Gov’t Out of Touch with Rural Dwellers

first_imgLiberians in rural parts of the country are not feeling the impact of national government, House Speaker, J. Alex Tyler, has disclosed.At a news conference Wednesday, December 4, in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler admitted that rural dwellers are yet to experience the workings of their government in the last eight years of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration.He maintained that it was disappointing to experience first-hand, “budgetary allotment to the counties are not being used wisely.”Speaker Tyler and his colleagues, who have just arrived from a nationwide consultation in the counties, indicated that rural Liberians are not experiencing a trickle-down effect of government revenue, thereby feeling completely disconnected from central government.“We saw for ourselves the challenges and difficulties faced by the people in the rural areas. It’s clear that budgetary allotments for the counties are not being properly managed and we need to take some steps in addressing that,” the Bomi County lawmaker asserted.While it’s true that the Legislature makes the appropriation and the Executive executes, cardinal amongst the three functions of lawmakers is ‘oversight’.Speaker Tyler, however, admitted that the Legislature had not been effective in their oversight responsibilities. “We need to step-up our oversight duty,” the House Speaker, who is an integral part of the ruling Unity Party, added.According to him, the nationwide trip afforded lawmakers the opportunity to understand the plights of ordinary Liberians in order to better address these issues in the near future. He announced that this situation allows the House of Representatives to be “robust in exercising our legislative function.”Interestingly, this is the Speaker’s second pronouncement of the House being ‘robust in performing her duties,’ but with few to see any results from the first branch of government.During the opening of the Legislature last sitting, Speaker Tyler announced for the first time; “The Legislature will be more robust in this sitting than ever.”It’s important to note that the House’s ‘robust action’ led to the controversial detention of two executive appointees, former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpann, and Sinoe County Superintendent Milton Teahjay.“If that is being robust,” political commentators intoned, “then the House should have been robust on the passage of several bills including Decent Work, and the Code of Conduct draft legislations that are in the interest of the people, but have spent many years collecting dust in the corridors of the Capitol Building.”Relative to the nationwide Draft Oil Law Consultation, Speaker Tyler described the event as successful. He noted that the consultation reached 15 counties and is expected to be completed in Montserrado shortly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Citizens Angry Over Lack of Fire Service Station in Ganta

first_imgPeople surrounded the car with amazement as it burnedResidents of Ganta have expressed outrage that the government is not doing enough to curtail fire disasters in a rural city like Ganta.Their anger grew out of a situation involving a private car belonging to one Sam Kouh, who is a Commerce Officer. Kouh’s vehicle erupted in flames and burned to ashes in the center of Ganta, which left bystanders and passersby shocked and disappointed at the scene of the incident.The car, maroon in color, was marked A28786 – RL. It was being driven from a local garage, where it had undergone repairs for brake failure, when it suddenly caught fire in front of the Beer Garden Hotel in the center of Ganta, mechanic Vaih Teah told the Daily Observer.“I am so confused about this incident, because the car was brought for brake repairs; but I don’t know where this fire came from,” he said.The vehicle was gutted at about 2 pm on Friday, March 30. However, there was no attempt by anyone or firefighters to extinguish the flames as thick clouds of smoke rose in the city center.“Where are the fire service people for whom the government is always deducting money from people’s salaries,” said Zephaniah Gbahn, a resident.“If this fire had extended far beyond this point, it would have been more disastrous, while people stand looking at  properties get burned,” another onlooker said.A big crowd turned up during the incident, but nobody could do anything to contain the fire; store owners hurriedly closed their stores.The car burns in a street in GantaA street-side seller who deals in cosmetic products lost several bottles of perfume to the flames.Although the owner was unharmed, she expressed frustration at the government’s inability to establish a fire service center in Ganta.“Although we pay our taxes, the government is yet to bring a fire service station here,” she said.Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) were present at the scene, directing the movement of people and vehicles away from the burning car.Traffic came to a standstill until the fire died down completely.Ganta has several modern gas stations, including NP, Total and SP. as well as Aminata, while several makeshift gas stations and street vendors can be found in and around the city. However, the lack of a fire service station, commonly known as “Fire Brigade,” has presented enormous challenges for residents, especially in the event of fire outbreaks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aspiring attorney loses law schools’ challenge at CCJ

first_imgThe legal challenge alleging that the Law Schools’ admissions process discriminates against holders of non-University of the West Indies (UWI) law degrees was dismissed on Friday in a judgement delivered at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).The Council of Legal Education was established in 1971 by the Agreement Establishing the Council of Legal Education and operates three law schools in the Region – the Norman Manley Law School, the Hugh Wooding Law School and the Eugene Dupuch Law School.These law schools award a Legal Education Certificate and the Agreement provides that no person can be admitted in the signatory countries to practice asJason Jonesan Attorney who does not hold this certificate.However in July 2018, Jason Jones filed an application for special leave against the Council of Legal Education (CLE), the Council for Social and Human Development (COHSOD), and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).Jones, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, a Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law, and a Graduate Diploma in Law. In 2015 and 2016 he, sat the law schools’ entrance examinations but was unsuccessful on both attempts. He paid the requisite fees for the examination in 2017 but did not sit the exam, as he stated that he was “too disenchanted and discouraged with the entire process”.Jones contended that the proposed defendants have infringed, and continue to infringe, his rights and benefits under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which speaks to the free movement of skilled nationals and acceptance of qualification among member states, because, without a Legal Education Certificate, he is not entitled to practice law in the region.In its decision on Friday, the CCJ considered the objection raised that the Court had no jurisdiction over the CLE. It noted that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was made in 2001, after the Agreement establishing the Council, makes no mention of the CLE or the Agreement.Furthermore, the Court noted that the CLE was not a principal organ of the Community and that it did not even enjoy the status of an institution or associated institution of the Community and as such proceedings could not be commenced against the CLE as an institution of Community.In view of these considerations, the Court dismissed the present application for special leave but left it open for the applicant to decide whether, and how, to seek the redress he claims.last_img read more

Champions League: Who needs what in final round

first_imgGroup AThe only thing left to play for is first place in the group. A win for Atletico in Bruges will see the Spaniards finish top but anything else will open the door for Dortmund if they win in Monaco.Qualified: Atletico Madrid, Borussia DortmundEuropa League: Club BruggeGroup BBarcelona have already qualified as group winners but could still influence who joins them in the last 16. If Tottenham win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday they will go through on one condition. They must match the result of Inter Milan, who host the already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven.Qualified: BarcelonaGroup CThis is the most intriguing group of all with Napoli, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool all in with a chance of qualifying.Napoli currently top the group and need just a point from their trip to Anfield to secure their passage.If that happens then PSG would also go through, although the French side can guarantee their own progress with a win in Belgrade whatever the result at Anfield.Liverpool, on the other hand, have to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to be sure of qualifying. If Napoli lose, they could still go through if PSG lose in Belgrade.Group D2004 champions Porto have qualified as group winners with Schalke joining them in the draw.The Europa League spot will go to Galatasaray if they can beat Porto in Istanbul. Failure to do that means Lokomotiv Moscow could jump in if they win in Germany.Qualified: Porto, SchalkeGroup EBayern Munich head to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final round knowing a draw will be enough for the Germans to top the group.Both sides have already qualified while Benfica are assured of moving into the Europa League.AEK Athens, meanwhile, will hope to score their first point of the tournament.Qualified: Bayern Munich, AjaxEuropa League: BenficaGroup FManchester City have already qualified and need just a point from their home tie against Hoffenheim to secure top spot.The focus will be on what happens in Kiev where Shakhtar Donetsk must beat visitors Lyon to leapfrog the French side for second spot.Lyon will top the group if they win and City lose, a combination which would see Hoffenheim squeeze past Shakhtar for the Europa League spot.Qualified: Manchester CityGroup GDefending champions Real Madrid are through as group winners with Roma hanging on their coat-tails. Viktoria Plzen, away in Rome, need to match CSKA Moscow’s result in Madrid to reach the Europa League.Qualified: Real Madrid, RomaGroup HJuventus and Manchester United have already stamped their tickets for the knockout stage, the only question being which will finish top of the group.Juve are in pole position as a win at Young Boys would make the United result irrelevant.But if Juve slip up in Berne, Joe Mourinho’s side will top the group with a victory in Valencia.Qualified: Juventus, Manchester UnitedEuropa League: Valencia0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool v Napoli is one of the key fixtures in this week’s final round of Champions League group games. © AFP/File / Filippo MONTEFORTEPARIS, France, Dec 10 – The Champions League goes into its final round of group games this week with 12 teams already assured of featuring in the last 16 and seven others battling for the remaining four places.Here, AFP Sports looks at what remains at stake:last_img read more

Building of 717s grounded forever

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)— The last Boeing 717 has left the factory. The slender airliner, trailed by dozens of the workers who built it, was rolled out before dawn last week and towed across a boulevard to Long BeachZZPT Airport. Its delivery to AirTran Airways next month will mark the end of seven decades of commercial airplane production in Southern California. At another sprawling complex nearby, thousands of workers still produce the Boeing C-17 military cargo plane. However, there are no new orders for the aircraft in the proposed Defense Department budget. If congressional efforts to restore the program fail, the last of those flying warehouses will be delivered in 2008, and all airplane production would end in California — once the center of commercial and military airplane construction in the nation. “More aviation history has been made in Southern California than in any other place in the world,” said Bill Schoneberger, author of “California Wings,” a history of aviation in the state. “But we’ve evolved. The aeronautics industry has moved from an airplane business into a systems business,” he said. Indeed, as corporate consolidation and defense cuts sent airplane production to Seattle, St. Louis and other regions, Southern California has moved from metal bending to aerospace research and development. Today’s workers build satellites, helicopters and unmanned surveillance drones while developing rockets and military jets that are made elsewhere. Southern California aviation history dates to the early 1900s and features pioneers such as Howard Hughes, Jack Northrop and Donald Douglas, whose Douglas Aircraft built the DC-1 in 1933, one of the first commercial passenger planes. With weather that accommodated year-round flying, the region drew companies that produced bombers and fighter planes during World War II. Later came jetliners such as the DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-80, MD-90, MD-11 and L-1011 TriStar, and space vehicles that included the Apollo capsule and space shuttle. Boeing Co. acquired the Long BeachZZPT plant in August 1997 when it bought McDonnell-Douglas Corp. As the nation’s defense priorities shifted, Northrop Grumman Corp. went from building B-2 stealth bombers and other planes in the region to providing electronic warfare systems, including the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance plane, built in San Diego. Boeing builds satellites in El Segundo. And at a research facility in PalmdaleZZAV, Lockheed Martin Corp. is developing the F-35 joint strike fighter, the next generation warplane. California’s congressional delegation believes the high-wing, four-engine C-17 still has a place in that arsenal. “We live in a time of uncertainty. No one knows how many C-17s we will need,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said during a recent tour of the factory in Long BeachZZPT that employs 6,000 people. The cargo plane has been used since 1991 to airlift heavy equipment and transport troops. Supporters say its ability to land on short dirt runways has helped take the load off supply trucks that come under heavy fire in Iraq and Afghanistan. To replace the C-17, the Defense Department will consider acquiring a proposed new tanker aircraft and modernizing another transport plane, the larger C-5. Only 180 more C-17 planes remain on order in California. The planes cost about $154 million each. Ron Marcotte, Boeing vice president of global mobility systems, said it could take billions of dollars and several years to restart the program if it shuts down. “It’s the suppliers and the learning of this work force which would go away overnight,” he said. No effort is in the works to save the Boeing 717, a midsize, twin-jet passenger plane that struggled to find its market. Boeing has sold 155 of the planes since the first delivery in 1999. Many of the unionized workers on the assembly line have transferred to the C-17 program or been placed in jobs at other aerospace companies. The last Boeing 717 is now parked on the airport ramp, awaiting the start of flight testing. The names of the 800 workers who built it have been scrawled on the inside skin of its fuselage and covered by metal paneling. Many have worked on airplanes for a quarter-century or more. Boeing employee Kelly Jenson spent 21 years building passenger planes before shifting to the C-17, where his fate is uncertain. “We spend a minimum of eight hours a day here, sometimes 10 or 12,” Jenson said. “We’re with each other more than we’re with our family. This is our family.”last_img read more

Gomis hopeful of permanent move to Marseille after successful loan spell

first_img Bafetimbi Gomis: The 31-year-old has a year to run on his Swansea contract Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has set his heart on a return to Marseille, according to reports in France.The 31-year-old has spent this season on loan at the Ligue 1 club, managing to bag 19 league goals and three assists.The Frenchman’s form has led to reports Swansea may bring him back into the fold next season as Paul Clement looks to build on his good start to life in Wales.But, according to Le10 Sport, Gomis is eyeing a permanent move to the south of France instead of a staying in the Premier League.The striker, who has thrived since going back to Stade Velodrome, is said to be reluctant to go back to Swansea.Gomis has a year to run on his current contract and, as he is unlikely to sign a new deal, Swansea must decide whether to sell him in the summer or risk losing him for free in 12 months. 1last_img read more

Bielsa dealt huge blow just two days before Leeds’ first game of the season

first_img 2 SOMETHING’S RON Forshaw suffered the injury in pre-season training Jansson explains why he prefers Brentford boss Frank to ‘mental’ Bielsa Latest Leeds United News “He will be back in about six to eight weeks,” said Bielsa via a translator. “He has an injury to the ligament of his foot.“It’s a bizarre injury, not very usual. It’s bad news for the team because Adam Forshaw is a big player.“But it’s not very bad news because we have other solutions for Adam and his position.”Leeds, who appointed former Argentina head coach Bielsa in a bid to end their 14-year Premier League exile in June, sold midfielder Ronaldo Vieira to Sampdoria this week. But Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker is one of five summer signings, arriving on a season-long loan.Bielsa confirmed he had no other injury concerns for his first competitive game in England, with Baker and other new recruits Jamal Blackman, Barry Douglas, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford all in contention for their debuts.Bielsa said Chelsea goalkeeper Blackman, also on a season-long loan, will start on the bench, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell given the nod.Pontus Jansson is likely to be among the substitutes against Stoke having only returned to the club six days ago following his World Cup exploits with Sweden, Bielsa said. coming soon? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack compared RESULTS Bristol City beat Fulham, QPR win for first time since October, Leeds go top impact WHITE KNIGHT Leeds will be without Adam Forshaw for their first Championship game of the season against Stoke on Sunday, after the midfielder was ruled out for up to eight weeks with a foot injury.Head coach Marcelo Bielsa revealed the news ahead of his first game in charge of the club, forcing Argentine to chance his plans for the game. Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bielsa has been hired to try and end Leeds’ 14-year absence from the Premier League Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too ROUND-UP How Ronaldinho ‘tricked’ Brazil teammate into joining Man United over Leeds round up 2 Expectation levels have soared among Leeds fans and media interest has also grown since Bielsa replaced Paul Heckingbottom, but the Argentinian did his best to play it down.“If we compare the history of Leeds and my own history we will find out the media attention regarding myself is not very important,” he said.Bielsa admitted to some nerves before the visit of Stoke, who are expected to mount a strong challenge to bounce straight back to the Premier League under their new manager Gary Rowett.“There is always tension when you have competition and if there was no tension I would be worried,” Bielsa added.“The first game is our first challenge, where we will be able to show what we can do and when you take this into account you always have question marks.”You can listen to Leeds v Stoke live on talkSPORT 2 on Sunday from 16:30.last_img read more

Five beds closed at Buncrana Nursing Unit due to staff shortage

first_imgFive beds have been closed at Buncrana Nursing Unit due to staff shortages.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has hit out at the HSE for failing to replace nursing staff at the unit, leading to the closure of 5 beds at the facility since mid-December.Deputy McConalogue is warning that services are under severe pressure as a result of the staff shortages. “The first week of the New Year is traditionally one of the busiest for our health service and serious questions need to be answered as to why staffing levels at the Buncrana Nursing Unit were allowed to fall so dramatically.“It makes absolutely no sense to have 5 beds at the facility closed at any time but it is particularly the case at a time of peak demand, yet this is exactly what has happened”, said Deputy McConalogue.“The HSE has failed to provide the necessary replacement staff in a timely manner, and this has resulted in a number of bed closures at the unit. It’s now feared that unless these staff shortages are addressed some of the day services may also be affected.“This is completely unacceptable.“The current situation is putting severe pressure on an already overburdened system in Donegal. Patients who would normally be transferred from Letterkenny University Hospital to Buncrana are having to remain in the acute hospital because of the bed closures in Buncrana. “The provision of replacement staff must be made a priority. These beds are essential, not only for the Buncrana unit itself, but also to relieve the overcrowding situation in Letterkenny.“I will be working along with my colleague Cllr. Rena Donaghey to demand additional staff for Buncrana Nursing Unit as a matter of urgency”.Five beds closed at Buncrana Nursing Unit due to staff shortage was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:buncrana nursing unitcharlie mc conalogueHSErena donagheylast_img read more

Final audition for some Sharks prospects falls flat

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks came into training camp excited about the amount of competition it was going to bring. There were going to be spots on the roster up for grabs, and the organization felt the players it had in the system deserved an opportunity to vie for those jobs.A couple of players like Lean Bergmann and Mario Ferraro, no doubt, have come to the forefront. But after 11 days of camp and four preseason games, it’s safe to say not enough guys took advantage of the opportunity.Tuesday’s …last_img read more

New Dawn satellite now in orbit

first_imgIntelsat New Dawn taking off from the French Guiana on 22 April. (Image: Space) The satellite is specifically designed to improve Africa’s communication. (Image: Intelsat) MEDIA CONTACTS • Portia Sibugodi Communications Convergence Partners +27 11 550 5320 RELATED ARTICLES • Intelsat New Dawn set for take-off • SA company selling tickets to space • Blast-off for space weather centre • SA space agency to launch soonBongani Nkosi Intelsat New Dawn, Africa’s new communications satellite, finally blasted into space via the Ariane 5 rocket, which to date has lifted off almost 60 times with satellite payloads.The satellite took off successfully on 22 April from commercial space transport company Arianespace‘s rocket complex in Kourou, French Guiana. Its initial launch on 29 March was aborted.Ariane 5, one of the world’s most successful launch vehicles, also took the Yahsat 1A satellite to space on the same day. This communications satellite will serve the Middle East primarily, and will also offer services to customers in Africa and Southwest Asia.Intelsat New Dawn is specifically designed to improve communications within the African continent. According to its owners, because it operates from a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8° east, it’s well placed to bolster Africa’s telecommunications capacity.Its 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are tailor-made to provide critical communications infrastructure for African customers, Intelsat said.“Intelsat New Dawn will be ideally positioned to serve Africa through a payload optimised to deliver new capacity for voice, wireless backhaul, fixed line and wireless infrastructure, broadband and media,” said Intelsat’s statement.New Dawn will be part of Intelsat’s well-established satellite fleet that caters for almost the entire world.“Intelsat New Dawn will be integrated with the resilient Intelsat fleet, allowing us to expand and enhance the vital communications services that are provided by our customers to business consumers throughout Africa,” Intelsat’s CEO Dave McGlade said in the statement.With a life span of at least 17 years, Intelsat New Dawn comes at a time when the continent’s telecoms sector needs to take full advantage of upcoming long-haul submarine and terrestrial broadband cables, following the recent launch of others like Seacom and Eassy.Intelsat owns a 10% stake at New Dawn after it provided the bulk of the 15% equity investments. African investors hold a combined 90% majority.The local funders, which include financial provider Nedbank, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, the African Development Bank and investment management firm Convergence Partners, provided both equity and debt funding.“The satellite will not only deliver crucial services specifically tailored for Africa, it will also herald the dawn of a new era where Africans enjoy far greater involvement in the space communications industry,” said Convergence Partners’ chairman Andile Ngcaba.Terrestrial fibre cable partnershipConvergence Partners is also a partner in Johannesburg-based FibreCo Telecommunications, a venture that plans to implement a new long-haul terrestrial fibre-optic broadband network in South Africa. Local companies Cell C and Internet Solutions are the other investors in the 12 000km open-access cable.The first phase of construction will see a 4 500km redundant core ring, which will link Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, being completed by the end of 2012. The entire project will be finished off in two more subsequent phases.“The project is on track, with good progress being made on the key activities supporting the development of FibreCo’s network, including negotiations with local and international network implementation partners, government authorities and various other market players,” said Arif Hussain, the consortium’s CEO.last_img read more