Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)The government of Dominica has announced its commitment to becoming shareholders in the regional air carrier, Leeward Islands Air Transportation (LIAT).Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed on Wednesday that Dominica has been given the green light to own shares in the airline and finalization of arrangements will take place in 2012, dismissing allegations that no discussions has been held with shareholders of LIAT in Dominica’s interest. “The government of Dominica remains committed to becoming a shareholder in LIAT. I’ve heard people say that we’ve not been keeping our promises; that’s not true at all. This matter has been discussed with the shareholder governments, shareholder prime ministers they have in fact given their okay for Dominica to become a shareholder. We need to formalize this arrangement in 2012 as we indicated, but we believe that it is an important strategic move by the government of Dominica to become a shareholder of LIAT.”The prime minister also stated that while some people criticize LIAT, the airline provides an essential service to the Dominican people and the economy.“One can criticize LIAT as often as you wish but one cannot set aside the importance of the service which LIAT provides to Dominica and the importance of LIAT’s service to Dominicans and the economy of Dominica because LIAT is the carrier that brings in the most passengers into the country.”Hon. Hector John. (file photo)Mr Skerrit further noted that the government is not in the business of subsidizing airlines or paying for empty seats, which is an option available to them.However, “to avoid us having to subsidize or to pay for empty seats for any airlines in the future and present, that the best way towards implementing our strategic perspective is to become shareholders of LIAT once again. One must not forget that we used to be shareholders in LIAT until the new LIAT came about,” he said.Meantime leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John called on the government earlier this month to reconsider its decision in light of recent issues affecting the airline.John argues that based on the financial difficulties which the airline is faced with it might be best if the government re-evaluates their decision for Dominica to own shares in the company. “We heard that the prime minister is making moves to see how Dominica can become a member of LIAT and right now we are hearing that the airline is in some serious financial difficulties. I would advise the PM to hold on a while, re-evaluate the situation and see if it’s in the country’s best interest,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share 14 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica government remains committed to becoming shareholders in LIAT by: – December 15, 2011 Share Tweet
StanfordOgwumike selected No. 1 in WNBA DraftThe Los Angeles Sparks took Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike as the top overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft this week.She is the first Pac-12 player to be the top draft pick since 1997. USC’s Tina Thompson was picked first overall that year.Ogwumike, a three-time All-American, is second all-time in Pac-12 scoring (2,491), third all-time in rebounding (1,226) and has a 58.3 shooting percentage. This year the 6-foot-2 power forward was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, an honor she also received in 2010.The Cardinal appeared in the NCAA Final Four during each of Ogwumike’s four seasons. Ogwumike averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds this season.She plans on graduating from Stanford and pursuing a graduate degree in business before she begins playing for the Sparks next season.Three other Pac-12 players were drafted into the WNBA this year, including USC guards Briana Gilbreath and Jacki Gemelos, both of whom went in the third round.Oregon’s Amanda Johnson was drafted in the final round. The Washington Mystics selected Gilbreath, Gemelos went to the Minnesota Lynx and Johnson went to the Phoenix Mercury.OregonESPN exposes Ducks’ marijuana cultureIn an ESPN The Magazine article, writer Sam Alipour reported that widespread marijuana use has been common among student-athletes nationwide, specifically among Oregon football players for the past 15 years.Alipour reported 19 current or past players and officials acknowledged the use of marijuana as a commonality. They estimated between 40 and 60 percent of team members smoke pot.According to Alipour, Oregon coach Chip Kelly is trying to crack down on the team’s usage by enforcing drug tests and attending classes with problem players.“Student-athlete welfare is of the utmost importance to the University of Oregon,” Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens told ESPN. “Similar to many college campuses wrestling with the same issue, the University of Oregon actively works to address potential use of any illegal substance through a combination of education, prevention and enforcement activities.”The Princeton Review ranks the University of Oregon as one of the most pot-friendly schools in the country.In 1998, Oregon became one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana, and the state is one of the nation’s leading producers of the drug. AlabamaCrimson Tide 2011 BCS Trophy ShattersThe Crimson Tide’s 2011 BCS trophy was accidentally knocked from its perch and shattered Saturday, ESPN reported.A football player’s father got his foot caught on a rug resting below the Waterford crystal football’s holding place, and the trophy was knocked to the ground.Valued at $30,000, the trophy was handcrafted in Ireland and put on display at Mal Moore Athletic Facility. Alabama has a second identical 2011 trophy, on display at the Paul W. Bryant Museum.The university said it will attempt to replace the shattered trophy. KentuckyFive starters declare for NBA DraftIn a televised press conference Tuesday, University of Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared their eligibility for the NBA Draft.The five starters led the school to an SEC title and the Kentucky’s eighth NCAA title. Seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas also plan on entering the draft. TennesseeRecord-setting coach steps downPat Summitt, who leads NCAA coaches in all-time wins, is stepping down as the women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, the university announced Wednesday.Summit coached at Tennessee for 38 seasons, racked up a record of 1,098-208 and led the Lady Vols to 18 Final Four appearances, 13 national title games and eight national championships.Summitt, 59, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 but continued on with the team through the end of the 2011-2012 season. Summitt will continue working for the school as head coach emeritus. Her new title allows for more time to focus on her health while also recruiting and mentoring young players.“Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student-athletes and help them discover what they want,” Summitt said in a statement. “I will continue to make them my passion.”Holly Warlick, who has served as Summitt’s assistant coach for 27 years, will take over the head coaching position next season.The Lady Vols went 27-9 last season and advanced to the Elite 8.Texas A&MSEC T-shirts recalled for map mishapA Texas T-shirt company recalled dozens of Texas A&M shirts after complaints about geographical and factual mistakes, according to the Associated Press.A section of the United States is mapped on the shirt, with the states of the SEC represented. North Carolina was incorrectly included in the design and Missouri was omitted.Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC this year after leaving the Big 12 at the end of last season.“Many … have insinuated that Texas A&M made these shirts, and that Texas A&M doesn’t know geography. That’s simply not true. Aggieland Outfitters designed the shirt and simply made a mistake,” Aggieland Outfitters said in a statement to the AP. ToledoNCAA bans school from postseasonThe NCAA banned the University of Toledo’s men’s basketball program from the 2013 postseason tournament, rejecting the university’s appeal.Toledo failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate for several years, resulting in the ban.In its appeal, Toledo asked the NCAA to consider the school’s 2011-2012 academic performance, and not older scores from 2009-2011.“It is simply a question of fairness,” athletic director Mike O’Brien said.
We pause to note the passing at age 77 in Texas, USA of Yancy Peters Flah, a distinguished Liberian, a son of Grand Gedeh County, a youth advocate and an educator. No doubt many of his generation will remember him for many different things that marked his sojourn among us. For me, he was first and foremost a molder of the character of Liberian youth through the National YMCA and in many classrooms in our country and abroad.Born in Bangloh, Konobo District, Grand Gedeh County on March 15, 1937, he was sent at an early age to Zwedru where he began his education at the Assemblies of God Mission schools. Monrovia and CWA followed in the early 1950s. He received a high school diploma from CWA in 1957, enrolled at the University of Liberia the following year, graduating subsequently with a BA degree in History. He was certified with a diploma at Teachers’ College of the University and embarked on secondary school teaching before moving on in 1964 to graduate studies at the prestigious Syracuse University in New York. In 1966 he obtained a Masters degree in History.Yancy soon returned home to the University of Liberia where he served variously as chairperson of the Business Department, Instructor of History, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Assistant Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History. He left the University only in 1977 when appointed by President William R. Tolbert, Jr. as Principal of the then newly established Zwedru Multilateral High School in Grand Gedeh County. He would serve in that capacity through 1980 when the circumstances of the Military Coup d’état of that year would bring him back to Monrovia and to largely uneventful political appointments including Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, 1983 to the end in 1990 of the regime of President Samuel K. Doe.But it was Yancy Peters Flah the youth leader that may remain his greatest legacy. Shortly upon his arrival in Monrovia for school, he was instrumental in the formation of the Krahn Youth Association (KYA) devoted to assisting fellow youths from Grand Gedeh navigate the challenges of life in the Capital city. A fortuitous introduction to the African-American Secretary General of the YMCA of Liberia, David N. Howell (1906-1984) ensued. This was his opening, an opportunity he would use to maximum benefit. Employed initially as a messenger by the YMCA, a popular Christian philanthropic organization, he and David Howell worked together so well that before long Yancy Peters Flah and David Howell became synonymous with YMCA/Liberia, as the “Y” impacted the lives of scores if not hundreds of high school and college students in Monrovia and beyond.This is how I met Yancy Peters Flah when I arrived from Grand Bassa County as a freshman student at the University of Liberia in 1961. As he had a decade earlier learned his way around Monrovia through the KYA and the YMCA, my introduction to Monrovia society was the YMCA and the National Student Christian Council (NSCC). The learning experience was spectacular. There was more. It was my good fortune to be a part of the Liberian delegation to the First All-Africa Christian Youth Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962. A delegation led by the late Rev. Canon Burgess Carr (1935-2012) included Yancy Peters Flah, Kenneth Y. Best, Gladys Kiawon Johnson, Henry Reed Cooper, and Charles Minor. What an opportunity!Early in his career, Yancy was called upon by President Tolbert to serve as the National Orator for July 26, 1974. Then serving as chair of the History Department at the University, his 15-page oration delivered in Zwedru where the national celebrations were held was titled “The Dynamism of our Times: Speedy Evolution.” In it he brought the historian’s mind to major turning points in the country’s history, punctuating the evolutionary rise toward a more inclusive national society. And then he spoke of the Liberian youth: “I believe in youth. I know any one who does has the present and the future on his side, for adults are leaders of yesterday and today, and youth are leaders of today and tomorrow. Unless we lead them now they may lead us in the direction of their choice.” These are indeed prescient words to ponder in our times of crisis and of opportunity!Our condolences to his widow Violet Harron Flah, children, and his entire family. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A new exhibition of watercolours by local artist Mary Ellen Bonner opened at the Burtonport Welcome Centre over the weekend.Mary took up art as a hobby after her retirement and studied initially at courses run at the Rosses Community School, Dungloe in 1975. The artist then went on to study in Ireland with Anne Marie Bourke in Limerick and Barbara Barrett in Kinsale, Cork who had an interest in flowers and good use of colour. Barbara also arranged for courses by the American artist Carlyn Holmen who was originally an illustrator and she taught a lot of techniques including sjablone and semi-abstract. The non-perfect semi-abstract appealed to Mary and she describes it as allowing the colours to flow and have happy accidents.Mary travelled to England to study with Liz Seward whose work she admired however Mary’s artist of the moment is John Hoar who uses only four colours and two big brushes to create beautiful Connemara landscapes.Spanning 37 years of work the exhibition is a collection of semi abstract watercolour landscapes, flowers, seascapes and still life. NEW ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT BURTONPORT WELCOME CENTRE was last modified: May 28th, 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)