The Liberia Handball Association has announced the expulsion of seventeen individuals for their alleged assault on one of its officials, at a recent meeting held at the Ministry of Youth Sports in Monrovia.In a letter sent to inform Deputy Minister Henry B. Yonton and copied to Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, of the decision, President J. Mayson Saweler said it was the decision of its Executive Committee.Those affected are Jonathan Kollie (G. W. Gibson High School); Hadji Sesay and Abraham Queegbo (C. William Brumskine High School) and Varney Kawah (Gray D. Allison.)Others are J. Aratus Larkpor (Tubman High); Abednego Koon (BWI); Medic Semitta Dukuly; Arthur Dormoh (Clara Town) and Forkpa Yogie of Buzzi Quarters.The rest are players Beyan Quiah, Zwannah Taylor, James Keller, Wuyah Kromah, T-Boy Larmine, Irene Jallah, and under-training referee Samuel Hasay.The LHA said its decision, among other things referenced, “The recent act of violence that resulted to a damage of the association’s vehicle’s view mirror and the attack on one of its officials during their visit to the MYS to amend and validate its constitution.”It said, “They (players) came down stairs, sat on the vehicle, trying to remove air from the tyres and while moving the vehicle away from them, they (players) damaged the view mirror and attacked one of our officials in the premises of the Ministry.“There was no attempt from any of the Ministry’s staffs to intervene during the incident.”The Executive Committee’s letter, under the signature of LHA President Saweler also recounted previous incidents in 2012 (in Ghana) and in 2013 their unsuccessful attempt to influence their schools to boycott the Inter-School handball league.Based on the factors enumerated, the Executive Committee decided that “these people are not interested in promoting handball in the country and therefore we have left with no other alternative but to expel them from our programs.”Saweler said the LHA has informed schools that the affected students and representatives associated with.In a telephone interview, Deputy Minister Yonton admitted receiving the communication from the Liberia Handball Association and noted that it is being reviewed and will communicate their response today, Friday, Feb. 6.Meanwhile, Saweler told the Daily Observer that the assault case was lodged with the Liberia National Police pending arrest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Alfalit Liberia has donated several food and non- food items valued at over US$4,950 to the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET) as a means of identifying with the organization during the country’s 168th Independence Day celebration.Items donated to WIPNET included 100 bags of 25kg rice, 100 gallons of vegetable oil, 50 bags of onions, 50 bags of beans, several cartons of cooking cubes and three bales of used clothes.The turning over ceremony was held at women’s peace hut in Sinkor over the weekend.The chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the Liberia Ghana Mission and Alfalit Liberia, Reverend Emmanuel Giddings, told the women that the country’s independence celebration was a time for all to rejoice and as such, his organization could not allow the day go by without helping the women.He said given the importance of the day, he could not hold back, but to do something, “because I know that this festive day is the time for all people to be happy; it is not time for one to sit and worry about what to eat or wear.“This is what God told Alfalit-Liberia to do since the work you, the women, are doing is also serious, thereby indicating that you are in dire need of something to celebrate with. This is why Alfalit Liberia, Alfalit International, and all our partners agreed to help with the little that we have presented to you,” Rev. Giddings told the women as he presented the items.He acknowledged the role of WIPNET in bringing peace to the country, which saw an end to the 14-year civil crisis, stating that efforts by the women will never go unnoticed and unappreciated especially when they are in desperate need of donor assistance.He said Alfalit’s work is not to distribute food to people. However, the donation to WIPNET is part of his organization’s corporate social responsibility to help the poor and underprivileged.Upon receiving the items, the National Coordinator of WIPNET, Madam Delphin Morris, thanked Alfalit for the gesture and said that their hearts were filled with joy for the gesture.Madam Morris disclosed that the gesture came following a written communication from the women dated July 22, when they pleaded with the organization to assist them put food on their tables and clothe them and their children for the Independence Day celebration.She said considering the destitution and poverty of the women, Rev. Giddings presented the amount of US$4,950 to Mother Leemu Ciapha, Head of the WIPNET Peace Hut, Montserrado County Branch.She praised Alfalit for the kind gesture, stating that “Rev. Giddings or Alfalit is the only organization the women can run to whenever it becomes necessary, because he knew the extent to which the women have become vulnerable.”She said majority of WIPNET members are “extremely poor” and have no source of income, but are committed to praying for Liberia in the rain and sun, seeking peace for the country when they gathered at the open air field.Alfalit-Liberia is an international non-for-profit organization that has over the years provided free education to adults particularly women and youth; teaching them how to read and write. The organization also runs a special phase of the program where the women are given basic skills to sustain themselves through tailoring.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government of Liberia’s (GOL) position on former Speaker George Dweh’s involvement in communications that sought to encourage the Republic of China (Taiwan) to establish a trade mission in Liberia and describing his action as a ‘scam’, now sets the stage for the nation to re-examine her commitment to maximizing the potential of Liberia’s WTO membership.Maintaining that Dweh is neither an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor an envoy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, GOL expressed seriousness of Dweh’s action and “alerted the relevant security agencies to investigate the matter in order to avert a diplomatic faux pas with the friendly government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. The Daily Observer examined the implications of Liberia’s membership to the WTO and discovers an interesting dimension about the country’s responsibility to do business with all the 164 members of the WTO, including Taiwan, which has been a member since 2002.The accession of Liberia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 14, 2016, which was described as momentous, was also hailed by the world community as a milestone for the country. Becoming the organization’s 163rd member, trade ministers of the 164-member WTO said Liberia’s accession would lead to economic growth.Former US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said in a statement: “As to the benefits from lowered trade barriers to exports, look no further than the results of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which promotes trade with the United States. In 2014, non-oil AGOA trade was valued atUS$4.4 billion, a 250 percent increase from 2001, the first full year of AGOA. That trade supports an estimated 300,000 direct jobs in Africa. Just as AGOA has contributed to trade growth in Africa by providing expanded duty-free access for exports from the region, WTO membership will provide similar opportunities for Liberia.”Now, Liberia’s dilemma is the interest that has been expressed by Taiwan to establish a trade mission in Monrovia now that Liberia is a member of the WTO and is able to do business with all countries.Liberia recognizes the one-China Policy that the People’s Republic of China religiously holds on to, to ensure that the Chinese people are not divided by outsiders. A foreign ministry release against Dweh’s role published yesterday reaffirmed Liberia’s commitment to the “One-China Policy” and its support to China’s concept of “one country, two systems” and every effort by the Chinese Government to achieve national reunification.A recent letter sent by Taiwan through the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria and forwarded to the Ministry of State and to the International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Taiwan wants a trade mission with Liberia. However, the government has shown no interest in Taiwan’s request, and there has not been any official explanation regarding trade links with Taiwan. A question that confronted the Daily Observer was: If Liberia establishes trade links with Taiwan; does it mean it recognizes two Chinas? “I don’t think we should take it that way,” said an administrative official yesterday who asked not to be identified.Though officials are not talking about the situation, some have privately informed the Daily Observer that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is too useful to Liberia to create any misunderstanding with this partner since Liberia officially recognizes the one-China Policy and supports the PRC in the unification of the Chinese people, ironically adding that the trade mission with Taiwan does not mean Liberia would contravene the one-China Policy. With the government’s lack of interest in the Taiwanese trade mission, Liberia may be going contrary to the spirit of the WTO to trade with all members.However, while some Liberians spoken to by the Daily Observer appreciated the People’s Republic of China’s colossal support to Liberia, evidenced by numerous ongoing infrastructural, educational and medical projects around the country, with the latest being the new airport terminal with a loan of USD50m as well as PRC’s generous support to Liberia during the fight against the Ebola epidemic, “We feel that establishing only a trade mission with Taiwan that would involve agriculture, mining, and transportation should not be discouraged because these are the areas in which Liberia needs investment and capacity building for its citizens.”Sources told the Daily Observer that the letter from Taiwan requesting a trade mission was sent several months before the death of Minister of State without Portfolio Edward McClain, with copies sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Cooperation Bureau. Daily Observer’s attempt to get official confirmation did not succeed and it seemed that the government has officially overlooked the request.Taiwan acceded to WTO membership on January 1, 2002, which opened the way for it to trade with all member countries, including Liberia. Though there is no official position regarding PRC’s take on other countries trading with Taiwan, it should be noted that the People’s Republic of China promotes peaceful relations, including stronger economic ties, with the current Taiwanese government that aimed at unification through the one country, two systems formula or maintaining the status quo under a 1992 Consensus Agreement.Administration officials have stated again and again, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, that Liberia’s economic success would depend on massive investment in agriculture; and many knowledgeable Liberians interviewed said a trade mission with Taiwan could provide what Liberia needs to explore and achieve adequate rice production, fisheries, cocoa and coffee production, pineapple, palm production, animal husbandry and massive investments in cement and general building materials, as well as helping Liberians to explore and exploit those markets. So, why is the government not taking the Taiwanese offer? Dweh told the Daily Observer in his defense that he was recommended by a friend to the Taiwanese to ensure that the trade mission was established, which could only happen with the Liberian government’s approval.During an investigative visit to Deputy Director Fred Johnson of the WTO office at the Ministry of Commerce in Monrovia, he said there are ‘Laid Down Rules’ (LDR) for Trade Without Discrimination (TWD), which involves non-discrimination in trade embodied in provisions relating to: (i) Most Favored NationTreatment and (ii) National Treatment, which calls for “Favoring One, Favoring All.”An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who asked not to be identified, said “Legislative reforms required as part of the WTO accession process can result in rapid improvements in the domestic business climate, which in turn could attract domestic and foreign investments. Through better integration into the global economy, trade can be used as an engine of economic growth and development and a tool towards the reduction of poverty.” And with the Taiwan Trade Mission trying to court Liberia from the back door, some Liberians are hoping that the government would listen and take a chance to explore what Taiwan can offer Liberia in the spirit of Liberia’s membership to the WTO, while striving to rebuild its economy and infrastructure. Since the news was reported yesterday, there has not been any official response from the Chinese Embassy, near Monrovia. “It is the Liberian government that has made its position clear on the issue of trade links with Taiwan which many people don’t understand when Taiwan also is a member of the WTO. Are the Chinese saying no one should do business with Taiwan? And what should that mean to us?” a Liberian government official said.Some experts agree that Liberia’s entry into the WTO will help build confidence in Liberia’s growing economy and reduce poverty. The Director General of WTO, Roberto Azevêdo, stated: “Liberia’s accession to the WTO will have a big impact, and it suggests to the world that Liberia is open for business. It also shows the country’s determination to attract foreign investments and puts the power in your hands to create jobs, increase the income and improve people’s lives.”According to the WTO, benefits Liberia would accrue include reduced cost of living, reduced trade barriers with other WTO member states, and lowered costs of imports in production that will result in lower prices of finished goods and services. There will also be more goods and services to choose from, and broader range of qualities since the doors are now open for all the 164 member countries to do business with Liberia.“The World Trade Organization promotes trade liberalization; and as a member of the comity of nations, Liberia’s relations with other nations include trade,” stated a report by the Joint Committee on Commerce and Industry, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary, headed by Rep. Charles K. Bardyl, Chairman on theHouse Committee on Commerce and Industry. “Liberia is a post-conflict country with many developmental challenges. The way to surmount these challenges is to explore our untapped potential as well as showcase our national resource endowment, particularly taking advantage of the platform provided by the WTO. “With the enunciation of the Vision 2030 and the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) by the Government of Liberia, which inculcate new development frontiers, Liberia stands at a great advantage when the WTO statute is utilized,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The bloodied and battered body of a father of three was found about one hundred feet away from his Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home on Thursday evening.Dead is 46-year-old Mahendra Sookram Dasrat of Brick Wall Street, Anna Catherina, WCD.Based on reports received, his body was discovered at about 19:00h by three men, who were all subsequently taken into custody.Ram Sookram, a brother of the dead man told Guyana Times that he received the news of his brother’s demise on Friday morning and went to the hospital where he saw his brother’s battered body.Sookram noted that his brother’s face had several marks of violence and his body bore several wounds. “From how I look at it, it look like someone beat him because some of his teeth missing… all he face got scratches and he body had bruises”, he stated.The distraught brother explained that his brother was a fisherman by trade and was last seen alive at about 18:30h crossing a bridge which is a short distance from his home.However, he stated that one of the men who claimed that his brother was found in an unconscious state has allegedly said that the man was involved in an accident.This newspaper was told that that the now dead man was under the influence of alcohol and was laying on the roadway. One of the men in custody claimed that the area was dark and the driver did not see Dasrat laying on the roadway until they realised the car ran over “something”The driver, who is one of the three persons in custody, however, remained silent and is holding out that he was not involved in an accident and that they found the injured man on the roadway. Upon seeing that the man was hurt, they picked him up and took him to the hospital to be treated but by the time they arrived at the medical institution, he had succumbed to his injuries.The brother of the dead man believes that foul play was involved, holding out that he could have been informed the moment Dasrat was discovered. As such, he is calling for a thorough investigation into the matter.The three friends remain in custody as detectives conduct their investigations. Dasrat’s body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home and is awaiting a post marten. Left to mourn him are his children and his siblings.
The teachers served their strike notice on Wednesday.Chair of the BCPSEA board Melanie Joy says the two sides are meeting every day, and hopefully into the long weekend.She is confident they will come to an agreement before Phase 2 is reached. When students in School District 60 start school on Tuesday, their teachers will be in Phase 1 of a strike.But that doesn’t mean they won’t be taught. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation descibes Phase 1 as “teach only”. That means students will be taught as usual, but teachers won’t be performing any non-essential duties.- Advertisement -These include attending meetings, filing paperwork or communicating with Administration via printed, written or electronic means.Although teachers will not be supervising detentions or recesses, the school district says it has established supervision schedules, taken on by administrators and staff exempt from the strike.Teachers will still prepare lessons, mark assignments and go on fieldtrips, provided they are required or take place during the school day.Currently, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association are in bargaining negotiations.Advertisement
A Presbyterian minister from Co Donegal says the local community is fearful at the continuing violence in Belfast.Reverend Mervyn Gibson was involved in a meeting yesterday to discuss how the trouble might be brought to an end.He said the situation was difficult to deal with. Rev Gibson, whose family roots are in Co Donegal, was an RUC officer before he became a Presbyterian minister.He is a leading member of the Orange Order and much of his church work is done in east Belfast.He acknowledges that many young people are taking part in what is sometimes called recreational rioting.In the past, when paramilitaries were orchestrating activities, it was possible to have it stopped, he added. But in this case, it is more difficult because there is no clear line of responsibility for the trouble.Rev Gibson also claimed there have been individual cases of police brutality and that in recent days the PSNI has taken a more robust approach to the trouble.He said work has to continue to stop the rioting because it is damaging the community and people are fearful.DONEGAL MINISTER AT HEART OF FINDING A SOLUTION TO BELFAST RIOTING was last modified: January 7th, 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:Belfast riotsRev Mervyn Gibson
Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Brian Ormond, Money Spinner Host; Jacqueline Floyd, ticket selling agent, Floyds, Main Street, Co. Donegal; Eamon Foy, the winning player; Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, The National Lottery and Paul Floyd, ticket selling agent.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyEamon Foy from Inver, was jumping for joy after scooping €20,000 on Saturday night.He also won a city break, at the National Lottery’s Money Spinner event which was held at Lough Eske Castle.Donegal’s love affair with National Lottery games continues after a spate of successes over the last year and continued with Eamon’s fantastic success at the weekend. Well done Eamon and spend it wisely. 🙂 DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €20,000 ON MONEY SPINNER EVENT AT LOUGH ESKE CASTLE was last modified: August 18th, 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:Featureslotto winLough Eske Castlenews€20K
The … That’s because the first time the Raiders abandoned Oakland it cost me the most wonderfully unique $35-per-day job ever created for a kid. If Monday night’s game was the last one the Raiders ever play at the Coliseum, at least their fans got a chance to say their proper goodbyes.That wasn’t the case 37 years ago, when a federal court jury’s ruling in the off-season allowed the Raiders to move to Los Angeles, breaking a lot of hearts in the East Bay. Including mine.
How many genes does a bacterium need to live? Evolutionists interested in the origin of life have been trying to determine the minimal genome for life. Those estimates may have been way too low, say researchers from the University of Bath. Though they did not supply a number, they estimate the required number of genes should be twice as high as earlier estimates. Their conclusions were published in Nature this week.11Hurst et al., “Chance and necessity in the evolution of minimal metabolic networks,” Nature 440, 667-670 (30 March 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04568.This means Mt. Improbable just got higher, and the evolutionists cannot use their Natural Selection ice axes to climb. All they have is bare feet to go straight up on ice, now twice as high, with avalanches every few minutes. We should actually use analogies that are more realistic. This is way too generous to the evolutionists (see online book).(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Vilakazi Street precinct has become fully visitor-friendly, with public art, memorials and benches picking out its historical sites.Vilakazi Street, the most famous street in Soweto has housed two Nobel Laureates. (Images: South African Tourism Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterOne of South Africa’s most famous streets – the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners – has long been a must-see tourist attraction. Now, the Vilakazi Street precinct has become fully visitor-friendly, with public art, memorials and benches picking out its historical sites.Following a major makeover, visitors to Johannesburg’s famous township can now experience Vilakazi Street as a place to stroll, to sit on one of numerous concrete benches or seats, to enjoy the newly planted trees, and to admire the new artworks.“The development vision for the future Vilakazi Street precinct is a thriving destination attraction, based on its struggle history, township heritage, vibrant spirit and distinctive ‘sense of place,’” Trinity Session, the agency that worked with the local community to help create the artworks, said in a recent statement.The project was overseen by the Johannesburg Development Agency. “The community is very happy with the result,” says Thanduxolo Ntoyi, an assistant development manager at the agency. The community was “very involved” with the precinct and its transformation from the beginning.Vilakazi Street precinctThe Vilakazi Street precinct is about a kilometre long, in the shape of a triangle. In its boundaries are the original, unimaginative apartheid-era rectangular houses, next to homes that have been renovated, with the uniform tall walls characteristic of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.At number 8115 is the street’s main attraction – Mandela House, now a museum. The simple three-bedroomed home has been restored to what it looked like in 1946, when Nelson Mandela moved in with his first wife, Evelyn Mase. In 1958, he brought his second wife, Winnie, to live in the house with him. He returned briefly to live in the house on his release from prison in February 1990.The mission of Mandela House is to provide an effective, efficient and meaningful experience to all visitors, informing them of President Nelson Mandela’s story, both in the context of his home, and in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the peoples of South Africa.Two Nobel laureatesOutside the house stands a large metal outline of two bull heads, entitled The Nobel Laureates. The title refers to the fact that on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, a short distance away, is the Soweto home of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who, like Mandela, was the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.The bulls look down the road, decisive and eye-catching, leaving no doubt as to the strength of the two personalities they represent.Around the corner in Moema Street is another metal depiction, this time of schoolchildren facing a policeman with a growling dog. It’s a reference to the confrontation on 16 June 1976; hundreds of children were protesting the imposition of Afrikaans in schools, when they were met by the police.Hector Pieterson MuseumAt this point the police opened fire, and Hector Pieterson was shot and killed. Iconic photographs of the dying Pieterson being carried to the Phefeni Clinic by Mbuyisa Makhubo went around the world. And the day is remembered for its brutality against schoolchildren, and the start of the meltdown of apartheid.The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, situated in Orlando West, Soweto, commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto protests of 1976, many of whom were shot by the apartheid police while protesting against the sub-standard of education in black schools in South Africa.Pieterson, the other children and the subsequent riots are remembered in the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum two blocks down Moema Street, on the corner with Khumalo Street.The work is full of energy and defiance, the silhouetted figures in metal piping showing raised fists and wide mouths shouting at the policeman restraining his dog.On the corner of Moema and Vilakazi streets is a memorial wall in slate, now a quiet place to sit and contemplate the events of all those years ago, when the country exploded in anger and revolt.‘Vilakazi’ in sign languageAt the start of Vilakazi Street, where it intersects with Khumalo Street, is another artwork. Eight huge, grey hands spell “Vilakazi” in sign language.The hands are big and bold, but accessible to residents – they have become play objects, with children taking time out to climb on them.Other art includes two murals – one depicts the scene of June 1976, with police and their vans, and placard-carrying schoolchildren.And then there are the mosaics, livening up several concrete benches on the corner of Moema Street; down Vilakazi Street are mosaic strips of paving. On the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets is a row of bollards with decorative wooden heads.Vilakazi Street is indeed a different place.Hastings Ndlovu’s bridgeAnother memorial has been completed, remembering the 15-year-old boy who was the first to be shot on 16 June 1976. On the corner of Klipspruit Valley and Khumalo roads is a bridge where Hastings Ndlovu was shot by the police. He was rushed to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, where he died of the head wound.On the bridge there is a statue of the young Hastings, dressed in school uniform and standing on a plinth, smiling and holding his arm up. Storyboards line each side of the bridge, on the sides of a new steel and concrete structure, with seating, inviting visitors to walk down and take in the quiet memorial next to the busy intersection.So, take a drive out to Orlando West, park your car opposite the hands, and stroll up Vilakazi Street, reading the storyboards along the way. And when you’re done, grab something to drink or a meal at Sakumzi, opposite Mandela House, or at the top of the hill at Nambitha.Vilakazi Street being a tourist attraction is a hive of cultural activity.And then drive your car to another parking area on the corner of Moema and Khumalo streets, and cross the road. Take in the messages of the Hector Pieterson Memorial; then walk around the museum next door.Feel the anger, the hatred for the apartheid government, the alienation of young people. Dodge the bullets with them, through the graphic images on display; emphathise with the parents who lost their children on 16 June 1976.It’s all part of the Vilakazi Street precinct.Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.