President Sirisena to visit South Korea for talks with Moon

On the invitation of President Moon Jae-in, the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 November 2017, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.On 29 November, President Moon is scheduled to meet President Sirisena for summit talks, and host the Sri Lankan President to a state dinner. The two Heads of State will discuss matters of mutual interest to deepen cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. Agreements on Economic Cooperation, Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and cultural cooperation, as well as MOUs on investment cooperation and the Employment Permit System (EPS) are to be signed between the two Governments during the visit. President Sirisena is also scheduled to attend a business luncheon co-hosted by the four major Korean Business Associations, and meet with the Sri Lankan community in the Republic of Korea. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sierra Leone UN mission reports fast pace of disarmament effort

According to UNAMSIL, as the mission is known, a total of 359 ex-fighters handed in their weapons over the past two days in the eastern districts of Kailahun and Kenema, bringing to 42,132 the total number of combatants disarmed in the country since the programme began in May 2001.Of the total, 16,620 were from the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and 25,314 from the pro-government Civil Defence Force (CDF). The remaining 198 were former Sierra Leone Army and Armed Forces Revolutionary Council members.UNAMSIL said the total number exceeded its projections that some 30,000 combatants would disarm as a result of the exercise. More ex-fighters were expected to turn in their weapons by 5 January, the date by which the Mission intends to complete the disarmament process. read more

Afghanistan procedures for Loya Jirga announced in Kabul

Under the procedures, the UN will be responsible for providing security and order during elections to the Emergency Loya Jirga. Karl Fischer, the Chief of Staff of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that step was part of a process to achieve, within two or three years, “a situation where a peaceful Afghanistan is guaranteed, where the Afghans themselves take their destiny into their own hands.” Mr. Fischer made his remarks on Sunday during a press conference held by members of the Special Independent Commission for the Convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga, who presented newly adopted procedures on the process. According to those procedures, elections to the Emergency Loya Jirga will be held in two stages. Of the body’s 1,451 members, 1,051 will be elected, with the remaining 400 selected by other means in accordance with the Bonn Agreement, which paved the way for Afghanistan’s political transition. The Emergency Loya Jirga will meet in Kabul between 10 and 16 June. read more

Annan gives full backing to head of UN agency helping Palestinians

“The Secretary-General reiterates his full confidence in the integrity and impartiality” of Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), according to a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.”He commends UNRWA personnel for their dedication in providing vital assistance under very difficult circumstances to the Palestinian refugee communities in the occupied Palestinian territory and the region.”The remarks follow Mr. Annan’s review of the report by a UN investigation team that looked into allegations earlier this month that a rocket was loaded into an UNRWA ambulance.The team concluded that the charges were unjustified as the object was in fact a folding stretcher of the type carried as normal equipment in UNRWA ambulances.Following the team’s visit, the Israeli Government admitted that it wrongly identified the stretcher as a Kassam rocket and has publicly withdrawn the allegations.Spokesman Fred Eckhard said Mr. Annan acknowledged the cooperation of the Government of Israel with the UN team in dealing with the inquiry.The Secretary-General “expects that any issues of this nature will be addressed through normal diplomatic channels,” Mr. Eckhard added. “He welcomes the offer of the Israeli authorities to work towards strengthening their cooperation with the United Nations and UNRWA.” read more

Renovations underway on Librarys graduate study space

Ben Sylvester is looking forward to new Library space for graduate students.Brock’s graduate students will soon have a space to call their own in the James A. Gibson Library.Construction began during Reading Week to transform the west side of the Library’s sixth floor into a vibrant research and study space for graduate students. The new section, scheduled to open in the spring, is designed to meet the needs of graduate students. It will be an enclosed, dedicated space accessible only by card swipe.Consultations with graduate students were held last summer to better understand what the Library could offer to graduate students across the disciplines in terms of space and resources.“When planning the space, we sought feedback about the existing graduate spaces across campus and to help determine how we could best support graduate students,” said Margaret Grove, University Librarian. “Without exception, the students we met with confirmed that this would be an important initiative for current and future graduate students.”“This will be a wonderful new space for graduate students,” said Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “The design is based on close consultation with our students and will provide both quiet space for independent work and dedicated space for group and collaborative activities. I see it as a real magnet for the graduate community and one that will be much appreciated by our students.”Ben Sylvester, a graduate student in Applied Health Sciences and one of the students who participated in the Library’s focus groups, is pleased to see the new space being built.“It will provide much-needed space for students who are undertaking graduate-level work.”Features of the new space:22 large study carrelstwo computer workstations38 bookable lockers nearby for storagetwo lounge chairsbookable meeting/presentation/group space for up to 10 studentsFor more information about the construction project, visit the Library site or contact Deb Kalvee (, Associate University Librarian, Services and Facilities. read more

Stakeholders encouraged to enhance businesses via ICT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIT Centre of Excellence to be established – GovtFebruary 20, 2016In “latest news”‘Get involved’ – Minister Hughes encourages Guyanese to explore possibilities in oil and gas sectorFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news”Guyana to attend ICT symposium – event to address establishment of region’s ICT spaceMarch 17, 2017In “Internet” Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes yesterday encouraged stakeholders and entrepreneurs to stop depending on traditional productive sectors and establish new Information and Communications Technology businesses and get online. The Minister was at the time addressing participants at a Digital Wealth Summit held  at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.The summit was hosted by the Master Class Institute which is a business education and training organisation. Minister Hughes explained that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is very important in today’s every changing world. The Minister said that it is impossible to persons to start digital business without internet connections, or ICT. Therefore, she added, it is the goal of her Ministry to ensure that the level of connectivity for every citizen is improved.Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin (left); Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes; and Owner of Social Rank Media, Dr. Rosh Khan at the Digital Wealth Summit at Marriott Hotel, yesterday“Our vision is built on the ICT must significantly improve the availability, efficiency and delivery of government related products and services and this is expected to employment for the thousands of our youths who graduate from tertiary and secondary education every year,” Minister Hughes emphasised.According to a GINA report, Minister Hughes further explained that since last year her Ministry has installed internet ready computers and peripherals in some community centres and towns in the hinterland as well as internet access in computer rooms of over 100 secondary schools, the University of Guyana and Technical and Vocational Institutes,”The Minister added that since its establishment her Ministry was able to satisfy part of its mandate to create a knowledge base ICT proficient society. The Public Telecommunications Minister promised that every Guyanese will have access to the internet anywhere in Guyana.Expressing her gratitude for the summit, Minister Hughes encouraged the participants to reach out and establish new digital businesses, noting that already in the hinterland a few digital businesses have foreign support. The Minister also noted that there is tremendous space for collaboration between the public and private sector, “We should be able to grow together share resources and experiences. I know we will, I know we can.”Meanwhile, Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin indicated that he would like to see more young Guyanese integrating more into the global network, “that is using digital connectivity as a platform for doing business.” The Minister said the ability to communicate online is the new reality. He further explained, “For over two decades businesses have been transposing to make better use of technology and new businesses have emerged and operate online….Digital technology is driving the economy and is bringing prosperity to businesses, countries and the entire region.”Minister Gaskin noted that Guyanese must also ensure that their entrepreneurs are valued and treated as national assets, cultivated and motivated. He said that successful entrepreneurs can improve living standards through job creation and by making new products. Participants were also encouraged to look beyond the shores of Guyana not just for technologies but for markets for their products or services especially since Guyana needs more businesses bringing in foreign income. “I know it is easier to do the opposite…but our Mission as a nation must be to develop the local industries. Guyana is yet to make its mark as a regional power house but must be the number one source for agro and agro products, gold and gold products, wood and wood products,” Minister Gaskin explained. The Minister applauded the summit noting that it can be defined as the cultivation and motivation of a new breed of enterprise in Guyana.Advisor of the United States Embassy Amanda Codwell, in brief remarks encouraged the participants to have hope in their ideas, belief and persevere to make them realities.The Digital Wealth Summit was facilitated by the Master Class Institute. This facility is a business education and training organisation that aims to transform Guyana’s economic landscape.Owner of Social Rank Media, Dr. Rosh Khan, said this summit was hosted to help Guyana’s entrepreneurs, “participate in the ICT revolution.” “This summit is to help Guyanese add more income to their income and the technology is here it has always been here but now it is time to apply strategic knowledge,” Khan added. read more

EtatsUnis une violente tornade touche la ville de Joplin dans le Missouri

first_imgEtats-Unis : une violente tornade touche la ville de Joplin dans le MissouriUne violente tornade a frappé hier la petite ville de Joplin, dans l’État du Missouri, au centre des États-Unis. Selon un dernier bilan, le cataclysme aurait fait 24 morts et d’importants dommages matériels.La ville de Joplin (Missouri), située a quelques kilomètres des États du Kansas et de l’Oklahoma, a été violemment touchée hier par le passage d’une tornade. Ryan Nicholls, responsable de l’Office de gestion des crises du Comté de Springfield-Greene, à l’est de Joplin, rapporte dans le journal  Springfield News-Leader un bilan de 24 personnes tuées. Les dégâts matériels sont également considérables. John Miller, un photographe indépendant travaillant pour the News-Leader y décrit un paysage ravagé : “Les grands magasins Home Depot et Walmart de Joplin ont été rasés. Les stations d’essence, les bâtiments. Partout où je tourne les yeux, tout a été très endommagé ou complètement détruit”. Pour tenter de faire face à la catastrophe, le gouverneur du Missouri Jay Nixon a déclaré l’état d’urgence. Il explique dans un communiqué : “Ces tornades ont provoqué d’importants dégâts dans tout le Missouri, et constituent un risque certain pour ses habitants et leurs habitations”. Il ajoute : “On a tout mis en ouvre pour venir en aide aux familles dans le Missouri, rechercher les personnes portées disparues, et apporter une aide médicale d’urgence”.Une longue série de tornades meurtrièresDepuis le début du mois de mai, une série de tornades meurtrières frappent le sud-est des États-Unis. Selon les dernières estimations, les cataclysmes auraient fait plus d’un millier de sinistrés et 350 morts. Un lourd bilan qui élève la catastrophe au niveau des plus meurtrières de l’histoire des États-Unis. Selon Jay Nixon, la situation n’est pas encore stabilisée : “Je demande instamment aux habitants du Missouri de suivre attentivement les derniers bulletins météo et de se conformer aux instructions et mises en garde des services de secours alors que ces mortelles tornades poursuivent leur avancée dans l’État du Missouri”.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureSelon les experts, ces tornades résulteraient d’une rencontre dans le sud des États-Unis entre des courants froids descendant du pôle Nord et des courants chauds provenant du golfe du Mexique. Les Grandes Plaines situées entre les Rocheuses et les Appalaches offrent des conditions favorables à la formation de cataclysme. Pour cette raison, la région du sud composée de l’Oklahoma, du Kansas, de l’Arkansas, de l’Iowa et du Missouri a été baptisée Tornado Alley.Pour voir les dégâts filmés à Joplin, cliquez ci-dessous : Le 23 mai 2011 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgForoyaa has reliably learnt that at the time of the expulsion of the Chargee d’ Affaires of the EU Delegation in the Gambia, Madame Agnes Guillaud, the EU was contemplating the upgrading of the diplomatic mission.How matters stand now is under investigation and Gambians should not be surprise if a new Chargee takes charge and the political dialogue starts afresh, as the Gambian budget becomes starved of grants.Gambians should be aware that the decisions taken by the government do have impact on the lives of the people. Today many Gambians have to go to Senegal or even farther afield to get visas.The external personality of the country depends on the level of liberty, dignity and prosperity of our people.last_img read more

General Session at Commodity Classic Promises to Inspire and Inform

first_imgWell-known speaker Christine Cashen will deliver a high-energy, hilarious program on handling conflict and reducing stress during Friday’s General Session at the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando.The General Session at Commodity Classic is one of the most highly-rated experiences during the three-day farmer-driven event—and the 2019 version promises to be as well. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla.Keynote speaker for Friday’s General Session will be Christine Cashen, known worldwide for her ability to entertain and energize audiences.  Cashen will deliver a fast-paced, hilarious program on handling conflict and reducing stress—as well as tips on life, love, work and happiness.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has also been invited to speak.The session will also include the nation’s commodity association leaders who will discuss the hottest issues facing the nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers.  Additionally, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will provide an update on their industry.“The General Session is where the true spirit of Commodity Classic comes through,” said Wade Cowan, a Texas soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic. “There is a strong sense of common purpose with a combination of inspiration, information and insight.  You’re sure to leave the General Session with a smile on your face and your spirits soaring!”Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.  Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Registration and housing for the 2019 Commodity Classic are now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit  Early bird discounts on registration end January 10, 2019.last_img read more

Retired Gen Norman Schwarzkopf dies

first_imgWASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname.The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: “The Bear.”That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children’s charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he’d served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.Schwarzkopf capped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 — but he’d managed to keep a low profile in the public debate over the second Gulf War against Iraq, saying at one point that he doubted victory would be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon predicted.Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base in 1988, overseeing the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.last_img read more