Ambassador Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, is expected to serve as Guest Lecturer at the Ambassadorial Lecture Forum (ALF) of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI).The ALF, which is slated for Wednesday, August 26, at 3 p.m., will be held in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Ambassador Solaja will be the sixth lecturer of the ALF, which was launched on January 3, 2010. Ambassador Solaja, a Nigerian, born on November 25, 1956, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Ife. Among his rich list of credentials, the AU Diplomat served from 2005 to 2008 as Nigeria’s Minister Plenipotentiary at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA. He also served as Chief of Protocol of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from September 2009 to July 2011.He assumed the position of Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Liberia and Sierra Leone on October 4, 2011. In the first Ambassadorial Lecture Forum held in 2010, H.E. Chief Ojo Maduekwe, CFR, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, served as Guest Lecturer. That lecture recognized Ambassador Charles T. O. King, who served as Liberia’s first Ambassador to the then newly independent Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1961 to 1968.The fifth ALF was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The Guest Lecturer was H.E. Masilo Esau Mabeta, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Liberia. That lecture recognized Ambassador Neh Rita Sangai Dukuly-Tolbert, former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain and Switzerland. Meanwhile, on the day of the sixth ALF, Ambassador E. Sumo Jones will be the honoree. Among the honoree’s many credentials, including serving as Acting Head of State of Liberia for three days in October 1981, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Guinea from 2007 to 2012. He had also served as Superintendent and Senator of Lofa County in the 1970s and early 1980. In September 1981, he served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs.The Forum highlights Liberia’s former ambassadors’ role and contribution to Liberian Diplomacy and Foreign Policy achievements and also presents an opportunity for lectures on topical diplomatic issues on the international agenda. The outcome of the ALF will be a documentation of activities of Liberia Foreign Service officers, who have made immense contributions to Liberia’s Foreign Policy over the years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Craig Burley believes John Stones WILL get his move to Chelsea – whatever Roberto Martinez says.Everton boss Martinez insists Stones will not be sold this summer despite the 21-year-old defender handing in a transfer request in the wake of interest from the Premier League champions.But Burley feels the Toffees will be forced into doing a late deal, telling the Sports Bar: “This is one that could go down to the wire but I think, eventually, Everton will buckle if they get the right deal.”
For more information about VCEDA, call (805) 388-3457 or visit www.vceda.org. — Daily News Applications open for valley council SANTA ROSA VALLEY – Residents may submit applications until Jan. 6 for two seats on the Santa Rosa Valley Municipal Advisory Council, which advises Ventura County officials on issues of concern to the semirural community between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. The applications are available at the office of Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite C. They also can be requested by phone at (805) 737-2564. When completed, they can be faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to Parks’ office. — Daily News Braille Institute has vision checks SIMI VALLEY – The Braille Institute will offer free vision consultations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. The consultations will also be available Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goebel Senior Center at 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Specialists will assess visual skills and offer techniques to make the most of existing vision. For information or an appointment, call (805) 583-6363. — Daily News Volunteer training set for ESL tutors CAMARILLO – Free workshops will be held Jan. 7 and 14 to train volunteers as English-as-a-second-language tutors. The workshops will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Leisure Village Recreation Center’s Lanai Room. Call (805) 385-9584. — Daily News Senior programs offered in January SIMI VALLEY – The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will be rolling out a new program for the 50-and-over crowd starting next month. A partnership between the park district, city and the Council on Aging will bring a slew of activities to the residents of Simi Valley, including sports, crafts, fitness, recreation and more. Adult age 50 or over can sign up for the new programs, classes and sports leagues Jan. 3. All classes and programs will be held at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. For information, call (805) 584-4400. — Daily News160Want 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 Christmas trees can also be taken directly to the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, 2801 Madera Road, from Monday through Jan. 14. Hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but will be collected if cut into 3-foot sections and placed into the regular trash cart. — Daily News VCEDA officials look at economy CAMARILLO – The ninth annual meeting of the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County and the 57th annual installation of officers for the Ventura County Economic Development Association will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Spanish Hills Country Club. The theme of the event is “County Line to Bottom Line: Ventura County and the National Economy.” Chris Engle, vice president and senior analyst for AngelouEconomics, a Texas-based economic development consulting firm, will address how national business trends affect Ventura County in his keynote address at the event. The cost is $100 and includes a networking reception. For reservations, call (805) 384-1800, Ext. 21. Curbside yule tree recycling offered SIMI VALLEY – Trash and recycling schedules for G.I. Industries and Waste Management will be unchanged during the holidays, officials said. Customers with questions about the trash-collection schedule can log on to www.KeepingVenturaCountyClean.com. Waste Management customers can recycle their Christmas trees by cutting them in half and placing the pieces in the yard-trimmings cart on their scheduled pickup day. In Simi Valley, trees can be placed curbside, in addition to the green yard waste container, from Monday to Jan. 6.