first_imgALJA President Moses SandyThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says it supports the Supreme Court’s recent injunction which restrained the National Elections Commission (NEC) from conducting the November 7 run-off election between the ruling Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) following Liberty Party’s petition which alleged irregularities and fraud in the October 10 general and presidential elections.The Supreme Court’s prohibition was issued on November 6, 2017.ALJA said the Supreme Court’s prohibition on the run-off election until the electoral irregularities and frauds claims filed by the Liberty Party (LP) are urgently and expeditiously investigated and disposed of by the NEC, is plausible and sets a good precedence for compliance with the rule of Law in Liberia.The Association in a press release issued last Thursday described the Supreme Court’s ruling as a pivotal step taken in Liberia’s quest for the dispensation of justice to all Liberians regardless of social, tribal, racial, and political connections.ALJA maintained that the failure of the NEC to expeditiously probe the Liberty Party’s complaint before setting the November 7th date for the run-off election denied the Party its constitutional right to due process. The Association added that the action had the propensity of causing an unnecessary electoral chaos in Liberia.Liberia is now at a critical juncture where it is endeavoring to transition political power from one democratically elected president to another, the Association said, emphasizing that at such a time, the need for every individual or group to be given the right to due process in the dispensation of justice cannot be overstated.There can be no peace or stability in Liberia when aggrieved individuals and institutions are treated with indifference by people in authority, said ALJA, adding, “If the peace and stability which Liberia has enjoyed over the years are to be sustained, it is imperative that all residents of the country and organizations, including the NEC, adhere to the rule of law. Liberia cannot be a place of might but a country of law and order,”  ALJA warned.The Association said compliance with the rule of law lays the foundation for good governance, political stability, quietude, and national development. The Association stressed, “no country the world over thrives when the rule of law is sidestepped by its citizens and leaders on the basis of personal egos and greed.”Meanwhile, ALJA has condemned in the strongest terms the November 5 attack on the home of Associate Justice, Sie-A-Nyene Youh in Monrovia. ALJA said the reported attack which was executed by some unknown individuals during the evening hours of November 5th is troubling.The Association observed that the reported stoning of Associate Justice Youh’s home under the cover of darkness was a cowardly act which was meant to intimidate and cow her, Liberian judges, and lawyers in the performance of their legal and national duties. ALJA called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) to exert all efforts in bringing the culprits of such a heinous act to justice without delay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSince the commencement of postwar electoral activities in Liberia, unsubstantiated claims by the Congress for Democratic Change/Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) about cheating have always been the constant recitation.In the 2005 runoff election, CDC standard bearer George Weah cried foul, saying the election was marred by fraud; denying him and his supporters of claiming the Liberian presidency that year.Also in 2011 Weah and members of his CDC delusively dwelt on a wrong communication signed by National Elections Commission (NEC) former Chairman, James Fromayan, that they were cheated in the election that put Unity Party (UP) ahead of them in the second round that year.Amid all the allegations and claims, this top opposition party has on no day challenged any result of these successive elections in the court or before the NEC Board of Commissioners, but its members have engaged in violent protests that led to the destruction of people’s properties.Today, Mr. Weah continues to make reference to the same unsubstantiated claims, impressing upon his gullible supporters that their democratic rights will not be infringed upon this time around.Upon returning to the country from the ECOWAS parliamentarian meeting, the CDC standard bearer told supporters that Liberians have for too long suffered at the hands of the Unity Party-led government and that it is CDC’s time to lead the country with people of diversified political and social backgrounds.Not considering the legal proceedings that have characterized this 2017 election, and without the first thought that others who voted for candidates of different political parties have their own decisions to make in the runoff, Mr. Weah and his CDC members have reasoned that they are the next group of people to take on the mantle of authority in the country after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.This euphoric belief may be derived from two standpoints: The fact that CDC in the first round of the election on October 10 came up with 38.4% of the total votes, or rumors circulating that the President and her son Robert Sirleaf are supporting George Weah.Be that as it may, the CDC standard bearer should by now be in a position to convince Liberians as to what he is capable of doing to correct all errors of current and past governments that have humiliated the Liberian people and kept them poor and backward.The Liberian people, who are said to have suffered gravely at the hands of the Unity Party-led government, must be told how the CDC intends to improve the education and economic systems of the country. What, Mr. Weah, can you do differently to improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increase the literacy rate of Liberia from 43% to at least 75%?Weah’s critics have always expressed concerns and fear that he is incompetent to lead such a politically complex country because he does not speak and understand the English language, the mode of communication in the country. With the high degree of enthusiasm to take over from an educated President whose administration most people agree has failed the country, how prepared are you, Mr. Weah, to lead the country, in order to dismiss successfully claims and perceptions of your critics?How can you convince Liberians that you are prepared to represent them ably at the United Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mano River Union, when we are frequently informed that you have always turned over your responsibility at the ECOWAS Parliament to others to perform?Your followers have held on to unchallenged and unsubstantiated claims that their democratic rights have been infringed upon, setting the basis for violent sentiments by your followers.Mr. Weah and the CDC should know that being ambitious and excited about victory ahead of the runoff is too premature, as humans can change at any time.Instead of making a statement that will inspire violent feelings in people about the electoral process, we urge Mr. Weah to tell Liberians how competent he is to lead Liberia and to preside over the affairs of the state.Can he give us a plan of action for dealing with the nation’s many problems—agricultural, cultural, democratic, developmental, diplomatic, educational, economic, financial, housing, infrastructural, judicial, monetary and scientific, the problems of national unity and cohesion.We need to hear from you, Mr. Weah, what future you envision for Liberia and Liberians.This, we think, is not asking too much of someone who is running a third time for the Liberian presidency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAfter reportedly being busted with a quantity of cannabis during a roadblock operation along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway on Saturday, 26-year-old Peter Patterson was on Wednesday placed before the courts to answer to the offence.Patterson, of Laluni Creek, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, stood before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied the charge which stated that on November 10, 2018 at Bamia, Linden- Soesdyke Highway, he had in his possession 16 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the prosecution’s case, Patterson was a passenger in a car and during a Police roadblock, a search was conducted on his person and the illegal drug was found in his boots.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to bail, citing the prevalence of the offence along with the penalty the charge attracts.Magistrate Latchman upheld the prosecution’s submission, and remanded the defendant to prison. The case will continue on November 21, 2018 at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

first_img– ticketing office open until 21:00h todayA blistering knock by Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford against the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) on Sunday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, has placed the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) in second place on the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) points table.The two Guyanese cricketers launched a brutal assault on the Trinbago Knight Riders as their team chased down 155 for victory in their allotted 20 overs.Now that they are at second place on the table, the competition has climaxed into the play-off stage which commences on Tuesday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The first play-off match will see the home side taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders on Tuesday at 18:00h. In the second match, the St Kitts Patriots will square off with the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday at the same time.Both matches are expected to be action-packed with Guyanese fans turning up in their numbers as usual to support the home side.Those who have not purchased tickets as yet, the ticketing office at Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown, will open at 08:00h and close at 21:00h today. In addition, tickets for the matches will also be sold online at www.cplt20.comHowever, it was a well anticipated match on Sunday between the Warriors and Knight Riders. The fans flocked the Guyana National Stadium with the expectation of an explosive win against the Trinidad side.The home team managed to restrict the Knight Riders powerful batting line-up to just 154/7, and that left Guyana with two different targets.As well as the usual 20-over target for the win, there was a second equation in play: victory inside 15.3 overs would be enough to leapfrog Jamaica Tallawahs on net run-rate and take second spot.That, of course, brought with it a place in Playoff 1 and a direct route to the final with a second chance in the semi-final should they lose.At 67/2 from nine overs on the back of Cameron Delport’s 37 from 27, the Warriors looked well placed for the win but behind the rate required to take second spot.Then Hetmyer went berserk. Sixteen runs in three balls from Kevon Cooper in the 10th over propelled the score to 86/2 at halfway. When Jason Mohammed fell to Nikita Miller looking for another six, Sherfane Rutherford came in and showed how it was done.He smashed his first two balls over mid-wicket for six, but even better was to come as the next ball was reverse-swept high into the stands for a third successive Hero Maximum.By now it was abundantly clear the Warriors were going all out for second place. There was to be no let-up. Hetmyer continued the onslaught in the next over, passing 50 in just 24 balls as he took Anderson Phillip for another pair of huge sixes.Then it was back to Rutherford, with the second of three sixes he smashed off Dwayne Bravo in over 13 bringing up the 50 partnership in a mere 15 balls.Although Hetmyer could not have seen his team over the line, bowled by the impressive leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, Chadwick Walton promptly smashed his first ball for six to bring the scores level and allow Rutherford the luxury of needing just a single to finish things rather than adding to his six sixes. He still hit four to end on a whirlwind 45 not out from 13 balls.While it will understandably be Hetmyer and Rutherford who take the bulk of the plaudits, there was plenty of good work done with the ball in the first half of the night just to make it all possible.last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Ryan Marcotte.According to RCMP, Marcotte was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on August 24.Marcotte is described as:Male6″/ 180lbsBrown hair- Advertisement -There is a concern for his well-being.If you have any information on Marcotte’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

first_img0Shares0000Centurion: Eden Hazard scored his 100th Chelsea goal at Watford on Boxing Day © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Eden Hazard offered Chelsea fans hope his future may remain with the Londoners by stating he wants to become a club “legend” like former team-mates Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba.Hazard scored his 100th and 101st Chelsea goals as Maurizio Sarri’s men moved back into the Premier League top four by grinding out a 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day. However, doubts remain over the Belgian’s future with his contract set to expire in 2020 and persistent rumours over interest from European champions Real Madrid.“It means a lot, especially because we won today also,” said Hazard on reaching his Chelsea century.“100th and 101st goal with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now the fans, me, the staff, the players, we want more.“I want to score more goals for this club and be a legend like Lampard, Terry or Drogba.”Two of the three goals came in first-half stoppage time as Hazard’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Roberto Pereyra’s spectacular strike.However, Hazard made sure he was the match-winner as he was brought down by Ben Foster and then converted the resulting spot-kick early in the second half to move Chelsea two points ahead of Arsenal in the battle for Champions League qualification.Despite fuming at Chelsea’s lack of focus in losing at Stamford Bridge for the first time in charge of the Blues to Leicester on Saturday, Sarri named the same starting line-up with Hazard again serving as the focal point of the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.“Hazard can play in every position,” said Sarri. “Today he played very well with two goals and could have had a two or three assists.”Chelsea’s top scorer had to wait for his chances to come, but showed why Sarri persists with him through the middle as he coolly rounded Foster from Matteo Kovacic’s pass to give Chelsea the lead.Watford were level within two minutes as Jose Holebas’s corner perfectly picked out Pereyra on the edge of the Chelsea box and the Argentine connected sweetly on the volley to find the bottom corner.The hosts had claims for a penalty waved away when Gerard Deulofeu tumbled under a shoulder barge from David Luiz, but there was no controversy when at the other end moments later Hazard was hauled down by Foster.Hazard picked himself up to dispatch the penalty confidently and by the end Chelsea’s margin of victory should have been greater.Willian and N’Golo Kante drilled low shots inches wide and Foster had to race back to his goal after going forward for a late Watford corner to deny Hazard his hat-trick with the last action of the game.“We could have won with another result because in the last 20-25 minutes we missed opportunities,” added Sarri. “At the end of the match, we did very well, especially mentally.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids this weekend, why not head to Lurgybrack Open Farm?Lurgybrack Open Farm is a hidden treasure on the outskirts of Letterkenny on the Cullion Road. It has become a destination for families all over Donegal and beyond to visit and learn about animals while having fun in the fresh outdoors.With lots to do and fantastic value for money, the farm is a brilliant day out for all ages. The centuries old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals that children can come face to face with. Lurgybrack Open FarmThere is a large play area for kids and visitors can take a run on a tractor, enjoy the bouncy castles, zip wire, sand pit, waterslide, jumping pillow, indoor bouncy castles or take a leisurely stroll around the dusty trail walk.Lurgybrack Open FarmThere is ample space to play safely, wander by the riverside, or just sit back and unwind with a tasty snack from our tearoom or have your own family picnic. To plan your visit, contact: Lurgybrack Open Farm, Cullion Road, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny, Co.DonegalPhone: 074-9122683Mobile: 086-8212012Email: lurgybrackopenfarm55@gmail.comWhy Lurgybrack Open Farm is perfect for a family day out this weekend was last modified: July 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:family funLurgybrack Open FarmThings to dolast_img read more

first_img20 February 2007The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is driving job creation in the Western Cape by ensuring that its staff are trained to meet industry requirements.According to a new report commissioned by the CTICC, 2 343 people were directly employed in the province because of the centre during 2006, a figure that is expected to rise to 3 636 in 2007. The centre was also responsible for 3 058 indirect jobs in 2006, expected to increase to 5 102 in 2007.Approximately 1 500 casual staff members have worked at the centre since its inception, with some 600 staff being employed at any one time. On average casual employees remain with the centre for 16 months – working in the areas of catering, operations and maintenanceThe CTICC and the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) jointly conducted the report, which looked into the training of current and past casual staff in the three years since the centre began operating.According to the report, the centre’s training programmes bring employees up to internationally recognised standards, and several previously unskilled casual staff members have gone on to permanent positions elsewhere in the industry.“Each year about a third of our casual staff are new faces, replacing the third or so who go on to find jobs elsewhere in the industry,” says the centre’s managing director, Dirk Elzinga. “As many as 78% receive training at the CTICC.”According to the report, one in four companies in the hospitality industry have employed, or currently employ, staff with CTICC experience. Seventy-two percent of all hospitality employers also said that working experience at the CTICC was an important factor on an applicant’s CV.“We also had very positive feedback from hospitality employers towards people with working experience at the CTICC,” says Elzinga.To increase the career potential of its casual staff, the centre is implementing a training programme incorporating a Passport to Success, outlining the disciplines in which the casual staff member has been trained. The “passport” will serve as a reference and be recognised by other hospitality employers who participate in the project.“The CTICC passport will make the training and skills more tangible for people in terms of finding a new job when they leave the centre,” Elzinga reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgHumans are noisy creatures, our cacophony of jet engines and jackhammering drowning out the communications of other species. In response, a number of animals, including marmosets and whales, turn up their own volume to be heard above the din, a phenomenon called the Lombard effect. A new study reveals that even fish “shout.” Researchers took a close look at the blacktail shiner (Cyprinella venusta), which is common to freshwater streams of the southeastern United States and whose short-distance acoustic signals are often exposed to boat and road noise. Only male shiners make sounds; popping sounds called knocks are used aggressively toward other males, while staticky-sounding “growls” are used for courtship, both heard in the above video. When the scientists brought the fish back to the lab and cranked up white noise from an underwater amplifier, they found that shiner males emitted fewer, shorter pulses, and cranked up the volume of their acoustic signals to be heard above background noise. Published in Behavioral Ecology, it’s the first study documenting the Lombard effect in fish, suggesting that freshwater fish are another group potentially impacted by our ever-increasing hubbub.(Video credit: Dan Holt)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_imgAce shuttler Saina Nehwal is one step closer to defending her title at the Indonesia Super Series after storming into the quarter-finals.Saina NehwalThe two-time defending champion registered a thumping 21-18, 21-9 win over 16th ranked Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva.Saina was battling an ankle injury after suffering early exits at Thailand and Singapore in the last fortnight.The fourth ranked player is chasing a hat-trick of titles at the Indonesia Super Series and looks to be in good shape.Saina is set to face either eighth seed Dane Tine Baun or Japanese Ayane Kurihara in the semis.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more