‘Don’t Re-elect Current Lawmakers’

first_imgRetired Associate Justice Gladys Johnson, who also served as chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, has advised Liberian voters, especially women, not to re-elect any member of the 53rd Legislature during the upcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Justice Johnson said that the current batch of legislators, many of whom retained their seats during the 2011 elections, have failed the Liberian people.She gave the advice recently when women under the banner of the “Natural Resources Women’s Platform” launched a report on the impact of Liberia’s large scale concessions on the rights of ordinary womenThe research report, titled “Women: The Least Secure Tenure,” was launched recently in Monrovia at a ceremony that attracted local and international activists. The study was conducted by the Natural Resources Women’s Platform, the Alliance for Rural Democracy and GreenAdvocates International, with support from US-based Rights and Resources Initiatives (RRI). The report, which highlighted situations women face in large scale land concession areas, seeks to assess the impact these multinational concessions have on their tenure rights and as well as make recommendations to address the gaps and grievances of women in the aforementioned areas. It also looks at the nature of women’s tenure rights prior to and after the granting of concession rights to companies like Sime Darby, Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL), EJ & J Logging, Equatorial Palm Oil and Maryland Oil Palm Plantation. The purpose was to determine the changes the agreements have necessitated in those concession areas.For instance in Sinoe, where the Liberian government leased community land to GVL, women there are claiming to have lost their rights to land and are left to struggle daily to survive. Also at the gathering were women who claimed to have been affected by the operations of concession companies in the country.Retired Justice Johnson added: “The next time you cast your votes for anyone vying for elective position, including senators and representatives, be careful not to mark the ballot papers for those that are currently in the positions because they were there when these surveys on land rights were happening.”The report captured abuses allegedly perpetrated against women by multinational companies and the government. It also talked about the lack of development and the deplorable road networks in areas affected by these companies’ operations. Johnson informed the women that the solution to their problems is in their hands, and that they should use it properly, and at the appropriate time during electioneering.“Every day you sit and complain about your bad road conditions, where some pregnant women have died due to deplorable road networks, and also the lack of proper health facilities coupled with drinking from unsafe water sources,” Retired Justice Johnson said.She urged the women to complain to the people they elected as their lawmakers, because they are the ones who approved the National Budget, some of which are apportioned for development, including the road networks.“Don’t vote for the current lawmakers who were there when all these things happened to you. I am advising you, do not waste your vote on people who will not represent you properly,” she reiterated, as the women nodded in apparent approval. She said if the lawmakers know that they have to work for the money they are paid in Parliament, they will have to work very hard for the people who elected (or employed) them.“When you first elected them in 2011, they did not do anything for their respective districts until in the last minute when elections were getting closer. By 2017 they will all be in your villages, places they failed to visit since they were elected,” Johnson said.She warned the women not to cast their votes for candidates because they are their family members or for individuals who will provide them bags of rice on the eve of elections.“Please make sure you cast your vote for people who will look into your problem and find solutions for you. If you have a lawmaker who knows about how children have to walk for several hours to schools, they would advocate for transportation; and about how pregnant women are dying, would allot money for better health centers,” Justice Johnson told the women.On behalf of their colleagues, the women representatives, including Maberlyn Chea, of Maryland County; Massa Turay of Grand Cape Mount County; and Soven Teah, Sinoe County, promised that they would take Justice Johnson’s admonition to their respective constituencies, and would ensure to do follow-up.Madam Chea claimed to have suffered in the worst way when she tried to get some of her colleagues to speak up against the violation of their rights.A number of the 53rd Legislature lawmakers the Daily Observer contacted via phone yesterday declined to comment on the issues raised by Madam Johnson. However, Representative Garrison Yealue of Nimba Electoral District #4, who acknowledged that the Land Rights Act (LRA) is before the lawmakers, said they will be looking at the LRA “shortly after we return from our annual break by January 2017.”He denied any knowledge of Liberia’s large scale concessions on lands owned by women and their natural resources rights as mentioned by retired Justice Johnson.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRA Boss Gives Reasons for Depreciation of Local Currency

first_imgAt a meeting with stakeholders and the media yesterday at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), the Commissioner General of the Authority, Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba, blamed the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar – which she said has affected the revenue generation of the country’s tax authority and impeded economic growth – on several factors. Madam Tamba said the local currency is depreciating because of a deteriorating trade environment and a high demand for imports, which have increased the need for foreign exchange while at the same time increasing government’s expenditure in Liberian dollars. However, Commissioner Tamba noted that the depreciation of the Liberian dollar is adversely affecting revenue performance “because of the trickle-down effect from trade.”She said tax collection is enhanced when there is a boost in trade, “but as the case stands with the rate of the US dollar to that of the Liberian dollar, trade is negatively impacted and it is also affecting revenue collection.” The Commissioner pointed out that income generation at some major income generating entities of the Government of Liberia (GoL), such as the National Port Authority (NPA) and other ports of entry, including the RIA, depreciated in the current fiscal year (2016/2017) by – 4 percent. Presenting statistical data, she noted that the NPA generated US$27,145 from July 2015 to January 2016, which dropped to US$26,027 from July 2016 to January 2017, “which is equivalent to a minus 4 percent drop in domestic revenue.” “Due to the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US, there has been a great decline in the purchasing power of Liberians and foreign nationals residing within our borders,” said the LRA boss, adding that false declaration and under-declaration by unscrupulous business entities and individuals have to some extent affected the revenue generation of the country as well. Madam Tamba made specific mention of five ‘top’ hotels in the country that are among business entities that have ‘under-declared’ their intakes in business revenue. She, however, failed to name any of the hotels on grounds that they will be disclosed at a later date.Meanwhile, the country’s revenue collection head has disclosed that several vehicles were stolen from the United States of America (USA) by some Liberians residing there (USA), which were falsely declared here.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fisherman found dead with throat slit

first_img– boat owner, 2 others arrestedA fisherman was found dead in a boat with his throat slit at Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Thursday, suspected of having been murdered by a colleague following a misunderstanding.Sister of the now dead man, Dhanmattie RampersaudThe dead man has been identified as Devanand Jailall, called “Shetty”, a fisherman of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara. According to information received, the now dead man and a colleague had a misunderstanding, which quickly escalated into a fight.During the scuffle, both men reportedly armed themselves with knives, but the now dead man was overpowered by the suspect who dealt him several stabs to the body, including his hand, neck, and chest.Upon realising what he had done, the suspect attempted to stop the bleeding and as such, wrapped the injured man’s neck with a bed sheet. At the time of discovery of the body, the sheet was still wrapped around Jailall’s neck.The boat’s owner, Alex Younge, also called “Roberto”, reportedly told Police he went to the station to report the matter immediately after receiving the news. Nevertheless, the owner and two other men were arrested and were being interrogated. The main suspect has fled.Jailall was taken to the Skeldon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Dhanmattie Rampersaud, a sister of the now dead man, told reporters that her brother had gone to visit her and his son at her Port Mourant home, but they were not at home.The woman further noted that her sister-in-law called and informed her that her brother was found with his throat slit and without hesitation, she rushed to the scene.When she arrived there, the body had already been taken to the Skeldon Hospital.It is still unclear why the men were arguing. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Fivestar Athletics shows off programs at Fort St. John Trade Show

first_imgFivestar owner Justin Donally says muay thai kickboxing master Kru Darren Robson was going through a number of sessions with those belonging to Fivestar to showcase some of the programs offered at the gym.“They got to see what we’re doing with the pro fighters and a bit with the kids,” he says. “Darren is an extremely good muay thai kick boxing instructor and he was working some stuff with the fighters just to show people what they can do through the programs, kids programs, and ladies programs as well.”Donally says the gym has options available to everybody regardless of age or gender. He adds that it’s a family atmosphere with most members being women and children. – Advertisement -“I always tell everybody it’s a family training centre. We’ve got ladies that train there. We’ve got kids starting at three years old all the way up to professional fighters and everything in between. There’s literally something for everybody; if you’re 50 or 60 years old or if you want to lose a few pounds it’s just a great, fun atmosphere,” he explains. “One misconception is that we’re an MMA gym. We’re not an MMA gym. Of course we have MMA fighters but we’re a kickboxing jiu jitsu club that produces MMA fighters. There’s that dark cloud it seems when people are nervous to walk into an MMA club but we are a family training centre.”Anyone interested in finding out about the available classes at Fivestar Athletics are encouraged to visit the gym at 10116 94 Avenue or visit the website by clicking here.last_img read more


first_imgMac Cumhaills earned an excellent five-point victory over bitter local rivals Glenfin earlier this evening in their opening fixture of the Donegal SFC.As predicted the game was going to be close, tough and tense, and it was extremely physical throughout with both sides battling to take control of the match.Ultimately in the end up, Mac Cumhaills had that little bit more quality up front that gave them the edge over a Glenfin side full of endeavour and heart. Games between these two sides are always important but a clash in the SFC brings added significance and pressure.It was a very close opening half with both sides trading scores, but two wonderful points from Gerard Ward edged the hosts in front at half-time.Half-time score Glenfin 0-06 Mac Cumhaills 0-05Ten minutes into the second-half and the scores were tied at 0-08 apiece, but Glenfin failed to score in the final twenty minutes and that ultimately was the reason they lost the game. A super score from Stephen Mulligan edged the Ballybofey men in front, and after that score they registered four unanswered points.They won the game by five points and were deserving winners in the end.Final score Glenfin 0-08 Mac Cumhaills 0-13.  MAC CUMHAILLS EARN THE BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH DERBY WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCglenfinMac CumhaillsnewsSportlast_img read more

Mourinho ‘accepts’ Man United form is not good enough ahead of Newcastle clash

first_imgThe Red Devils have not recorded a home win since the opening day of the season.When it was put to Mourinho on Friday morning that such a run for a club of United’s size is not acceptable, he said: “Yes, I accept (it is not good enough).”Reports have claimed Mourinho will be sacked if they failed to beat the struggling Magpies, who are yet to win a game this season.Man United played out a lifeless stalemate with Valencia in the Champions League this week, a result which followed the loss to Tottenham, a draw with Wolves and Carabao Cup exit on penalties to Derby – which Mourinho does not class as a defeat.“Only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the last seven matches,” he said.“But not victories at home in the past three matches – three draws.“Not the feeling of the defeat, but not the happiness of the victory. So, yes, it is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.”MOODY MOURINHO: Listen to the Man United boss’ tense press conference IN FULL hereAshley Young is back in contention for the crunch match with the Magpies, having missed Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Valencia with a minor unspecified injury.However, Mourinho confirmed Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo will all miss the game as they remain sidelined.Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot will be hoping to be involved after being left out of the squad in midweek.Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary of Manchester United v Newcastle United – FULL DETAILS HERE 1 Jose Mourinho has ‘accepted’ Manchester United’s form has not been good enough so far this season as they aim to end their torrid winless run.United will look to avoid going five matches without a victory for just the second time since 1999 when Newcastle United arrive at Old Trafford on Saturday.center_img Mourinho is under the cosh in the Old Trafford hotseat last_img read more


first_imgRTE pundits Colm O’Rourke and Joe Brolly may have called it ‘puke football’ and ‘embarrassing’ but Donegal picked up their first Ulster Championship win for four years at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey this afternoon.Just over 5,000 fans braved the elements to watch what turned out to be a dour affair between two sides who were more concerned about not losing the game than winning it.With so much expected from Donegal after winning the National League Division Two title at Croke Park a couple a few weeks ago, nothing but a polished display would keep Donegal’s critics from beating down their door. That didn’t emerge but Donegal were always in control however with solid performances from the likes of Ryan Bradley, Mark McHugh and Adrian Hanlon.Antrim never looked like a team that had what it took to knock Donegal out in the preliminary round of the championship.And if their manager ‘Baker’ Bradley thinks Donegal play ‘puke football’ as he claimed earlier this week, it’s difficult to know how to describe his own team.On the pitch it was a difficult day for captain Michael Murphy who is getting used to being marshalled by an extra man. That said it’s difficult to see why the Glenswilly man was constantly forced to drop deep into midfield and sacrifice Donegal’s firing power up front.Donegal went in leading 6-3 at half-time.Those who didn’t dig deep into their pockets and pay a recession-numbing €27 for a ticket in the stand had the ‘pleasure’ of listening to O’Rourke and Brolly at half-time.Both men castigated the game and dished out special treatment to Donegal who they claimed were embarrassing.Brolly said it even went beyond ‘puke football’ and described the first half display as something out of an exorcism. Despite hitting a number of wides in the second half, Jim McGuinness’ side took control thereafter but should really have ran out more comfortable winners.Mark McHugh put a more respectable look on the scoreline when he combined with St.Eunan’s Kevin Rafferty in the closing minutes to score a well-taken goal.The game finished 1-10 to 0-7 and Antrim could have no complaints after failing to turn up on the day.For Jim McGuinness and his emerging side, he still has plenty of food for thought. Should he continue to play a defensive brand of football and hope his team’s breaking-style of play can net them enough scores to overcome more accomplished rivals.Or should he take the ultimate gamble and allow his young team to play the open brand of football many feel they are capable of.The answer may rest somewhere in between both. The reality is that Donegal have something to build on and it’s not too many times in recent years Donegal fans can say that.EndsRTE CALL IT EMBARRASSING BUT DONEGAL OVERCOME ANTRIM IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: May 16th, 2011 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:AntrimdonegalRTElast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man who admitted stealing almost 1,300 litres of home-heating oil from a premises said he did so to heat his home for his sick child after he lost his job.Gardai stopped Bartosz Cala during a routine patrol on the Port Road in Letterkenny.However after noticing he was very nervous, they checked his care and found 11 plastic drums with each capable of being filled with 25 litres of fluid and two syphoning hoses. After questioning Cala, he admitted stealing up to 1,500 litres of oil from Portland House between December 23rd 2011 and January 6th, 2012.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Cala, of Whitethorn Close, was a hard-working 27 year old man who had lost his job after a work-related accident.He refused to accept hand-outs from family and friends because he was too proud.He only stole the oil because his child was sick and he could not afford to heat his home at Christmas.Judge Denis McLoughlin was told that Cala had no previous convictions apart form a minor traffic offence.Judge McLoughlin adjourned the case until March 11th to allow for compensation to the injured party, Donal McLaughlin.MAN STOLE HEATING OIL TO HEAT HIS FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 13th, 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) Tags:Bartosz CalaGardaihome heating oilPortland Housetheftlast_img read more

Softball Defeats Fordham, 5-2, on Final Day of USF Tournament

first_imgIn the fifth inning, senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) doubled in freshman Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) to extend the lead to 4-0. Later, Alexander then scored the fifth run executing a double steal with junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.). In Sunday’s win, freshman pitcher Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned her third win at the three-day tournament and improved to 4-2 overall. Timmons pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts and just two walks. Senior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) got the final two outs in relief and earned her fourth save of the season. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster TAMPA, Fla. – The Drake University softball team defeated Fordham, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in the final game for the Bulldogs at the 2018 USF Tournament. Drake (10-4) avenged a 5-4 loss to Fordham (1-9) in extra innings on Saturday morning. SEC Network+ Live Stats PDF Box Score at Missouri 3/2/2018 – 5:30 PM Alexander, Johnson and junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) each had two hits as the team finished with 10. Senior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in Smith with a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run in the second inning. Later in the frame, freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) slugged her first career home run, a two-run shot to push Drake’s lead to 3-0. Preview Watch Live Story Links Drake will visit Columbia, Mo. next weekend, March 2-4, for the Mizzou Tournament. The Bulldogs open the three-day tournament against host Missouri on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Drake then faces Southeastern Louisiana and former MVC rival, Creighton, on March 3.  Drake closes the tournament with rematches against Creighton and Missouri on March 4. Print Friendly Version The Rams put two runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a one-out, two-run home run, but Timmons settled in and recorded the next two outs. Fordham put runners on first and second with out in the seventh inning, but Smith came in and worked out of the jam to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 record in Tampa.last_img read more


first_imgSex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her film star husband Matthew Broderick have said they’re considering swapping the bright lights of New York City for the ‘beautiful’ Donegal. The couple visit Donegal every summer and have a holiday home in the picturesque village of Kilcar.They said they love coming to Donegal every summer and are looking forward to their annual visit later this summer. However, the actress who shot to worldwide fame in the much revered TV series Sex and the City said she has considered the idea of relocating from New York to Donegal.In an interview with the Irish Independent, Parker spoke of her love for Donegal and it’s people and said she loves drinking tea and having a proper ‘fry-up’.Parker said, “It always feels like it’s a place that is perhaps foolishly more private to us, and there’s a simplicity to the time that we spend there, and the people are so lovely. At this point it feels a little bit like home, in some way.“We would be delighted to decamp to Ireland. Move the children, put them in school there, have tea every day, a proper fry.“It’s just an exquisite, beautiful, relaxing, wonderful place for ourselves and for our children.”We will probably go this summer at some point. I like tea, wandering around, eating, our friends. Advertisement “We have friends there too, that I’ve known since I was growing up, so I check in with them as they die out and get born.”The kids seem to love it. They keep asking when can we go back. They can run around and don’t have to be watched so much.”SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REFERENDUM:Parker also revealed she closely followed the same-sex referendum and was delighted when Ireland became the first country in the world to vote it in. Although Parker did admit she was surprised by the decision given the historic role of the Catholic church in Ireland.“I think it was really surprising, amazing, that of all the places that were pondering that decision, that it was Ireland first, given its religious history and the history with the catholic church, and the role that the church plays in people’s lives.“We were texting our friends in Ireland, and they were giving us the counts by county. It was very interesting.” SEX AND THE CITY STAR CONSIDERING MOVE FROM THE BIG APPLE TO DONEGAL was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more