Former Student Leaders Condemn Violent Conduct at UL

first_imgMinister Tweah addresses the audience at the launch of Lux Talk Intellectual Exchange.Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, and the secretary to the University of Liberia (UL) Board of Trustees, Augustine K. Ngafuan, have expressed disdain over violent and destructive conduct reported of UL students almost every semester.Minister Tweah and Ngafuan both served as UL student leaders years back. Tweah now serves as a Minister of Finance, while Ngafuan had served as Foreign Minister and Finance Minister in the 12-year regime of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The two men spoke yesterday, August 15, 2018, in the UL auditorium during the launch of “Lux Talk Forum for Intellectual and Cultural Exchange.”The Lux Talk is organized through the instrumentality of the UL Administration in conjunction with students of the Mass Communication and History departments, to intellectualize students’ activities and avoid violent approach to issues.Minister Tweah said UL was a center for intellectual discourse where he and others, who attended there in the past, used their intellect to engage instructors and administration without resorting to violence or destruction; but today the scholastic and intellectual exchanges that used to be typical of the campus have turned into violence.“The UL has gone far from its zenith when it was previously a place for students’ intellectual exchange,” Minister Tweah said. He said that the students nowadays are engaged in destructive and violent activities under the canopy of intellectual discourse.To reverse the unwanted acts exhibited by students, Minister Tweah called on the UL Administration to use the Lux Talk Forum for Intellectual and Cultural Exchange to baptize the students for refinement and civil conduct.He told students that one’s strength lies in his intellect, and not violence, and they should use information to challenge their instructors, who may not be well prepared to present lessons.Mr. Ngafuan described intellectual discourse on UL campus nowadays as “loose talk,” and should be replaced by “Lux Talk”, to bring back the days of real intellectual exchanges among students.He told the students that the public needs talks that elevate the minds, and hoped that the launch of Lux Talk Forum for Intellectual and Cultural Exchange will yield better results.Ngafuan then urged the UL Administration to nurture the program so that it will not wither away.F-R: Mr. Best, Prof. Kobbah-Boley and Dr. AllenThe launch was also complemented by a panel discussion wherein three prominent Liberians, including UL Vice President for Administration, Weade Kobbah-Boley, UL Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. William Ezra Allen, and veteran Liberian journalist and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, participated.The three panelists spoke on the topic, “The Evolution of the Liberian State: A review of 171 years of Historical Development.”Professor Kobbah-Boley provided historical synopses of the coming of the freed slaves, the establishment of the Liberian state, political transitions and some bottlenecks that have continued to retard human growth and unity in the country.She said it was during the administration of William V.S. Tubman that the indigenous people were given citizenship by an act of the Legislature.Dr. Allen, on the other hand, specifically provided a history about the “Congau” settlers because, according to him, the relation between natives and Congau has been politicized.He said these settlers are recaptured Africans, who arrived here at different times, and settled in Oldest Congo Town where they met some indigenous people believed to be of the Bassa tribe.For Mr. Best, he frowned on divisive politics emanating from Congo-Native divide, and recalled that his mother once advised him not to call anyone Congau or country man, but refer to any national as a Liberian.Best emphasized the need for Liberians to know, respect and preserve their culture, and for the UL Administration to get Liberia’s rich cultural documents into its library for research.He opened up the Daily Observer to the UL to allow Dr. Allen recommence the history column that he once presided over.Mr. Best alluded to Minister Tweah’s comment about Liberia’s economy being in the hands of foreigners, and urged the UL authority to emphasize Marketing and Entrepreneurship, to make Liberians conscious of their own economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shaw wins wild finish in BBC Sunday road race – Advertisement -Kevin Shaw won the Blizzard Bike Club’s Sunday night Cecil Lake road race in a close seven rider sprint finish. He held off Pat Ferris and Trevor McDonnell to win a close one. Other riders in the finishing pack were George Gamble, Richard Wood, Les Elliott and Roger St. Jean. All had a time of 1:25:48 hours for the 49 km distance.Conditions were excellent on a rare Sunday evening road race. Owen Giebelhaus caused a stir by an early breakaway that lasted 20 km’s.Other finishers were Owen Giebelhaus at 1:31:52, Jake Elliott 1:36:08 and Christina Woodruff 1:46:56.Sam Keats won the 25 km event with 52:57, just ahead of Ken Nix. Adam Currie was second at 53:00 and Cassie Baker at 1:00:15.Thanks to Sabina for timing!Advertisement -Submitted storycenter_img Coming up:-Wednesday is the first mountain bike race of the season at 7 pm at the Beatton Cactus Trails.-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 PM.-Sunday Frozen John Road Race at 7 pm. Start just past the rail tracks.Advertisementlast_img read more

Southampton slap £24m price tag on Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham target

first_img Morgan Schneiderlin in action for Southampton Southampton have told Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham to cough up £24m if they want to sign Morgan Schneiderlin.The midfielder is expected to leave St Mary’s this summer and that news has alerted several Premier League clubs.Arsenal and Tottenham were chasing the Frenchman last year, while United’s interest has grown after positive scout reports.But, according to France Football, any interested club will have to splash out £24m if they want to land the 25-year-old.Southampton are very reluctant to part with one of their star players and will only sell him if their valuation is met. 1last_img


first_imgExclusive: A 69 year old man has been arrested in Spain and extradited back to Ireland to face trial for a series of alleged sexual assault offences in Co Donegal.Man accused of Donegal sex assaults is being held in custody.Local Gardai flew to Spain and arrested the man on foot of a European arrest warrant. The pensioner, who cannot be named, was arrested when his plane touched down at Dublin Airport.The accused is charged with five cases of sexual assault against two juveniles in a north Donegal town in 2010.Sgt Bridget McGowan told Letterkenny District Court today that she flew to Spain and accompanied the suspect back to Ireland yesterday.She told the court the man’s family had informed Gardai of his whereabouts in Spain after saying he had fled there to evade justice.Gardai contacted Interpol who arrested the man seven days ago and took him to Madrid to hand him over to Gardai.When arrested the man, who appeared in court wearing a polo shirt and blazer, said “nothing to say.”Sgt McGowan also told the court that the PSNI are seeking to interview the man in relation to another matter.Members of the alleged victim’s families were in court.Solicitor Paudge Dorrian made no application for bail.Judge Paul Kelly remanded the accused in custody to Harristown this Friday (July 5th).MAN ARRESTED IN SPAIN FOR DONEGAL SEX ASSAULT CASES was last modified: July 4th, 2013 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:arresteddonegalEuropean arrest warrantGardaiInterpolsexual assaultspainlast_img read more

Manchester United struggling to seal deal for top Jose Mourinho target

first_img Ivan Perisic won’t be sold by Inter Milan on the cheap Inter Milan are refusing to budge on their £44m valuation of Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.The 28-year-old is a target for the Old Trafford club this summer having impressed in Italy and fgor the Croatian national team.Manchester United are willing to cough up £26m to land the forward.However, according to Calciomercato, Inter value Perisic at £44m and they are refusing to negotiate.That has left Manchester United frustrated as they struggle to get a deal done for a player high on Jose Mourinho’s summer shopping list. 1last_img

Kasper Dolberg’s agent says Ajax star would find it difficult to turn down Roma

first_imgThe agent of Liverpool target Kasper Dolberg has admitted his client would find it difficult to turn down a potential move to Roma.Dolberg, 19, was in superb form for Ajax last term as he helped the Amsterdam side reach the final of the Europa League, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailing the youngster as “fantastic”.Despite Ajax’s reluctance to sell the Dane, Roma have pressed forward with their advances and reports have emerged that the Serie A giants lodged a £13m bid.The forward’s agent, Jens Steffensen, has now added further fuel to the fire by conceding that Roma would appeal to his client.“Serie A is a great competition”, Steffensen told RomaNews.“He would at the least find it difficult to say no to a big club like Roma.” Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg 1last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: If you don’t have a head for heights, then you should look away now.In fact, don’t even think about pressing that ‘play’ button.This was the moment when one visitor to the spectacular Sliabh Liag cliffs stumbled….and it certainly makes you shudder.Click to play…..  DDTV VIDEO: THE STOMACH-CHURNING MOMENT THIS MAN STUMBLED ON SLIEVE LEAGUE was last modified: April 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: THE STOMACH-CHURNING MOMENT THIS MAN STUMBLED ON SLIEVE LEAGUEdonegalsliabh liaglast_img read more

California Expos rally in the ninth to grab 3-2 comeback win over Humboldt Crabs

first_imgARCATA >> The Crabs gave the Expos an extra out to work with, and the visitors from the Central Valley were more than happy to take advantage of the opportunity that was in front of them.Catcher Alan Crowley’s two-out two-run single to right field scored a pair of unearned runs against Humboldt closer Jacob Gomez, as the California Expos snagged a 3-2 comeback win over the Crabs on a chilly Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.It turned out to be quite the nice cherry on top on the day for …last_img

Bach to the Feature: Music More Cognitive Than Language

first_imgThe ability for the human mind to gauge hierarchical structures in music over the span of lengthy works suggests that we exercise greater cognition in that skill than in language.Music is an evolutionary enigma (1/05/01, 12/13/04, 5/19/08, 5/28/09 #10, 1/15/10 #2, 7/06/12) that defies explanation by natural selection, despite years of attempts to explain it since Darwin attempted a story 154 years ago.  Now, we find that the human capacity to analyze and enjoy music is even more complex than realized.Higher arky:  Scientists from Germany, America and Brazil analyzed the mind’s ability to gauge hierarchical structures in music.  Publishing in PNAS, they describe how they did brain scans while giving subjects straight and modified versions of a Bach chorale.  Keeping distant parts of a work in order utilizes multiple parts of the brain:Our results reveal that a brain mechanism fundamental for syntactic processing is engaged during the perception of music, indicating that processing of hierarchical structure with nested nonlocal dependencies is not just a key component of human language, but a multidomain capacity of human cognition.The end of the paper included this suggestion:Because hierarchical structures of many musical pieces (up to entire movements of a symphony) exceed by far the structural complexity even of the most elaborate sentences, it is tempting to speculate that the human ability to process hierarchical structure in music might be more powerful than linguistic syntax, often considered to be the paragon of human cognitive complexity.Octavian:  Another PNAS paper examined the human tendency to associate notes with their octaves.  These authors also speculated, but in the evolutionary chance direction:We speculate that this connectivity scheme evolved from exposure to natural vibrations containing octave-related spectral peaks, e.g., as produced by vocal cords….It is plausible that the octave effect reflects neural connectivity at octave-related frequencies. From an ecological perspective, such connectivity might have evolved from exposure to environmental sounds (e.g., speech, animal vocalizations, and vibrations such as in strings), which contain multiple harmonics such as octaves, which correspond to the second, fourth, eighth, etc. harmonic.All they could point to, though, was that the “octave effect” is heard in both Asian and Western musical traditions.  It’s not clear why evolution should have anything to do with it.  The Pythagoreans, for instance, viewed geometry, music and harmony as fundamental aspects of the universe.  The Judeo-Christian tradition views music as a reflection of creativity in the image of God.  Why should mutation and selection be given pride of place?Mosh pit:  Evolutionists keep asking the question but never answering it with a definitive, non-question-begging solution.  National Geographic, for instance, put forward the old Darwinian answers and some other speculations.  “Darwin and others have said it was a way to woo. Others believe music is social glue—a theory bolstered by a new study,” Marc Silver wrote.Why did humans invent music?Until the hot tub time machine becomes a reality, the answer to that question will remain as mysterious as the true identity of the ’60s garage band ? and the Mysterians.Nonetheless, academic minds are always trying to come up with a theory. Charles Darwin believed music was created as a sexual come-on.So was music “created” by intelligent design?  Did humans “invent music” by intelligent design?  What mutation in the brain made someone toot out the front end instead of the back end, such that the opposite sex found it appealing?  How did that mutation get passed on?  Were additional mutations required to produce Berlioz’ Requiem?Silver is half trying to entertain by letting a study by Chris Loersch (U of Colorado) take the stage.  Loersch tries to support the notion that music evolved as a social glue: “music evolved in service of group living.”  But he appeals to rock concerts for support, as the lead photo illustrates, where groupthink is of the essence of the experience.  Loersch also focuses on the emotion of music, and not the complex analytical structure of classical works.  Most egregiously, he cites no mutation or genetic mechanism that would make music a heritable trait in humans.  Nor does he explain why other animals, though emitting sounds, never “evolved” anything close to the structural complexity of human music.  Wouldn’t other animals profit from having their group living served?  Birds may sing, and wolves may howl, but only humans create musical forms with hierarchical structure and symmetry, put words to music, create musical instruments, write it down in notational form, and perform it both alone and in groups.  In the Biblical narrative, Adam’s offspring were already making musical instruments while he was still living.Since this is all more of the same Darwinian la-de-da and fol-de-rol that never gets a credible answer in 154 years, let’s just have a little jam session with our Evolution Songs and laugh it off.  Go to the Darwin Hymnbook and have at it with your garage band.  Then, to get back to sanity, analyze the use of octaves and hierarchical structures in some Mozart or Handel. 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