Who Controls US$100K CU Subsidy from GOL?

first_imgThe administration of Cuttington University in Suakoko District, Bong County has clarified for the first time that it does not have control over a US$100,000 subsidy from the Government of Liberia (GOL).The clarification comes in the wake of a recent letter to the CU administration from Rivercess County Education Officer, and also a former lawmaker of Bong County, Samuel Bondo seeking explanation on the usage of the US$100,000 allotted by the government under the category, “Local Scholarships at Cuttington.”The University’s director of public relations, Prince V. Sampson, disclosed that the amount in question is being expended by Rep. Edward Karfiah through the Neyongor Welekelen Scholarship Scheme and Senator Jewel Howard Taylor through the Land Grant Scholarship, respectively.Mr. Sampson said at a news conference that the money is a CU subsidy, and that the administration has been instructed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to direct the money to the legislative programs of the two lawmakers.“We don’t have absolute control over this particular money and we don’t know how it is being expended. There is no written document from either of these lawmakers acknowledging us on the usage of the money despite being a CU subsidy,” Mr. Sampson said.The CU public relations director explained that the administration of Cuttington through its president, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, during the last fiscal year wrote the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning requesting MFDP to detach the US$100,000 from the CU subsidy on grounds that the university has no authority over the usage of the money.“These are things that can embarrass us in our report especially when auditors come to audit government funds sent to the institution. If these lawmakers were giving us reports, we could attach their reports to ours and provide it to the government,” Mr. Sampson explained.Rivercess County education officer Samuel Bondo on February 8 addressed a letter to CU President Dr. Kandakai seeking an explanation on how the money was being managed and who were the direct beneficiaries of the scholarship.In the 2012/2013 budget year, Cuttington received US$1 million from government as a subsidy. The subsidy amount has been drastically reduced to less than half of the US$1 million.In an interview with a local radio station in Gbarnga over the weekend, the political affairs officer in the office of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Josiah Marvin Cole, said at no time did the Land Grant Scholarship place the money as part of Cuttington University’s subsidy.Mr. Cole explained that the Land Grant Scholarship has budgetary allotment in the National Budget, but not under Cuttington, as claimed by the CU administration, and challenged the University to provide documents to support the claim.When contacted for comment on the issue, the office of Rep. Edward Karfiah said it will comment on the situation at the appropriate time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal

first_imgDonegal is among 19 counties across the country unable to provide inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues, new figures revealed. Figures released to Fianna Fáil TD James Browne showed that there are just 74 inpatient beds nationwide for children and adolescents suffering from acute mental health issues.According to Joe.ie, of the nine regional Community Health Organisations, five are without any beds whatsoever. The CHOs without any inpatient beds for children with mental illness cover Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Louth, South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Clare and Limerick. “There are just 74 acute beds available for children and adolescents across the country and they are in the CHO areas that include Dublin, Cork and Galway. Five CHO areas, covering 19 counties, have none at all,” noted Browne in a statement issued on Saturday.“It seems extraordinary to me that there are no beds in the South East, the Mid West, the Midlands and the North West. I have no doubt that the absence of such beds leads to children being admitted to adult units and worse, waiting for hours in very unsuitable A&E Departments.”He added: “This is yet another example of the inadequate services currently being provided in child mental health services nationally.”Comparatively, there are 1,024 inpatient beds nationwide for adults suffering from acute mental health issues. No inpatient beds for children with mental health issues in Donegal was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Warriors 121; Pistons 114: How Stephen Curry benefited from rest

first_imgHence, the Warriors cruised to a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Oracle Arena nearly 24 hours after experiencing a … Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the video or gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND – The shots became easier to make. The joy also became infectious.That is usually what happens when Stephen Curry steps onto the court. That is also usually what happens when the Warriors maximize their All-Star talent with ball movement and effort.last_img

New Zealand works towards open skies with China

first_imgPhoto: Steve Creedy New Zealand officials say they are working on an open skies agreement with China after boosting the capacity available to Chinese carriers by 20 per cent.The move to increase the cap on Chinese services to 59 a week aims to help tourism-oriented New Zealand capitalise on the growing appetite for travel among mainland Chinese but stops short of the move by neighbour Australia to remove capacity restrictions. However, the New Zealanders have the potential to expand the agreement later this year and NZ Tourism Minister Simon Bridges said the government was continuing to work towards an open skies agreement with China.“We’ve seen strong growth with visitors from China and we expect this to continue,’’ Bridges said in a statement. “China is our second largest source of visitors after Australia, so it’s important that we have the appropriate agreements in place to support this.“The amendment will also allow additional airlines to enter the market, ensuring a competitive environment that will benefit New Zealand and Chinese travellers.’’New Zealand has gradually expanded the services available to Chinese airlines from 42 per week in 2014 to 49 in 2016 as  Chinese tourism last year grew 12 per cent to 421,000 visitors.Five Chinese airlines currently operate to New Zealand and a sixth, Sichuan Airlines, will enter the market in June.  “New Zealand is committed to liberalising air services, allowing for competitive markets, increased air traffic, lower air fares and stronger international trade links,” Bridges said.Air New Zealand declined to comment on the potential for increased competition from more low-fare Chinese carriers.AirNZ operates its own daily flights from Auckland to Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also codeshares to Beijing with alliance partner Air China and it is seeking regulatory approval to extend its agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific.The Kiwi carrier reported in February that increased international competition had contributed to a 24 per cent dive in first-half profits and said its full-year pre-tax result would also be lower.It now expects to record pre-tax earnings for the full financial year of between $NZ475m and $NZ525m, compared to $NZ663m in 2015-16.last_img read more

On the trail of the Big Five

first_imgChris Thurman visits Exeter River Lodge in the Sabi Sand private game reserve in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, and has a bush experience different to any that he’s enjoyed before. There are those who will tell you that it doesn’t matter how you spend your time in the African bush, or where you stay – it’s enough simply to be there. To some degree, this is true; certainly, no matter what your accommodation and game-viewing is like, it’s better than being in the office. After only a few hours at Exeter River Lodge in the Sabi Sand private game reserve, however, I couldn’t help reflecting that it was different to any bush experience I’d enjoyed before. It wasn’t just that our luxuriously appointed room looked out onto the Sand River, giving us a view of buffalo crossing the water or baboons loping down to the shore. It wasn’t just that the ever-available but never-intrusive staff treated us like royalty. It wasn’t just the food, or the wine, or the afternoon teas. It wasn’t the private plunge pool, the masseuse, the quirky collection of books or any of the other distractions to while away the day. Over and above these pleasures, the highlights of the trip were the morning and evening game drives. A good game ranger is many things: a raconteur, a sturdy outdoorsman or woman, a walking encyclopaedia of information about animal, bird and plant life. He or she can tell you, for instance, that a hunting leopard can leap up to 22 metres in a second – not very encouraging when you’re about 20 metres away – and will explain why the same leopard rubs its neck in the mud around a watering-hole (so that it can mark its territory by brushing the mud against trees and thus leave a more durable scent).Not just the Big Five A major advantage of going on a private game drive is that rangers in different vehicles are in constant radio communication, increasing your chances of great sightings. But our ranger at River Lodge, Ryan, ensured that no drive was a headlong rush from one Big Five member to another. Along the way we also learned about the less glamorous animals, like the numerous species of buck whose presence is so often taken for granted. Kudu, for instance, have big ears and therefore the best hearing, which means they are less skittish than other antelope and provide the most reliable alarm call to anyone tracking big game on foot. Furthermore, we were reminded, if you’re only looking for creatures with four legs, you miss out on half the action. There is an abundance of bird life pursuing the same herbivorous and carnivorous habits as gravity-bound mammals: we saw a juvenile fish eagle on a high branch, trying to crack open a tortoise (don’t worry, it ended well for the tortoise; the eagle dropped him, he fell on his shell and survived). And you don’t have to be a birder to appreciate the exquisite colouring of a lilac-breasted roller. The more time you spend in the bush, the more you appreciate the minutiae – admiring rare flowers that only bloom for a couple of weeks each year, or discovering, courtesy of your ranger, the subtle interactions that take place between interdependent elements within an ecosystem. Oxpeckers remove ticks from buffalo and giraffe; desiccated termite mounds become lairs for warthog and hyena. Best of all, with an experienced tracker assisting the ranger in locating game and a radio always at hand, you’re guaranteed to see a greater variety than you would on your own. And once you’ve spotted something in the distance, you don’t have to strain with binoculars just to catch a glimpse of a horn or tail – the ranger shifts down a gear, engages the diff lock on the 4×4 and you head off-road to take a closer look. What would a late afternoon game drive be without a sunset pause for a cup of coffee or a gin and tonic – and, of course, some snacks to tide you over until supper? Then it’s time to enjoy the magical world of the bushveld at night. Rangers and trackers are careful not to interfere too much with nocturnal activity; and, after many years of conservation efforts, the animals have learned to tolerate the human presence because it is neither intrusive nor threatening.Non-interventionist policy Where possible, the principle of non-intervention is applied. In some cases, however, humans have to undo the damage caused by previous interventions which may have been less well-intentioned or well-conceived. A good example is the challenge of decreasing the prevalence of tuberculosis in the buffalo population: up to 70% of buffalo in certain Kruger-Sabi herds have bovine TB. The solution is an intriguing one – raising disease-free young buffalo who suckle on domesticated Jersey cows before being released into the wild. This has been quite successful, and also provides a curious proof of nature overcoming nurture. The buffalo calves have to learn to suckle from the side as all Jersey calves do, but when they become mothers in turn, they follow their instinct and let their young suckle from behind. This is a vital survival tactic, because it means that cow and calf can keep walking, and allows buffalo herds to keep moving even while the young are suckling. Another little-known fact is that buffalo milk makes delicious Feta cheese! Of course, the conservation programmes being implemented in South Africa’s game parks also require ongoing vigilance against human threats. The recent increase in rhino poaching is a case in point. Countering this disturbing trend requires not only stricter policing within our reserves, but also broader campaigns to stop both the international demand for rhino horn, particularly in east Asia, and the local suppliers. These are the “foot soldiers” of poaching who have no other means of livelihood. Certainly, staying at a place like River Lodge is a luxury. But our natural heritage should be a shared, public concern – protecting it is the responsibility not of the few, but the many. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Central State University adds an agricultural education degree

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Central State University has introduced a new Agricultural Education degree program, enhancing its STEM curriculum for Fall 2017.The new Bachelor of Science degree programs bring the total number of baccalaureate degrees offered at Central State’s two locations to 40. The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education is an outgrowth of the University providing more degrees aligned with the University’s Land-Grant Mission.“By adding degrees that address industry needs, we continue to prepare Central State students to contribute to Ohio’s workforce and to the economic development of the state,” said Pedro L. Martinez, CSU Provost and VP for Academic Affairs.The major was developed in response to the “growing demand” for agricultural teachers in the state. Considering that there are more than 300 agricultural education programs in Ohio high schools, and a need to expand 4-H and FFA programs to more than 600 schools, the current supply of credentialed candidates is insufficient.“We’re excited about the opportunities this Agricultural Education degree will give students in both the School of Agricultural Education and Food Science and the College of Education,” said Jon Henry, Director of Central State’s School of Agricultural Education and Food Science. “The program has been designed inclusive of earning an agri-science teaching license; Students in this program will be credentialed for classroom instruction upon graduation.”Located in Greene County Central State is an easy commute from surrounding counties such as Clark, Champaign, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Fayette, and Madison. Students commuting from these counties can earn a four-year degree in their chosen field and become a licensed professional for less than $25,000 in total tuition.To increase access, the School of Agricultural Education and Food Science is developing distance learning courses, and will soon expand partnerships with local community colleges with agriculture programs (i.e to offer 2+2 programs), for those desiring to complete a bachelor’s degree.“Also, an Agricultural Education degree provides an excellent foundation for other careers in the agriculture industry, including extension, food production, agri-business and management,” Henry said. “Industry employers including state and federal agencies are anxious to hire students with the communication and professional skills needed to help train employees, educate their customers, and sell their products.”last_img read more