Reports say Grand Gedians residing in the United States of America, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia have petitioned one William Khon Glay to contest for the senatorial seat of Grand Geddeh County in the upcoming 2014 mid-term election.The group under the banner ‘Friends of William Glay’ said, “As a well connected man, a former regional forester, as well as a former representative of Legislature, we believe in Mr. Glay, due to his vast experience and proven leadership ability.”It was revealed by his supporters that Glay would bring a ‘viable representation’ to the table if elected.Glay’s fans believe that electing him in Senate would bring about the continuation of brighter days for Grand Geddeans, a situation they are said to have enjoyed before the Liberian civil war.The group’s statement further said, Glay’s leadership would buttress an agenda for job creation, better farm-to-market roads, adequate schools and affordable healthcare services for the people of Grand Gedeh.Receiving the petition, Glay expressed his thanks and appreciation to the organizing committee for their thoughtfulness and sense of gratitude.The former law maker said he was deeply honored by the citizen’s request and promised to make a comprehensive response at a possible time.Concerning their endorsement he explained: “The request brought tears to my eyes because you all realize the importance of power and how it should be channeled to bring about improvement in the lives of the people of our county.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia climbed three steps in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola Ranking for the month of June despite her ousting from qualifiers of the CAF’s African Cup of Nations and U-20 competition.The country moved to 116th position on the global scene, but remained 34 in Africa.Liberia ended April and May editions of the monthly examination by Fifa of its members’ countries at 119th spot.Lone Star before its narrow 1-0 win over Lesotho, recentlyCritics say that the three steps made by Liberia might be due to the 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast and Lesotho despite the latest disappointing defeats in the return legs.Meanwhile, Algeria made the most significant move in Africa beating the Elephants of Ivory Coast to move to 1st place in Africa, while Ivory Coast dropped to second.Despite their absence from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Egypt moved to third on the log, while Ghana, Cape Verde Island are fourth and fifth and Nations Cup defending champions Nigeria remained at number six.Sierra Leone moved to ninth position while Tunisia and Guinea are seventh and eighth and Cameroun is placed at the tenth spot.Meanwhile, there was plenty of movement in the latest edition in the ranking, with 77 qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ensuring a number of changes compared to last month.In the top 20, leaders Spain and second-placed Germany remained unchallenged at the top, with Argentina’s move into third place following wins over Uruguay (11th, down 4) and Chile (21st, down 4) edging Portugal down to fourth.Also benefiting from two victories are Italy (5th, up 3) and Russia (9th, up 3), the latter moving into the top ten for the first time since October 2010. Brazil, who is hosting the 2014 world finals and thus has no potential points-earning qualifiers, managed to stay 13th thanks to two runaway wins in friendlies against Iraq (97th, down 17) and Japan (24th, down 1).Six teams have reached their highest-ever position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was launched in 1993: Algeria (19th, up 5), Haiti (57th, up 3), Dominican Republic (92nd, up 10), St Kitts and Nevis (106th, up 16), Philippines (143rd, up 4) and Timor-Leste (187th, up 19).The results of 146 ‘A’ internationals have been taken into account on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which more than half (77) were qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup. 25 were CONCACAF/AFC continental qualifiers and 44 were friendlies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
When last did you go shopping in one of the local markets or supermarkets? If recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the rapid increase of prices on everything; and believe me, with time, it’s going to go from bad to worse. Unless you live in the interior or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.We are now facing a major economic collapse, as you will agree with me that a bag of rice that once cost $35 is now $50, and in some places $55. Pepper that was at least five pods for five Liberian dollars has now reduced to three pods for five dollars or has at least increased to three times the price that it was before the crisis. Have you thought about how you would survive if this crisis should continue? My advice to you: “Do that shopping that you’ve been putting off since last month.” Make sure you have mostly everything you need in the house (if not all) for you and your family for at least two to three months. All of these things are expected to happen during crises like these but, like the old saying goes, “in times of peace, prepare yourself for war”.We’re all praying that this Ebola virus is eradicated as soon as possible with absolutely no new cases; but in the mean time, you just might want to have these things within your reach – that is, in your homes – while we all fight Ebola. You do not necessarily have to get them all at once but, why not try to purchase one or two items every week until you’ve gotten all that you need?In the list below, LIB Life came up with some items that we believe are in limited supply around town but are just necessary things that will cut down your spending and save you that desperate trip to the market or hospital and we advise that you get yours as soon as possible. 1. Water. Have you heard the saying, “water is life”, that is so true. Dehydration is a terrible thing and you can never tell when that store next to you just might run out of drinking water. Make sure to have more than enough drinking water in the house and never make it a habit to go to bed without drinking water in the house. For some of us that cannot afford to buy mineral water, that’s ok, you can also make sure to stock your house up with gallons of water from wherever hand pump that you normally draw your water from. Make sure that your hand pump is always chlorinated. Remember, one can go without food for a couple a days but not without water. Water is highly essential during this period.2. Food. The last thing you want is your child crying, “mama and papa I hungry ohhh”. Make sure to have as much food as you can. When shopping for food, make sure to include items that don’t necessarily require gas, char- coal, and preparation. Make sure to buy enough canned food as much as possible, for they last longer, save space and are easy to prepare. Also, why not make that Pepper source, bennet-seed dust, bonie dust that goes so right with dry rice (if you know what I mean)? This will also cut down those everyday expenses of having to buy them at a retail price.3. Sanitation items. While these may not be absolute “essentials”, the truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what would you do without toilet paper? Just think about it. Imagine that you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can’t get any more. What would you do? The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for granted in society today. So what would happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?Make sure to grab items like bath and washing soap, toothpaste, tissue, and wipes for the baby, dettol and bleach. With this deadly virus, its always advisable at keep your homes clean and chlorinated.4. A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies. On a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during this major crisis and some of you just might be scared to want to go to a hospital. In your survival supplies, be absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you think you may need.5. Lighters Or Matches and candles. You will also want something to start a fire. If you can start a fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. (Ebola does not like heat, we are told!) So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing sticks together? Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them. In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles especially for those without electricity (LEC or Generators). Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out and, in the event of a long-term blackout, we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so much even though it is also very important to play it safe. You don’t want your house catching on fire now. So make sure to always keep the candles out of the children’s reach and turn it off when you’re ready for bed. Store your candles and matches in a plastic bag or container so that they do not get wet.6. A Flashlight And/Or Lantern. I’m sure you do not want to wait until the last minute to purchase one of those Chinese lights! When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab? Just think about it. A flashlight or a lantern, of course. In a major emergency, these are going to come in quite handy. Solar powered or “crank style” flashlights or lanterns will probably be best during a long-term emergency. These are probably less primitive and less risky than candles, but solar lamps depend on how much sunlight you get on any given day (bad in the rainy season); lanterns require kerosene. If you have battery-powered lights you will also want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.7. Radios. This is very important to have in the house for you will need to be informed of everything that’s going on at the moment in the country and what other way than that of the radio?8. Communication Equipment. Make sure to always have extra scratch cards for whatever GSM Company you’re subscribed with. When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate with your family and friends. You will also want to be able to contact the response team, an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary. Having emergency cell phone cards is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis. Remember during the riot at the CDC headquarters on the eve of the 2011 Run-off Election, when calls on Lonestar Cell network were blocked for nearly five hours? The Internet also may or may not be available. Be sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others during a major emergency. (In the very olden days, people would put a hand-written letter in a bird’s beak and have the bird fly it over to the person who was supposed to receive it. In some cases it was hundreds of miles away! Hey, whatever floats your boat!)9. Extra Gasoline. For those who own vehicles, motor bikes and businesses, there may come a day when gasoline is rationed or is simply not available at all as we have experienced in the past times. If that happens, how will you get around? Be certain to have some extra gasoline stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to get somewhere urgently and can’t afford to buy at the prevailing price at that time. And finally, always remember to have10. A Backup Plan. Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan for everything. If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, maybe it would have been better to store food in several different well-hidden places and not all in one place. If travel is restricted and you can’t get to your “safe” location immediately, do you have a Plan B?These are only suggestions to get us all to begin to mentally and physically prepare ourselves. This list is not conclusive – if you have a list that is quite different from the above, then good for you! The bottom line is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we envision. It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes. How long do you think that is going to last? Now is the time to get ready. Now is the time to prepare.With God above, we will overcome!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Professor Justice Duke Pollard’s letter “Lowe’s conclusion on case before CCJ was spurious” in another section of the media, which criticises Mr Sherwood Lowe for expressing his views in a letter “Mendez has shifted the CCJ gaze from Article 1 to Article 9 of the Constitution” in that same paper, exposes the fact that Professor Pollard is ‘singing for his supper’ – more so when you consider that he attempts to discount the views of a Guyanese, who has not been pro-PPP, but has been consistent in his expressions since I first met him in the early 2000s.Lowe, in his letter, makes it clear that he disagreed with the ruling of former CJ Chang, who found in favour of Cedric Richardson, in the case where presidential term limits have been challenged. However, he has also said that given the arguments made on behalf of Richardson, in the appeal before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the CCJ would be hard-pressed to reject these.Professor Pollard, who serves as a Legal Advisor to Attorney General Basil Williams (a post he has held since May 4, 2017) sought to discount Lowe’s comments. Editor, I submit that rather than respond to Lowe, he could have used his time to advise his boss on his misleading comments – rather than go after someone with more credibility.Williams sought to convey the impression at the CCJ that the issue of term limits was not only signed into law – as a change to Guyana’s constitutional provisions in 2001 – but was part of the agreement detailed in the Herdmanston Accord. Editor, as it relates to constitutional changes, the Accord makes it clear that:“The matters to be addressed by the Constitutional Reform Commission will be measures and arrangements for the improvement of race relations in Guyana, including the contribution which equal opportunities, legislation and concepts drawn from the Caricom Charter of Civil Society can contribute to the cause of justice, equity and progress in Guyana.” There was never any mention of term limits in the Accord. Moreover, Act No 1 of 1999 addresses the Terms of Reference for the Constitution Reform Commission Act and, again, there is no mention of Term Limits.Why did Professor Pollard fail to address this, if he is intent on public declarations of what comments are “spurious” and what is not?Multiple missteps made by Williams have been unaddressed by Professor Pollard, in his capacity as Williams’ Legal Advisor. Why did Pollard not address the seeming conflict of interest where the grandson, Richard Layne, of another paid Legal Advisor (James Patterson) of the Attorney General, who led the case at the CCJ, is the judicial assistant to the CCJ President, Sir Byron, according to his LinkedIn profile? This is important, particularly given the loose talk from the Attorney General, which we are all privy to.Sincerely,Peter R Ramsaroop
Dear Editor,The Caribbean Voice, like many Guyanese, is thrilled that elevators are being installed at the various overpasses on the EBD road, especially since such is critical for the elderly, disabled and sick, to enable them to use the overpass.We now repeat our call for the steps on both sides of the overpass to be completely enclosed, to prevent anyone from jumping off the steps in suicide attempts. Already there has been one such victim. The bottom line is that small, proactive measures like this are the strategies that lead to a gradual decline of suicide.Secondly, TCV lauds those involved in the protests and picketing in front of Mae’s, and applauds the administration’s decision to apologise. However, given the psychological trauma that the child has experienced, compounded by the bullying, we strongly urge the school to not only provide counselling to the child, but to also hold anti-bullying and cultural sensitisation sessions with all students.And, of course, the school’s administration and staff also need cultural sensitivity and emphatic communication training, for obvious reasons.Finally, TCV has noted the use of terms like ‘mentally unsound’, ‘unsound mind’, ‘mentally challenged’ to refer to persons with mental illnesses. We strongly urge that these terms be replaced by “mentally ill” or “suffering from mental illnesses as generally advocated by mental health activists and practitioners”. The fact is that no one who suffers from a physical illness is referred to as physically unsound, unsound body, or physically challenged.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
Dear Editor,I would like to know why it is so difficult if not impossible for the Georgetown Municipality to get its financial systems in order. For decades now, that has been the bane of the Council and yet succeeding Councils and Administrations of the city seem to lack the desire, the courage and the moral rectitude to tackle this problem frontally.If the Council is serious about correcting this age-old problem, they will have to elect a Chairman and Finance Committee whose members are knowledgeable about fiscal planning and who have the political will to make the hard policy decisions in the best interest of the city and not protect partisan interests. The Council and the Local Government Commission need to hire chief administrative and chief financial officers that are experienced, qualified, and capable of functioning at this very senior and responsible level. And just as importantly, they must have a competent, trained and skilled auditor and audit team put in place.If the Ministry of Communities can do one good thing for the citizens of Georgetown, it would be to engage the services of a few good private accounting/auditing firms and have them descend upon City Hall with the scope and authority to carry out a complete forensic audit of its systems.One wonders what has happened to the purported human resource audit that was commissioned more than a year ago but for which the results are still to be revealed? One wonders what has happened to the Council’s asset register, which should have recorded what has happened to all of its vehicles and properties, including its reserves that have been farmed out many times without the knowledge and consent to the Council?One wonders when audits will be carried out on projects such as the Kitty Market construction, the Constabulary Training School, the City Hall Restoration Fund that has been set up many times before, the city anniversary celebration fund which was supposedly funded by friends of the Council to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, the parking meter project, the millions spent on tools, equipment and services at the Solid Waste Department, and also the cemetery clean up initiative etc etc.Clearly, the powers that be at the Council have no interest in having their slate wiped clean, in having their books put in order, and in restoring fiscal transparency to City Hall.The Mayor should make the restoration of financial credibility of the Council his first and foremost priority.Best regards,Deodarie Putulall
A pensioner on Friday appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of assault.Mark Charles, 70, of Lot 23 Mary, West Coast Demerara pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on August 15 at Mary, he assaulted Nikita Murphy.Charles, who is Murphy’s grandfather, admitted that on the day in question, he and his granddaughter were involved in a heated argument. The court was told that the argument escalated and the defendant dealt the VC several blows about her body.The matter was reported to the Police and the man was arrested and charged.In court on Friday Charles said that his granddaughter was being rude to him and stated that it upset him.He apologised to her and gave an undertaking that he would never raise his hands at her again.Magistrate Lambert told both defendant and VC that they are family and should not be involved in such issues.Charles was fined $10,000.
A Linden mechanic was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge of breaking and entering and larceny when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Ejad Alli, 18, of Lot 244 Greenheart Street, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleges that between August 19 and 20, he broke and entered the house of Collette Stephens at Lot 439 Greenheart Street, and stole a Samsung television set valued $305,000 and a Blu cell phone valued $12,000.The young man was released on $75,000 and the case will continue on September 28.
“The greatest gift we can bequeath to our children, our people, is quality education, which is the foundation for national development,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told an audience, including parents and guardians, who had gathered to witness, the commencement convocation of Tubman University (TU) last Thursday.Delivering the keynote address at TU’s first commencement convocation, the President declared, “Achieving quality in our educational system must be the business and the duty of every Liberian; for as much as we talk about the urgent need for infrastructure – our roads, power, ports – if we lack the education to manage such facilities, they will not last.”The Liberian leader indicated that quality education is not cheap, either for the provider or the beneficiary.“The best results from such an expensive undertaking are obtained only when serious effort and time are devoted to get the most out of the opportunities that are available,” she added.“To the extended audience out there, you can buy a degree but you cannot buy an education,” she pointed out amidst cheers.The commencement convocation of Tubman University was the first of that university since its accreditation in 2009.President Sirleaf spoke on the theme, “The Quest for Quality Education.” She stressed that all actors in the society desire quality education for their children and students.“We want them to seize the opportunity to learn, and we want our teachers to acquire quality training in order to impart quality learning in the young minds in their charge,” she emphasized.She indicated that quality education requires faculty with integrity, qualified in their disciplines and committed to the learner.Such a faculty, President Sirleaf said, delivers a coherent curriculum with rigorous standards, and specific learning outcomes or competencies that students must demonstrate, to include theoretical as well as experimental learning.“Quality education must provide co-curriculum activities for the learner, with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Quality education must also include continuous assessment and quality assurance with the result being used for continuous improvement,” she pointed out.In order to produce leaders of tomorrow, she stressed, institutions like Tubman University must empower Liberian youths by teaching them not only the theory, but leadership skills, social responsibility, issues about the environment, among other disciplines.Reflecting on the University and its leadership, the President indicated that the institution serves as a regional magnet that causes young people to gravitate to Harper, Maryland County because they know that they will obtain quality education that is fundamental to their own success.The President said it will also impact Liberia’s economic, social and political transformation as outlined in the country’s “Vision 2030 – Liberia Rising,” and the five-year development strategy “Agenda for Transformation.”The enrollment at the University rose from 287 in 2009 to 1000 in 2013/2014.The President said it is satisfying that the country can boast of a few more graduates skilled in areas where Liberia desperately needs expertise. She named the areas of need as Agriculture, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Guidance and Counseling, among others.TU was opened in 2009 as the second public-owned bachelor’s degree-granting institution. It is the successor of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology that was damaged during the civil conflict.TU transitioned from a college of technology to a university comprising six colleges: the College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences, College of Agriculture and Food Science, College of Education, College of Management and Public Administration, and College of Arts and Sciences.President Sirleaf referred to the 80 graduates as pioneers of the University who have made history by being the first group of graduates of the University. “You are making history today, because there will never be another ‘First Commencement Convocation of Tubman University’. You are the first; everyone hereafter will follow your footprints and watch what you do,” she told the graduates.Congratulating the graduates, President Sirleaf referred to them as “trailblazers” of Tubman University.“I congratulate you on behalf of the Government of Liberia and in my own name and right, for your achievements.”Also commending TU’s president for her sacrificial work, President Sirleaf described Prof. Russell’s journey to Tubman University as one that has not been easy.“She remained faithful and steadfast to her values and her profession, insisting that students remain students, obtaining the education for which they have made a big sacrifice.” The Valedictorian of the Graduating Class, P. Mike Jurry, thanked the government for opening Tubman University in the Southeast and many other community colleges around the country.He urged government to provide scholarships for some of the graduates to pursue post graduate studies.He also called on the Tubman University authority and the Government to absorb some of them as teacher assistants.Categorically, there were 13 females and 67 males. Ten students received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, while seven received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health.Nine of the graduates obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, seven in Guidance and Counseling and 18 in Agriculture; while 10 received the Bachelor of Business Arts in Accounting, two, Bachelor in Business Arts in Business Administration, 13 with Bachelor of Public Administration and four, Bachelor of Business Arts in Economics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A three-week unattended garbage dump at a four-road junction of Wood Camp and Parker Paint continues to raise serious health hazard in Paynesville.Angry and frustrated residents and private pharmacy owners have sounded an urgent appeal to the Paynesville City Corporation, (PCC) to place first premium on the disposal of the rotten garbage.A garbage bin posted by a sanitation company has been over whelmed by the huge volume of dirt dumped by residents and business entities from the Wood Camp and Edward Komo Sackor communities.According to the affected residents and businesspeople, the long stay of the rotten garbage has generated grave concern as it poses serious health and environmental hazards.The rotten garbage continues to play host to hundreds of flies, cockroaches, scorpions and deadly animal species.The affected residents and businesspeople had on many occasions expressed outrage over the garbage stench and its attending health and environmental consequences.The residents and businesspeople also pointed that they have repeatedly stressed the need to partake in the planning, management, execution and disposal of the garbage the Wood Camp and Parker Paint Junction in Paynesville, but the Paynesville City authorities have paid them no heed.The old Parker Paint facilities near the rotten garbage continue to be threatened by the offensive odors and deadly and dangerous scorpions and problematic ants in search of food.A pharmacy owner, Stevenson B. Kolleh, whose business is situated few yards from the garbage dump, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that the offensive odor was not only hazardous but gradually destroying the medical contents of the drugs.Mr. Kolleh stressed the need for the swift removal of the rotten dirt in order to avoid an imminent outbreak of water and air borne diseases in the area.“I think the swift removal of the dirt would enhance the health, sanitary and environmental conditions of the residents and other businesspeople in the immediate premises,” Mr. Kolleh emphasized.Several occupants and businesses operating in the Barr’s compound also expressed grave concern over the long delay of the stench of garbage in front of the old Parker Paint’s premises at Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville.“We are now innocent victims of circumstances over which we have no control. We want the Paynesville City Corporation to design another strategy to free our city from rotten garbage,” Kennedy Zubah Barr stressed.A roast meat seller Ms. Rose Martin Sackie, two yards away from the stench of garbage, pleaded with the PCC leadership to remove the garbage everyday instead of every week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)