first_imgThe student population of Nimba County has something to smile about this New Year as the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and the Nimba County Community College seal a MOU to collaborate in providing access to quality education for students in the county.AMEU and NCCC over the weekend signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Dual Degree program (DDP) with emphasis on the English and Mass-Communication disciplines. The program which is considered a pilot academic project will be offered on the campus of NCCC in Sanniquelie.It presents a unique partnership between both institutions and provides a rare pathway for students enrolled at NCCC to earn quality, accessible, and affordable Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The DDP is expected to commence in September of this year with two baccalaureate degree programs from AMEU.The MOU was signed on Friday, January 9, at the Ezzat Eid Resource Center on the Campuses of AMEU. The President of AMEU, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac and NCCC president, Dr. Yar D. Gonway-Gono, signed for their respective institutions.The DDP is based on a formal agreement between AMEU and NCCC under which students will spend three to five years completing requirements of both institutions. Students will be awarded an associate degree from the community college and a bachelor from the University.        The program also has a vision to help transform the deplorable education system in the country and place it on a proper footing for advancement of the youth who make up over 60% of the nation’s population. The beneficiaries of this program, though beginning with Nimba students, are those young people outside the nation’s capital where such opportunities tend to be concentrated.AMEU envisages an ambitious plan that is on the verge of transforming the education system of the country and provide quality education to a larger student population, many of whom are in the leeward counties, Dr. Isaac noted.This will also help to alleviate the pressure on students who in an effort to come down to Monrovia to obtain higher education have to hustle for school fees, transportation, shelter and fend for themselves.The AMEU president noted that he was happy and excited that the collaboration had gotten underway. He narrated that the DDP vision was conceived when he attended the World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE). Two months ago while on his way back from the US, he had the opportunity to attend the WISE in Qatar where educators from all over the world gathered to brainstorm about innovative ways to impact and reach a larger student population globally, said Dr. Isaac.WISE is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF). It spends millions of dollars each year on the WISE with organizers inviting thousands of educators from different countries.“At the summit, we were challenged to become innovative about how we deliver education to our home institutions and think about new ways to develop education.One way we decided to make use of the knowledge we gained at the WISE is through collaboration like this, Dr. Isaac said, adding , “unfortunately, leaders in education in Liberia think the best way is to collaborate with foreign institutions. “It is so easy for us to call up institutions that we attended or we know of, most times big names, and collaborate with them.”“One thing we are not doing well is to collaborate internally, not just institution of higher learning, but with high schools as well. Even agencies and ministries of government do not collaborate as they should. There are a lot of things that we at the Universities and colleges can do to solve most of the problems we face in our education system when we collaborate with others,” declared Dr. Isaac.So while on his way back from the summit he decided to email Dr. Gonway-Gono and Dr. Levi Zangai of Bassa Community College. “And I told them we can bring AMEU to your campuses, because nothing is stopping us, just our thinking. We can start small with one or two programs so that your students, when they graduate, will not have to come to Monrovia unless they want to or unless we are not offering the program of their interest.”Dr Gono responded positively and the conversation started. She visited us first and we talked and she invited us over and they agreed to collaborate not just in the chosen disciplines, “but in other areas we are going to explore so that we can strengthen our capacities. So both faculties can have conversations and maybe we can do joint research and student exchange programs as well.He admonished his colleagues from other universities and colleges in Liberia to take advantage of the WISE program. He noted that the summit is free of charge, Qatar Foundation pays for everything.Dr. Gono, truly overwhelmed at the signing ceremony, commended her counterpart for conceiving the vision. “As an administration I have really been worried about the future of my students. So when this opportunity came I was really overjoyed,” she said.She indicated that the students at NCCC are very enthusiastic about education. “Our students, I can say, are over ambitious. They are eager to learn. They always want to do something. I can’t rest since we began talking about this program because they are always in my office inquiring about when the program will begin, said Dr. Gono, who won best Community College president of 2014. NCCC was also chosen as the CM of 2014.Meanwhile, the DDP is intended to help address two major national development issues. Firstly, the overarching problem of Liberia brain-drain and the need to decentralize socioeconomic development, especially access to higher education. The complexity and scale of the “brain-drain” exacerbated by the civil crisis and the current demand for decentralized social services requires integrated solutions to build around human development.It has been well established that in order to accelerate effective and efficient service delivery across Liberia, government and its partners, with the private sector included, need to develop and strengthen the capacity of county and local institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal parish priest facing trial on drink-driving charges is entitled to declarations that a failure to provide him with certain official documents in Irish breached the State’s constitutional obligations, the High Court has ruled.Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon said her decision does not prevent the trial of Donnchadh Ó Cuinn proceeding next month at the District Court and also does not affect the work of the District Court “in aon chor” (in any way).Fr Ó Cuinn, parish priest of Falcarragh, is charged with driving in excess of the legal limit for alcohol on March 29th, 2014, at Main Street, Letterkenny. He denies the charge. In judicial review proceedings, he argued, as a native Irish speaker, he is entitled to conduct official business through Irish, his native language, the national language and the first official language of the State.He claimed the State defendants breached those rights in failing to make available in Irish some official documents, including the relevant District Court rules and Statutory Instrument.The documents at issue were not available in Irish, only in English, at the time of the alleged offence in March 2014, the Irish Times reports.Fr Ó Cuinn secured leave in November 2014 to bring the judicial review and a stay on any further step in his prosecution was granted pending the outcome of that.In her judgment, Ms Justice O’Hanlon said Fr Ó Cuinn was entitled to certain declarations. She also noted his counsel Séamus Ó Tuathail had said, because of how the case proceeded, he was not seeking certain additional reliefs, which had included an order staying any further step in the prosecution until the relevant documents were available in Irish.The judge said the two declarations granted did not prevent his trial proceeding in the District Court in Letterkenny next January and also do not affect the work of the District Court in any way.She granted a declaration the Minister for Justice, Ireland and the DPP breached their constitutional obligations in not providing an official translation in the national language, the first official language, of the District Court rules as soon as possible following their publication in English.She granted a second declaration the statement on which the charge against the applicant depends is not a statement in the form as determined on foot of Statutory Instrument No. 541/2011, or Section 13 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, insofar as it does not answer to the schedule of that instrument especially in its being in English only.HIGH COURT FINDS IN FAVOUR OF DONEGAL PRIEST IN DRINK-DRIVING CASE was last modified: December 12th, 2015 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:donegaldrink-driving chargesFalcarraghHIGH COURTPriestlast_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal Branch of Diabetes Ireland along with Diabetes Ireland senior management have received several commitments from Minister for Health, Simon Harris after a productive meeting yesterday.The group’s representatives Paul Gillespie and Gerard Gallagher were supported by Dr Anna Clarke and Professor Hilary Hoey of Diabetes Ireland and had the backing of all Donegal Political representatives at Government buildings as they put forward their case for increased resources for Type 1 diabetes care in Letterkenny University Hospital.(Featured image: L-R, Paul Gillespie DDA, Dr Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland, Minister for Health Simon Harris, Dr Hilary Hoey, Diabetes Ireland, and Gerard Gallagher, DDA. Two main points highlighted by the association were the inadequate services for both adults and children with Type 1 diabetes.Minister Harris gave confirmation that a Centre of Excellence for Diabetes would be established in the North West.Paul Gillespie of the Donegal Diabetes Association told Donegal Daily that the group highlighted to Minister Harris that a suitable facility already exists at LUH to consider developing a Shared Centre of Excellence in LUH with Sligo“For Paediatrics, we discussed the fact that there was no Centre of Excellence anywhere north of the Dublin/Limerick line. Minister Harris gave a commitment that there are going to be two new Centres of Excellence – one in Galway in and one in the North West. “They are going to look at the feasibility of having a shared centre between Letterkenny and Sligo. We highlighted that in the catchment area there are more people with diabetes attending LUH.“The Gatehouse is a building at the entrance to the old casualty gate, which was completely repurposed for diabetes care. We argued that would be a good starting point for a Centre of Excellence in Letterkenny,” Mr Gillespie said.Donegal Diabetes Association and Diabetes Ireland with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris this evening to discuss the need to significantly increase resources at Letterkenny UH for diabetes care. Five Donegal TDs and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn were in attendance.An issue facing Donegal’s youngest children with diabetes is the lack of a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric diabetes in Sligo after the post became vacant in April. As a result, insulin pump therapy is not available to newly presenting children under the age of five with diabetes. We welcome the announcement that the continuation of monthly pump therapy into Letterkenny had been secured ”“We welcome the announcement that the continuation of monthly pump therapy into Letterkenny had been secured ”“There are 18 children with Type 1 diabetes that should have started pump therapy, but that wasn’t available. “We got the commitment that an endocrinologist was coming to the north west to start the pump therapy for those children in both Sligo and Letterkenny,” Mr Gillespie said.The group were assured that a paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric diabetes would be reappointed as soon as possible, although it is possible it may not be until the end of the year until this happens.Mr Gillespie said two very concerning points were put before Minister Harris regarding adult diabetes care.Over 7,000 people in County Donegal have been diagnosed as having diabetes, of whom 700+ have type 1 diabetes. “There is an unacceptably long waiting list for a follow-up appointment for adults that is more than 24 months. According to HSE guidelines it should be four months.“The Minister was shocked and amazed the numbers were so bad. Again, he has committed to review this as much as they can,” Mr Gillespie said.Adult diabetes services at Letterkenny are provided by a consultant endocrinologist, supported by a locum consultant general physician.Mr Gillespie said “this was a very welcome step, but the appointment of a second consultant endocrinologist would have only minor improvements to clear the current waiting list, as support staff are also needed”.“Minister Harris said that 120 ANP (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) posts has been sanctioned nationwide so they could ensure at least one ANP in adult diabetes could be developed in LUH to specialise on adult care and support the endocrinologists”“They are now hoping to make the second endocrinologist a full-time position, but it would be almost a year before that position is filled,” Mr Gillespie said.The impact of this under-resourcing on young adults, in particular, was discussed yesterday.“We discussed the transition time for teenagers – like my daughter who just turned 18. Up to this, she was seen by a consultant paediatrician – now it’s going to be 24 months. This is detrimental to the health of children involved looking into adult services.”“We welcomed the news that an ANP specialist in diabetes pump therapy was to be added to paediatric care in LUH and that this ANP could work into the transition clinic until the adult ANP is developed ”Mr Gillespie welcomed the upcoming action to be taken to improve paediatric services in LUH, but said today’s meeting would have minimal improvement of the unacceptable waiting lists for adult appointments.“We are delighted that the Minister has listened to our points and that he has planned to take speedy action ahead of another meeting in September,” Mr Gillespie said.Donegal Diabetes Association secure solutions in diabetes care crisis was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:diabetesDonegal Diabetes AssociationLetterkenny University HospitalSimon Harrislast_img read more