BWI Trains Outgoing UNMIL Staff for Job Market

first_imgThe administrative staff of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County, has begun job readiness training local ex-employees of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the institute’s principal and chief executive officer (CEO), Attorney Harry F. Tarnue, has said.The training is the first of its kind the institute is conducting for the national staff that has virtually phased out from the mission. The training will last for at least four weeks and has brought together 229 UNMIL Liberian personnel who were employed based on their respective apprentice skills.According to Tarnue, training of UNMIL local staff became necessary to make them “job marketable” as the mission now phases out.The training is called the ‘National Certification Program’ (NCP) “at the end of which BWI will award them certificates of proficiency that they can use to look for jobs.”Fifteen facilitators are conducting the training in different vocational courses, including plumbing, drafting, electronics, carpentry and masonry.“Each of the 229 local UNMIL staff that BWI is training were employed and had worked with the mission for several years. They now have advanced job experience, but they need certificates of proficiency. That is where BWI fits in…to train and award it to them,” Mr. Tarnue explained.He said BWI won the training contract after it attended UNMIL’s last job fair and submitted a proposal which was accepted after the Mission published the term of reference.” “We won the training contract based on our core competency to train middle-level technicians, which was done according to the bid we submitted,” Mr. Tarnue said.Meanwhile Phase One of the training, which included employees of the Facility Management (FM) Section of UNMIL, ends tomorrow, Thursday; to be followed by the second phase, which is expected to continue for one month. FM is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the coordination of space, infrastructure, people and organization, often associated with the administration of office blocks, arenas, schools, sporting complexes, convention centers, shopping complexes, hospitals and hotels. It represents a wider range of activities than just business services, and these are referred to as non-core functions.In separate interviews, two of the trainees, Jefferson Dopoe and George H. David, said they had acquired 10 years’ job experience with UNMIL.According to them, the BWI in-service training has adequately prepared them for the job market for which they were grateful to the administration.BWI is a public, post-secondary school founded in 1929 as the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute. It was the country’s first agricultural and vocational school. BWI was founded with assistance from Americans and is named after American educator Booker T. Washington. Since that time, the institute has remained Liberia’s premier technical and vocation training school for middle-level technicians. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warner Bros. finds green policies help bottom line, morale

first_img“Another one of the big benefits is pride in the company,” Billik said. “Our employees feel really loyal.” Billik said the company is continuously looking for ways to minimize waste, even in the way its vendors package food. “Just about every business can find every opportunity to be more environmentally conscious,” Billik said. “What we want to teach among our employees is you can find five to 10 things that you can do that are really simple that can help the environment.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 BURBANK – At Warner Bros. studio, executives are saying “That’s all, folks” to waste. For the last 15 years, the company has made a concerted effort to minimize its impact on the environment. It’s converted many operations to solar energy, reused the lumber from its TV and movie sets, even recycled the scripts from its various productions. “I happen to think there’s a long list of benefits, starting with the economics,” said Shelley Billik, vice president of environmental initiatives for Warner Bros. Entertainment. The company saves $400,000 by recycling, she said, and $1 million each year through its energy efficiencies. 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

Tottenham hero advised Arsenal to get Wenger because he helped him enhance this sort of skill

first_imgArsenal play Monaco in the Champions League last 16 with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger coming up against his former side.Wenger was in charge of the French club between 1987 and 1994 during which time he brought striker Mark Hateley and Tottenham icon Glenn Hoddle across the Channel after 12 years spent dazzling the White Hart Lane faithful.And Hoddle was very impressed by his new manager’s approach, revealing in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that he was introduced to warm downs after training sessions, something he never did in England.“There was a ballet bar and we had to put a foot up on it and stretch on that,” he said.“Well you can imagine. The other players fell about laughing at Mark and me. We had masseurs. I had never had a massage at Tottenham. Players would have said you were soft.“But over the months, we both became more supple and with a better diet I was soon fitter than I had ever been.”Following FA Cup and UEFA Cup wins at Spurs, Hoddle continued to collect trophies in France, winning the title and French Cup, then in 1996 told Arsenal to instal Wenger as their new manager.“Spurs fans won’t like me saying it, but I was England manager when he came to England and David Dein was on the committee. He phoned me about seven times. David was saying: ‘I’m the only one on the board who wants him. No one else has ever heard of him.’ And I said: ‘Go and get him. Wherever he goes he’ll be successful.’” 1 Glenn Hoddle played for Arsene Wenger at Monaco last_img read more

Rival rallies held over S.D. abortion law

first_img Barb Frick of Sioux Falls said she became remorseful about six years after an abortion she had in 1978. “We regret our abortions, that’s it. That’s our message. We all have dead babies,” she said. The rival demonstrations went off without incident, as did similar rallies in Rapid City, where several hundred people on both sides of the issue turned out, chanting, carrying banners and waving flags. Abortion-rights supporters circled the federal building while a roughly equal number of abortion opponents looked on. The South Dakota rallies were among more than 30 scheduled by Planned Parenthood as a nationwide protest against the ban. The organization said about 80 people turned out in Bradenton, Fla., 90 in Philadelphia and 75 at the Supreme Court building in Washington. In other developments: The Tennessee Senate passed a proposal to amend the state constitution so it doesn’t guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion. The 24-9 vote was the first step of many toward officially amending the constitution; the measure would go before voters if the General Assembly approves it twice over the next two years. Abortion-rights supporters attacked the measure as a stepping stone to prohibiting all abortions in Tennessee if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In Atlanta, abortion-rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol to protest legislation that they say could enable pharmacists to refuse to provide customers with birth control. The measure, expected to be voted on in the House on Monday, permits a pharmacist to decline to fill a prescription for a drug he or she believes would terminate a pregnancy. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Backers of the new law – signed by Gov. Mike Rounds on Monday – anticipated a legal challenge and are raising funds to help defend it. The law would allow abortions only when the mother’s life was at risk. Ban supporters hope the case eventually leads to the U.S. Supreme Court, and provides the nine justices with an opportunity to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman’s right to abortion. However, some anti-abortion activists worry the strategy could backfire, with the high court upholding Roe. Across the street from the Sioux Falls courthouse, about three dozen abortion opponents prayed and held up signs of their own. Dawn Whaler of Sioux Falls was among them, along with eight of her 10 children. “I think it’s great that South Dakota is leading this for the unborn, not only our own children in the state but for all unborn Americans,” Whaler said. Down the block were six women dressed in black who carried signs such as “Abortion: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded” and “I Regret My Abortion.” SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate rallied in two South Dakota cities Thursday, responding to their state’s enactment of a law that would ban nearly all abortions. Protests against the law also took place in several other states, organized by Planned Parenthood. In Sioux Falls, where Planned Parenthood operates South Dakota’s only abortion clinic, more than 200 abortion-rights supporters gathered in front of the federal courthouse. The speeches at times were hard to hear, in part because of motorists responding to signs that urged, “Honk for Choice.” Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood, told the crowd that their time and money would be needed to defeat the ban. Her organization has said it will either challenge the law in court or gather signatures to try to get it rescinded in the November general election. “If the law is referred to the voters of South Dakota, we will need every single one of you for the next eight months to help us be victorious,” Looby said. “We are not going to allow a small group of radical politicians to make this decision for us.” last_img read more

TICKETS FOR LETTERKENNY ROVERS CUP FINAL AT AVIVA NOW ON SALE

first_imgFOOTBALL: The tickets for Letterkenny Rovers FAI Intermediate Cup final against Crumlin United have now gone on sale.The tickets have been printed for the final of the blue ribbon competition in Intermediate football which will take place at the Aviva Stadium. Eamon McConigley’s side face reigning champions Crumlin United FC at the national stadium on Saturday May 14th, with a 7pm kick-off.Tickets are just €10, and U16’s go for FREE.Tickets are now available from Brian McCormick’s Sports, and went on sale at 11am this morning.Letterkenny Rovers secured their place in the final by defeating Ringmahon Rangers 2-0 after a replay. The cup joy for Rovers continued when they defeated Portmarnock FC 2-1 at Leckview on Sunday in the FAI Senior Cup.They go into the draw for the second round of the FAI Senior Cup later today at 5pm. TICKETS FOR LETTERKENNY ROVERS CUP FINAL AT AVIVA NOW ON SALE was last modified: April 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aviva stadiumfai cupfinalLetterkenny RoversnewsSportlast_img read more

Willian hopes Sarri is not like Conte and explains FA Cup emoji post

first_imgChelsea winger Willian has admitted his relationship with former manager Antonio Conte was pretty non-existent.The Italian was dismissed from his position and replaced by Maurizio Sarri earlier in the summer and Willian explained he has heard good things about the new boss and has ‘high expectations’.“I hope he [Sarri] is not like Conte,” Willian told ESPN, before quickly adding “No, I’m kidding!” Willian said Conte was a difficult man to work with 2 Willian posted this celebratory picture with Antonio Conte’s face oscured on his social media channels 2 “For me, Conte was a manager very difficult to work with. His philosophy, his way of dealing with things is very complicated. There were a few games… Sometimes we just don’t understand. You’re playing very well, then you get substituted. I do not understand. There were two times when I got substituted and I went straight to the locker room. It was hard to work with him.”Willian spent two years under Conte and won the Premier League and FA Cup, but started fewer games than he had done under Jose Mourinho, who he called the ‘best manager’. Pressed on why the 29-year-old and Conte didn’t get on, Willian couldn’t put his finger on it. “I don’t know, sometimes the manager doesn’t like you,” he said. The lack of relationship between player and manager seemed to be confirmed by Willian after Chelsea beat Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup final when he obscured Conte’s face in a celebratory team photo shared on social media. “My daughter was playing with my cell phone and she ended up putting those emojis over Conte,” he explained when asked about the much talked about post.“For me, since the beginning, since he arrived, I knew it would be hard. After the final … I got a plane right after the game to come to Brazil. When I got here, early in the morning, I was posting some champion pictures … Well, I was a bit too tired and ended up posting them like that.”last_img read more

5K GRAND PRIX SERIES CONTINUES IN BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE VILLAGE OF RATHMULLAN THIS WEEK

first_imgRathmullan 5k Road Race and Walk will take place this Thursday 9th July with registration at the Resource Centre from 6pm and Race will start at 7.30. This race is part of the Grand Prix Series.  This is a relatively flat course and is perfect for anyone taking part in their 5K.  We will be using Chip timing for the first time.This year we have a group of local people taking part in the 5K who are also raising money in support of St John’s Ward, Crumlin Hospital. We would encourage as many people as possible to come out on the night and show their support for everyone taking place.Anyone wishing to pre-register can do so by emailing their details to: margarettodd@eircom.net by 8pm on Wednesday 8th July.5K GRAND PRIX SERIES CONTINUES IN BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE VILLAGE OF RATHMULLAN THIS WEEK was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsNoticesSportlast_img read more

McConalogue slams government’s refusal to review Food Wise 2025 despite Brexit

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD says it is absurd that the Government has refused to initiate a review of Food Wise 2025 in the wake of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.The 10-year Food Wise 2025 strategy was published in 2015 and sets out the strategic plan for the development of the agri-food sector over the next decade.Deputy McConalogue said, “Fianna Fáil believes that the Brexit vote demands an immediate review of the Food Wise 2025 strategy. As it stands the targets in the strategy were forecast on the assumption that the UK remains within the European Union. “A UK exit from the EU represents one of the biggest risks to the Irish agri-food industry since the foundation of the State. Thousands of jobs are set to be impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and it’s important that our strategy for developing the industry takes account of this.“I have been calling on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to launch a comprehensive review of Food Wise 2025 to consider the new threats that have arisen following the Brexit vote. Astonishingly the Minister has refused to carry out such a review.In a parliamentary reply to me Minister Creed stated that he sees “no compelling reason at this point to review the strategy”. This is an alarming response and indicates that the Government is out of touch when it comes to the threat posed by Brexit.“The UK is Ireland’s number one agri-food export destination. Over 50% of beef exports and 33% of dairy exports are currently destined for the UK. The outcome of the Brexit vote will cause serious disruption to Irish exporters. The ESRI have forecast that Brexit could lead to a 2% increase in unemployment and a 5% reduction in exports in the event of a hard Brexit taking place. “Irish economic growth has been downgraded since the Brexit vote. The first wave of job losses has already occurred in the horticulture sector due to the collapse in the value of sterling. The threat from Brexit is stark and real, and it is already having an impact on the agri-food sector. It is vital that Minister Creed reconsiders his position by initiating a comprehensive view of Food Wise 2025 to take into account the threats associated with Brexit.”McConalogue slams government’s refusal to review Food Wise 2025 despite Brexit was last modified: November 13th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Letterkenny Babies group plans fun charity Christmas Jumper Party

first_imgThe hugely popular Letterkenny Babies Facebook group are inviting young and old to don their cheery Christmas outfits for their second annual Christmas Jumper Party.There’s a wonderful mix of activities for parents and their little ones at this exciting party on Sunday 10th December 2017 in the Letterkenny Community Centre. It all begins at 2pm with fun activities running until 5pm.Parents, guardians and kids are encouraged to pull on their Christmas jumpers for the event, with all money raised going towards two local charities – Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School and Mobilize for Mikaela. Festive fun activities include: Huge Bouncy CastleSlide & Climbing frameChristmas Colouring areaFacepainting with Art and SoulDJ and Disco Lights Party animals petting zooProfessional Photographer on siteTeam of elves to spread festive cheerTreat stand for snacksPlus, there will Mega Raffle with around 50 prizes!The hard-working team at Letterkenny Babies have chosen two charities close to their hearts to support this Christmas.Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School at Mountain Top Letterkenny provides care for children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and complex care needs. Mobilize for Michaela is a fund for seven-year-old Convoy schoolgirl Mikaela Breen. Mikaela was born with Spina Bifida condition which affects her bladder and bowel functions. To avoid further debilitation, she requires specialist surgery abroad at a cost of up to €70,000.Mikaela Breen. Photo Clive WassonThe Christmas Jumper Party will be a fun afternoon out for parents to meet and for children to make new friends, all the while supporting two worthy causes.Follow the Letterkenny Babies Christmas event here for updates: www.facebook.com/events/163487671062335Letterkenny Babies group plans fun charity Christmas Jumper Party was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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 babieslast_img read more