first_imgMohandas Gandhi, the Father of Indian Democracy, once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.”In March 2013- , Messengers of Peace- Liberia during an official welcoming ceremony for over 15 women from the Women Peacebuilding Leadership Cohort at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA, launched its Peace Clubs at The First Assembly of God High School, Buchannan Street, Monrovia, Liberia to inspire young Liberians to become peace building leaders.The discussion at that forum focused on “The Importance of Peace Clubs in Liberian Schools and Communities”. We brought together established peace clubs from two schools—Muslim Congress High School and First Assembly of God High School and one community—Matadi Community in Monrovia, together with Mentees from our Coaching and Mentorship Program for Adolescents Girls in Peacebuilding, Caldwell, Liberia.The program, well-attended by the media, both print and electronic and other young women from USA, Kenya, Somalia, Somali-land, Fiji, Pacific, and Solomon Island, discussed the multiplier effects of functional peace clubs in schools and communities. Experiences were shared; friendships made and hope for a peaceful world was reinforced at this event.Since the launch of our peace clubs, we have observed the growth of several other peace clubs by other organizations and we encourage many more to follow in our footsteps. For according to Tom Peters, an American business management guru, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”The ultimate goal of our peace clubs is to unleash the potentials of a generation of young people to create peace. Our program of non violence and peace education is connecting in and out of school youths around the sub-region to promote sustainable peace. Young people in our peace clubs are empowered with the essential pieces of information, knowledge, attitude and skills to be responsible students, citizens and Peacebuilders.It is incumbent on our peace volunteers to maintain the highest standard of behavior. We teach communications skills for collaboration, peer coaching and emotional intelligence (self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management).Basically, our goal is to organize young Liberians and to make them useful to self and others. According to Bill Gates- an American businessmagnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, inventor, present richest man in the world, “As we look ahead into the next century; leaders will be those who empower others”. To date, more than 20 “Peace Clubs” have been formed, by Messengers of Peace-Liberia, in major educational institutions in and around Monrovia. In many of the high schools, the school principals and some of the senior school teachers are dedicating their time and resources to making these clubs vibrant. We have been impressed by the enthusiasm of our youth and of their willingness to take up leadership responsibilities.We are particularly happy and encouraged to read about on-going discussion on the development of a peace curriculum that would be incorporated in the National Educational Curriculum and used for NGOs, professionals and local community leaders. We echo the sentiments of Mr. Saku Dukuly, Director of the Technical Vocational Education Training that “Educating young people, especially students to understand the dilemmas, tradeoffs and potential of conflict resolution, and prevention is a good thing for our people…”Working with young people in Liberia is our top priority and we sincerely hope that the proposed peace curriculum would focus on making education functional, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, human rights and reproduction health. For a holistic approach to peace curriculum development, we need the inputs of youth and youth-based organizations.It is our believe that with a vibrant peace education program in our schools and communities, there could be a change in controlling violence in schools and improving friendly school environment between teachers, and students, parents and teachers and among neighbors. Discipline amongst students and teachers would increase and so would be positive peer culture.Following our just concluded fundraising drive –“The Dollar for Peace Campaign,” we are now vigorously pursuing the next steps of building strong base for our peace clubs program in 30 additional schools in Liberia. Watch this column for progress made through stories from our volunteers as the momentum builds. We address the root causes of conflict around the country. Join us.We conclude with a quote from Peter Drucker, when he said, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” The voices of our volunteer peace messengers will drown out those that preach division and hatred. The world would have to rely on those that speak the language of tolerance and respect.Until next week, Peace, above all, Peace First, Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPolice are investigating the death of 50-year-old Feroze Khan of Yarrowkabara, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident on the Land of Canaan Public Road, EBD, early this morning.Khan was pulled out of his vehicle after it had collided with another and was Diamond Diagnostic Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Details will follow in the August 29, 2017 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

first_imgIn fact, through a freedom of information request, DeSmog Canada has learned that government spokespeople were prepared to respond to questions about why it wasn’t referred to the utilities commission when announcing its approval on December 16, 2014.Government response was essentially that the proponent, B.C. Hydro, should be responsible for a review of its own project, according to DeSmog Canada.Swain’s panel made 50 recommendations to the provincial and federal government, but stopped short of rendering a “yes” or “no” decision. When asked why they didn’t, Swain says “we weren’t asked to” and alludes to the government’s instruction of not persuading First Nations’ opinion – which includes whether or not enough consultation was held.- Advertisement -The panel has predicted that in the first four years of production, Site C will lose at least $800 million because more power will be generated than needed at a cost of $100 per megawatt hour.Some questions Swain says he still wants answered include the real cost and availability of alternatives, how the province should use its Columbia River rights, how British Columbians will react to increased electricity rates, and how B.C.’s LNG industry will develop.New Democrat spokesperson for BC Hydro Adrian Dix is welcoming Swain’s criticism.Advertisement “New Democrats have been calling for years for the Site C decision to be put before the B.C. Utilities Commission,” writes Dix. “The Liberal government has preferred to make a politically motivated decision to press ahead with this $9 to $10 billion project without proper oversight and without good evidence that the power is needed or that the project is in the public interest.”Dix adds, “We are glad to see Harry Swain, someone with a long history of public service, agrees with us.”Construction of Site C, the largest infrastructure project in B.C. history, is scheduled to begin the summer of 2015. However, it is also facing a number of different legal challenges – including opposition for Treaty 8 First Nations.The dam was first turned downed by the B.C. Utilities Commission in the early 1980’s, and would be the third on the Peace River. It’s widely speculated that if built, Site C will flood 83 hectares of the Peace Valley and impact 13,000 hectares of land.Advertisement Follow this link to read the entire DeSmog Canada article.last_img read more

first_img Matz Sels 1 Newcastle have beaten off competition from Leicester and Southampton to sign goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent.The 24-year-old shot-stopper has reportedly travelled to the North East to complete his move this week after being persuaded to join the club by Rafael Benitez.Sels was keen on a move to a Premier League club but was given no guarantees by Leicester or Southampton that he would be seriously considered for the No.1 berth.And now, according to Het Laaste Nieuws, a personal call from Benitez has done enough to persuade Sels to sign for the Championship side.Sels kept 18 clean sheets in all competitions for Gent last term and helped the club win the Belgian Pro League title in 2014/15.last_img

first_imgMore than 150 individuals and teams fought it out for 37 awards at last night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards. The overall Sports Star of the Year Award went to Donegal GAA star Karl Lacey.The Four Masters man dedicated his award to the entire Donegal GAA team.A massive crowd of more than 580 guests attended the glamorous event to honour Donegal’s sporting elite which was held at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. Chairman of the DSSA, Neil Martin thanked all who had come together to organise the night and especially the sponsorship of Donegal County Council.Mayor Frank McBrearty paid tribute to the families and coaches of all the sports stars whom he said were the real heroes behind the headlines.“Being acknowledged by your county is the biggest honour you can receive and I think sport has a huge role to play in Ireland’s recovery.“There have been many highlights but I would especially like to thank the Donegal GAA team for bringing back the feel-good factor,” he said.Special guest and head coach with the Irish Boxing Team Billy Walsh had a message for young people.“It’s all about fun and enjoying what you do. The more you enjoy it, the better you will be at it,” he said.Winners on the night* Special Athlete – Daniel McBrearty * Athletics – Brendan Boyce* Badminton – Chloe Magee* Basketball – Clodagh Brennan* Boxing – Jason Quigley * Clay Pigeon Shooting –* Cricket – Alan McBeth* Cycling – Ronan McLaughlin* Equestrian – Kelda Morgan* GAA – Karl Lacey* Golf – Con Boyce* Gymnastics – Alannah Gallagher* Hockey – William Kilpatrick* Hurling – Joe Boyle* Martial Arts – Natalie McCarron* Motor Sport – Neill Doherty* Para-Athlete – James Boyle* Rugby – Lisa Muldoon* Soccer – Kevin McHugh* Swimming – Kevin Murray* Triathlon – Aidan Callaghan* Primary School Sports Boy – Denver Kelly* Primary School Sports Girl – Amy Boyle Carr* Secondary Schools Sports Boy – John Kelly* Secondary Schools Sports Girl – Kate McGowan* International Achievement – Jim Doherty* Olympic Recognition – Anne Marie McDaid, Brendan Boyce, Catriona Jennings, Chloe Magee, Daniel Magee, Patsy McGonagle, Rena McCarron, Toni Penna.* Team Manager/Coach – Jim McGuinness.* Appreciation – Peter O’Donnell* Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement – Patrick Bond* Team – the Donegal GAA team* Special Recognition – Dessie Kelly* Primary School – Fintra National School* Primary School Sports Teacher – Annmarie Meehan* Secondary School – Abbey Vocational School* Secondary School Sports Teacher – Nicola Ryan* Hall of Fame – Eamon Coyle* Overall Donegal Sports Star –Rory Kavanagh, Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn accept the team award on behalf of the Donegal GAA teamPatrick Bond gets the Brendan McDaid Special Achievement AwardPeter O’Donnell gets the recognition awardDonegal’s Olympic athletes are honouredNatalie McCarron wins the martial arts awardChloe Magee gets her awardWalker Brendan Boyce receives his awardKARL LACEY IS NAMED SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 27th, 2013 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:Donegal Sports Star of the Year Awardslast_img read more

first_imgRedding >> Friday’s season opener between the Corning Cardinals and host Enterprise Hornets saw plenty of mistakes on the part of both teams but the Hornets were able to capitalize with a couple of big plays and came away with the 14-0 win.“We all make mistakes, me included,” Corning coach John Studer told his players following the game. The key for the team would be to see how it can improve before the home opener Friday against Las Plumas.Studer said, mistakes aside, the loss was the result …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day today, but this time we should not have to battle fog and low clouds like we did yesterday in parts of the state. The combination kept a lid on temperatures, while warm air started to spill in over the top of us. Temps should start to climb a bit over the next couple of days. We do have a few tweaks to the forecast, though, around our next precipitation events. Tomorrow probably is able to stay dry over most of Ohio, but we do look for clouds to be in the increase, particularly  in NW OH, as clouds spill in out of MI and northern IN. South and southwest winds will allow temps to eek a little higher. Overnight tomorrow night, a fast moving batch of moisture moves across northern Ohio, and it will likely bring some wet snow to areas mostly north of US 30. The best precipitation will be in north central and NE Ohio, where we see some interaction with the lake. However, there is nothing farther south for the period, and it is likely that southern Ohio does not even see the clouds that northern areas get, although we may wake up to a minor streak of clouds in southern Ohio near where the cold front sets up. While we are a bit colder, we are still dry for Thursday. Clouds are a good bet as we are shifting air masses around, but overall we still have a general flow pattern that supports south winds. This will keep temps near normal. Clouds thicken even further on Friday, but moisture holds off until Friday night, when we start to see rains slowly rise up into southern Ohio. From there, action spreads over the rest of the state and holds all the way through midnight Saturday. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″ over 70% of the state, and there can be some periods of moderate to heavier rain through the day Saturday. Action finally leaves the southeast part of Ohio Sunday morning. The map shows precipitation potential for the weekend. Colder air moves in on Sunday as clouds give way to some sunshine. High pressure moves into Ohio by later Sunday evening. A dry pattern develops and extends all the way through next Wednesday, with another high-pressure center working through in that period. Temps cool off just a bit initially on Sunday and Monday but return to near normal levels for the rest of the period. Clouds develop next Thursday as we kick off the extended period. Scattered showers likely develop for the 20th and may linger into early the 21st. Rain totals still look to end up in the .1”-.6” range, even with the slight delay in that system’s arrival. We also continue to watch some snow potential for the 22nd and 23rd with potential up to a few inches over 70% of the state. Behind that, we go drier but remain cold for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.last_img read more

first_imgGeocoin front and backA panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide the Geocacher of the Month award on August 20, 2011 at the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle, Washington, USA. Each Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition ”Geocacher of the Month” Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocachers of the Month, send an email to Every nomination must meet the following requirements. Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the September Geocacher of the Month must be received by September 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other. haksu10 (Member since 2006)haksu10Nominated by ZeroOne: “When I read about your Geocacher of the Month project, I naturally started thinking who would be the most suitable Finnish cacher for the nomination. It took me a while because the person is so humble, but when it came to me it was obvious: username haksu10.Haksu10 is extremely devoted to the Finnish geocaching community — I dare to say there’s no one more devoted than him. He has single-handedly created and is constantly developing the site, used by most Finnish geocachers daily.I don’t know when, but in the middle of maintaining the site haksu10 also seems to find the time to occasionally go geocaching. Last summer it almost cost him his life, though. He was bitten by a poisonous snake and was hospitalized. Luckily he recovered in a few days and was back developing the site. Haksu has already found almost 2000 caches and owns almost a hundred caches. The most special of his caches is probably GC16QCH Haksulandia.. What makes it special, though, is that it is located at haksu10’s yard. According to the description, the cache is equipped with an electric outlet in case you need to charge anything. Call before you arrive (or just ring the doorbell) and haksu10 will make you some coffee.”Dale & Barb(Members since 2006)Dale n BarbNominated by Joshism: “I am nominating  ‘Dale n Barb.’ Dale and Barbara have been very active in geocaching for several years.  They have organized or assisted in numerous events with both their Space Coast Geocaching Association and the larger Florida Geocaching Association.  I live more than hour’s drive away, but still attend their events; I know many more who drive even farther.  They have worked with parks and the geocaching community, including numerous CITO events.  They are the owners of “A Cool Cache” (GC15RQB): the most Favorited non-Virtual in the state of Florida. They encourage others to “Take Pride In Your Hide” and live that motto, with thoughtful well-maintained hides that have never disappointed me.  They are a huge asset to the Florida geocaching community in every way possible.”De broekies(Member since 2006)De broekiesNominated by kdv, Marcel en Micha (and two others).kdv writes, “I would like to nominate “De broekies.”  They are spending most of their spare time helping the Dutch (and international) geocaching community enjoy their geocaching experiences even more. They run a successful geocaching website ( and offer a lot of functionality and fun to all its users and guests.They often give away Geocoins and other stuff to visitors. Plus they often help out other websites too, hosting items that require special technical knowledge, for instance to run a Geocoin race. And I have never even met him in person!  Robert is just a great person, and I can honestly not think of anyone more deserving of this title. Actually, Geocacher of the Decade would be even more appropriate!Marcel en Micha writes,”With this email I would like to nominate Robert of the Broekies for Geocacher of the Month. The reason I would like to nominate him is for his outstanding commitment to the Dutch geocaching community.  I think he is a good example of how to make the geocaching community a better place. Every country in the world should have a ‘Robert’.” SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsSeptember 9, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 13, 2011In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community” Geocacher of the Month GeocoinGroundspeak needs your help acknowledging a geocacher each month that stands out by inspiring other geocachers with their innovation, creative hides and/or logs, respect for the environment, and helpfulness. More than a hundred geocachers submitted outstanding nominees from around the world.The Geocacher of the Month celebrates geocachers for their contributions.  A panel of Lackeys had the difficult task of selecting four of the most outstanding nominees. You can help name one of these nominees the “Geocacher of the Month.”Each geocacher you see below displays extraordinary geocaching qualities including generosity and  inventiveness. Write a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you’d like to see as the first “Geocacher of the Month.”  All those not awarded or nominated are encouraged to submit nominations again next month.Read the testimonials below and leave a comment with your suggestion. Some testimonials have been edited for length. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more