NCHE Warns ‘Fake, Impersonating Universities’

first_img– Advertisement – Deputy Director for Quality Assurance of NCHE, Rev. J. Andrew Lablah Ahead of the opening of the 2018/2019 academic year, there are reports of a proliferation of tertiary and higher institutions of learning in the country.Against this background, authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) yesterday, September 11, released a list of 38 accredited higher education institutions (HEIs).The Commission therefore warned students of enrolling into “fake or impersonating institutions” that are “illegally operating without permit from the NCHE.”NCHE’s Deputy Director for Quality Assurance Andrew Lablah said that of those accredited institutions, 10 are government or public HEIs, with 19 being faith-based, while nine are privately-owned.Larblah said since 2017, there has been no new accreditation, warning higher education institutions that are operating “illegally to close their doors and seek permit from NCHE before registering students to avoid being embarrassed.”Further, the NCHE has announced that as of October 2018, it will begin to standardize quality assessment, and  institutions that do not meet the minimum standard will be recommended for closure.The NCHE is responsible for regulating, evaluating, accrediting, and establishing institutions of higher learning in the country.The higher education sector plays a pivotal role in the process of developing the country’s economy and supporting the pro-poor goal. The output and impact of the HEIs, both individually and collectively, is central to attaining national and regional economic growth as well as building a fair and compassionate society.“We need to ensure that our institutions offer programs that are sound, relevant and of quality,” Mr. Larblah said.NCHE’s Department of Quality Assurance is responsible to facilitate the establishment of appropriate quality assurance processes within accredited tertiary institutions. It sets the scene for practical guidance through quality assurance within the HEIs. It also provides guidelines for undertaking self-assessments by institutions, to assemble their portfolio in preparation for an external quality audit to institute quality audit procedures that form the basis for quality provision.10 Public Accredited Higher Education Institutions University of Liberia offers various programs including Master’s degree; three others offer diverse programs including Bachelor’s degree. These are the William V.S. Tubman University, Bong County Technical College and Harbel College. Six institutions offer programs that include Associate’s degree. These include Bomi County Community College, Grand Bassa Community College, Nimba County Community College, Lofa County Community College, Grand Gedeh County Community College and Sinoe County Community College.19 Faith-based Higher Education InstitutionsCuttington University; Stella Maris Polytechnic; United Methodist University, and African Methodist Episcopal University. A.M.E. Zion University College; Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary; African Bible College University; Liberia Assemblies of God Bible College; Monrovia Bible College, and the Adventist University of West Africa.Others are Trinity Bible College; Jake Memorial Baptist College; Christian Theological Seminary; Baptist College of Missionary Physician Assistants; Wesleyan College of Liberia; Vision International Christian College of Liberia; Liberia International Christian College; Free Pentecostal College; and Salvation Army Technical Institute.9 Private Higher Accredited InstitutionsStarz College Of Technology; Bluecrest University College; Bushrod Institute of Technology; Smythe Institute of Management and Technology, and St. Clements University College.Others are Leigh-Sherman Community College; Lincoln College of Professional Studies; Liberia Dujar Technical College, and  Licosses.Meanwhile, NCHE has issued a 40-day ultimatum to accredited institutions, that have not paid their annual service fee of US$500 to the Liberia Revenue Authority ( LRA), to do so or else face the consequences.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jay & Sylvia Sobhraj Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Research to open soon

first_imgThe much-anticipated opening of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Centre of Behavioural Sciences and Research at the University of Guyana Campus, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, is soon to be officially opened.The Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Centre of Behavioural Sciences and ResearchThe construction of the centre was completed a few weeks ago by Buddy’s Construction, a local general construction company, but the next step will be the furnishing of the building.The Foundation, after spending millions of dollars in the Information Technology sector, working with Government institutions such as the Guyana Police Force and NGOs to provide free computer training to the public while simultaneously working in New York with the public schools by enhancing their existing computer centers, has embarked in assisting the mental health sector in Guyana.During construction, Dr Jay Sobhraj increased the donation to ensure that the quality of the construction is not compromised. Many who witnessed the construction, including the university staff, had an opportunity to see the inside of the building after completion and were impressed with the design and quality of the construction, while students cannot wait to start using the facility.The newly-designed Centre will accommodate a psychology department, lecture halls, a clinical psychology clinic, a student medical centre, a student gym, a bookstore, students’ religious offices, and a food court. The building was designated for use by the Psychology majors and will also be used for other majors such as Engineering, Science and Liberal Arts.In March 2018, Founder of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, a US-based Guyanese entrepreneur, Dr Jay Sobhraj, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Guyana worth approximately $80 million to renovate an existing building known on the University campus as the “Spicy Dish” building.last_img read more

Corentyne gas station guards robbed

first_imgAs law enforcement officers in Berbice map out a plan to put a halt to robberies in the county, two security guards at M Ali and Son Service Station at Strand were on Tuesday night tied up and robbed.Reports indicate that the perpetrators used a screwdriver to stick up the guards and then bound them. They were relieved of an undisclosed quantity of phone cards and ,000.Also on Tuesday night, two men armed with cutlasses robbed a Port Mourant businesswoman. Reports indicate that the masked men broke into the home of the businesswoman and took ,000 from her.Less than 24 hours before, two armed men, also masked, attacked a businessman two doors away, and relieved him of a quantity of cash and jewellery.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam addressing the issue of crime on the Corentyne said there was a criminal group which operated out of Free Yard, Port Mourant.He said the group had been active in March but had gone dormant. His comments came as he addressed concerns of residents in Rose Hall Town, at a meeting on Wednesday evening. “There is no way you ought to accept what is happening in your community,” the Commander told residents.He explained that there was another gang which operated out of Rose Hall, “And they bring people into Rose Hall. They operate in twos or in threes to commit robberies.”Recently, a man known to the Police disarmed and shot a Police Officer hitting his bulletproof vest.One resident at Wednesday’s meeting who witnessed the incident said the act was puzzling. “The officer was begging his colleague for his firearm. The second Police refused to give the first one the gun and I believe that if he had actually handed over the gun to the other Police the criminal would have been shot, but for reasons unknown the gun was never handed over.”According to the Commander, the Police are not having an easy task even after placing persons before the courts. “Now the Magistrates are not inclined to remand prisoners based on what happened at Camp Street, so we put them in and they come back out to do the same things again. They don’t mind, the criminals would find money for a lawyer and money for bail. They go in and they come back out and we start the same cycle all over again. The community has to help Berbice,” he said.Meanwhile, Head of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission Skills Training Centre and Counselling Centre at Port Mourant, Pandit Surish Sugrim noted that the way Police Officers in Georgetown handle crime was different from the way officers in Berbice handle crime.He said there was need for more Police vehicles because of the long distance between police stations on the Corentyne. “Police alone cannot solve crime, as a community, we need to work together.” He suggested that there be more frequent Police patrols in the community.Sugrim, however, questioned why all Police Officers were not equipped with firearms and handcuffs as in some Caribbean states.Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam said if Police Officers used their guns in an indiscriminate way, there would be consequences they would have to face: “We are arming our ranks while they are on duty and there are some ranks – depending on where they are stationed – [who] have personal firearms,” he said.According to the Commander, more vehicles are expected to come to the Division shortly. However, he could not promise that the Rose Hall Police Outpost would be getting its own patrol vehicle.One resident, who is a budding social worker, questioned the reason for not having in place a programme to reform prisoners. “They need help and I believe that some of them can change their attitude if they get the right help that they need… When they do come out [from prison] is there a follow-up check to see what they are doing?” she questioned.Most of the armed robberies committed along the Lower and Central Corentyne over the past three weeks have targeted the business community.last_img read more

Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace

first_img Former Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis 1 Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has left the club with immediate effect after a disagreement over transfer policy.The Eagles manager reportedely believed he deserved a bigger transfer budget and has been left frustrated at missing out on a series of key targets, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michu and Steven Caulker.And that led co-chairman Steve Parish to hold crunch talks with Pulis in a meeting held in London on Thursday evening.Neither party has been able to come to an amicable agreement regarding the future of the club, leading the Palace boss to leave Selhurst Park less than two days before they kick off their Premier League campaign against Arsenal on Saturday evening.Pulis succeeded Ian Holloway at the south London club in November with Palace sat rock bottom of the Premier League and performed miracles to help them stave off relegation and finish 11th in the table.Current assistant manager Keith Millen is expected to lead the side in the opening game of the season against the Gunners, live on talkSPORT.Crystal Palace later confirmed they would hold a press conference at 3pm on Friday.More to follow.last_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY SOUGHT TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE TV EXPERIMENT WITH LOCAL TD!

first_imgAn SOS has been issued to a Donegal family to take part in a unique TV experiment when a local TD moves in with them.The show, which will be broadcast on TV3 in early 2015, will see four politicians across the country spend five days with a host family.The family must be in receipt of social welfare payments. A spokesman for the film-makers, Mind The Gap Films, said they are looking for a host family from the Lifford, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon, Gweedore of Killybegs area.The identity of the Donegal TD has yet to be made known.So will it be Joe McHugh, Thomas Pringle, Charlie McConalogue, Padraig Mac Lochlainn or Pearse Doherty?“This series aims to allow real people to engage on a personal level with their representatives in Government in the hope of starting a conversation that could lead to real change for your community and your country. This is not Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer,” said a spokesman. The families chosen to take part will receive a fee for taking part.The TDs will stay with the families and see first-had the everyday challenges that face them.Filming on the new realty show will take place in October.If you are interested in getting involved or would like some more information, please contact Jennifer in the Mind the Gap Films office on 01 6624742 or at jennifer@mindthegapfilms.com DONEGAL FAMILY SOUGHT TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE TV EXPERIMENT WITH LOCAL TD! was last modified: September 29th, 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)last_img read more

FORMER GARDA SERGEANT GRIPPED STEERING WHEEL AFTER SUSPECTED DRUNK-DRIVING INCIDENT

first_imgA former Garda Sergeant gripped his steering wheel and refused to get out of his car when stopped for suspected drunk-driving.A special sitting of Letterkenny District Court yesterday heard how it took three Gardai to get Jack Conaty out of his car.The court heard how Conaty, a member of the Gardai for more than 30 years, swore and laughed at Gardai when they stopped him at Dunmore, Carrigans on September 16th, 2011. After getting into his Ford Connect van, Conaty, 63, drove down the village’s Main Street on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed two oncoming cars.Garda Paul McGee also revealed how he swerved across the wrong side of the road and tried to “ram” the Garda patrol car as they tried to overtake Conaty.He eventually stopped outside the gate of his home and Gardai tried to apprehend him.When asked to get out of the car, Conaty, of Lower Dunmore, Carrigans, asked “What the f*** are you on about?”He then clinched the steering wheel of the van and told Gardai “I’m f***ing going home.”He was eventually taken from the van by three Gardai who were forced to put two sets of handcuffs on him.Conaty’s wife then arrived and told the arresting Gardai that her husband had a heart condition.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station and when asked his name he said “fu** off” three times to Gardai.Despite three attempts he could not give a breath sample telling Gardai that he had a heart pacemaker and wanted to see his consultant.However Gardai refused to get him his doctor.“I felt he was frustrating the process,” said Sgt Joe Kealy.The court heard that Conaty was asked if he had consumed alcohol and he replied he had drank two coffees.His statement was read over to him by Gardai but Conaty refused to sign it.Solicitor Pat McMyler said his client could not be found guilty as there was a breach of the process because a doctor was refused for his client.However Judge Paul Kelly he accepted the evidence of Sgt Keely.He found Conaty guilty of dangerous driving and fined him €200 and disqualified him from driving for two years and also guilty of failing to comply with an intoxiliser and was fined a further €300 and disqualified for a further 4 years.Judge Kelly said “He knows well how difficult it is for Gardai to deal with these situations and is an aspect oF this case that does not help him.“It aggrevates the situation somewhat. I feel a man of his years and experience should have behaved better in dealing with the Gardai,” he saidSolicitor McMyler added of his client’s behaviour that a kinder view might have been taken at one time but those days are long gone.FORMER GARDA SERGEANT GRIPPED STEERING WHEEL AFTER SUSPECTED DRUNK-DRIVING INCIDENT was last modified: October 5th, 2012 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:CarrigansGardaJack ConatyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

Uptown eatery gets liquor license

first_imgWHITTIER – The City Council has reversed itself, granting Steve’s BBQ in Uptown Whittier a permit allowing it to sell hard liquor. The council voted 3-2 on Sept. 13 to deny the request, but Councilwoman Cathy Warner changed her vote Tuesday, to give majority approval to the permit for the restaurant at 7006 Greenleaf Ave. “There were three areas we need to focus on: public safety, concentration of liquor licenses (in the Uptown area) and noise,” she said. “There was new information on these three issues and that’s what persuaded me to change my vote.” Warner was the only council member to change her vote. Mayor Greg Nordbak and Councilman Doug Lopez again voted in favor of approving the permit. Councilmen Bob Henderson and Owen Newcomer again voted against it. Warner said one key change for her was when the council revoked a permit allowing Rome Fine Dining to sell alcoholic beverages. It is located across the street from Steve’s BBQ. “In regard to public safety, (Rome Fine Dining) no longer has the same crowd and there are the same issues there were before. It also doesn’t have a liquor license and that means there’s one less,” she said. Warner also said that Steve Hernandez, owner of Steve’s BBQ, also will take measures to reduce noise. Henderson said he isn’t satisfied because he still has concerns about noise and about how the restaurant became a “hang-out” for a motorcycle gang. “We should proceed very cautiously,” he said. “I think Mr. Hernandez is on the right track. If he does clean the situation up and put in security measures, I have no problem with him coming back in a few months and making another application. “We’ve got to be very cautious in not getting back to the Noa Noa (a former restaurant-bar) and Ibiza situation where it becomes primarily a bar,” he said. Nordbak said the city has imposed 63 restrictive conditions on the restaurant. “We should give this man an opportunity to be a good neighbor and a good citizen and allow him to expand his business,” he said. But Henderson said that it isn’t easy to revoke a conditional-use permit because it usually means going to court. Steve’s BBQ, which has been in existence for four years, has a permit to sell wine and beer. The owner now will be the fourth in Uptown Whittier to have a permit to sell hard liquor. Before his permit will go into effect, the Police Department must approve a security plan, an interior noise meter to alert management when the decibels exceed 95 (as high as an ambulance siren) and weather stripping over the doors. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Trial set in 100 nightclub deaths

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – A judge set a May 1 trial date for one of three men charged in a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people. Daniel Biechele, the former tour manager for the rock band Great White, faces 200 counts of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter. Authorities say he lighted the pyrotechnics display that ignited flammable foam that lined the ceiling and walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Biechele is being tried separately from club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who are also each charged with 200 counts of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter. No trial date has been set yet for the brothers. 160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake If convicted, the three could face up to 30 years on each count. Michael Healey, a spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch, said the Derderians’ trial would not begin until after Biechele’s trial ends. A civil lawsuit is expected to go to trial after criminal trials are finished for all three defendants. last_img read more

These Feet Were Made for Walking (and Running)

first_imgWe usually walk or run.  When walking, we roll from heel to arch to toe and rock our arms back and forth.  When running, we bounce up and down slightly while pumping our arms.  Did you know that many other gaits are possible?  Why do we use only two?  A team of specialists in bio-robotics at Cornell decided to apply a mathematical model to human foot travel.  Like true scientists, they asked questions about the obvious:Why do people not walk or even run with a smooth level gait, like a waiter holding two cups brim-full of boiling coffee?  Why do people select walking and running from the other possibilities?  We address such questions by modelling a person as a machine describable with the equations of newtonian mechanics.  The basic approximations are: first, that humans have compact bodies and light legs; second, that gait choice is based on energy optimization; and third, that energy cost is proportional to muscle work.  We use a simplification of previous models, perhaps the simplest mechanical model that is capable of exhibiting a broad range of gaits that includes walking and running.  Although the model is a mechanical abstraction that is not physically realizable, it is subject to the laws of physics.  Because of its simplicity, the model is amenable to interpretation.  It can also be studied with exhaustive and accurate simulation experiments, far beyond what is possible with human subjects.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So, putting the model in the computer and cranking out the equations, they discovered that these two gaits are the most energy efficient for beings our size and shape.  Their only mention of evolution referred to the fact that, in their model, running did not require elastic spring energy: “human ancestors could have started to run before the modern human long Achilles tendon was fully evolved.”  Their derivations were published in Nature.11Srinivasan and Ruina, “Computer optimization of a minimal biped model discovers walking and running,” Nature 439, 72-75 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04113.That statement merely assumes evolution, again – the mortal sin of Darwinists.  “Before the Achilles tendon was fully evolved,” right.  Since evolution is already a fact to these dogmatists, it must make perfect sense.  After all, running in circles in a big enough squirrel cage provides the illusion of making progress down a straight track.    Human bodies can be treated like physical objects and described according to physical laws.  Drop yours out a window and you will accelerate at thirty-two feet per second squared till reaching terminal velocity.  The crater you formed can be measured, and the force you generated on impact can be calculated.  The mechanics of running can be described, quantified, and modeled (see 11/18/2004).  This is all wonderful and useful, but says nothing about how humans, and these mechanical abilities, arose.  Nor does it say how we should use them.  Newton needed to look elsewhere for those laws: Walk circumspectly; do not run in vain.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deere Tracks – Christmas Edition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What do you get when you mix a Tractor, a Drone and 10″ of Snow? A TWO ACRE MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hopefully Santa will see it when he flies over on Christmas Eve!last_img