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

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Broadcasting Ban on TV’s “E” for Racist Comments against Antetokounmpo

first_imgThe Greek National Council for Radio and Television (ESR) imposed on TV channel “E” a 24-hour broadcasting ban scheduled for January 10, 2019, it was announced on Tuesday, as penalty for the offensive comments made by Dimitris Tsoukalas during his show in relation to basketball player Thanassis Antetokounmpo.E channel is also made to pay 30,000 euros for broadcasting racist statements and low-quality programming. The ESR took into consideration when determining the fine the remorse shown by the channel and the fact that the program in question has already been discontinued, both of which were seen as mitigating factors.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

December 19 2013This continues our report of reno

first_imgDecember 19, 2013This continues our report of renovation of the East Foundry Apartment and surrounding landscape.The first layer of concrete has been has been poured into the trench around the outer wall of the back porch.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]The rock wall between the foundry apartment and the Colly Garden is rebuilt.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Here we are above the same rockwall and can see a trench that was dug around the back of upper rim of this rock wall.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The area around the olive tree has been raised and shored up with a small rockwall. This makes a deep bed to hold the moisture from watering.[photo by Colleen Connery]Plumbing has been exposed for rework.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The crew has started on the form work and and rebar for a new top level of the steps to the back entry of the east foundry apartment and also the back of the planter.More about this in upcoming reports.last_img read more

Macomb County legislators laud measure ensuring effective use of PFAS cleanup funds

first_img The five Republican legislators representing Macomb County residents today supported a resolution in the Michigan House ensuring effective use of state funds provided to address a contaminant identified in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.In December, the Legislature agreed to allocate $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater.State Reps. Diana Farrington, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido, Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch all supported the budget allocation as well as today’s resolution, which provides a framework to ensure public tax dollars are used in an impactful way.“We need to act quickly and efficiently to address the contamination in Macomb County,” said Marino, of Harrison Township, whose district includes the lake, river and Selfridge Air Base, which is adjacent to two of the contaminated sites. “The resolution we approved today will help form a sensible action plan to guide the efforts of state agencies and the PFAS Action Response Team appointed by Gov. Snyder.”The resolution calls on the PFAS Action Response Team to create a scientific advisory committee made up of experts with various backgrounds.“It’s important to ensure the spending decisions made by the PFAS Action Response Team are backed by science,” said Farrington, of Utica. “The advisory committee will conduct a non-biased scientific risk assessment to determine, among other things, the extent of PFAS contamination in Michigan and who is responsible for its presence.”Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said this will also help determine the extent of public exposure.“The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has identified 14 locations in Michigan so far, but I believe this will go much further,” Hornberger said. “PFAS are found in everything from fire foam used by the military to carpets, clothing and upholstery found in all homes.”Additionally, the scientific advisory committee will be asked to conduct an evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current drinking water health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.“This is a complex issue that the state of Michigan is likely going to be dealing with for many years to come,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “The information gathered by the scientific advisory committee will give us the tools we need to make sure state resources are spent in an effective and efficient manner.”Yaroch, of Richmond, said information gathered by the scientific advisory committee will help guide Michigan’s PFAS response in the future.“Protecting our fresh water is a top priority, and we need to respond quickly to address the risks of PFAS,” Yaroch said.### 06Feb Macomb County legislators laud measure ensuring effective use of PFAS cleanup funds Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet BBC Radio Ulster radio presenter and chef Paula McIntyre is coming to Derry next month for Slow Food festivalTHE best of local, clean, fair food will be on the menu when Derry City and Strabane District Council hosts Northern Ireland’s first Slow Food Festival next month in the latest of a series of flagship culinary events celebrating NI Year of Food and Drink 2016.The Slow Food Festival will be centred in Guildhall Square from 12noon until 6 pm on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme with assistance from Slow Food NI.The free family-friendly event will incorporate a Slow Food Harvest Fayre, Slow Food Street Food Zone, Family Fun Zone and fringe events including a Made in Derry Slow Food Walking Tour and cycling tours around the city.There will also be tours of Butterlope Social Farm at Plumbridge by shuttle bus and an eco-tourism experience at St Columba’s Heritage Centre, which will bring to life stories of our forgotten and local foraged foods focusing on seaweeds and other edible, sustainable wild foods, their traditions, myths and cures. Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Hilary McClintock, warmly welcomed the Council’s initiative in organising the upcoming event which will embrace the aims and objectives of Slow Food, a global, grassroots movement founded in Italy in 1989 which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.“Slow Food recognises the fact that Northern Ireland has a unique culinary heritage with indigenous breads, fish from the loughs, world class produce and progressive artisans contributing to the agri-food sector in the province.“We are very proud to be leading the way as a Council in promoting our local food provenance through the commitment of dedicated producers and suppliers which has contributed hugely to the city’s rising reputation as a food destination of note.”Jennifer O’Donnell, Council’s Rural Tourism Officer and organiser of the two-day Slow Food Festival, said: “Building on the legacy of our previous festivals which attracted thousands of visitors to the banks of the Foyle in March, April and July this year, and other Year of Food events including our success as a finalist in Ireland’s Foodie Destinations 2016, we are delighted to be hosting the first Slow Food Festival in Northern Ireland, linking into a global movement that has supporters in more than 150 countries around the world.“This exciting new Festival promises to be a really family friendly event incorporating a Slow Food Harvest Market, demos and talks, guided tours and tastings.“There will be lots of free family entertainment with arts and crafts, petting farm and children’s demonstrations including an edible garden and pea potting stand.“We have a fantastic line-up of local producers from across NI and Donegal including Broighter Gold, Tamnagh Cheese, Scarpello Slow Food Company, Donegal Prime Fish, Pennyburn Playtrail, Pier 59, Baked in Belfast, Erin Grove Preserves, Red Dog Foods and more exhibitors still to be announced.“Festival-goers will also be able to grab a bite from some of the North West’s mouth-watering creative slow food cuisine with Emmett Mc Court’s Irish Food Heritage, Lisnamulligan Farm, Hog Roast Company, Amara Dexter Beef, Coffee & Cream and Morelli’s Ice Cream all confirmed to date.“Festival-goers are in for a real added treat with opportunities on some of the guided food tours to view fresh produce available at this time of year, learn about growing your own vegetables and the free food available by foraging in the countryside.”Paula McIntyre, Director of Slow Food NI and Slow Food UK Board member, explained: “Slow food is the opposite of fast food, it’s not about slow cooking, it’s about slow production and letting things grow naturally, for example vegetables which are seasonal, hopefully organic but not always, and grown without pesticides.”The Slow Food movement promotes the rearing of animals in the traditional way, encouraging the use of rare breeds, with meat allowed to mature slowly without the use of growth hormones.According to the popular BBC Radio Ulster chef presenter who will be taking part in live cookery demos throughout the Festival weekend, Slow Food is reminiscent of the way many of our grandparents lived off the land, right down to sitting around a table and eating together as a family.“It’s knowing where your food comes from and taking the time to enjoy it. Slow Food has some of the best chefs in the world and it is something I am really passionate about. Yes, we talk about ethics and issues and we should all care about our food and where it comes from but I want this Festival to be fun and interactive and it’s great that it’s happening in Derry,” she added.Paula McInytre is a Slow Food Chef Alliance member alongside the likes of Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and will be travelling to the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto international Slow Food convention from September 22nd– 26th that brings thousands of farmers and food producers from 150 countries including Northern Ireland to Turin, Italy every two years.For further information on the Slow Food Festival and how to book places on the tours, where a copy of the programme will also be available soon.GO WILD AS DERRY HOST’S NI’S FIRST SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL NEXT MONTH was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: BBC RADIO ULSTERGO WILD AS DERRY HOST’S NI’S FIRST SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL NEXT MONTHMAYOR HILARY MCCLINTOCKPAULA MCINTYRESLOW FOOD FESTIVALlast_img read more