that she will constitute a reform and amid her visionary temperament she will bring to bear the same kind of institutionalized tendencies that were manifested in the efficient, mature and responsible, manner in which she ran Tubman University. There, she involved the ‘best brains’ that made her administration purposefully workable for the past six years.Like the thinking of President Sirleaf, all other Liberians, including some of the educational partners, have perhaps placed their delicate confidence in Dr. Russell’s ability to lead the dawn of a new educational day in post-war Liberia.Before coming to the MOE, Dr. Russell served the TU for several years, transforming it to be rated as one of the best run institutions of higher learning in the country.Elizabeth Davis-Russell was born in Harper, Maryland County Liberia, to Former Supreme Court Associate Justice O. Natty B. Davis and Diana Dueh. She began her education at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Day School in Harper, and then transferred to Cape Palmas High School where she completed the eighth grade. She attended Suehn Academy from where she graduated from high school. She continued her studies at London Tutorial College in the United Kingdom (UK), where she completed her ‘O’ Levels. She then went to the United States and attended Oakland University in Michigan where she completed a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1965. Dr. Russell was shortly thereafter accepted into New York University for graduate work. In 1966, she obtained an M.A. in Educational Psychology, following which she was accepted into Yeshiva University where in 1975, she obtained an EdD in Counseling Education.Desirous of fulfilling her dream to become a psychologist, she then matriculated at New York University and completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1987. Upon graduation, she pursued Post Graduate Training and received certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy in New York, NY.Dr. Russell is a licensed psychologist in the State of California, where she had a private practice in addition to her passion for the teaching in the profession.In October 2007, Dr. Davis-Russell was appointed president for W.V.S. Tubman College of Technology in Harper, Liberia. She assumed leadership of the institution in July 2008. Prior to this position, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York College at Cortland. She has spent most of her career in higher education as a faculty member and then as an administrator.Prior to her appointment as the Minister of Education, she served in several other capacities both in government and private sector, the latest being president of TU where the institution now witnessed tremendous transformation.Dr. Davis-Russell is married to Thomas E. Russell. Their family includes daughter Dr. Allison Hader, son-in-law Dr. Daniel Hader, and son Scott Olie Russell.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Over 2,000 students of the Jimmy Jolocon High School, located on Somalia Drive, were advised to continuously observe the Ebola preventive measure in order to curb the transmission of the Ebola virus.The students were informed that the country needs their commitment, particularly in washing their hands, abstaining from eating monkeys and bats, and avoid touching sick and dead bodies.The President of the Football to Develop the Destitute (FODEDE), Mr. Wallace Weiah, said for the virus to be entirely wipe out from the country, it needs everybody’s participation.The FODEDE boss made the statement yesterday when he presented an anti-Ebola banner, designed by a South African group, WHIZZ Kid United to Jimmy Jolocon High School.The banner, with the picture of kids washing their hands, also dramatized preventive measures against the pandemic.The Executive Director of FODEDE, Michael Gilayeneh, told the students “Ebola is everyone’s business.”He admonished them to perform the message on the banner, and let the main character, Hanna help the younger students to get the message.Mr. Gilayeneh told the children to responsibly protect themselves, their families and their society.FODEDE’s Media Consultant Henry Flomo said Liberians would continue to live in fear with the existence of the virus, amongst us; therefore, there is a need for everybody to fight the deadly virus.Mr. Flomo, who is also the Communication Officer of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) said FODEDE believe that if every student will always wash his or her hands, stop eating monkeys and bats and abstain from touching or sick or dead bodies, Liberia will be free of the virus in the shortest possible time.In separate response, Edwin Philips and Alymatta Turay of the 12th grade class, thanked FODEDE for the caution and appealed to their fellow students to take the Ebola preventive measures seriously.The Acting Principal of Jimmy Jolocon, Mr. Amos Doe, also added voice to express gratitude to FODEDE as well as reminding the students that the school will enforce Ebola preventive measure.FODEDE partnered with Pro-Life Media last September to create awareness by parading on Somalia Drive; and also with Blanco Football Club to distribute 21 thermometers to 21 churches in Gardnersville-Barnersville vicinity; and donated food items to orphanage homes in that same locality.FODEDE, founded in 2007, uses football as a catalyst in restoring the hope of people who have been greatly affected as a result of prolong period of the civil crisis in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-five-year-old Kacey Prince of Lot 753 ‘B’ Field, South Sophia Georgetown is accused of having had in his possession, on July 17th last, one Taurus .32 revolver without being a licensed firearm holder.Appearing on Friday before City Magistrate Leron Daly with Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd as his legal counsel, Prince pleaded not guilty to the charge.According to the prosecutor, a sting operation was carried out in the Sophia area on July 17th, and the said firearm was found beside Prince on the back seat of a vehicle that was intercepted by Police. Two other occupants of the said vehicle denied having knowledge of the firearm which was found beside Prince.Defence Counsel Todd, in a bail application, told the court that all the facts presented by the prosecution were true and correct, except that the weapon was found in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Todd contended that his client was not even seated in the car, but was merely standing at the door.According to Todd, the driver of the vehicle is known to Prince, and he had stopped to inquire about a job he wanted Prince to undertake when Police intercepted the vehicle.The prosecutor objected to Prince being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the offence for which he was charged. Bail was refused, and the case will continue on August 24.
Photo: Police continue to request the public’s assistance in locating Dwight Middleton, who went missing on January 7th – file photo.By Christine RumleskiePolice are still searching for a Fort St. John man who went missing in January.- Advertisement -Constable Jackelynn Passarell with the local detachment says there’s still no word yet on what happened to Dwight Middleton after he left work on January 7th.The 47 year-old has not been in contact with his family and friends, which his family describes as highly unusual. Middleton’s family made a plea to the community two weeks ago, asking anyone with information to come forward.Middleton is 6’1″ in height, with a slim build. He has dark, collar-length salt and pepper hair, a moustache and wears glasses. Middleton is known to drive a 2001 grey GMC Sierra Pickup Truck with BC license 9640FB.Police continue to request the public’s assistance in locating Middleton. Contact the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8140 if you have any information about Dwight Middleton’s disappearance.Advertisement
And threats against Simons were scrawled on “No Trespassing” signs around the property, Fernandez said. “It’s evident that this is an organized campaign involving several people working to basically put this man in a state of siege in his very own home … and then to have the property at their mercy again so they can do whatever they want,” he said. A leader of the Briggs Road community who has publicly battled Oasis Park could not be reached for comment. Intervening, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich last month asked the Metrolink board to study the possibility of building an at-grade railroad crossing the Briggs residents could use to cross onto park property on their way to Soledad Canyon Road. The fear is that because the longer back route passes through several of the Briggs properties, they could block access, as the park owners did when they bought their property. So the county is talking to those property owners, including the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, to ensure access for the Briggs residents. “At the very least then, while it may not be the preferred access route, at least it’s a permanent access route if we can get to that point,” said Norm Hickling, Antonovich’s spokesman. It will be up to a court to decide if the Briggs residents can use the shorter drive through Oasis Park, and hearings on the matter are scheduled for this month. Meanwhile, Simons, who lives on the Oasis property with his family, has been visited by county code enforcers and sheriff’s deputies. County authorities have faulted Simons and the property owners for everything from Simons living at Oasis contrary to zoning laws to a failure to keep the property clear of trash. But Hickling said the Jan. 2 attack was serious, adding that Simons also was confronted recently when he went get his mail. “It’s a very serious matter,” Hickling said. “It’s something that we have communicated with the Sheriff’s Department.” The $5,000 reward for information on the attack on Robert Simons is being offered by the owner of Oasis Park, Rancho Agua Dulce LLC. Call the sheriff’s Palmdale station at (661) 272-2400. email@example.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Briggs residents used to access their homes by driving through the Oasis Park property, crossing a Metrolink rail track and a makeshift bridge that has since washed away. The property owners argued the crossing wasn’t safe and blocked residents from driving through their property at any point. Now, the residents have to drive out of their way 3 1/2 miles along a dirt road to leave their homes. The fight over access through the park for more than a dozen households along Briggs has been heated in recent months, with a debate at the Agua Dulce Town Council last month, a legal battle winding its way through the courts and now an accusation of violence. Sheriff’s deputies, called to help settle disputes in the remote region several times, have no suspects in the assault on Simons. Since the Jan. 2 attack, Simons reported that he was under surveillance, including by somebody who watched him with binoculars. AGUA DULCE – Robert Simons had just gotten out of his car when someone hit him from behind, knocking him unconscious. He came to 20 minutes later, picking himself up from a pool of blood by the gate to Oasis Park with a gash on his head that required 10 stitches. The owners of the former Oasis mobile home park, which Simons manages and which is being redeveloped as a recreation site, offered a $5,000 reward for information on the attack, but so far no clues have surfaced. But one of the owners, Manny Fernandez, said he believes the mysterious attack might be an indication tensions have escalated between residents of a far-flung enclave and Oasis Park, which two years ago blocked access through their property to the small settlement on Briggs Road in rural Agua Dulce.
Former England striker Stan Collymore has slammed Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling for their poor performances against Republic of Ireland.The Three Lions were held to a dull 0-0 draw in Dublin and none of Roy Hodgson’s squad came out of the clash with much credit after a dire showing.Captain Rooney and wantaway Liverpool starlet Sterling bore the brunt of Collymore’s ire though as he blasted England’s display.“It just looked like an exhibition game, really, at times,” he said on talkSPORT.“When you talk about key players, Wayne Rooney, his touch, literally, was that of a non-league player at times.“Raheem Sterling didn’t look bothered. Raheem, [you want] £150,000 a week? No chance, mate. No chance.”
PICO RIVERA – Lights, camera – history. For the first time ever, Pico Rivera began broadcasting City Council meetings on live television Tuesday night, becoming only the second city in the Whittier area to do live broadcasts of council meetings. The move, which residents have been clamoring for over at least the past five years, means subscribers to Adelphia cable service can now flick their sets to Channel 3 – CTV3 – to catch twice-monthly live broadcasts of the meetings. The meetings will be replayed daily on the channel. Residents at the meeting commended the move. “I think it’s about time, because a lot of people can’t make it to meetings and now they will see it on their cable television and be informed,” said Diane Estrella, a resident who attended the meeting. Mayor David Armenta made sure that the first speaker of the night during public comment was Joe Bueno, a long-time speaker at the meetings. He also drew special attention to regular meeting attendees. Bueno said it was an honor to be the first televised speaker at the meeting. Councilman Ron Beilke said he helped push the live broadcasts by helping the city identify grant money to cover production costs, including about $29,600 for equipment and another $20,000 to install it inside the council’s chambers. “I basically felt like I was fulfilling a campaign promise by using grant money that was previously available,” he said. Pico Rivera received a $125,000 grant from Adelphia to produce the broadcasts. Four remote-controlled cameras were installed in the chambers. A utility closet was transformed into a control booth. City officials said the first night went smoothly and came off without glitches. Residents who might be worried about possible gang retaliation will have their identities obscured when addressing the council about gang crimes. Apart from council meetings, officials later plan to broadcast community meetings held in the chambers. Along with Whittier, Pico Rivera is the second city in the area now televising its council meetings. Whittier started its council broadcasts in 1993. Montebello council members are still working on plans to televise their meetings. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Bingo continues @ 9 on Tues Lotto result AM,LS,GY,TE One winner with 3 counties Hugh Harkin Convoy Nx Wk Jackpot €1600 Please support anyone wishing to buy club lottos. Contact any committee member.Congratulations to joint winners of Donegal County quiz on 133 points each were Central Bar and No Diesel for LightsWell done to the Senior men and U 21 who both won their games in the Championship. Also the reserves who had a good win at home and see them going to a 3rd game v Ardara.U 14 boys team are through to County Semi Final date, time and venue to be confirmed.Hard luck to The Donegal Ladies and our own St Marys ladies on the Panel who were defeated by a very strong Cork side.Hard luck to u13 giels who lost away to Castlefinn Well done to Jim and all the Donegal team from all St Marys.GAA NEWS: ST.MARY’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 27th, 2012 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)
EMERGENCY ESB crews are tonight trying to re-connect 900 which have been without power since the afternoon in the Ballyshannon and Rossnowlagh areas.Crews are investigating the black-out which took place on a calm day and isn’t weather related, said a spokesman.“We hope to reconnect the homes in the next hour or two once we have discovered its cause,” he added. A resident of Rossnowlagh told donegaldaily via an iPhone: “We were half an hour away from serving the Sunday roast when the electricity went off.“Dinner has been ruined.”BLACKOUT: 900 HOMES LEFT WITHOUT POWER was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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:BallyshannonRossnowlagh
Philip McHugh was the first home at yesterday morning’s Letterkenny Parkrun.Philip was joined across the finish line by Martin Gormley in second.Every Saturday morning at 9:30am walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k at St. Conal’s Hospital Grounds, which includes Letterkenny Town Park. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Photography by Stephen Woods.Picture Special: Philip McHugh first to cross the finish line at Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: February 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkenny parkrunpicture special