‘Liberia’s Democracy Is Irrevocable’

first_imgFormer President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson SirleafPresident Sirleaf says in parting words, calls on Liberians to ensure new government succeedsBy William Q. Harmon and Alvin WorziLiberians are bracing themselves for a new era to be led by a man that received a resounding mandate from the Liberian people on December 26, 2017. This, however, positions President Sirleaf for her imminent departure, which is in fulfillment of the constitutional provision that limits her to two terms of office.She said at her ascendance to the presidency, the nation was starting from zero, with the complete destruction of infrastructure, a collapsed economy, and a state incapable of providing services to its people. “Our collective faith and resolve were put to the test, as they have been many times over in our 170 years of independence,” she said, declaring that Liberia’s democracy is irreversible.She recounted: “12 years ago, on the 26 of January 2006, I had the privilege to address you, the people of Liberia, for the first time as your president. We were a nation exhausted from three decades of conflict. We were starting from zero, with the complete destruction of our national infrastructure, a collapsed economy, and a state incapable of providing services to its people.”Speaking on Wednesday in the cabinet room of her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia, the President said her administration inherited a heavy burden and painful past that she and the Liberian people were no match for. “We carried these together, but were no match for, dear friends,” she said.In spite of these many challenges, she added, “never did you lose hope in yourselves, pride in our nation, or the determination to persevere.”“It was your energy that lifted me up each day; motivated me; gave me the drive to exhaust all possibilities for the benefit of our beloved Liberia,” she said. “As I speak my last words to you as president, they are simply to say, thank you for the honor to serve.”The President boasted of the holding of two peaceful and credible successive national elections, coupled with a pending historic transfer of power from one elected leader to another—and according to the President, many would have never envisaged such 12 years ago.“Back in 2006, many doubted us – not certain if Liberia’s democratic resurgence would last; that our newfound peace would hold. And yet, look around you: our democracy is irrevocable; it binds every future leader of this country to the will of the people.”Liberia, today, reflects the changing face of the continent, where rule of law, human rights, good governance and accountability are demanded by its citizens, she said.“This is Africa’s future. And Liberia is one of its enviable democracies,” she added.Call for Self-ReliancePresident Sirleaf, whose government was heavily aid dependent, is now, as she leaves office, calling much belatedly for Liberia to be self-reliant, because governments and nations across the globe are becoming more so.She asserted: “The world has changed rapidly over the past decade. Across the globe, governments and nations are turning inward in search of solutions to their domestic challenges. For a country like Liberia, this means that we need to be more self-reliant. Each of us has to take on more responsibilities for the development of our country.”“We must dedicate ourselves to ensuring [the new government] succeeds,” she said.She thanked Liberia’s international partners – the donors, investors, NGO workers, humanitarians, and friends – commending them that she leaves the presidency in awe of their generosity, that in a world with so many great needs, they chose Liberia. She said: “We have learned and innovated together, and these gains will go on to benefit our next generation.”She paid tribute to African countries, especially those in the sub-region who stood by Liberia during its moments of crisis.President Sirleaf also thanked members of civil society, the judiciary, Liberia’s Fourth Estate – the media – and religious and traditional leaders, adding that through their work and prayers, they have strengthened Liberia’s democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Millions spent to upgrade Region 6 infrastructure

first_imgJust four months into the new year, several roads and bridges in East Berbice-Corentyne, Region Six have already been rehabilitated; thus, improving connectivity for residents and schoolchildren across the Region.Regional Executive Officer (REO), Kim Williams-Stephen said that more than $11 million was spent for infrastructural work in the Region. Notable among the works executed was the rehabilitation of the heavy-duty bridge at Timmer’s Dam into a concrete structure. This particular upgrade which bolsters the bridge longevity has benefited over 500 residents, including over 300 schoolchildren who utilise the structure daily. Additionally, Timmer’s Dam was transformed from double bitumen surface treatment (DBST) road to a concrete structure.Ongoing rehabilitation works on a road near the waterfront leading into New Amsterdam“These works were done taking into consideration the fact that children have to access school and also residents should not be burdened with poor infrastructure. So is not only about having these works, but they must be quality work,” Williams-Stephen related.Similarly, a concrete bridge at Second Cross Street in Kildonan was repaired while several roads, including the Gibraltar School Street, were rehabilitated. The REO disclosed that there were several other projects in the pipeline for the Region, especially from other Ministries.“We’re having a number of services that are coming to Berbice, from the Ministries of Natural Resources, and Citizenship and we are grateful for their support. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is also doing rehabilitation works in other areas such as New Amsterdam. The additional support from our stakeholders acts as a catalyst to the development of the Region,” Williams-Stephen remarked.last_img read more

4 prison officers in hot water for smuggling rum, cigarettes

first_imgContraband in prisonsThe arrest of four prison officers, after they smuggled contraband into the Lusignan Prison last weekend, has put a dent in an apparent network which authorities have desperately been trying to crack.Contraband found during Monday’s raid at the Lusignan PrisonThe officers smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the East Coast Demerara penitentiary on Sunday last, acting Director of Prisons Galdwin Samuels disclosed.According to Samuels, the officers were arrested following reports received and subsequently investigations conducted, which revealed that they worked together to carry out the illegal act.The Prisons Director stated that the officers have been charged and were interdicted from duty on Tuesday. They are expected to face trial on Thursday.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system and was compounded by the fact that both prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.Already, five prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident whereby a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.Prisons Director Gladwin SamuelsNevertheless, last weekend’s incident involving another four officers was followed by a joint search carried out by prison and Police authorities at the Lusignan Prison on Monday, which led to the discovery of 14 cellphones, 15 SIM cards, one tattoo machine, five pairs of scissors, 48 improvised weapons, 85 grams of cannabis, $3040 in cash, a quantity of chargers, one knife, one chopper, and a quantity of razor blades.This find comes exactly seven days after a similar exercise conducted at the same penitentiary also unearthed a quantity of prohibited items including 45 improvised weapons, six lighters, one metal foil, 36 razor blades, three cellphone chargers, one white cellphone, a quantity of empty ziplock bags, one tattoo machine, a quantity of nails, two headphones, three broken pieces of metal and a pieces of pallet wood.The Prisons Director posited that these contraband find themselves within the prisons because these officers are colluding to smuggle items into the prison system, hence it has been a challenge to curb the illegal practice.“The Standard Operating Procedures would see Prison Officers conducting searches to verify that persons are without banned items when entering the prisons. This system will only be effective when there is no collusion,” he posited.To this end, Samuels asserted that a firm stand must be taken against the smuggling of banned items into prisons.In a recent interview with Guyana Times, the Prisons Director had lamented on the struggles authorities face in detecting and weeding out corrupt officers from within the system. He had pointed out that despite efforts to rid the prison facilities of contraband, exercises such as raids create the demand for more illicit items, which some officers take advantage of and capitalise on.Moreover, Samuels noted that while several methods are there to gather intelligence in the prison environment, these efforts are hindered by the practice of officers who witness or are aware of such acts by their colleagues but choose to remain mum instead of reporting to higher authorities. This, the Prisons Director said, has made it difficult for authorities to identify the rogue officers.“Many persons have not been forthcoming with information they are privy to and so these [corrupt] persons are not known… The fact that you cannot link it to so specific time, it is difficult to sanction persons who are on duty because sometimes when you discover these items, it could be days that they’re in the prison already and so to just go and bring charges against the persons who were on duty during that entire period might not be in the best interest of the service,” Samuels had asserted.Nevertheless, in an effort to further beef up security and prevent the smuggling of contraband into prison facilities, steps are being taken to acquire scanners for the various penitentiary facilities across the country.In fact, Samuels told this newspaper that the first scanner is expected to be here sometime in December, while three others have been included in the 2019 Budget.last_img read more

Flyers school Rangers 5-2 in Spirit River

first_imgThe Rangers opened the scoring on a power play with 7:28 left in the first period, and although the Flyers answered back, Spirit River managed to net one more before the end of the period. However, that was the last time the home team found the back of the net. Bruce Novak evened the score up in second, and the rest of the Flyers came alive in the third, scoring three more unanswered goal, including one shorthanded.Goaltender Troy Hunt stood tall in net, stopping 36 of 38 shots. The Flyers themselves were actually outshot, putting 33 on the Rangers’ goalie. – Advertisement -Scoring in order were Kyle Leahy (2), Bryce Novak, Adam Horst, and Trevor Fitzgerald, assisted by Payden Wongstedt, Brady Busche, Aaron Schepers, Adam Horst (2), and Trevor Fitzgerald.  Up next for Fort St. John is a home game against the Grande Prairie Athletics on Friday, December 20.Advertisementlast_img read more

NFL notes: Titans’ Young soaks everything in

first_imgThe NFC squad has less star power. Drew Brees will team up with San Francisco running back Frank Gore and Carolina receiver Steve Smith. New Orleans quarterback Former officials supervisor files lawsuit: Earnie Frantz, a former supervisor of NFL officials from 1981 to 2001, sued the league in federal court in New York, claiming he was unfairly fired after some referees lodged false complaints that he was racially biased. Frantz said part of his job as a supervisor included grading the performance of officials after each week of play. While performing that role, the suit said, Frantz became a target of complaints by “a vocal component of the minority officiating crew,” who complained that he was racially biased and graded minorities more harshly than whites. Frantz, who is white, claimed in the suit that he was essentially fired “because of the color of his skin.” “I learned something every day. I’m just looking forward to playing in the game and having one more great experience to finish the year.” Young is the first rookie quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Dan Marino. Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, will start with league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson before an impressive defense led by Miami’s Jason Taylor and Denver’s Champ Bailey takes the field. Vince Young didn’t see this trip to Hawaii as a vacation. The Tennessee quarterback figured a rookie should never stop learning, even at the ProBowl. “It’s been great. My head’s kind of spinning, but it’s a great time,” said Young, who will back up the AFC’s Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer in the NFL’s 57th all-star game today in Honolulu. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Solution to city’s doctor problems a complex discussion: Pimm

first_img“I think fee for service is a model.. (that) I don’t know how long is going last. A lot of the new physicians coming into the workplace, they don’t want to have that big overhead, they don’t want to own their own business.”On Monday, we have plans to take this story to Northern Health, and talk to Dr. Ron Chapman, the Vice-President of Medicine with Northern Health. “We are going to be doing everything in our power to reach an agreement to keep the Fort St. John Medical Clinic open,” Pimm said.Two-thirds of the clinic, housed in the old Immaculata School, also houses the Northern Health’s unattached patient clinic, which opened last summer.Mr. Pimm has confirmed Northern Health still has two years left on a three-year lease for the unattached clinic, and it will remain open regardless of what happens at the end of year to the Fort St. John clinic.As for a long-term solution, Pimm offered this:“I think the model of the future is going to look like this: you’re going to have an alternative billing program, where the doctors are basically working for the health authority on a contract-type basis,” he said.Advertisement Despite the possible closure of the Fort St. John Medical Clinic by the end of the year, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm remains confident an interim solution can be found to the current retirement and departure-driven doctor’s shortage.“I’m very hopeful that we will come up with at least a mid-term solution to go along the short term work we’ve been doing,” Pimm said.“We have to adapt with the times and come up with a solution that’s going to help us get to where we need to be.”- Advertisement -Arguably the key focus of the long-term solution is coming up with a new pay model that helps doctors address their overhead costs, and Mr. Pimm has no problem with taxpayer dollars being part it.“Paying the full overhead fees is extremely hard to do… that is what our discussion is all around, trying to figure out what that looks like,” said Pimm.“It’s not an easy discussion. It’s one that eventually will have to have some funding from somebody, whether it’s government or whether it’s locals or whatever.”Advertisementcenter_img Mr. Pimm continued: “We subsidize policing, we subsidize fire departments, we subsidize protective services. Quite frankly, I have to think doctors are protective services.“You can’t live without a doctor, I’m afraid,” he said.As for the future of the Fort St. John Clinic, Mr. Pimm emphasized there’s a concerted and co-operative initiative underway to prevent its closure.The clinic, operated by the North Peace Division of Family Practice, has set a meeting with both Northern Health and the provincial health ministry in July.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arnold team broke state law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “They offer no argument or authority why the expenditures are not independent expenditures, other than the naked declaration that they are not …,” the court said. “Unfortunately, … the law says otherwise.” Independent expenditures are campaign expenditures made without coordination with a candidate or a ballot measure committee. Thomas Hiltachk, the treasurer and attorney for the California Recovery Team, said the committee “accepted the court’s decision” but stressed that all the expenditures at issue were reported before the election. “It’s really a question of what form should we have filed them on,” he said. Alliance for a Better California, a campaign committee that opposed the Schwarzenegger ballot measures, said the California Recovery Team voluntarily filed more than 160 campaign spending reports covering more than $25 million in expenditures a few days before the election. SACRAMENTO – A state appeals court says a campaign committee controlled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke state law by not promptly reporting millions of dollars in expenditures promoting four measures on last November’s special-election ballot. The 3rd District Court of Appeal, in a decision issued Wednesday, said Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team should have reported the expenditures within 24 hours after they were made during the 90 days leading up to the Nov. 8 election but failed to do so. “CRT ignores that the (Political Reform Act) requires reporting of independent expenditures on a 24-hour basis during an election cycle,” a three-judge panel said. “CRT is not free to determine when and what information to discuss; it must comply with the (act).” The court said attorneys for the California Recovery Team and Schwarzenegger acknowledged that the spending met the “statutory definition” of independent expenditures but that somehow they were not. But those reports were “well beyond the 24-hour reporting deadlines,” said Joe Nuez, the alliance’s chairman. He filed a complaint Thursday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, citing the appeals court decision and urging the agency to fine the Schwarzenegger committee. A spokesman for the FPPC, Jon Matthews, said he could not comment on the complaint except to say that the commission’s chairwoman, Liane Randolph, had sent a letter to the court last year “supporting the interpretation of the Political Reform Act that the court eventually followed.” Schwarzenegger’s campaign opponents brought the case to the appeals court after a Sacramento County Superior Court judge concluded that the law was “less than clear” on what the California Recovery Team’s reporting requirements were. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Valencia’s third choice might be the best

first_imgValencia High is down to its third softball catcher, freshman Amy Moore, who has taken over for injured Paige Smith (fractured hand), who replaced Rachel Mueller (quit). Moore was thrown right into the fire, starting both games of a doubleheader Saturday in a tournament in Irvine. She was a bit shaky in her debut, a 6-2 victory over El Modena of Orange, which was followed by a 6-0 victory over North Torrance. Valencia then defeated visiting Burroughs of Burbank 10-0 Tuesday, so Moore is 3-0 as a starter for one of California’s powerhouses. The Vikings are 21-3 heading into Thursday’s game at Saugus. “We’re not trying to put too much pressure on Amy,” coach Donna Lee said. “She doesn’t have to be a hero. I told her to just worry about doing a good job catching, and if she gets a hit, that’s great.” Moore, who also has played DH, is batting .355 with five RBIs in 31 at-bats. Smith, who is expected to return in two weeks, in time for the playoffs, was hitting .151 in 51 at-bats, so Moore has a chance to win the job. “I’ve never seen a ball hit that far. It was at least 250 feet,” said coach Rich Perez, who has been associated with local softball for two decades. “It was one heck of a home run.” Huff is batting .373 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. She has been walked 16 times in 22 games. Ailing: Two Saugus starters are out indefinitely with injuries. Alicia Junker is recovering from elbow surgery, and Claire Donyanavard might require surgery to repair knee ligament damage. Canyon catcher Jenna McGivney continues to trudge through the season with a broken toe. She broke it during pregame warm-ups April 18 against Burroughs but played the entire game, helping Canyon to an 8-0 victory. No playoffs: It’s been a tough year for the area’s small schools softball teams, Santa Clarita Christian and Scott Academy, which have combined for just one victory. Santa Clarita Christian has lost nine in a row, and winless Scott Academy has yet to hold an opponent to less than 14 runs in a game. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt’s not easy job playing catcher for Valencia because ace Jordan Taylor might be California’s hardest-throwing pitcher. Taylor is 20-3 with a 0.13 ERA, 306 strikeouts and seven no-hitters in 161 innings. Taylor is the first Foothill League pitcher since 1989 to total 300 strikeouts. She could become the first to surpass 400 if she keeps the pace and Valencia makes a deep playoff run. “Jordan is on a mission,” Lee said. “She’s been absolutely fabulous.” Long shot: Saugus’ Tiffany Huff hit what might have been the longest home run in league history during Tuesday’s victory over Canyon – at least since the Crystl Bustos era. Huff, a Tennessee-bound senior, hit a shot at the William S. Hart PONY complex that cleared the center-field fence and scoreboard, landing near the pitcher’s circle on an adjacent field. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LETTERKENNY AC TURKEY TROT 5K

first_img  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LETTERKENNY AC TURKEY TROT 5K was last modified: December 13th, 2015 by John2Share 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:5kLetterkenny ACturkey trot IT might not be a White Christmas but the annual Letterkenny Athletic Club Turkey Trot 5k was run on a cold and frosty winter’s morning today, more appropriate than the rain at this time of the year.Joe Boland from NorthWestNewsPix donned his thermals to catch the mood.last_img read more

Ally McCoist backs Andy Robertson to emulate success of Liverpool greats

first_imgMcCoist, who is now a pundit including for talkSPORT, added: “It’s still very early in his career and clearly we all have high hopes for him but if he can follow in the footsteps of your Bremners, your Sounesses, your Browns, I’ll be delighted.“It’s been a wee while since we had a really top, iconic Scottish player that we can all relate to and hold in great esteem. I am putting pressure on him here but he would be a hopeful target for us in the future to take that mantle.“I just hope that with continued success we can be talking about him in the same way we do with a Kenny Dalglish or a Gordon McQueen – great Scotland players – and I’d be surprised if that wasn’t the case.” shining possible standings Liverpool defender Andy Robertson can become a Scotland great alongside the likes of Reds legends Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness, according to Ally McCoist.Robertson was announced as the new captain of the Scottish national team on Monday after making immense strides since joining Liverpool from Hull in the summer of 2017. REVEALED McCoist said: “He’s brilliant. I just love watching him. When you think four or five years ago Robertson was playing for Queen’s Park, it’s been a brilliant journey.“He’s a wonderful choice as captain and what an example for younger kids to look at. There you go, from Queen’s Park to the Champions League final and now captaining your country. A brilliant story.“He’s a guy who always leads by example and if you look at Scotland captains of the past, every one of them led by example, going back to Billy Bremner and all these guys.“Wee Robertson will do just that. I speak to a lot of the Liverpool boys and they say he trains as he plays, which is a great example.” Robertson shakes hands with Scotland manager Alex McLeish after being unveiled as new captain England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade huge blow silverware The 24-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the ranks having started his career for Scottish Third Division side Queen’s Park in the 2012/13 season.He played in the Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May and is now the club’s established first choice left-back.Robertson and co. are currently top of the Premier League having won their opening four games this season.And former striker McCoist – who captained his country on one occasion – claimed Robertson has what it takes to emulate the success of the Scottish greats who used to play for Liverpool. 2 smart causal Robertson has been in brilliant form for Liverpool since signing for the club in the summer of 2017 Latest Liverpool FC News REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more