The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has distributed Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Kits to about 951 schools in 11 of the 15 counties. The IPC Kits are in support of the Safe School Environment Protocol developed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) during the height of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).The kits are approved by both Ministries of Health (MOH) and Education. They contain brooms, large and small buckets, cartons of soap, thermo-flash and towels for hand washing, brushes, chlorine, hand gloves and brochures, among others. The distribution of the IPC kits is in fulfillment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and the MOE under the Safe School Environment Protocol as part of the Red Cross’ EVD response. LNRCS Public Relations Officer, Oniel Bestman said the counties that have benefitted from the distribution are Montserrado, Grand Bassa, River Gee, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Sinoe. Grand Kru, Nimba, Margibi, Rivercess, and Bong are the other benefitting counties. Mr. Bestman said the IPC kits for 28 schools in Grand Gedeh was delayed due to bad road network, but was grateful that the consignment has finally reached the county, where they are expected to be distributed in the coming days. The LNRCS, with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, offered to help the government to administer and distribute the IPC kits to 1,016 schools across the country, training of teachers and monitoring of school programs.Red Cross Secretary General, Fayiah Tamba, in a release, said providing infection prevention control kits in schools is a positive development that will create a healthy environment for learning and help keep students from getting sick.“The Red Cross feels strongly that increased interest in water, sanitation and hygiene in schools to contribute to a safe and healthy learning environment is a positive development. Special steps must be taken to accelerate and coordinate progress on how students can keep practicing sanitation and hygiene in schools,” Tamba said. He added that the proportion of schools without access to basic sanitation is a key issue and the LNRCS is determined to improve sanitation in all schools.The LNRCS SG noted that the donation is the entity’s way of promoting safe hygiene practices in schools in line with the Safe School Environment Protocol developed by the MOE. The Red Cross partners with MOE in getting the lists of schools to which the items are being donated in the counties. The next plan of the Red Cross is monitoring the items given to the various schools to ensure that they are used for the intended purposes. The distribution exercise started after the Red Cross provided training to representatives of the schools, students and parent-teacher associations in temperature taking, checking for symptoms and hand washing to ensure compliance with the MOH safety protocols.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There is little public knowledge about a 2011 study conducted by a small research team of graduate students from the Columbia University in New York, who had been assigned to carry out research on the impact of a massive influx of foreign capital into natural resource extraction in Liberia.But one of such research students, Ashoka Mukpo, author of the article “The tyranny of good intentions” has lifted the curtain on the report of their findings that was submitted to the then Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) of the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL), Ellen Løj.Author Ashoka Mukpo reveals that the SRSG pleaded with them to keep the report under wraps, fearing that its release to the public at a time when elections were just in sight “might have been used by the local press to force Sirleaf to answer tough questions about the impact of her economic policies.”Author Mukpo further observed that the blue print for post conflict reconstruction in Liberia was prepared in foreign capitals and it was structured on a model which called for auctioning off the country’s land and natural resources and virtually turning the country into a one-dimensional rentier state, hoping that somehow a vibrant domestic sector would emerge out of a rather misty picture.As the evidence shows, those policy prescriptions have miserably failed. According to Mukpo, the effects of those policies could be readily seen and felt. Their report outlined that education and agriculture remained largely dysfunctional. It also highlighted the bloody riots at the palm oil plantations and the clashes between security forces and villagers, whilst only a tiny fraction of the jobs and social services promised ever materialize.The point made by the authors of the report was that, after 15 years of massive aid and direct foreign investment, Liberia appears no closer to achieving development than it was yesterday; that their condescending approach to aid and development assistance smacked of what is referred to as “white saviorism”, by and large shaped and guided the country’s post-war economic strategy and played an outsized role in its present trajectory.Mukpo rightly notes, “structural disadvantages in countries like Liberia make disbursal of aid a life-or-death matter for people and the form it takes can shape politics, sideline or empower talented reformers, and exert far-reaching influence on the lives of those it affects”.It is within this context that this newspaper views the new “policy prescriptions” recently put out by the CarterCenter calling for changes in the country’s nationality or citizenship laws, land ownership for non-negroes and respect for gay rights, whatever such is interpreted to mean.The first point to be noted is that Liberia is not a vassal state limping along at the whims of foreign benefactors, although the conduct of our leaders do tend to suggest. Such was the case of post conflict national leadership under former President Sirleaf who actually believed in and bought into tailor made foreign policy prescriptions be it from the United Nations, United States of America or wherever.The history and founding of Liberia is and must be contextually placed in the experience of the middle passage and the severe dehumanization and assaults on their dignity under slavery in America. The inclusion of provisions in the 1986 Liberian Constitution restricting land ownership and citizenship to people of “Negro” descent reflects the thinking and sentiments of Liberians at the time and can rightly be contextualized within the experience of extensive foreign domination of our economy.Attempts to change those provisions of the Constitution during the 2011 elections failed as well as the absolute majority requirement for election to public office, although they had been vigorously supported by then President Sirleaf. The virtual auctioning of land and natural resources on the cheap to greedy foreign corporate interests under her watch have invariably served to heighten fears of alienation of local communities from their ancestral lands and served to further entrench and deepened opposition to the abolition or amendment of those provisions.As regards its call for gay rights, this newspaper holds the view that matters involving the conduct of sexual behavior between two consenting adults in the privacy of their shared space are a matter that cannot and should not be legislated. This newspaper however frowns on the discrimination of persons on the basis of their sexual orientation.This newspaper however notes that homosexuality is as old as the human race and effeminate men as well as manly women and hermaphrodites have existed in all societies since the beginning of time, although some claim homosexuality is an imperial import alien to traditional African culture. Suffice it to say various societies and cultures around the world have all evolved their own ways of dealing or coming to terms with it.In Liberian history, there have been examples of individuals both male and female who, though well known for their sexual orientation had attained heights in society and did not face discrimination or hate on account of their sexual orientation.The point here is that nowhere is it recorded in human history where homosexuality has supplanted heterosexual behavior to the point where it undermines the ability of societies to perpetuate themselves through procreation. And procreation can be sustained only through heterosexual behavior. Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth is recorded as a command from God to mankind to indulge in sustain heterosexual behavior and practices lest mankind be wiped off the face of the earth.In this respect Liberians certainly do not require obeisance to Carter Center diktat to shape its conduct of public policy. As Mukpo right notes, “Structural disadvantages in countries like Liberia make disbursal of aid a life-or-death matter for people and the form it takes can shape politics, sideline or empower talented reformers, and exert far-reaching influence on the lives of those it affects”.In the opinion of most well-meaning Liberians, this country would have fared better had the US government under the watch of President Carter not approved the violent overthrow of President Tolbert. It is about time President Carter and his Carter Center come clean on the dumping of his fellow Baptist President Tolbert in 1980 which opened the stables to violent regime change in Liberia. Simply put, “White Saviorism” is detestable. The Carter Center should just leave Liberia alone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sixty-four-year-old cyclist Conrad Alleyne of Lot 33 Hague, West Coast Demerara was struck down on the Boerasirie Bridge by a vehicle being driven by a Police Superintendent attached to the ‘D’ Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) on Wednesday at about 19:20h.Rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, he was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where he succumbed to his injuries.Alleyne’s body is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home, awaiting a post-mortem examination.Police information revealed that the Superintendent, who was driving motorcar PTT 992 in an easterly direction along the northern side of the bridge, said he felt the vehicle had struck something, and upon inspection he saw the cyclist lying on the bridge with injuries about his body.However, a breathalyser test conducted on the Superintendent showed that he had consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol. He has since been taken into Police custody.Less than two weeks ago, Akemo Anthony Bristol of Lot 338 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, a 23-year-old father of one, died following a collision on Mandela Avenue with a GPF vehicle being driven by a Police rank, who also was said to be under the influence of alcohol.Based on information received at that time, the Police Constable and Bristol were both proceeding along Mandela Avenue when the collision occurred. The impact reportedly flung Bristol into a nearby gutter, while his motorcycle ended up under the minibus.Extracted from the gutter with visible injuries about his body, Bristol was rushed to the GPHC, but succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention.
– next sitting set for April 11Despite the Court of Appeal last week upholding a January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly, Minister of State Joseph Harmon says all Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Government’s side will return to the National Assembly until a final ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is handed down.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe next sitting of the National Assembly has been scheduled for April 11 and according to Minister Harmon at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, all Government parliamentarians, including those with dual citizenship such as himself, will continue to attend Parliament until advised otherwise.“The attorneys representing the State will advise the Government with respect to the situation with Members of the Government that are dual citizens so in that regard, I will say that this matter is still engaging the attention and Cabinet has not made a ruling on it. In that regard, it is contemplated that on April 11, 2019 when the National Assembly sits, that all the members of the Government side will be there,” Harmon stated.““I am not illegal… I am not an illegal sitting (member), I am representing constituents. I do not sit there on my own,” he insisted.The Minister of State further noted that the Government MPs, who are dual citizens, were “mostly” made aware of this constitutional provision until the matters were filed to challenge former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud – also a citizen of Canada – whose vote in favour of the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion had caused the coalition Government to topple.But a 2:1 majority decision of the Appeal Court last week invalided the motion, saying that an absolute majority of 34 votes were needed to successfully pass the motion and not a simple majority of 33.As such, the Minister of State told reporters that they have not started the process of relinquishing their second statuses.“We have not (started to relinquish our dual citizen status) because as I said to you, this is a matter which has engaged the courts. At an appropriate time, I can say to you that decisions of the members of the Government, including me, the decision will be made in the public interest. Whatever is in the public interest, be assured that we will make those decisions at the appropriate time,” he stressed.Furthermore, Harmon posited that this matter will have to be discussed at the level of Government and the parties. This, he explained, is because members in the National Assembly, sit there as representatives who were extracted from a list of persons elected by political parties.“When you sit there – our Parliament and the present configuration – you sit there, you represent close to 5000 persons. So you can’t get up one day and say “I’m not sitting there anymore.” So all of these things have to be considered. I am a representative of a list and a list that represents people. So I cannot tell you that I am illegal or if I’m going to (step down or give up second dual citizen status). These are matters that have to be discussed at the level of the Government and the level of the party and then those decisions are made,” the Minister contended.According to Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana, “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”Chief Justice Roxane George, in her rulings earlier this year, also made it clear that by swearing allegiance to another State, a dual citizen is not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly. This ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal last week.As such, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday accused the coalition Government of being duplicitous for accepting the Appeal Court’s ruling that the No-confidence Motion was invalid, but not adhering to the court’s ruling that dual citizens are illegal in the National Assembly.In response, Harmon said at the post-Cabinet briefing that Government will abide by whatever the CCJ, before which the matter currently is, rules.“I see nothing duplicitous about it. The fact of the matter is that the Court of Appeal has dealt with the matter and the matter is now under appeal at another level. In so far as we are concerned, the Court of Appeal has made a determination on all of the matters before it and so we will abide by what the Court of Appeal has said. If at the level of the CCJ these matters are dealt with and they are definitively pronounced upon then certainly we will abide by what that court says,” the Minister of State said.The CCJ on Friday held a case management hearing and set a date in early May for arguments.In the meantime, while Government is preparing to head back to the National Assembly, Jagdeo said the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will not be attending until the cases before the Trinidad-based regional court are completed.
0Shares0000Italian Fabio Capello, who has coached some of the biggest club sides in Europe, has now set his sights on keeping his TV commentating job © AFP/File / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVMILAN, Italy, Apr 9 – Former Real Madrid and England coach Fabio Capello on Monday confirmed he has retired from football management and ruled himself out of the Italy coaching job.The 71-year-old Italian had been linked with the vacant Italy coaching job after leaving Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League (CSL) last month. “I’ve already had some experience with the English and Russian national teams, I wanted to try to train a club once again and Jiangsu was my last football experience,” Capello told Radio Rai.“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did, and now I am delighted to be a TV commentator. You always win in this role!”Italy are seeking a successor to Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after the national team missed out on World Cup qualification.And Capello said he was backing former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, the coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg, for the role.“Roberto is a coach of experience who has travelled the world,” he said.“His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.“We are good coaches when we have good players.“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”Capello, whose decorated career also included coaching spells at AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Russia, last June became one of the most high-profile names to move to China, where clubs have been spending big to lure foreign managers and players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
But it is Gen. James T. Conway’s ban on the wearing of camouflage uniforms, or “cammies,” off base that is getting the most attention, changing not only the appearance of the Marines but also the look of their communities. Under the new regulation, Marines in camouflage cannot get out of their vehicles to run an errand or grab a meal on their way to or from the base. No pumping gas, running into the post office or picking up a cup of joe, either. Although Marines were always largely prohibited from wearing uniforms off base, they were allowed to make brief stops during their commutes. Now they can stop only for a medical emergency, a traffic accident or a breakdown. Around Oceanside, where Marines from neighboring Camp Pendleton are a common sight, the most noticeable effect is at fast food drive-throughs. Long lines are forming because Marines in uniform are not allowed to get out of their cars and go inside. Marines caught in uniform off base can get a warning; for repeat offenses, they can be restricted to their barracks and their pay can be docked. MILITARY: A recent edict against combat uniforms off base has towns trying to accommodate personnel. By Chelsea J. Carter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANSIDE – The Marine Corps commandant earlier this year updated the regulations on what Marines can and cannot wear, on duty and off, in the United States. Among the fashion don’ts: No shiny metal or gems on your teeth, no designs carved in your hair, no flashy jewelry and no bare midriffs or excessive cleavage. While the military has always had strict guidelines for what service members can wear, even out of uniform, Conway said the updated regulations are about maintaining Marine “uniformity and pride in appearance.” “It wasn’t that Marines were blatantly breaking the rules. It was more of a tradition, and we just needed to get it back in the box, put it in writing and say here’s the policy, here’s the rules,” said Staff Sgt. Jesse Lora, a spokesman at Camp Pendleton. Earlier this year, the Marines banned extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying such body art is harmful to the Corps’ spit-and-polish image. Some businesses are getting creative to cope with the no-cammies-off-base rule, which was issued in July. In Oceanside, the Colimas Mexican Restaurant, popular for its takeout lunch, now runs a sort of carhop service for Marines, who call in their orders and then wait in their cars for delivery out front. Andrea Cerda, who works at Dorothy’s Military Shop, a tailor shop, said it is not uncommon to see Marines changing clothes in their car, wriggling out of their pants and boots and into civilian wear. “You see them bending around their steering wheel or moving back and forth in the driver’s seat and you know what they are doing,” she said. During a quick trip recently to drop off dry cleaning in Oceanside, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Doucakis, 20, had to change clothes on base. He said the regulation didn’t bother him. “If you are a Marine, they want you to look a certain way,” he said. “I guess in a way they don’t want you to look like a disgrace to society.” Army soldiers can wear combat uniforms off base, and Navy personnel can wear some uniforms off base and off ship. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Finn ParkFinn Harps have advised supporters that tonight’s SSE Airtricity LeagueFirst Division fixture against Shelbourne will be segregated.There will be separate entrances will be in operation for home and away fans.Harps supporters are requested to enter by Navenny Street entrance only, while Shelbourne fans are asked to enter by Chestnut Road entrance only. “The club would therefore appeal to those attending to arrive at ground early to prevent bottleneck situations as kick-off time approaches,” said a spokesman.The Dublin outfit, who are top of the table, are expected to bring a large crowd of traveling supporters for the game which kicks off at 8pm.HARPS AND SHELS FANS TO BE SEGREGATED FOR TONIGHT’S CLASH was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 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:fansfinn harpsFinn ParksegregatedShelbourne
This is the man who had to be woken by a Judge after he nodded off and began snoring in a Donegal court.Gary Gillen – caught a bit of shut-eye in court!Gary Gillen, of Guesthouse End Street, Raphoe, began to snore loudly and had to be awoken by his solicitor Patsy Gallagher.However, Gillen, a singer-songwriter, fell asleep again and failed to answer the court when his case was called. Judge Paul Kelly called the case again and noticed that Gillen, 36, was asleep again at the rear of the courtroom.Solicitor Mr Gallagher was again forced to wake his client from his sleep.Judge Kelly then asked Mr Gallagher if his client was fit enough to attend court?The case proceeded once Gillen had been woken by Mr Gallagher when he poked him in the side. The court heard that unemployed Gillen is charged with assault causing harm at 3 Glendale Drive, Letterkenny on October 26, 2013.The case was adjourned until September 15th to allow for a medical report on the injured party. MAN WHO FALLS ASLEEP IN COURT AND SNORES HAS CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 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:asleepGary GillenLetterkenny District Courtsnores
Desabre made only one change to the team that drew 0-0 with Tanzanian last month Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersSebastian DesabretopUganda Cranes KAMPALA – A troublesome, resilient and plucky monkey was lifted off Sebastian Desabre’s back after the Cranes crushed Lesotho 3-0 to storm back to the top of Group L of the African Nations Cup qualifiers.Goals by man of the match Emmanuel Okwi and deputy skipper Farouk Miya propelled Uganda to seven points, three clear of Cape Verde, which a day earlier dismissed Tanzania with an identical scoreline.Victory over the miniature Southern African nation puts Cranes in command of their qualification destiny at the half way stage of the campaign, and, in the short run, assuages mounting on the Frenchman.Lingering question marks over Desabre’s suitability for the Cranes hot seat must go into abeyance as his team prepares for Tuesday’s reverse fixture in Maseru.Though the much travelled tactician made only one change from the team that failed to spark in drawing one-all with Tanzania’s Taifa Stars at Mandela National Stadium last month, a couple of tactical tweaks he made prior to, and during the game showed the former Ismaily coach’s marbles are firmly in his grasp.FC Ried front man Edrisa Lubega was an inspired selection to lead the front line, with his pace and power, more than compensating for his lack of panache. It was Lubega’s power which allowed him to brush aside the attention of two Lesotho defenders to set up Okwi for his second on 63 minutes.Despite Uganda’s fortified position, the Cranes must guard against complacency in Tuesday’s rubber as Lesotho’s Shirt 18 was a constant menace in midfield.Early in the second half, the diminutive playmaker who plays his trade with Black Leopards in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League was threatening to overrun Cranes’ midfield. Desabre deserves a pat on the shoulder for introducing Ibrahim Saddam Juma on 60 minutes.The KCCA FC midfield general helped plug holes that had been created by deploying Joseph Ocaya, who for all intents, is a wide man, as Cranes’ third midfielder.Since Uganda is ranked 62 places above Lesotho in FIFA rankings, anything other than an attacking approach in Maseru will be frowned upon by Cranes fans.Nevertheless, Desabre ought to take into account the fact that Lesotho are at home and held Cape Verde, who are ranked 16 places above Uganda to a 1-1 draw.Denis Iguma’s starring role in central defense where he did not set a foot wrong provides the coach with a selection dilemma. But Murushid Jjuuko’s return from suspension should allow for Iguma to move into a holding role in midfield.Comments
Gardai in Donegal and the PSNI are set to join forces at unprecedented levels this year to clamp down on drink-driving. The authorities are launching their annual cross-border Christmas drink driving campaign tomorrow Tuesday 5th December 2017, vowing to target drink drivers day and night during the holiday season.The launch will take place at 12 noon on the N13 at Bridgend and will involve officers from both the PSNI and An Garda Siochana. It demonstrates continued cooperation between the Gardai and PSNI in the area of road safety and particularly in the enforcement of drink driving legislation on both sides of the border. The launch is co-ordinated by Garda Inspector Michael Harrison and PSNI Inspector John Miller on the N13 at the Bridgend border. This initiative will see both forces co-operating at unprecedented levels in relation to drink-driving operations.Inspector Michael Harrison said “If you find yourself asking the question; I wonder if I’m OK to drive? Or if you find yourself trying to calculate if you are under the drink drive limit, whether that’s after one drink, or the morning after a night out, just don’t take the risk. The consequences could be catastrophic. “Motorists do not accidentally have a beer or a glass of wine, they make a conscious decision to do that. It only takes one drink to impair your decision making ability. “The only right decision is to leave the car at home if you decide to drink. Drivers continue to selfishly ignore all the advice that has been offered in relation to drink driving. “While the high profile series of Gardaí and PSNI operations will continue to target drink drivers day and night throughout the coming weeks, the sad reality is that more people will be caught drink driving during this campaign. We are appealing for everyone to support our campaign and stay safe on the roads,” Inspector Harrison said.Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer said, “Our message to motorists is – never, ever drink or drug drive, because the consequences for you and others could be life changing.“Christmas is a time when we get the opportunity to visit and go out with family and friends, who you do not see as often as you would like throughout the year. Nights out are a big part of the season but do not risk getting into a car if you have consumed alcohol or taken drugs. “One second, one stupid decision and it can change yours and everyone’s lives around you forever. It is vitally important to stress the importance of; if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink – it’s that simple”. Major cross-border operation to target drink-drivers this Christmas was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmascross-Borderdrink drivingPSNIroad safety