Cellcom Brings ‘Mobile Reading Revolution’ to Liberia

first_imgLiberia’s education sector faces lots of challenges ranging from lack of competent classroom teachers to basic educational tools such as books, libraries and laboratories. But a new ‘mobile reading revolution’ technology era has been inaugurated in the country that would provide students with the opportunity to access all needed books to foster their education using their mobile phone. This program is called ‘worldreader’ and is now a major program installed in the Cellcom tablet sold for only US$129.00. The ‘mobile reading revolution’ was launched on Friday, June 6, in the presence of Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh and Montserrado County Senator Madam Geraldine Doe-Sheriff. Also present at the Royal Grand Hotel for the ceremony was the president of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) Mr. Varney A. Jarsey and Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) president Augustine S.M. Tamba as well as the presidents of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), AME Zion University Student Union (AMEZUSU), AME University Student Union (AMEU) and Smythe Institute. Speaking at the ceremony, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh thanked Cellcom for “this initiative. This is a result of the company’s creativity,” she said. Minister Tarpeh added: “I know that we don’t have libraries and laboratories at our schools, but what we have here is important.” Madam Tarpeh encouraged the youths and students community to take advantage of the Cellcom product/tablet as it is the new beginning for a much longer future in enhancing their capacity. For her part, Montserrado County Senator Madam Geraldine Doe-Sheriff said she is excited that Cellcom is giving back to the Liberian people through education. “This is unbeatable,” she said. Sen. Doe-Sheriff added “having this type of technology where we go beyond normal classrooms brings competition among young people.” According to the Senator, empowering a student raises that student out of poverty.   A Few months ago, Cellcom launched its tablet without the worldreader. Though the tablet is already sold out; Cellcom Telecommunications Inc. Liberia said it has put in for a new order that is loaded with the worldreader program for its subscribers. The ‘empowering Liberia’ worldreader is a complete library equipped with ‘all’ types of books including mathematics, chemistry, readers, physics, biology and so on— for all levels. The GSM service provider says it is duty to increase the literacy rate in Liberia through cutting-edge technology, since in fact; more people in Liberia have mobile phones.The mobile service provider says by installing the worldreader on the tablet, Liberia has now joined other countries which citizens have the advantage of holding a whole library in their hands everywhere they go. Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks told the gathering that Cellcom has subsidized the tablet to ensure that it is accessible by vast majority of Liberians mainly youth and students. According to Dr. Weeks, the actual cost of the tablet in other countries is US$600.00. “It is sold outside Liberia for US$600.00, but Cellcom has subsidized it to ensure that it is accessible to young people. It helps them [young people] to do their academic works including research and assignments, etc,” he said. Mr. Weeks emphasized that the worldreader is a global library and is making great impact in Tanzania. He disclosed that once you purchase the phone from Cellcom, all of the books in the phone’s library are free and that they will be constantly updated. “All you need to do is buy your tablet and data from Cellcom and you will have the library in your hands,” he said. Dr. Weeks disclosed plans by Cellcom to make a breakthrough with this product by ensuring that ‘all phones,’ not only smart phones, have access to a worldreader platform. “We are starting with smart phone, but we are finding a way to make this service to work on any phone including the least bonanza phone,” he said. In brief remarks, Cellcom chief executive officer (CEO) Mr. John Vasikaran urged the leadership of the youths and students community to help the company with the marketing aspect of the product and to ensure that it is promoted among students.He assured that Cellcom will not levy extra service charge on the new program, noting that the company will rather ensure that the library on the phone is regularly updated. In his remarks, FLY president Augustine Tamba observed that Cellcom’s initiative is not only welcoming and timely, but is putting the country’s educational system on fast growth speed. “I urge Cellcom to ensure that such information and training be taken to various universities.For his part, LINSU president Varney Jarsey saluted Cellcom for making a major contribution to Liberia’s education sector. “When you read and make research, you make informed decisions,” Jarsey said as he called on Cellcom to work with LINSU to launch the platform at various school campuses nationwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Library receives books and laptops

first_imgA total of 2500 books and eight laptops were on Thursday presented to the National Library by the Pele FC Alumni.Present at the ceremony was the Chairman of the National Library, Petamber Persaud; Chief Librarian of the National Library, Emiley King and members of the Pele FC Alumni.During his remarks, a representative of the alumni, Dennis Carrington reiterated the importance of education in today’s generation. He noted that the books were presented to the library with the intention of bridging the gap between education and sports to “help the youths of Guyana to advance”.Another member of the alumni, being a former member of the football club, highlighted the role sports play on the minds of ‘at risk kids’, noting that the books are a significant factor and should also be incorporated along with sporting activities.A member of the Pele FC alumni making the presentation to Chief Librarian Emily KingMeanwhile, during her brief address, Chief Librarian Emiley King emphasised on the importance of the institution, noting that many persons are under the impression that technology has diminished the role of a library. However, she added, “We cannot be replaced by technology, technology has to embrace us”.The introduction of laptops into the atmosphere of unwinding books will ensure that the texts are utilised along with technology.The librarian also emphasised the critical role reading plays in the development of children, which she is certain will be of good use to youths.last_img read more

79 at-risk youths graduated from skills training

first_imgThe graduands along with Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Mark Cullinane; CEO of VYC Goldie Scott; Principal of GTI Renita Duncan and business coach Vishnu DoergaSome 79 young persons on Wednesday graduated from a nine-month technical and vocational skills training programme preparing them for the world of work.The programme, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) initiative, aims to strengthen opportunities for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 – 29 years, to become more marketable and successful in joining the work force.The participating students were from four CFYR-targeted communities in Georgetown: East La Penitence, Lodge, East Ruimveldt, and Sophia’s C, D and E Fields.At Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) — the organisation that implemented the training programme— Goldie Scott, give a breakdown of the participants. She explained that there was a ratio of 52% female to 48% male participation, adding that only 58 per cent of them had completed high school, while 18.5 per cent received vocational education before and 48 per cent dropped out of school.A staggering 86 per cent of the youths in the training programme are unemployed, while the other 14 per cent are receiving livelihood support. In addition, Scott also disclosed that 6 participants or seven per cent have had brushes with the law in minor offences.To this end, she noted that “The programme designed has taken a holistic approach by offering a holistic package to empower youths with soft and hard skills, while addressing directly their livelihood needs”.During the programme, the first two months were focused on basic life skills training and then the following seven months were competency-based training done in partnership with the Georgetown Technical Institute (GTI), where the participants took and completed courses in data operations, electrical installation and motor vehicle repairs.Principal of GTI Renita Duncan encouraged the participants to enrol at the institution for full courses, telling them that “education doesn’t stop once you graduate”.The completion of the ‘Workforce Development Programme’ now paves the way for the next phase of the project, which is, focusing on the placement of youths. For this, the organisers will be collaborating with the Private Sector to provide employment opportunities.On this note, former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and business coach, Vishnu Doerga urged the graduands to take advantage of the skills acquired and put them to use so that they can get better at them.“Always remember, now that you’ve been exposed for seven to nine months to a particular skill, you need to practice the skill. If you do not practice the skill, just like knowledge, you could lose it. So make sure the skill you gained, you continue practicing it so that you can then develop it to the final stage where you actually get paid for that skill,” he told the youths.Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Mark Cullinane, told the graduands that they should be proud of their accomplishments and the impact it will have on not only their lives, but their communities, as well as the country as a whole.“Our hope is that you, as graduates, can take advantage of the opportunity available under the CFYR programme and access sustainable, long-lasting and meaningful employment,” he noted.Cullinane went on to note that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated youth unemployment in Guyana to be almost 23%, while the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has found that 80% of prosecuted crimes here are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.“These are significant development challenges and CFYR hopes to address them in close”.Under the CFYR programme, some 385 young persons have been trained thus far, and 93 were already placed in employment with more to be given job opportunities following Wednesday’s graduation exercise.last_img read more

North Peace Rod and Gun Club hosting Oilmen’s Trapshoot July 6th and 7th

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be hosting the Oilmen’s Trapshoot next weekend.The event will see over 65 members of the petroleum industry battling it out to be named the industries top shooter. To qualify for the Oilmen’s residents must make 80 percent of their revenue from the petroleum industry.The event will see the shooters taking 150 shots while trying to hit as many targets as possible.- Advertisement -Shooters will be competing for a variety of awards as well as trophies. There are 28 total trophies and competitors can win no more than two trophies each.Awards can be won in the singles class, handicap, overall, and more.The event starts Friday, July 6th at 4:00 p.m. with the practice round, and then again on Saturday, July 7th at 9:00 a.m.Advertisement For more information on the Oilmen’s Trapshoot contact the North Peace Rod and Gun Club at (250) 785-9686.last_img read more

Federal Reserve slashes interest rate

first_imgLess immediate will be relief for the country’s economic health. An expected series of rate decreases could take three to nine months to ripple through the economy and bolster overall activity. The aggressive action underscored the Fed’s resolve. “The Fed has rolled out the heavy artillery here. Bernanke is not being timid,” said Brian Bethune, economist at Global Insight. “The Fed has seen the problems. It is not trying to put out a forest fire with a bucket of water,” he said. Bethune and some other analysts predict the Fed will lower rates again – probably by a more modest one-quarter percentage point – at its next meeting in October. Another rate reduction could come in December, the last meeting of this year, if the economy were to falter. But economist Richard Yamarone of Argus Research is in the camp that no more help will be needed. “It is one and they are done,” he predicted. The Fed’s economic assessment was somber. “The tightening of credit conditions has the potential to intensify the housing correction and to restrain economic growth more generally, ” the Fed said. Fears that the troubled housing market and credit problems could short-circuit the six-year-old economic expansion have shaken Wall Street. Financial turmoil has intensified since the Fed’s last meeting in early August. The biggest worry is that people and businesses will cut back on their spending and investment, throwing the economy into a tailspin. “By going with a half-point reduction, Bernanke is eschewing a gradualistic approach. The patient – the economy – has a bad flu and you don’t want it to turn into pneumonia. So you don’t want to mess around,” said Terry Connelly, dean of Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business. The situation for the Fed could become tricky. “Some inflation risks remain,” Fed policymakers said. There have been some inflation improvements. Wholesale prices fell 1.4 percent in August, the government reported Tuesday. But threats remain: Oil prices climbed to a new high on Tuesday, above $81 a barrel. The Fed left the door open to its next rate move, saying it will “act as needed to foster price stability and sustainable economic growth.” Ex Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, in an interview Monday with The Associated Press, said the odds of a recession are growing. “Obviously the odds have moved up to more than a third, but I doubt if we are anywhere near 50 percent yet.” Earlier this year, his prediction of a one-in-three chance of a recession caused Wall Street to nosedive. Analysts expect the economy to slow to a rate of about 2 percent in the current July-to-September quarter. That would be just half the rate of the previous three months. Growth in the final three months of this year could turn out even weaker. The free flow of credit is important to the smooth functioning of the national economy. If credit becomes too difficult to get, it can put a damper on peoples’ ability to buy big-ticket items such as homes, cars and appliances. And it can crimp businesses’ capital investment and hiring. Employers cut 4,000 jobs in August, the first time the economy has lost jobs in four years. The unemployment rate, now at 4.6 percent, is expected to climb close to 5 percent by the year’s end. The worst housing slump in 16 years is being painfully felt. Higher interest rates squeezed homeowners, especially “subprime” borrowers with blemished credit or low incomes. Foreclosures set records and late payments spiked. Lenders were forced out of business. Hedge funds and other investors in subprime-related mortgage securities got clobbered. The credit crisis spread beyond the subprime market to more creditworthy borrowers. Bernanke and his colleagues were accused of being behind the curve when they held their key interest rate steady at 5.25 percent at their last meeting on Aug. 7. Just days later the Fed was forced to pump billions of dollars into the U.S. financial system to get institutions over the credit hump. Then on Aug. 17 the Fed took even more aggressive action and cut its lending rate for banks. The Fed on Tuesday lowered that lending rate again. — On the Net: Federal Reserve: http://www.federalreserve.gov/160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In a bold strike, the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by a half point on Tuesday – the first cut in over four years – and left the door open to further relief to prevent a painful housing slump and jarring credit crunch from driving the country into recession. Wall Street responded enthusiastically, propelling stocks up more than 200 points. Politicians, shaken by record-high home foreclosures, also welcomed the move. In a crucial and anxiously awaited decision, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his central bank colleagues lowered an important interest rate to 4.75 percent. Economic and political pressure has been building on the Fed to act. As a result, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and other commercial banks dropped their prime lending rate charged to millions of borrowers by a corresponding amount to 7.75 percent. Whether Bernanke can handle the crisis successfully is the biggest challenge he has faced in his 19 months at the Fed helm. “Today’s action is intended to help forestall some of the adverse effects on the broader economy that might otherwise arise from the disruptions in financial markets and to promote moderate growth over time,” the Fed said in a statement released after its closed-door meeting. The Fed’s action means borrowers who can obtain credit should see rates drop on a variety of loans. It will become less expensive for people to finance certain credit card debt and for homeowners to take out popular home equity lines of credit, which often are used to pay for education, home improvements or medical bills. And, it will provide relief to some homeowners whose adjustable rate mortgages reset in the fall. Those rates will still go up but not by as much as they otherwise could have, analysts said. last_img read more

LISTEN: England boss on Rooney, Wilshere, Euro 2016 and MORE!

first_imgRoy Hodgson was in the talkSPORT studios on Tuesday to talk all things England. The Three Lions boss joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drivetime and he discussed whether he will take captain Wayne Rooney [depending on fitness], Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and other players pushing to make the 23-man squad. Hodgson said how the future is bright for the national team, with a number of exciting prospects emerging, and also the expectation ahead of the European Championships in the summer. Listen to the full clip, above!last_img


first_imgKieran Murray and Hugo Boyce with Jim Gavin, Dublin County Football ManagerDonegal natives and kidney transplant recipients Hugo Boyce from Clonmany and Kieran Murray from Ramelton will take part in the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships next month.They along with other members of the 34 strong Transplant Team Ireland attended a motivational talk by Jim Gavin, Dublin Senior Football Manager at ALSAA Sports Complex Dublin Airport recently.Hugo will participate in Bowling (singles and doubles) and Petanque (singles and doubles). This will be Kieran Murray’s first time to represent Ireland as part of Transplant Team Ireland.Kieran’s events at the European Games are Field Ball Throw, Golf, 5k race, 800 m race and 4 x 100m relay race.We wish them the best of luck!DONEGAL DUO OFF TO THE TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: July 26th, 2014 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:donegalTransplant Gameslast_img read more


first_imgTHERE is widespread anger in east Donegal today after burglars went on a crime spree.Thieves targeted at least eight homes in the latest series of incidents in the Raphoe and Convoy areas – just days after a burglar punched a 96-year-old woman during a raid in Buncrana.Sgt Paul Wallace, the Co Donegal crime prevention officer, warned that the investigations are at an early stage, adding: “We may well be dealing with more than eight but that is what has been reported so far.” An English-registered Honda or Toyota car was seen in the area where the thefts took place.TVs, laptops and cash were taken in several of the raids.Thieves also posed as Donegal County Council workers in a number of the incidents.“We have a case where a man posing as a council worker spoke to a homeowner whilst another thief entered the property by a back door and stole goods that way. It is a classic case of a diversionary burglary,” said Sgt Wallace. The officer appealed for public help in preventing such crimes.“This took place just a few days after that dreadful crime in Buncrana and I would appeal to the public to be vigilant at all times,” he said.Sgt Wallace said members of the public should report any suspicious activity – especially in rural areas – to their nearest 24-hour Garda station.The thefts come as it was revealed today that Minister Alan Shatter has asked for 1,500 Gardai to be cut. ANGER AS THIEVES GO ON BURGLARY CRIME SPREE IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ANGER AS THIEVES GO ON BURGLARY CRIME SPREE IN DONEGALconvoyRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgBeautiful weather in Donegal brings out the best of readingAntonia Leitner from Austria enjoys some reading.Inspired by the raw beauty of coastal northwest Donegal, scribes from several different continents are bound next week for the tiny hamlet of Bun na Leaca in the Gaeltacht for Ireland’s newest international creative writing retreat.And as part of it, established authors from both Ireland and abroad in many genres – including crime, literary fiction, memoir and sci-fi fantasy – will be among those speaking at the week-long event, which lasts from June 28 until July 5th.Participants include men and women travelling from as far away as Perth and Victoria, Australia; Minneapolis and New Hampshire in the US; and from Somerset in England. The ‘Ireland Writing Retreat,’ as it is known, is organized under the catchphrase ‘Forgotten County, Remembered Words.’Those, from Donegal or farther afield, wishing to attend – there are still four places available – can do so by contacting www.irelandwritingretreat.comParticipants on the course will learn a range of key skills for writing good fiction, with many of them linked to the six basic underlying tenets of journalism – who, what, where, why, when, and how? Sentence structure, character development, plot evolution, suspense and descriptive narrative are among those skills that will be learned.Antonia Leitner from Austria honors well-known Donegal author, Mickey McGowan, at his former family home near Mageroarty beach.In addition to practical training in writing and editing for different formats, including short story, novel and memoir, participants will receive introductory Gaeilge language tuition and be taken on historical guided walking tours of the area to learn about the life of the local people and about the various Celtic legends that have been handed down through the generations. Evenings will be packed with lively music with participants learning traditional Irish ceildhe dancing as well as attending music concerts and seisúns in popular Teac Jack’s in Glassagh.“With the raw, natural landscape and dramatic history that west Donegal offers, writers – indeed artists of all kinds – cannot but be inspired, its pristine mix of lake, island, mountain and sea providing a clarity of vision second to none,” said Sean Hillen, journalist, publisher and author with more than 30 years of international writing experience, who will be one of the teachers on the course. “Pearls of beauty such as Errigal and Muckish Mountains, the Poisoned Glen, Bloody Foreland, Glenveigh National Park and Tory and Gola Islands provide prefect mood-setters for meaningful conversation, contemplation and fine writing. And for program participants to also learn some of the native language, traditions and legends is a wonderful bonus. If you want to learn to be a better writer, I guess there’s no better place to do it than on the most beautiful coastline in all Ireland.”In addition to his own writing, Sean has conducted a series of comprehensive interviews at book fairs and writing conferences worldwide with a wide range of best-selling authors in many genres including David Nicholls, Lee Child, Ian McEwan, Douglas Kennedy, Kate Moss, Daniel Wallace, R.J. Ellory and John Connolly and their insights will be passed on to participants on the writing courses.Many journalists, including some in the list above, have gone on to become successful, best-selling novelists. They include Ernest Hemingway (Sean once held the very same reporting position as Hemingway while working at The Kansas City Star Times in the mid-1980s); Lee Child, David Nicholls, George Eliot, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain, and Graham Green, to name but a few.Antonia Leitner, from Carinthia Austria, is volunteering her assistance on the retreat. “I moved to Dublin to study for my Masters degree in inter-cultural studies and came to the peace and tranquility of west Donegal a few weeks ago to complete my thesis,” she said. “It is a perfect place for artists of all kinds – painters, writers or sculptors.”WRITERS FROM AROUND GLOBE TO DESCEND ON DONEGAL FOR WRITING RETREAT was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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:donegalwriter’s retreatlast_img read more

Donegal travel agency scoops best ‘Cruise Agency of Year’ award

first_imgA Co Donegal Travel Agency has scooped a major award at the annual Travel Centres Ireland Conference which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel.Letterkenny’s Liberty Travel scooped the best ‘Cruise Agency of the year’.The awards are voted by cruise providers Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise, Sunway Cruise, Thomson Cruise and MSC cruise. So it’s excellent to be recognised by these companies for the excellent work we do.The theme for the awards ceremony was ‘All things Irish’ to mark the anniversary of 1916.Carolyn Davis, Director of Liberty Travel told Donegal Daily, “Travel Centres Ireland is the largest consortium of independently owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with over 80 outlets located throughout the country.“I am delighted to be the recipient of Cruise agency of the year, it recognises the hard work and commitment of my outstanding team to become experts at what they do.’ “None of this would be possible without our fantastic customers, who continually place their trust in us year after year. So on behalf of all our team we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers.”Donegal travel agency scoops best ‘Cruise Agency of Year’ award was last modified: November 13th, 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