7,835 to Sit UL 1st Entrance and Aptitude Test

first_imgFlashback: Candidates who previously wrote the test at one of the centers.Nearly 8,000 undergraduates and graduate applicants, who registered for the 1st University of Liberia (UL) Entrance and Placement Examination, and the Graduate School Aptitude Test, will sit both exams on Saturday, April 6 and 13, 2019.According to a release, tomorrow’s exam takes place on the university’s Capitol Hill campus, but applicants seeking admissions into the University’s David Straz-Sinje Vocational and Technical College, the College of General Studies, the Graduate School, and the Medical School are eligible to write the exams.According to the University Testing and Evaluation Center, a total 7,835 candidates completed registration for the undergraduate colleges; 4,895 or 62.5 percent are males and 2,940 or 37.5 percent are females.The data also shows that only 18.7 percent of the candidates that completed registration for the undergraduate colleges are from public schools, 45.8 percent are from the private schools, 32.8 percent are from the faith-based schools, 1.3 percent are from company schools, while 1.4 percent are from community schools.Of those that completed registration from the undergraduate colleges, 81.88 percent are from schools located in Montserrado County; followed by Margibi County (6.08 percent), Nimba County (3.66 percent), Lofa County (1.93 percent), Bong County (1.70 percent) and Grand Bassa County (1.09 percent), etc.The data shows that 99.71 percent of the candidates that completed registration are Liberians, while the rest are either Ghanaians, Nigerians, Guineans or Sierra Leoneans. 89.7 percent of the candidates that completed registration are high school graduates, while the rest are either current 12th Graders (9.0 percent) or students from Other Universities (1.3 percent).428 completed registration for the Graduate School Aptitude Test, with 274 of them being males and 154 females. 169 candidates completed registration for the College of General Studies.  105 of them are males, while 64 are females.101 candidates completed registration for the Medical School; 61 of them are males, and 40 are females.“The aptitude test and entrance exam for the Graduate Schools, Medical College, College of General Studies, and Sinje Technical and Vocational School, are scheduled for tomorrow,” the UL release said.The entrance exam for the undergraduate colleges are, meanwhile scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019, while the date for the aptitude test for the School of Pharmacy, and the Law School will be announced later.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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Berbice youngsters benefit from Police Community Group Project

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) ‘B’ Division has announced that during 2018, close to one thousand youths residing in the Ancient County and on the West Coast of Berbice, benefited from community youth empowerment and skills enhancement groups it since its establishment in 2015.Community Relations Officer (CRO) for ‘B’ Division, Inspector Margarett Grosvenor told the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Monday, that the project is one which falls under the Community Relations Department and is focused mainly on providing youths from ages 8 to 21 years, with essential trainingA section of the audiencein several disciplined areas.According to her, thus far, there are approximately 17 groups of youths established throughout Region Six and three in West Coast Berbice (WCB), benefiting close to 1,000 youngsters already.The Community Relations Officer disclosed that the group members were exposed to courses, in Information Technology (IT), auto repairs, welding and fabrication, cosmetology, hairdressing and cake decoration. They also benefited from subjects such as workforce enhancement, environmental and crime prevention activities. According to the Inspector, these programmes are focused on channelling the energies and attention of the youths in a positive direction.Further, the CRO said, “when all groups meet weekly there is a group interaction, which is done with the aim of creating a healthy social environment. The discussions also aid in their interpersonal skills. We also managed to reach out to the community in different forms demonstrating that the police are not only about apprehending violators of the law, but also work at preventing persons fromInspector Margarett Grosvenor lectures youths in Berbicebecoming potential offenders and responding to social concerns and issues as far as practicable.”Grosvenor said group members were engaged in several cops and faith intervention activities, by providing counselling and empathizing with families who were victims of robbery, disaster, life’s misfortune or any situation that unfortunately resulted in a loss of life.“Ever since we launched, success has been evident, especially in the area of our social Crime Protection Programme and Initiatives,” the officer opined.It was also highlighted that participants were fortunate to have received lectures on drug abuse reduction education (DARE) and other social issues and were tasked to engage several schools on the various topics.The CRO has since indicated that they are more intriguing plans for 2019, but those will be announced as soon as the other stations submit their programme to the Divisional Head Quarters.The move by the police in Berbice to implement such an initiative is highly praised by residents and Inspector Grosvenor emphasized that it’s the effort of the Community Relations Department to foster a better relationship with the communities and citizens.last_img read more

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Magistrate recuses himself from case

first_imgMarcus Bisram murder trialMagistrate Alex Moore has recused himself from the Marcus Bisram murder trial. Moore. while presiding at the Springlands Magistrate Court on Monday morning said he was instructed by the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Yonette Cummings-Edwards to recuse himself.Magistrate Alex MooreWhen the case was called, special prosecutor Stacy Giddens told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had written to the Magistrate to have him recused.Magistrate Moore said a copy of the request by the DPP was forwarded by the Chancellor to him and he was asked to respond, which he has since done but he is also in receipt of a copy of a petition which expressed similar sentiments of his continued involvement in the Marcus Bisram murder trial. Moore said as a result of that it was directed by the Chancellor for him to recuse himself from the matter – which he did on Monday.Head of the defence team, Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin revealed to the court that the DPP did not inform the defence that there was a request to have the Magistrate recused.Meanwhile, the Magistrate pointed out that the prosecution has refused to act in accordance with the directives of the court to make a disclosure until the Chancellor’s decision has been made.Datadin called on the prosecutor to make a disclosure of the statements they have in their possession.Marcus Bisram being escorted to court on MondayHe requested that the order of disclosure be complied with while noting that it will have to be done at some stage.Bisram is accused of ordering the death of 26-year-old carpenter, Faiyaz Narinedatt, some three years ago.Bisram was initially charged in absentia, while five others: Orlando Dickie, Radesh Motie, Diodath Datt, Harri Paul Parsram, and Niran Yacoob have also been committed to stand trial for the murder of Faiyaz Narinedatt.At Monday’s hearing, Datadin noted that several Magistrates were removed from the case during the trial of the five accused.“All my client wants is a Magistrate that will hear his matter. We have adjourned this matter because the other Magistrate who works in this district is not available. How could that be reasonable? How can that be fair? We will now have this matter adjourned for a long time for another Magistrate who is currently on leave comfortably in their home while Mr Bisram has to wait.”He told reporters that the defence was never informed about the complaint against the Magistrate.The matter has now been transferred to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, to be reassigned. That hearing will be held on January 13, 2020.Meanwhile, Datadin pointed out to the media the fact that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) made a ruling on the matter saying that the prosecution is to be ready expeditiously. He questioned the actions of the prosecution in relation to the ruling by the CCJ.last_img read more

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City Hall workers protest non-payment of salaries

first_img…workers faced with threat of being laid offBy Ashraf DabieScores of labourers attached to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Monday morning staged a demonstration in the compound of City Hall to protest the delay and non-payment of their salaries.This is following the passing of the date agreed upon for the release of their monthly and retroactive remunerations, and as such, the city workers are demanding their hard-earned money.Workers expressing their grievance to Town Clerk Royston KingAt the forefront of the demonstration was General Secretary of the Guyana Labour Union, Carvil Duncan, who defended the rights of the labourers by highlighting the inconvenience brought on by this delay. In fact, he noted that this matter continues to affect the livelihood of the city workers, as it persists on a monthly basis.Duncan, in outlining what prompted the protest action on Monday, said, “They said that they will pay on or before Wednesday (of last week); the workers were not paid. There is some retroactive payments for 2015 and 2016 that ought to be paid in September, but that has not been paid. So the workers thought it best to come down to City Hall to find out what exactly is going on.”The Union Representative further pointed out the ways in which this non-payment of monthly earnings disrupts the lives of the workers, and more so prevents them from catering to the needs of their families. On that note, he argued, “They have obligations, and that is why they work. They expect that they provide you with the labour power and in return you will pay them whatever salaries they earn, so that they can meet their social obligations.”General Secretary of the Guyana Labour Union, Carvil Duncan, speaking to the mediaDuncan indicated that the City Council has pinned the blame for the delay in payment on the lack of finances. However, joined by the workers, he questioned the logic of this excuse, given that the Council allegedly continues to employ a number of new clerical staff, a decision which was dubbed unnecessary given that they believe the field workers contribute to the more significant aspects of City Hall’s operations.“The Town Clerk is saying that they have financial difficulties, which we know, and as a result of that, he can’t make the salary. But my major problem is: if you can’t and you’ve been encountering those difficulties for a few months, why you constantly taking on people to increase the salary bill and you can’t pay the present staff that you got?” Duncan contended.Meanwhile, in defending the Mayor and City Council, Town Clerk Royston King pointed out that City Hall’s income of about $80 million falls below that of its monthly payroll, which amounts to in excess of $110 million.Further, he explained that revenues which were expected to be generated from a number of projects are no longer a possibility, given that several ventures have either been suspended or have not materialised.Nevertheless, King indicated that the release of salaries has commenced. He noted, “We have already started paying people last week. At least half of the staff, or little more than half, have already been paid, and we are working now to pay the rest of the staff by the end of Wednesday (of this week).”As such, the Town Clerk is calling on the labourers to be patient as the M&CC works to resolve the matter. “I wish to ask workers to be patient with us, to understand, and to see what is happening. It is a very tight financial situation, but we are moving speedily to have this resolved,” he expressed.The M&CC currently employs in excess of 900 workers, a number which comprises both in-house clerical staff and sanitation officers operating in the field. Given the financial restrictions, the job security of the workers is now being threatened, with some even expected to be redeployed or sent home in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Illicit trade, new packaging guidelines major challenges for Demtoco

first_img…as company records 14.4% increased profitsGuyana’s leading cigarette distribution company, the Demerara Tobacco Company Limited (Demtoco), has recorded a 14.4 per cent increase in pre-tax profits, which represents its highest growth in five years.Demtoco Chairman Marcus SteeleThis company, which distributes popular brands of cigarettes, like Bristol and Pall Mall, has been grappling with many challenges, including the continued illicit trading in cigarettes; and the market was only recently shaken up with the introduction of tightened regulations governing the trading in tobacco products when new legislation was introduced two years ago.These obstacles have been taking a toll on the company’s operations, and the firm, in 2017, recorded a 9.5 per cent decrease in pre-tax profit when compared to 2016. The pre-tax profit for 2017 stood at $2.5 billion.In fact, over the last three years, Demtoco has been recording declining profits. In 2017, after-tax profit stood at $1.4 billion, whereas the company had raked in $1.5 billion in 2016 and $1.6 billion in 2015.But last year the company made a stunning rebound, recording a significant $2.9 billion in pre- tax profit. After taxes were deducted, the profit stood at $1.6 billion.How did Demtoco rebound?Chairman Marcus Steele, in the Demtoco 2018 Annual Report, attributed this success to “solid and transformative leadership”, the company’s “high performing and motivated team”, “stringent and superior internal cost-base management”, and the “strengthening of key business partnerships”.He added: “A significant reduction of 14.8 per cent in overheads and noticeable financial gains in our volumes also contributed to the good profit outcome.”As a result, shareholder value has been demonstrated by a 16.3 per cent growth in earnings per share over the previous year.Steele also posited that Demtoco’s brands remained strong, and the firm’s “moderate” pricing strategy had contributed to a 4.5 per cent increase in sales.Further, he said new regulations introduced by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) have contributed significantly to levelling the playing field.The GRA has implemented the application of special excise stamps on imported alcohol and tobacco products with a unique barcode feature, to allow enforcement officials to immediately determine whether taxes have been paid on these items.“This measure has certainly gone a far way towards ensuring a level playing field across the industry,” Steele has declared.ChallengesDespite these successes, the company continues to deal with serious challenges that greatly impact its operations.“The illicit trade in cigarettes continued to be an increasing challenge to the legal tobacco industry, revenue collection for the State, and the law enforcement operators in Guyana,” the Demtoco Chairman has said.He has said that the struggle is to prevent smuggling; tax, duty and excise evasion; and the introduction into the local industry of cigarettes that do not comply with the labelling and packaging requirements of Guyana.“These cigarettes do not pay what is due to the nation in the form of excise (taxes) and duties,” Steele has said.Moreover, he has said that the 2017 Tobacco Act and the new labelling and packaging guidelines have contributed to the company’s challenges.The guidelines basically stipulate that 60 per cent of the package and label of tobacco products must bear graphic pictorial health warnings provided by the Ministry of Public Health. The other forty per cent is for branding. These health warnings must highlight the harmful effects of tobacco.Political uncertainty and the country’s economic position were also cited as challenges.The FutureNonetheless, the company predicts a successful future ahead. “Wider economic intelligence forecasts strong growth,” Steele has said. “We will continue to build on our momentum as we support regulators, the Government, and international organisations in the establishment of workable tax regimes and economic policies which attack the illicit trade,” Steele has said.Further, he has said that even amidst changing consumer patterns and with affordability being a key factor across all sectors, Demtoco is well organised and resourced to successfully meet the growing demands and future challenges.last_img read more

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Educator’s calm, positive attitude earns her top honors

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She’s really calm and positive and flexible when faced with the daily challenges of teaching,” said Scott Avenue Principal Joan Weiss. “What’s really special about her is that she has the ability to reach the whole child, to build self-esteem as well as academics,” Weiss added. “Her classroom has a community environment where everyone is valued for his or her own unique self.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. EAST WHITTIER – When Scott Avenue Elementary School teacher Margaret Fitzsimons reflects back on her career, it’s the little moments that stand out in her mind: a brief comment from a child in class, meaningful contact with a parent, or much-needed advice from a seasoned colleague. “When I think back on all the children I’ve come in contact with over the years and how much I’ve learned from those I’ve worked with, it’s amazing,” said Fitzsimons, 47, a first-grade teacher who’s worked at Scott Avenue for 19 years. “You just learn so much from everyone.” But her co-workers and bosses say Fitzsimons is the one who brings the most to her job – from making sure her students feel valued in the classroom to serving as a master teacher at her school for beginning teachers. That’s why Fitzsimons was named the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year for the East Whittier City School District, officials said. last_img read more

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Training spat has Barca pals asking Neymar to stay

first_imgThe unsettled 25 year-old Brazilian stormed off the practice pitch in disgust and has yet to commit his future to Barcelona ahead of the transfer deadline, still more than a month away.“It’s true, something did happen, but that’s sometimes what happens in training,” Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta said.“All the talk about Neymar right now, everything is magnified. Things like this can happen. It’s a personal decision for him, but of course we want him to stay.”Strike partner Luis Suarez has formed a deadly partnership with Neymar and echoed Iniesta’s calls for the interest from PSG to be dismissed once and for all.“As soon as he clarifies the situation it’s better for us and him. He will have his say when he is ready and as a teammate I will support him,” Suarez said.“Our relationship won’t change. We want him to stay.”Boss Ernesto Valverde swerved the media on the eve of the match with arch-rival Real, but Iniesta sang Neymar’s praises.“For me, he’s one of the best players in the world. He brings so much to the team and hopefully he will stay for many years,” Iniesta said.“He is worth more than $200 million or $300 million. His playing style suits us and he can only improve with us.”Neymar made an appearance at a Nike shop in Miami on Friday afternoon to celebrate the release of his new boots.But the superstar striker refused to talk about the speculation and just posed for photographs with fans a day after the training spat at Miami’s Barry University training complex.Barca are set to return to Spain after the clash at the home stadium of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, but Neymar is still lined up to travel to China on business for the La Liga giants.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar takes part in a training session in Miami, Florida, on July 27, 2017 © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALMIAMI, United States, Jul 29 – Barcelona star teammates said Friday they have begged Neymar to resist the temptation of moving to Paris St Germain after a training ground altercation with new signing Nelson Semedo.The French giants are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking $256 million (218 million euros) move for Neymar, sparking exit fears as the Spanish club prepared for a Saturday “El Clasico” friendly matchup with Real Madrid at Miami.last_img read more

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Funniest reaction as Courtois destroys Fantasy Football teams

first_img1 Football fans up and down the country were left tearing their hair out as Thibaut Courtois was sent off in Chelsea’s opening game of the new Premier League season.Having ousted Petr Cech as the Blues’ no.1 goalkeeper following an impressive debut season, a big percentage of players selected the Belgium ace for their Fantasy Football teams.In fact, he and Cech are currently the most popular keepers in the game, but those who chose Courtois over the new Arsenal man were fuming as he not only conceded a goal, but was later sent off for a reckless last man challenge on Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, whose resulting penalty sealed a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.Gunners fans were also out in force on Twitter, mocking Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho for allowing Cech to leave for the Emirates Stadium this summer.Cech out the best reaction below… Thibaut Courtois takes out Bafetimbi Gomis last_img read more

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Homeless count in A.V. doubles

first_img “We’ve got families who’ve been homeless for one day or two months because the landlord sold their home or the rent got too high. We’ve got clients who have lived in the desert such a long time they’re comfortable with it. We’ve got people who are homeless due to mental illness,” said Rivetti. A local survey in 1998 placed the valley’s homeless population at about 1,600, meaning it has more than doubled, Grooms said. The latest report says 3,544 people are homeless in the Antelope Valley on any given night, and more than 7,100 people are homeless during the course of a year. More than 2,100 are chronically homeless, the report said. Of the one-night homeless figure, nearly two-thirds are men, and more than 300 are children, the report said. Nearly two-thirds are drug or alcohol users, and nearly one-third are mentally ill, the report said. The Homeless Solutions Access Center was created by the Antelope Valley’s Homeless Coalition, organized in 1998 by the United Way to coordinate the efforts of more than 30 government agencies and charities that help the helpless. The coalition was intended both to improve the understanding of homelessness locally and to improve the efficiency of services to the homeless, as well as to obtain grants for which the individual charities couldn’t qualify, Grooms said. Since 1998, the valley has received about $7 million in funding for the homeless, including money that goes to operate the Lancaster Community Shelter and the Homeless Solutions Access Center. The center puts homeless people in touch with other agencies and charities that have services they need. The center tries to find a shelter, a relative or a “transitional housing” program in a local home to take them in, and will pay bus fare for them to get to a relative or shelter willing to take them. Last year, more than 2,500 people came to the center for help, including 251 families, mainly women with children, Rivetti said. Many of the valley’s homeless are on Social Security disability income, which pays $500 to $800 – not enough to rent an apartment, Rivetti said. Even the “transitional housing” homes that give people a bed, meals and help getting their lives on track charge fees that can be $350 to $500 a month, she said. “It’s all about not just housing them – getting them a bed to sleep in – but to help them help themselves eventually,” Rivetti said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita For Antelope Valley charities that help the homeless, the census was important because they’ve been limited since the 1990s to 2 percent of homeless funds countywide. The survey estimated that the Antelope Valley’s homeless population actually acounts for nearly 4 percent of the countywide total. “We felt their method was something we could all agree was the most scientific we could get,” Antelope Valley United Way executive Diane Grooms said of the census. The Antelope Valley’s homeless range from people sleeping on a friend’s or relative’s couch to people who live in old campers in backyards or in encampments in the desert or the foothills. The valley contains hundreds of homeless families, mainly single women with children, for whom rising rents are especially a problem, advocates say. Skilled workmen who lost a job because of illness and people with drug or alcohol addiction are also among the homeless. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley’s homeless population more than doubled since the late 1990s, according to a new Los Angeles County census that counted homeless people sleeping on streets, hunted out homeless encampments and surveyed households about whether friends or relatives were sleeping on sofas or in garages. The local homeless population increased to more than 3,500 people as the valley’s overall population grew and as increasing property values led to home buyers moving into houses that had been rentals and hiking rents to pay higher mortgages. “That’s been our No. 1 problem,” said Patti Rivetti, program manager for the Homeless Solutions Access Center in Lancaster. “We have people coming in and saying, I lived in this rental for five years and I was only paying $600 a month and now they want $1,200.” The report released Thursday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority stemmed from the first comprehensive census of homelessness in Los Angeles County, conducted in early 2005. last_img read more

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CALLS MADE FOR NEW PET RESCUE SERVICE FOR DONEGAL

first_imgA meeting of more than 70 people has heard calls for the setting up of a new rescue service for animals across Donegal.The meeting was called following the closure of Donegal Pet Rescue in recent weeks.A spokesman for the organisers said everyone wanted the same outcome regarding animal welfare in Donegal and people had no problem putting their names forward to help out.“The public feedback was very positive and one of the main objectives to come from the meeting was the need for a rehoming centre to be set up in Donegal. “Another positive outcome from the meeting was the need organise a co-op to act as the umbrella for all the animal rescue groups in Donegal. Governed by the same charter and with strength in numbers, it would make it possible to perform tasks such as volunteering and fundraising a Donegal effort as opposed to an individual effort, with shared resources, support and activities.”Other issues discussed was the need for education and the fact that only 50% of schools availed of the services offered by Pet Rescues to school principals.The ease of which an animal can be got FREE was also discussed, it is felt that if it was more difficult to get a pet people might think more carefully before getting one.Reference was made my Mr Forde of the terrific work currently being undertaken by Donegal SPCA in building a rehabilitation centre in Ballyare and it is suggested that discussions be held with the Donegal SPCA to discuss the possibility of adding a rehoming centre to their development with a view to develop a lasting and sustainable pet rescue for Donegal moving forward. The spokesman added “The support from the public was a true testament to the loving and caring nature of local people who want to help and care for animals as much as possible. Support has been offered in more than just fostering but also with advertising, social media, fundraising and administration.“We would like to thank all the people who came out and showed their support at the meeting and on social media, as well as the media for raising awareness of this very important local issue.“Our collective dream of having a rescue centre in Donegal where all animals who need care and re homing can be nurtured and looked after is very much alive.”CALLS MADE FOR NEW PET RESCUE SERVICE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: April 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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