Liberians Must Be Ready’

first_imgThe vice president for administration at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Dr. Q. Somah Paygai, has said Liberians must be ready to meet the country’s challenges as the country moves toward the 2017 general and presidential elections.Dr. Paygai made the assertions over the weekend at the 18th Thanksgiving Exercise of the St. Peter Lutheran High School in Sinkor, which was witnessed by over 200 students, parents, guardians and friends.He spoke on the theme “Fulfilling Liberia’s Promise,” and listed seven challenges as the country moves towards the 2017 elections. They include reclaiming the country’s constitutional democracy and keeping it important for the future; developing a new definition of Liberia’s national security for a changed world; and participating fully in a shrinking world. Other challenges are achieving an economy that works for all, not just for a privileged few; providing healthcare to every Liberian; resuming the march of progress toward equal opportunity for all; and restoring our basic values and reuniting our nation. Dr. Paygai said Liberia’s founding fathers created a system of checks and balances that would protect Liberians from tyranny, and called on Liberians not to allow that system to be under threat today or at any time. He called on each branch of the government to play its role and not pass it on to another branch, while at the same time calling on them to check each other’s power and reach. “I am referencing the leadership that will respect and uphold the tenets of diplomacy, economic development, and the protection of human rights and all well-meaning citizens and partners of Liberia must unite ideas for the globalization pattern,” he said.According to him, Liberians need to return to the time when the country influenced nations throughout the world by offering helping hands and advice. Those same principles of caring and sharing, he said, must still be manifested as the panacea for Liberia’s global economic outlook.“Liberia must respond to globalization by preparing every man, woman and child to compete successfully in this new world. We must be dedicated to the general welfare of every citizen,” Dr. Paygai said.He underscored the importance of the courts in stepping up for the challenges posed in the dispensing of justice and urged the National Legislature to always give critical support by performing their constitutional duty to oversee and check on the embodiment of the Executive.He advised students, who he called the leaders of tomorrow, to look forward to and recognize only one method of leadership – leadership that will respect and uphold the tenets of diplomacy, economic development, and the protection of human rights. According to him, one of the jarring consequences of inequality in Liberia is that the government is not fully capable of providing medical care for its citizens. Dr. Paygai also called on the government to attract most of its citizens in the Diaspora who are in medical professions to return home and ensure that they are motivated by receiving better salaries and benefits in line with countries like South Africa and Ghana.He lauded the students’ parents for their efforts so far in taking their children to the level of graduation, as well as the teachers for preparing the children academically.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana goes up 5 places on World Press Freedom Index

first_imgGuyana has been elevated five places on the Reporters With Borders (RSF) 2018 World Press Freedom Index, which the Guyana Press Association (GPA) said comes amidst “significant hurdles” yet to be overcome.From among 180 countries, Index of Press Freedom ranking worldwide puts Guyana at 55 compared to 60 in 2017. The country was given zero under the category of “abuse score”; and 26.25 for “underlying situation score”.Guyana’s position has placed it below its neighbour Suriname which was in spot 21, but above its other two bordering neighbours, Brazil and Venezuela, which were placed in the 102 and 143 positions, respectively.The GPA on Wednesday said it welcomes this improved ranking but with some reservations.According to the Association, while this may seem somewhat of an achievement, there are still significant hurdles to be crossed before Guyanese can feel that an improved ranking really matters.These include the removal of existing criminal defamation laws in line with globally accepted standards; the deletion of offending sections in the Cybercrime Bill that could result in further entrenchment of criminal defamation; the amendment to the Broadcasting Act to remove direct intervention in the programming schedule of radio and television stations, except in cases of emergencies; political interference in the State-owned and privately-owned media by Government and the Opposition.In fact, the GPA went on to highlight the removal of the two outspoken columnists from the State-owned Guyana Chronicle; a situation, which it said, appears not to have bothered the coalition Government and its professed commitment to press freedom and freedom of expression.To this end, the Association is calling for remedial actions to be taken by the relevant authorities to further enhance Guyana’s ranking on the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index in 2019.Meanwhile, the RSF said on Guyana’s profile in the World Press Freedom Index that while the country’s Constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information, officials often use its defamation laws – which provide for fines and up to two years in jail – to silence Opposition journalists.“The members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the President. This restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licences. Recent attempts to improve regulation of the broadcast industry involved no consultation with any broadcasters. Journalists are still subjected to harassment that takes the form of prosecutions, suspensions, and intimidation. A draft Cybercrime Bill could penalise whistleblowers and media for publishing information collected ‘illegally’,” the RSF highlighted.Back in August, the RSF had issued a statement urging President David Granger not to assent to the Broadcasting Bill that was adopted by Guyana’s National Assembly, and called for consultations with broadcasters in order to take into account their recommendations. The current bill, which was adopted without such consultation, raises multiple press freedom concerns.last_img read more

Cody Kalb MVP at Huskies awards

first_imgCody Kalb put his stamp on the Kalb family tradition, taking three major awards at the Fort St. John Huskies year-end Awards and Banquet on Friday night.Kalb was named the regular season MVP, as well as co-playoff MVP, along with goaltender Zack Blain. He also won the team scoring title for the second season in a row (something his older brother Jeff had also done).Other award winners include Dan Pappin, who earned a tribute for outstanding leadership and dedication, something coach Bob Kalb implied would earn him the Captain’s ‘C’ next season.- Advertisement -Cody Kalb says his long-time linemate would make a perfect Captain. [asset|aid=1518|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c6d210c516754b1ce788a31ff377f3f7-CodyK-paps_1_Pub.mp3]This year’s Captain, Jon Spence, was named best defenceman for the second year in a row, splitting the award with Payden Wongstedt.Kole Norris earned rookie of the year honours, while Steven Fast took the most gentlemanly player award.Advertisement As voted by the fans, Dylan Apsassin was named most popular player, and Kole Norris was voted most exciting player.Among the legion of Huskies volunteers, Kathy Wolsey earned the president’s award, in particular for her hard work on the Fill the Bus campaign.Jon Spence and Jordan Hartnell were also honoured as ‘graduating Huskies’, having reached the end of their junior eligibility.last_img read more

Christmas loses top billing at forest

first_img alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We know that people look forward to the experience of coming out and chopping down their own trees, and we don’t want to do away with that,” Schuurs said. Some of the trees also were damaged when a cell phone tower was built on part of the property, and that contributed to the decision to scale back the tree-growing effort, Schuurs said. The tree farm covers 6acres, and 3acres will continue to be used for Christmas trees. Other plants and backyard trees will be grown on the remaining 3acres, Schuurs said. The nursery operation will be closed to the public, but the plants grown there will be sold at Sunset Nursery a few blocks away from the tree farm. “We have no intention of closing Frosty’s Forest,” she said. SANTA CLARITA – Frosty’s Forest Christmas Tree Farm will be offering a tad fewer trees and a lot more plants as the owner converts half the farm to a nursery operation. Owners said the move comes because the California Monterey pines the tree farm has sold for years are becoming less popular. Nowadays, families want their Christmas trees to be Douglas fir or noble fir instead, and those are imported from Oregon and Washington. The tree farm had 20,000 trees last year but sold fewer than 500, said Barbara Schuurs, business manager at Sunset Nursery, which has the same owner as the tree farm. last_img read more

Classic Transfer: Gunners sign winner of World Cup’s Best Young Player award 1994

first_img 2 2 Marc Overmars Arsene Wenger was a busy boy back in the summer of 1997.Although it has proven difficult to persuade Le Professeur to open his wallet in recent years, the French manager made a flurry of signings in an effort to establish the Gunners as a force in English football.The most eye catching was, arguably, that of Marc Overmars. The Dutchman’s ability was not in question, but his injury record certainly was.Having shone at the 1994 World Cup – where the Dutch teached the last eight and he won the Best Young Player award – Overmars also emerged as an important player in the Ajax side that won the Champions League in 1995, but the midfielder suffered a serious knee injury and was subsequently ruled out of Euro 1996.However, Wenger deemed the Netherlands international worthy of a £5.5 million fee, despite ongoing fitness doubts, and Overmars agreed to swap Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena for Highbury.Unveiled alongside Emmanuel Petit, Overmars’ arrival coincided with a new era in north London. The midfielder quickly established himself as a key component in the Gunners’ ranks; his electric pace proving to be a superb addition to the guile of compatriot Dennis Bergkamp and presence of Patrick Vieira. Overmars scored a total of 41 goals in 142 appearances for the north Londoners, the most important of which arrived at Old Trafford when he scored a crucial winner away to title rivals Manchester United that propelled the Gunners to a first championship in the Premier League era.With the league in the bag, Overmars netter at Wembley in the 1998 FA Cup final victory over Newcastle United as the club completed a famous Double.Unfortunately, such heights were never scaled again.Injuries restricted Overmars’ impact during the next two seasons yet he became the most expensive Dutchman in history when he signed for Barcelona for a fee of £25 million in 2008; not a bad piece of business by any means.Meanwhile, Overmars got injured on his debut for the Catalan club during a pre-season friendly against none other than his former employers.How? Lee Dixon hacked him down from behind, obviously.last_img read more

Tottenham blow! In-form summer signing Son sidelined with foot injury

first_imgTottenham have been dealt a blow with news forward Heung-Min Son is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot against Manchester City.The 23-year-old South Korea international has settled impressively at White Hart Lane after making the £22million move from Bayer Leverkusen last month.Son has netted three goals in five Spurs appearances to date and would have had another was it not for the offside flag in the brilliant 4-1 win over City on Saturday.He was replaced by Clinton Njie with 13 minutes of the match remaining and Tottenham have confirmed the forward picked up an unspecified foot injury during the White Hart Lane encounter.An official club statement read: “Heung-Min Son sustained a foot injury in a challenge during Saturday’s win against Manchester City and has spent the past few days being reviewed.“Our medical staff will monitor his progress during his rehabilitation in order to determine when he will be fit to return to training.”Tottenham face Monaco at the Stade Louis II in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son 1last_img read more

Family of slain teen to mark his death

first_imgBy Larry Altman STAFF WRITER The mother and twin sister of a Carson teenager will light candles and say prayers Thursday to mark the sixth anniversary of his shooting death. The Oct. 18, 2001, killing of 14-year-old Dwayne Jackson remains unsolved. A $50,000 reward still stands for information that leads to his killer. Dwayne, a Carson High School freshman, was not a gang member. The city of Carson has offered a $10,000 reward and Justice for Murdered Children is offering $40,000 for information that leads to the killer’s conviction. Dwayne’s sister, Denisha, came up with the idea to light a candle at the minute he died – 6:49 p.m., Jackson said. Mother and daughter, who have since moved away, will pass out fliers “to let him know his mom and his sister are not going to give up trying,” Jackson said. They invite anyone to join them by placing flowers or lighting a candle at the site. Dwayne would have been 20 years old. “He would probably be in college, playing football, something he wanted to do,” his mother said. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We need the witnesses to come forward,” said Dwayne’s mother, Jackie Jackson. “No parent should have to go through this at all. Who would have ever thought I would have to bury my 14-year-old son behind the senseless war we have going on in the streets?” Dwayne was killed outside his home in the 1400 block of Fernrock Street by a gunman in a white Chevrolet Caprice with a taxi sign on it. Dwayne, who was on his bicycle, had moved close to the car when the person inside said something to him. A gunman inside then shot him. last_img read more

DDTV: AR CHÚL AN CHEAMARA: FÓGRA TEILIFÍSE NUA DO RTÉ RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA

first_imgAr chúl an cheamara: an Fógra Teilifíse nua do RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Gleann Cholm Cille, Contae Dhún na nGall, Meitheamh 2011Behind the Scenes: A new television promotion for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Glencolmcille, Donegal, June 2011. CLICK TO PLAYDDTV: AR CHÚL AN CHEAMARA: FÓGRA TEILIFÍSE NUA DO RTÉ RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA was last modified: July 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Contae Dhún na nGallRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Gleann Cholm Cillelast_img read more

FUFA conducts Drum quarter final draws

first_img Tags: BugandaFUFA DRUMJustus MugishaRogers ByamukamatopWest Nile Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha draws Busoga during the FUFA Drum quarter finals’ draws on Monday at Mengo. (PHOTO/FUFA)MENGO – The FUFA Drum quarter-finals have been drawn.Started only last year, the tournament has won over hearts of Ugandans and with each passing match-day, the number of fans who attend games keeps on growing.In June, Uganda Tourism Board partnered with the tournament organizers so as to try and sell the tournament further.It is a move that is expected to grow the tournament further in the coming years.On Monday 21 October, the chairman FUFA drum announced that the quarter-finals will kick start on the 21st -30th of November.The opening ceremony for quarter-finals of the second edition will be held in Gulu.Group A will play in Gulu and will harbor provinces including defending champions Buganda, Acholi, Tooro and Bukedi.For Group B which is Liira, provinces that will contest are last year’s runners up WestNile, Lango, Busoga and Bugishu.Speaking at the press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo on Monday, the chairperson of the Drum organising committee, Roger Byamukama thanked everyone who has continued to embrace the tournament and also called upon more fans to come and be part of it.“We are so grateful to the fans who have embraced the project and what it stands for, noted Byamukama.“We are also grateful for the partners who have come on board to help us execute and showcase what Uganda has.”The matches are set to be telecast live on TV, another reason that was fronted for selecting Lira and Gulu as it will enable the production crews to move their equipment from one place to the other, easily.Buganda is the defending champions having defeated West Nile in the inaugural edition’s final last year.Group A-Gulu-Buganda-Acholi-Toro-BukediGroup B- Liira-West Nile-Lango-Busoga-BugisuComments last_img read more