Worried Legislators Want Schools Reopened, Education, Health Ministers Summoned

first_imgLegislators in the House of Representatives are concerned about the future of Liberian children as the closure of schools in the country continues due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).As the Ebola virus spread uncontrollably throughout the country, the Liberian government through the Education Ministry in July ordered the closure of all schools until otherwise notified.The legislators said that the closure of educational institutions due to Ebola is troubling and worry that the previous 14 years of civil strife had already put Liberian children behind academically.  Being cognizant that education is the key to development and provides the skills and competencies students require in order to become productive participants in the country’s economic and social development, the legislators are seeking a way forward to reopen the nation’s schools.Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted for Education and Health Ministers Etmonia David Tarpeh and Dr. Walter Gwenigale to be summoned to discuss the conditions for reopening the schools.The two officials are to appear before the Committees on Health and Education on Thursday and thereafter the Committees will later report to the House Plenary.The Committees’ judgment to invite the Education and Health Ministers was due to the mandate from the Plenary predicated upon a communication from Rivercess County Lawmaker, Rep. Francis S. Paye, to find a way forward to reopen the schools.Rep. Paye hopes that Min. Tarpeh can provide the Health and Education Committee a briefing on current developments within the educational sector. “This, we believe, would also allow the Education Minister to hold consultations with other stakeholders for amicable solutions,” wrote Rep. Paye.However, Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel B. Smith amended the motion for the inclusion of Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale which was accepted by his fellow lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC Rep. Aspirant Takes Issue with Sen. Teahjay

first_imgThe newly chosen representative aspirant of Montserrado County District # 16 for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Dixon Wlawlee Seboe, has reacted to Sinoe County Senator J. Milton Teahjay’s statement that the “CDC of Sen. George Weah will not win the Borough of New Kru Town,” and that if it happens, “it would be over my dead body.”Mr. Seboe said Senator Teahjay is gambling his life for the Unity Party (UP) in what he called “an unrealistic statement.”The CDC representative aspirant told the Daily Observer on Sunday that the Senator’s remarks “are completely out of order because the CDC will definitely win the Borough of New Kru Town in the October 10 elections, just as in past elections.”It may be recalled that during an evening radio show on the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), the UP executive member stated that the ruling Unity Party will win the Borough of New Kru Town in the ensuing elections. He said the CDC, that won the borough in the past three elections, would not succeed as long as he is alive.Some political commentators indicated that the Sinoe County Senator is known for his frivolous political remarks, and cited what he said in 2005 that, “Hair should grow in my palm if Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the UP wins the elections.” Madam Sirleaf won the elections and Sen. Teahjay, without a strand of hair in his palm, dismissed the matter as “mere political talk”. Last Friday, June 16, delegates from Montserrado County District # 16 voted for Dixon W. Seboe to replace Rep. Dr. Edward Forh, who sought what was described as a hat-trick (3rd term) in the CDC legislative primaries.Mr. Seboe graduated from the University of Liberia (UL) (Cum Laude) in Mathematics, earned an MBA from the Colorado State University in the United States, and another MBA in Finance from the Cuttington University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Appraisal and Risk Management from Duke University, USA.He currently works as the Senior Manager for Compliance for MTN Liberia and MTN Guinea Bissau. He previously served as Customs Commissioner at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).“Our focus will be on education and health because by educating the young people and giving them the necessary skills, we will empower them. We believe that education can transform this country and there’s a need to educate our people, especially those who have the energy and are ready to learn,” Seboe said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – CDC Representative Aspirant Dixon W. Seboe and Sen. J. Milton Teahjaylast_img read more

Halloween Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Spooky Family Crafting event will feature Halloween stamping on cookies, 1-2:30 p.m. today at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, No. B, Valencia. Cost: $15 for one adult and one child; $2 for each additional cookie and $5 for each additional child. Call (661) 295-8490 or visit www.timelessmems.com. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Free Halloween photos of pets, 2-5 p.m. today during the grand opening of Seco Canyon Animal Clinic, 27935 Seco Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Costumes are available or bring your own. Call (661) 296-8848. Halloween event will feature a costume contest for all ages, 3 p.m.; a diaper dash for babies and toddlers, 3:30 p.m.; and an open gym session for all ages, 4 p.m. today at Anti-Gravity Sports Complex, 27927 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Following the gym session will be carnival games, pizza, a scary movie and a haunted house. Cost: $35. Call (661) 702-0123. Halloween Funfest and costume contest, 4-5:30 p.m. today at Chesebrough Park, 23505 Sunset Hills Drive, Valencia. Call Steve Treatman at (661) 297-1699. Halloween party for kids, 5-7 p.m. and for adults 21 and over, 8 p.m.-close today at The Londoner, 18511 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $5. Proceeds will benefit the Yes I Can program at Golden Valley High School. Call (661) 755-4813. Halloween Bash will feature a costume contest, bobbing for discounts, ghoulish goodies and comic book signings, 5 p.m. today at Brave New World Comics, 23566 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-4745. Parents Without Partners Halloween party, 7 p.m. today at the home of club President Melda Somers, 23939 Windward Lane, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Haunted Jailhouse & Halloween Carnival will feature department displays, game booths, a costume contest and hauntingly fun jail cells, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. A $1 donation is requested. Call (661) 255-1121. Harvest party will feature games, food and candy with the theme “Hail to Our Heroes,” 6-8 p.m. Monday at New Life Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. To submit an event to the Daily News Halloween Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, today, Sunday and Monday at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Admission: $49.99. Parking: $10. Call (661) 255-4111. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Santa Clarita Valley Business Group Fall Fest Expo will feature a pancake breakfast, business booths, a bounce house and more – all with the theme “Trick or Treat” – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Creative Years Nursery School, 21710 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita. Call Katri Tyni at (661) 254-0718 Or Kym Cappi at (661) 251-5929. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, today and Sunday at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. last_img read more