Dr. Nelson Highlights New Initiatives to Transform UL

first_imgPresident Weah and Dr. Nelson handshakes during the program.-Weah advises Dr. Nelson to be Wise, VigilantThe President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Julius J. S. Nelson has highlighted several new initiatives, including expanding sources of revenue intake to help transform the university.Dr. Nelson made the remarks on Thursday during his inauguration as the fifteenth president of the University of Liberia, held at the Fendall Campus. He said encouraging Curriculum Development & Enhancement –through a Curriculum Review Committee, will be set-up in the next couple of months to do a comprehensive review of all curricula across academic programs.“We will be ensuring that our curricula are benchmarked against other outstanding Universities within the sub-region. Gaps identified will be adjusted accordingly to ensure our graduates are capable of competing with their compatriots within the sub-region and beyond,” Dr. Nelson said.Dr. Nelson said his administration will be identifying areas of national needs and creating academic programs to train the needed local professionals, stating “We will continue to work with our local and international partners to ensure that we train professionals relevant to the growth and development of the country. We will particularly focus on creating new academic programs in areas where there are limited professionals in the country.”He said a notable example is the lack of a national tertiary Research Training Program. “Research drives innovation,” while indicating “A number of the challenges we face today can be resolved by sponsoring national research using locally trained professionals hired at affordable rates.”Dr. Nelson said the creation of the UL’s first Terminal (Doctoral) Program “will also be an opportunity we will explore and, through the expansion of our funding sources, we will implement this within the next four years. We will also support the creation of short-term programs that will provide ‘life skills’ to our young people and expand their employability,” Dr. Nelson said.He said the university will continue with faculty development initiative but with a huge emphasis on strengthening areas of gaps, indicating that UL has made significant progress over the years in improving its faculty profile particularly in the Sciences, Engineering and Business Programs.Dr. Nelson said despite the progress, there are still VISIBLE gaps relative to the required number of qualified instructors needed in some academic programs, including these notable departments: Mathematics, English, Mass Communication, History and Physics.“We will ensure that our intelligent and responsible Teaching Assistants and Instructors at these departments are provided the opportunity to study at top-notch universities, gain quality higher education and return to improve the faculty profile and academic standards at the university,” he said.Dr. Nelson, who extended gratitude to President Weah for his preferment as UL’s fifteenth president, said expanding our sources of revenue intake at the University – government’s subsidy has over the years accounted for over eighty percent (80%) of the University sources of revenue.He said while the UL will embrace additional government budgetary support, “we must now more than ever before be innovative to create additional sources of funding for the University.”“We will identify realistic investment opportunities, analyze the cost of funding those investment activities, solicit initial funding sources to finance the investments and analyze the relevant payback and profit earning periods for every investment portfolio before its inception,” Dr. Nelson said.He continued: “We will assemble a team of experienced professionals with relevant experiences in progressive investment activities to complete these analyses in the next six months to ensure we actively commence investment activities by our first anniversary of leadership here at the University of Liberia.”“We will catalog and cost our major objectives and projects and solicit funding through our local and international partners. Examples of those projects will include sourcing funding for our faculty and administrative development initiative, our curriculum advancement program, our facility, and administrative improvement projects,” the newly inaugurated president said.According to him, the projects will also include investment in infrastructure development as well as Information Communications Technology (ICT) as we strive to move the Business College and General Studies to the Fendall Campus.He said the success of his administration’s vision to brightening the light will require the support of all parties: transparency, accountability, total commitment and dedication in ensuring we provide the requisite learning environment and opportunities for our future generation.President George M. Weah said, “As you have been entrusted today with the gavel of authority of this venerable Institution, I urge you to use it with wisdom, in order to fulfill the vision which you have just outlined in your Inaugural Address.”President Weah said, “In my dual capacities as President of Liberia and Visitor to the University, I promise my fullest support to you and your team, as you now embark upon this journey of leadership and service.”Mr. President, you bring a lot of experience to this new position, having served for more than 12 years at the University in various positions of trust and responsibility.  Many of those years were spent in Student Affairs, where you dealt with student issues.President Weah told Dr. Nelson that he expects that Nelson’s experiences and expertise in this area will now become a very useful asset, as you engage the students of the University in order to address the various issues which are of pressing concern to them.“Dr. Nelson, you also served as a member of the faculty. So, you come with the experience of someone who spent time in the classroom. You are therefore very aware of the issues that members of the faculty of this University have to deal with,” President Weah said.He extended thanks and appreciation to Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, the 14th President, for her leadership.“The University of Liberia is a well-respected institution in our nation and around the world. It has trained the vast majority of Liberian professionals working in this country and around the world today. I pledge today, that my Administration will do all that is necessary to maintain this reputation and support your accomplishments so that you will continue to grow from strength to strength,” President Weah said.“The first time that I visited was to dedicate the automated registration system which my Government provided to mitigate the problems and delays that students were encountering during the registration process. Today, students do not have to form queues just to register for classes. So, we solved a major problem, which was a source of much confusion on your campus.“So, I visited the second time. I came to help solve that problem and announced a Free-Tuition Policy for all public universities in Liberia. Today, because of that policy, I am informed that enrollment at the University of Liberia has increased to nearly 19,000 students, an increase of 7,000 over the 12,000 students that were enrolled before the policy came into effect.“I made my third visit. This time it was different. I had come to fulfill my role as a Visitor of the University of Liberia by attending the 99th Commencement Convocation. During that commencement, as you will recall, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree, thereby making me an alumnus of the UL“Today is my fourth visit in less than two years.  I am here to attend my first inauguration of a new president of the University.  I hope and I trust that this will not only be the first but also the last time that I will have to attend another inauguration of a new president for the rest of my tenure as Visitor,” President Weah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shaw takes top spot in first of three Roubaix Cup races

first_imgParticipating riders were challenged with a variety of terrain to race through, including loose gravel, mud, dry pavement, ice and snow, along with a fierce east headwind.In the two lap, 46 kilometre event, Shaw and defending champion Pat Ferris pulled away from the pack early on the gravel section of the race, and as the two raced neck-and-neck, Shaw made his move to gain some ground on the champ on the long hill portion of the race, providing enough distance to finish first.Shaw’s top spot finish came at a time of 1:44:59, while Ferris, who finished in second, completed the race with a time of 1:48:38. Roger St. Jean rounded out third place at 1:53:19.- Advertisement -Despite suffering a few crashes Dan Webster still managed to finish fourth for the day, completing the race with a time of 1:53:25, while 2010 winner Gary Hilderman ended up in fifth at 1:56:50.The day also featured a one lap distance, which was won by David Feyissa with a time of 56:00, while Adam Currie finished second with the stopclock reading 1:05:55.Round two of the three race Rubaix Cup series hits the pavement this Sunday, March 17 beginning at 2 p.m. from Baldonnel School.Advertisementlast_img read more

North Peace Literary Alliance to help with funding for various community programs

first_imgAchievers Toastmasters will receive $5,000 for a youth program aimed at communications and leadership. The program will be for 20 youths between the ages of 12-18.$3,000 is being given to School District 60 to help with the existing Roots of Empathy Program. The program is delivered to kindergarten classes and aims at connecting a community family with the classroom to implement a number of skills such as emotional literacy, and coping skills. Another $1,000 is being given to School District 60 to help with the development, printing, and distribution of kindergarter readiness brochures. The Fort St. John Public Library will be on the receiving end of $8,471.52 to go for two instructors who will teach the Computer Skills Training Program. The free program gives one on one instruction aimed at improving computer and information literary skills.- Advertisement -The presentation will take place on January 27 at 1 p.m. at the Fort St. John Public Librarylast_img read more

SCIENTISTS EXAMINE EARTH TREMOR WHICH SHOOK PARTS OF DONEGAL IN RECENT DAYS

first_imgThe graph which shows evidence of a major tremor in Donegal in recent days.Scientists are trying to determine the cause of a tremor which shook Donegal in recent days.The investigation follows reports by residents in the Ramelton area of a large bang and then shaking which resulted in doors banging and the ground shaking.The entire episode lasted around five seconds. The Irish National Seismic Network have examined the data left by the tremor on April 22nd which is published alongside this article.Teacher Brendan O’Donoghue, a physics teacher at St Columba’s College in Stranorlar, who operates a seisometer, examined the data.“I used some more sophisticated signal filtering software and isolated this signal. Shaking seems to last for about 5 seconds here in Stranorlar.“The INSN reports the possible location as Ramelton,” he confirmed. The exact cause of the tremor has still yet to be determined.SCIENTISTS EXAMINE EARTH TREMOR WHICH SHOOK PARTS OF DONEGAL IN RECENT DAYS was last modified: May 10th, 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:Brendan O’DonoghuedonegalRameltonseisometertremorlast_img read more

Are these the five reserves Mourinho will start? Predicted Man United XI

first_img 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 35. Demitri Mitchell (left back) 39. Scott McTominay (right forward) 11 11 11 11 11 11 Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in the final league game of their season, but Jose Mourinho has made it clear his focus is on European triumph.The Red Devils boss has confirmed he is resting a number of key players with the Europa League final next week in mind, meaning a handful of reserves will make a rare start.So who can the Old Trafford faithful expect to see named on United’s starting line-up this weekend?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI. 11 11. Anthony Martial (left forward) 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) – check out the full Man United line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 10. Wayne Rooney (centre midfield) 11 11 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 40. Joel Castro Pereira (goalkeeper) 38. Axel Tuanzebe (right back) 42. Matty Willock (centre forward)last_img read more

Foundation directors add 5 new members

first_imgVALENCIA – The College of the Canyons Foundation board of directors has inducted five new board members – Mike Dugan, Dan Goetz, Dean Ogrin, Adrian Simon and Gary Saenger – who will actively aid in fundraising activities to meet the financial goals of the college’s foundation. Dugan is vice president and laboratory director for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. a Valencia-based company that provides cutting-edge specialized clinical laboratory testing in fields such as immunology and infectious disease. Dugan was interested in becoming a board member in order “to develop a strong local allied health educational program particularly to address needs in laboratory science, and to serve local and national hospitals, regional laboratories, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.” Goetz is president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc., a company in Valencia that manufactures air- and water-purification devices. Goetz expressed an interest in becoming a board member in order to continue the education for his company’s employees. Goetz has also been involved with the Santa Clarita Valley School and Business Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. Ogrin has been an attorney since 1990 and is a partner with the law firm Nicastro, Piscopo & Ogrin, which has offices in Valencia and Orange County. A resident of Valencia since 1994, Ogrin also coaches various local sports teams, such as the Hart PONY League Baseball and Santa Clarita Warriors Football. “We have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for 11 years, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Education is very important to us,” Ogrin said. Simon is the managing director of Quantum Capital Partners, Inc., which offers comprehensive wealth management and family office services, such as financial planning, real estate consulting and risk management. Simon is a member of the Weizman Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel, and sits on the board of directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation and for Hebrew Union College. He wished to become a board member to ensure the constant increase and development of education in the area. Saenger, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the owner and president of Saenger Associates, a company that engages in executive recruitment of qualified executive managerial and professional candidates across industries in manufacturing, distribution, and professional services. Saenger, a resident since 1987, is also involved with the local Boys & Girls Club, as well as Big Brothers. For information regarding the College of the Canyons Foundation and how to donate or become involved, visit www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3434. 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

TV’s Allen to lead LAEDC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals LAEDC chairman and Bank of America Market president Rod Banks credited Harrington’s leadership with helping to strengthen the regional economics. In his 10 years, the organization’s Business Assistance Program is credited with retaining or creating more than 100,000 jobs in Los Angeles County, with an economic value of more than $3.5 billion annually and generating more than $200 million annually in tax revenues for state and local government and schools. “(Allen is) the perfect replacement to take the group to the next level,” Banks said. Bruce Ackerman, who succeeded Allen as president and chief executive officer of the Valley Economic Alliance, said Allen knows the economic development business inside and out, and will bring a collaborative approach to his new job. “What a coup. I love it,” Ackerman said. “It’s fabulous. It’s going to be absolutely incredible. The Valley boys are really making an impact downtown.” In addition to his entertainment industry background, Allen has been involved in regional economic development issues for the past decade. He was the first chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, leading this group from 1997 though 2000. That year, he was also named California’s Civic Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Center for Regional Leadership. While head of the Alliance, Allen helped raise more than $5 million and assembled a public-private partnership involving all the leading cities, colleges and business organizations in the Valley, including the Daily News. During this time, the Alliance also initiated programs to expand international trade, improve local education and enhance work force development programs. One of the biggest challenges for the region and Valley is finding solutions to public transportation issues. Allen helped organize regional transit planning summits in 1997 and 1998, which led to creation of the recently opened Orange Line busway in the Valley. Allen also came up with the region’s “Valley of the Stars” marketing campaign that included television commercials, showpiece publications, Web sites and high-profile media events like the nationally televised Ladies Professional Golf Association Valley of the Stars Championship and the annual Star of the Valley Awards, which have been hosted by the Walt Disney Co., Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Allen is currently president of Meadowlane Enterprises Inc., vice chairman of the Alliance, and a member of the boards of directors of Health Dynamics Inc., the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California and Valley Presbyterian Hospital, for whom he also co-chairs the “Shaping Tomorrow” capital campaign. Harrington helped the LAEDC search for his successor for more than year. “And we found a leader in our backyard,” said Harrington, who characterized Allen as a “quick study” in his ability to understand economic development. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Veteran television executive William C. “Bill” Allen, who helped organize the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley in the 1990s, will take over leadership of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. in January. The nonprofit group’s board of directors on Wednesday elected Allen to replace Lee Harrington, who will step down in June. Harrington led the LAEDC for 10 years. Allen starts as president and chief executive officer of the LAEDC on Jan. 16, when Harrington will become the group’s vice chairman. “I truly believe that the vibrant, diverse, and entrepreneurial L.A. business community has no greater friend or champion than the LAEDC,” Allen said in a statement. last_img read more

Smaller schools

first_imgSuperintendent Roy Romer and fellow officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District bristle at the suggestion that they’ve been slow to break down massive, warehouse campuses into smaller, more personal high schools. They’re firmly committed to “small learning communities,” they say, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise. But seldom is their lofty, highly defensive talk ever backed up by action. It sure wasn’t on Tuesday when Romer unveiled his “plan” for smaller campuses. It really wasn’t a plan at all – no details, no specifics, just a generic vision to concentrate on a few underperforming schools in the next few years, then see what happens. Meanwhile, the LAUSD continues to build new warehouse campuses at breakneck speed. It would be nice to see less of this kind of “commitment” to small-learning centers in the LAUSD – and more small learning centers, instead. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It would also be nice to see the concept expanded upon to its logical conclusion: If behemoth schools are inferior to smaller, more personal ones, couldn’t the same be said for school districts?last_img read more

QPR v Preston: Perch in for Hall

first_imgQPR make one change to side for the game at Loftus Road, with James Perch replacing Grant Hall.Hall is suspended after being sent off during the midweek defeat at Barnsley, so Perch comes in at right-back with Nedum Onuoha moving into the centre of the defence.There is a place on the Rangers bench for teenager Chris Paul, who joined the club this summer.Paul, 18, was signed after being released by Tottenham and is primarily a midfielder but can also play at right-back.Preston, meanwhile, have Paul Huntington on their bench. The defender had been struggling with an abdominal strain.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Ngbakoto, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Shodipo, Grego-Cox, Kakay, Paul, Washington, El Khayati.Preston: Lindegaard, Humphrey, Clarke, Wright, Cunningham, Spurr, Welsh, Gallagher, Johnson, Robinson, Beckford.Subs: Maxwell, Huntington, Browne, Pringle, Doyle, Hugill, Makienok.Click here for our QPR v Preston quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Heroes’ welcome for Olympic champs

first_img10 August 2012 South Africa’s Olympic gold medallists, Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos, arrived home to a warm welcome from a cheering crowd at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday morning. The crowds braved the chilly weather to greet the Olympic swimming champions with blowing vuvuzelas, waving flags and placards that read: “We are proud of you Chad and Cameron … Welcome back golden boys”. When their flight touched down at OR Tambo International Airport from London at 7am, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula was among the first to welcome them. Looking emotional and completely surprised by the huge crowd, Van der Burgh said: “We didn’t really expect this. It was so amazing to walk out here and see this huge crowd. Chad and I could not believe that this is for us.” Van der Burgh received a gold medal in London after winning the 100m breaststroke in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Le Clos, who was in a jovial mood while displaying both his silver and gold medals, also used the opportunity to show the country his appreciation. “I just want to say to all the women out there – Happy Women’s Day! The support that we received from home while in London was so incredible; it meant so much to us, we really appreciate it.” Le Clos beat United States swimmer Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200m butterfly before taking silver medal by tying for second position in the men’s 100m butterfly. Asked how he felt after beating the most decorated Olympian of all time, Le Clos said: “A lot of people know that Phelps is my hero, and when he won the gold medal in Athens [in 2004], I was 12 years old. I could not believe that I beat him, but I wanted [to] because gold is fantastic.” Le Clos said after getting out of the pool, Phelps gave him some words of encouragement. “He also wished me luck for the future,” said Le Clos. Mbalula praised South Africans for their support. “South Africa is a winning nation. Today our people are gathered here and everywhere in the country with joy … Sport unites our people; it is a time [to] come together to celebrate and remember that we are South Africans. “You will go down in history as heroes of our people, you are real heroes,” Mbalula told the two swimmers. Mbalula encouraged South Africans to increase their support for sporting teams. “We might not get the target of 12 medals set by Sascoc, but already there’s gold … thanks to Chad and Cameron. Long live to them and the rowing team.” The Olympians who are still competing in London will come back home next Tuesday. The Games wrap up on 12 August. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more