[As Delivered]Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, First President of the William V.S. Tubman University;President and Members of the Board of Trustees of the University;Senator [John] Ballot and Senator [Dan] Morias;Members of the Cabinet and other Government Officials;Former Presidents of Tubman College of Technology;Members of the Faculty and the entire Tubman University Family; Members of the Tubman College Alumni Association;Excellency Mr. Ambassador from South Africa a special recognition to you;Superintendent, Traditional Leaders, Chiefs, Elders, Local Government Officials;Members of the Clergy;Baccalaureate Speaker;Honored and Special Guests;Graduates of the First Class of Tubman University;Families and Friends of the Class of 2014;Ladies and Gentlemen:I am honored to be here to participate in the first Commencement Convocation of the William V.S. Tubman University, named in honor of Liberia’s longest serving President and a son of Maryland County; to be its first Commencement Speaker, and to receive its first Honorary Degree, of Doctor of Law (LLD) Honoris Causa.The Citation that was just read lists the many honors I have received over a long career; but there is nothing more welcomed than recognition that is “homegrown” – one that comes from your own! I am humbled by this recognition, and express my profound thanks and appreciation to the Trustees of Tubman University for this distinct honor which you have bestowed upon me.Today is a most extraordinary day, an exciting day, a day to be proud, proud to honor the memory of our country’s 18th President, and I refer to him the best leader and not to myself; proud to be The Visitor of the William V.S. Tubman University, proud to celebrate a milestone at this institution which is the pride of Maryland County. We applaud each and every one of you who has made this happen.Because of you, Tubman University is living testament of its motto, to “provide quality educational experiences that transform the lives of individuals for worthy service.” Under the stellar leadership of you, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, and your dedicated and committed team of faculty and administrators, you have succeeded in transforming this place, in rapid time, from a technical college into a full-fledged four-year institution that is the envy of others that have been around for far longer.Tubman University is serving as a regional magnet, offering degrees in a host of disciplines so that students can be assured of getting the best education Liberia has to offer. Young people are gravitating towards Harper because they know that they will obtain the quality education that is fundamental for their own success, and for Liberia’s economic, social and political transformation, as outlined in our “Vision 2030: Liberia Rising” and our five-year development strategy, “Agenda for Transformation”. With an enrollment that has grown from 287 in 2009 to 1,000 today, students are coming to TU, with its no-nonsense administration that offers a proper learning environment and is gaining an enviable reputation for quality education.Many may recall that in 2006 we announced that education would be our number one priority – that we would address the many years of denial to our many children who are now adults. We knew that schools needed to be built; needed to be reconstructed; we knew that volunteer teachers, well intended but lacking the skills, needed to be trained; we knew that books and educational materials needed to be provided.We have done much of that in an environment of resource constraints that required hard choices:how much to allocate to education given the needs for roads and power and hospitals and water and housing and good governance;how to meet the needs of thousands of well-intentioned but ill-trained volunteer teachers when there was no replacement?what could be done to address the education neglect in the rural counties when similar needs existed in the major cities where over one third of the population reside?how do we respond to the social needs of teachers to be replaced and respond to the systemic fraud of those carried on the payroll who did not exist?How to balance a right to an education with the requirement for quality education?More importantly, how do we change attitudes and values so as to recognize and appreciate the sacrifice required by those wishing to obtain quality education and the service demanded by those willing to teach and educate? How do we instill in the body politic that education requires sacrifice and service?We all desire quality education for our children and students. We want them to seize the opportunity to learn; and we want our teachers to acquire quality training in order to impart quality learning to the young minds in their charge. In our “education village,” parents, schools and the government have a role in ensuring quality education. Government’s role, and goal, as stated in our Agenda for Transformation, is “for the education sector to ensure equal access to high-quality free and compulsory basic education and to a variety of post-basic education and training opportunities that lead to an improved livelihood and tertiary education.” But what is quality education? We know a well-educated person when we see one, but how do we get to that point? What are the challenges we must surmount in reaching this objective?Quality education, by definition, is education that is nationally relevant and globally competitive, built upon a foundation of clearly articulated values and ethics, and presents the learner with diverse opportunities. Its goal is to transform the learner, who is then able to demonstrate new knowledge, skills and attitudes in readiness to serve humankind. This includes passion for learning and the profession, proficiency in oral and written communication, critical thinking, reasoning, the ability to critically search and use information, knowledge and scientific process with attendant skills in quantitative reasoning, and the ability to use technology as an effective tool in all of these processes.Quality education requires faculty with integrity, qualified in their disciplines and committed to the learner. The faculty delivers a coherent curriculum with rigorous standards, and specific learning outcomes or competencies that students must demonstrate. These must include theoretical as well as experiential learning.Quality education must provide co-curricular activities for the learner, with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Quality education must include continuous assessment and quality assurance with the result being used for continuous improvement.To produce the leaders of tomorrow, institutions like Tubman University must empower Liberia’s youth by teaching them not only the theory, but leadership skills, social responsibility, issues about the environment, among other disciplines. A holistic education that engages students in theory, practical learning through service, and social responsibility to the local and global community to protect the environment, and with that you can be assured that there will be no less than students that are informed, educated, and ready to serve humanity. The greatest gift we can bequeath to our children, and our people, is quality education – the foundation for national development. This must be the business, the attention of every Liberian. For as much as we talk about the urgent need for infrastructure — our roads, power and ports – our own national experience is clear. If we lack the education to manage such facilities, they will not last.What does your government offer in return?Ultimately, the greatest legacy we can leave our children is a solid foundation, and government’s role in that quest is pivotal. Government has an obligation to build an educational system in which every Liberian child has an opportunity to education; education that is equal to grooming them into their potential. However, much of what government does will depend on the cooperation of parents, teachers, school functionaries, community leaders and those public institutions with responsibility for educating and teaching. Government will continue and must continue to do its part to transform our country and make educational opportunities available to all Liberians, recognizing that in education there is no quick fix. It requires consistency, dedication and commitment to improve the entire public education system.My final word on this is that Education — quality education — is not cheap, neither for the provider nor the beneficiary. The best results from this expensive undertaking are obtained only when serious effort and time are devoted to get the most out of the opportunities that are available. The burden in this regard rests on students: those willing to make the sacrifice, to spend time studying, reading, exploring, questioning, exchanging. To the extended audience up there, you can buy a degree but you can’t buy an education.This is why we applaud you, Tubman University graduates, we applaud you for the time you have spent preparing yourself through hard work and through study. As Dean Brown called you, you are indeed the new breed eschewing that temptation to use a learning institution as a shadow national government.Appointed as President of Tubman College of Technology in 2007, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell saw the need for more than a technical college in a region that needed agriculturists, engineers, health professionals, education specialists, business managers and more. Dr. Davis-Russell is a shining and unequaled example of service to our nation. She has demonstrated great leadership skills, as she fulfilled her vision of establishing Tubman University, a first-class institution, providing education and services, contributing to the Southeast, her ancestral home, and to the nation. Her journey has not been an easy one — like journeys of all those who serve our country — not giving in to past habits, but standing tall in principles and commitment. She has had her share of the challenges so prevalent in our society today: protests, demonstrations, false accusations, ingratitude, divisive maneuvering by those who know and should do better.But she has remained faithful and steadfast to her values and her profession, insisting that students remain students, obtaining the education for which they have made the big sacrifice.She has chosen education as a profession and a career and she has served us well in this regard. In so doing, she raised the bar of leadership through character, competence, commitment, and courage without fear or favor.Dr. Davis-Russell your impact on this institution has been significant: your insistence on an institution whose quality would be second to none in Liberia; that would be built upon, and retain, a foundation of core values and would endure on principles of operation free from corruption; that would be a catalyst for development; that would be a center of quality and excellence. This region and our country are deeply indebted to you, and your team.And now to you, the Graduating Class of 2014 — all 80-strong – you are the pioneers; you are making history today, because there will never be another “First Commencement Convocation of Tubman University”. You are the first; everyone hereafter will follow in your footprints. Everyone will watch and monitor what you do with this excellent training that you have received. As you move on, to career or to further studies, make sure that you leave footprints that others would want to follow!It is satisfying today, Liberia can boast of a few more graduates skilled in areas where the country desperately needs expertise. Today, we’ve already spoken about the one that’s missing and given honor to his memory: General Agriculture (18), Nursing (10), Secondary Education (9), Public Health (7), Guidance and Counseling (7), and others in the fields of Public Administration, Accounting, Economics, and Business Administration.However, there are only 13 females to 67 males in this graduating class. I would call upon all of you to correct this imbalance. I salute you, 2014 graduates and trailblazers of Tubman University. I congratulate you, on behalf of the Government and in my own name, for your achievements. Now go out and be the best that you can be for you and your country, remain faithful to your calling and to your new name the “new breed”!May Tubman University, and all those who are associated with it, thrive and prosper, and may God Bless our beloved country.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Approximately 45 households from Deutichem to Light Town on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB) in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) gained access to potable water, after the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) commissioned a new water network in the area.On the occasion of World Water Day, which was celebrated on Thursday, the supply system was commissioned by the utility post at Highbury Indian Immigration Site.Delivering the keynote address at the commissioning ceremony, Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, stressed that access to potable water is a human right and this project was made a reality through collaborative efforts between the various communities and residents.He also noted that the project was successfully completed on time.The Managing Director also stressed on the fact that the water company is working diligently to ensure that clean and safe water is provided to the various communities which could not access such. In this regard, a collective approach has been taken to target the critical communities along the EBB.While indicating that the gap which exists is understandable, he stated that it is important for customers to pay their water dues.Emphasis was also made on this year’s theme for World Water Day, “Nature for Water”, which, according to him, allows persons to focus beyond the supply of water, and shift their attention towards its source. It causes persons to be more cognisant of the importance of preserving such natural resources by adjusting their practices and behaviours.Additionally, Engineer of the Ministry of Communities, Preston Prince, delivering remarks on behalf of the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, stated that completion of this project is seen as a significant milestone, as it relates to the objectives set out by the current administration.“Given the importance of water for preserving our health and supporting balanced economic development, this project contributes to our goal of sustainable development and equitable distribution of resources,” he said.According to him, with access to potable water, residents of the various communities will have improvements in the overall quality of their lives.Residents were indeed elated to finally have a stable water source.A resident of Light Town, Carlos Chisholm, explained, “Now we know what pipe water is. All we knew was trench water, we know about pond. That is all we know about.”During the month of February, GWI installed some 1600 lengths of pipe and new service connections in communities such as Deutichem, Light Town, Highbury and De Kinderen, at a cost of $30 million.Residents have now been provided with water sourced from the Edinburgh Pump Station on a 24-hour basis.
A good showing against a fighter like Darchinyan was only going to boost the career of Burgos, a 32-year-old fighter who, though decent, has toiled in relative obscurity. He wasn’t about to quit. And he would not have wanted his trainer to quit for him. Burgos was asked between the 10th and 11th rounds if he wanted to continue, and he said yes. It’s not always someone’s fault when something like this happens. The commission did a good job of rapidly getting Burgos on a stretcher. Bottom line is, this is a vicious sport. Brain injuries are going to happen. It’s a bummer, but it’s reality. Armando Garcia, chief executive officer for the California State Athletic Commission, said Wednesday he is investigating the events surrounding the brain injury suffered by Victor Burgos at the hands of Vic Darchinyan during their flyweight title fight last Saturday at Home Depot Center. Garcia said little else about the fight that left Burgos seriously injured. Burgos, who lost via a 12th-round technical knockout, had post-fight surgery late Saturday to remove a blood clot on his brain. On Tuesday, he had come out of a medically induced coma and was responding to verbal commands given by doctors. He remains hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. “I don’t mean to be evasive or anything, but the state has decided to respect the family and not make any comment,” Garcia said. “I have to do some checking so I can finish up the report. At some point, I think we will be able to talk in detail. And when I give you point A to point B, you are going to feel good about this terrible, terrible tragedy.” Two things crossed the minds of several ringside reporters last Saturday: Why didn’t referee Jon Schorle stop the fight sooner? And why didn’t the Burgos corner, headed by Roberto Sandoval, save him further punishment by throwing in the towel? The observation here was that Schorle could have stopped the fight earlier than he did in the final round. But that doesn’t mean Burgos’ injuries were not already present before he halted the proceedings. Asked about that, Garcia again balked. After Burgos got up from what was ruled a slip in that 12th round, he staggered even as Schorle was waving on the fight to continue. Darchinyan threw two more punches. One appeared to miss, the other landed to the head; it was not, however, a tremendous blow. Schorle then stepped in. As for the corner, Burgos more than likely came into the fight with the mentality that he would give his life in the ring. That is not uncommon in Mexican fighters.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A Cubs’ town is rooting for the White Sox, the Second City’s second team. A White Sox flag was even spotted on the antenna of a truck in the Wrigley Field parking lot this week. Not since 1959 have the White Sox played in the Series, and they haven’t won it since 1917. Houston had missed out every year since starting play in 1962. No wonder Astros president Tal Smith didn’t get much sleep. After beating the Cardinals 5-1 in St. Louis to claim the NL pennant Wednesday night, the Astros didn’t get back to their ballpark in Texas until 3 a.m. Smith’s head hit the pillow at 5:30. “At 7:15, the first phone call came,” he said. “It was for a ticket request. And it kept ringing. I guess for once every 44 years, it’s OK.” Given how good the pitching has been, there might be a 1917 feel to the game. The White Sox and New York Giants combined for three home runs in that year’s Series. Go figure. “I think it’s going to be a real attractive and weird World Series because you’ve got two teams that aren’t supposed to be there,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday. “You’re not going to see the big-name franchises. Nothing against them. I think it’s just good for baseball, these two franchises that have never been there – one the first time ever, the other people forget when was the last time.” CHICAGO – In spring training, the Houston Astros were a 20-1 shot to win the World Series. The odds on the Chicago White Sox were 22-1. While the rest of baseball has gone home, they’ll be on the field for Saturday night’s Series opener when 43-year-old Roger Clemens starts for Houston against Jose Contreras. Chicago’s rotation of Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia pitched four straight complete games to beat the Angels in the AL Championship Series, the first quartet to finish their starts consecutively in a postseason series since the 1956 New York Yankees. They were so good, Guillen is keeping them in the same order against the Astros. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who led the major leagues in ERA this year, will be followed by Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt, giving the Astros a formidable trio. Brandon Backe starts against Garcia in Game 4. “You get to the World Series, you’re not going to be facing guys that were recalled from Triple-A,” Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. The White Sox starters were so good against the Angels that the bullpen was needed for two outs – the lowest total in a postseason series since Sandy Koufax & Co.’s Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “A lot of people counted us out before spring training even started,” Garland said. “We already were written off in a lot of people’s books.” Chicago closer Bobby Jenks hasn’t been needed since the first-round clincher against Boston on Oct 7. He will enter Saturday night’s opener on 14 days’ rest. His bullpen mates have had similar layoffs. “Hermy, the last time he pitched was like two, three months ago,” Guillen said of Dustin Hermanson. “How can they stay sharp? It’s not easy.” Chicago took two days off after winning the pennant Sunday in California, then worked out Thursday for the second straight day. At U.S. Cellular Field, rain started falling the in the middle of Thursday’s workout. There were 14 boxes of baseballs on the table, ready for each player to sign. The logos already were painted in foul territory, and the entrance to the ballpark displayed a pumpkin carved with the White Sox logo. Outside was a huge photograph of White Sox players celebrating. On it were the words “Crying in baseball: only acceptable if champagne burns your eyes.” Houston arrives this afternoon and will work out in a ballpark the Astros haven’t played in since an interleague series in 2000. The Astros became the first team since the 1914 Boston Braves to reach the World Series after falling 15 games under .500. “The most dangerous thing about the Astros is the wild card,” Guillen said. The last three World Series champions and four of the last five were wild-card winners. Even though the White Sox went 99-63 and had the best record in the American League, Guillen thinks they’ve taken many by surprise. “My team is always under the radar – always,” he said. “All kind of crazy stuff people think I will say, and they backed me up. My team backed me up. We’re here together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A familiar face to local baseball fans will be lining out for the Humboldt Crabs this summer, with the team announcing that College of the Redwoods standout Kokko Figueiredo will join the club.Figueiredo will give the Crabs plenty of options on offense after a spring season that has seen him star for the Corsairs.The former Fortuna High player leads Redwoods with a .396 average at the plate, and has displayed his power with a team-high 11 doubles to go with 20 RBIs.More than that, Figueiredo …
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Goa Water Resources Development (WRD) Minister Vinod Palienkar on Thursday evening took on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over the Mahadayi river dispute issue reiterating that he was firm on his resolve not to release any water to Karnataka ahead of the tribunal verdict.Speaking to presspersons after a delegation of Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan(MBA) led by the former Minister called on him, pleading him to take a firm view on the issue, Mr. Palienkar said: “I have made my stand very clear on Mahadayi river water. Once we take a stand on an issue we do not change it.”The Minister, a member of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), a BJP ally, has been insisting that not a drop of water would be shared with Karnataka sans tribunal verdict, claiming the river is a critical source of water. Mr. Palienkar is on the record calling Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s letter to the Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa a “political stunt.”“If someone thinks that Mahadayi water cannot be taken by Karnataka, he is living in fool’s paradise,” said Mr. Palienkar. “He doesn’t understand law. (If) a river flows through three States including Karnataka, how can you deny water to them? But they cannot take the water to some other area. They have to drink it or they have to use it in that area only.” Mr. Parrikar had told presspersons on Wednesday that Goa was opposed to transfer of water from the deficit Mahadayi basin to other basins.
LATEST STORIES When the season ended, Durant made it clear he plans to stay with the Warriors. The 28-year-old Durant was due to earn more than $27.7 million for 2017-18 yet said he would go this route to provide the franchise with financial flexibility so Golden State general manager Bob Myers might be able to retain other key members of the group – like key reserve and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala – for what everyone hopes is another special postseason run next year. Then Durant could receive his max deal a year from now.Durant now will need to begin working out a new deal once the free agency period begins Saturday, but might wait to see how things play out with his free-agent teammates before signing. He is expected to gain a 20 percent raise over the $26.5 million he made last season and would earn about $31.8 million. Durant had a deadline of Thursday to make his decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It means a lot. It just shows the commitment when a guy’s willing to take less, the commitment to the team,” Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green said Wednesday. “You look at the situation, sometimes you have to do that in order to make things work. I took less so we could go and get Kevin. And it worked out. If you want to keep great teams, keep everything aligned, sometimes you have to do that. You have to be willing to sacrifice.”Two-time MVP Stephen Curry also has indicated while he is thrilled to be up for a major raise with a new super-max deal, which could put him at the $205 million mark, he also is committed to winning for the long haul and shares Durant’s team-first philosophy. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the postseason, Durant averaged 28.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists and shot 55.6 percent, scoring more than 30 points in nine of his 15 games.“It’s amazing to have that kind of talent and humility and the team-oriented demeanor that both guys have,” coach Steve Kerr said last week. “The fact that both those guys are so willing to think about and not only with points and shots and everything else but they want to do what’s best for the team all the time, every single day. So it’s a powerful force when you have that kind of talent and humility, and it sets a great tone for us.”Iguodala has full Bird rights, meaning the Warriors can exceed the salary cap to retain him as one of their own free agents. He is expected to generate high interest and salary outside the organization as free agency starts.Curry, who won the MVP the past two years and earned $12 million this season, scored 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speaks at the press conference after his teams 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif.– Kevin Durant declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State and will become an unrestricted free agent, an expected move for the NBA Finals MVP who said he plans to do his part to keep the core of the champion Warriors intact to chase more titles.A person with direct knowledge of the decision confirmed Durant’s intentions Thursday, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Olympic swimming medalists turn nationals into impressive speed show Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
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Diego Costa was centre stage and scored twice but could not prevent Chelsea losing their 100 per cent Premier League record in a controversial 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday.The result left Manchester City two points clear of them at the top of the table.The fiery Spain striker scored in the 17th minute as Antonio Conte’s team took control of the game before conceding twice in quick succession.In the 59th minute goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave away a penalty by fouling Gylfi Sigurdsson, who converted it to equalise.Then Gary Cahill was dispossessed by Leroy Fer and apparently fouled, but Fer was allowed to go on and score.Nine minutes from the end Costa, who also received his third yellow card in four games, equalised with an overhead scissors kick that might have been penalised for dangerous play.