Corruption Overwhelming Legislature

first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has branded the 53rd National Legislature as a group of individuals “overwhelmed by rampant corruption.”The party through its national chairman, George Solo, indicated that attempts by the Legislature to increase the fees for legislative contestants in the upcoming election represented a “high degree of corruption that should be resisted by all well-meaning Liberians.”The Legislature recently opened discussions on the fees for both categories of the Legislature and is close to passing said law that requires politicians interested in contesting the senatorial election to pay US$7,500 in order to be registered on the ballot.In a Daily Observer interview over the weekend, Mr. Solo frowned on the manner in which lawmakers agreed to increase the fees under the new election laws, adding; “The Legislature is intoxicated from all the corruption they are involved with in this country.”According to the CDC Chairman, “The party is saddened by the action of the Legislature to increase fees for senatorial candidates from US$700 in 2005 to US$7,500 in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election of 2014,” The CDC Chairman added.He noted, “If their argument is about adding value to the Legislature then their judgment is poor and misled.”“If they say the focus of value is finance, then it tells you the thoughts of the people making the laws for us. I think the focus of value should be fairness, equality, hope and possibility; as these are all of the things that inspire patriotism,” chairman Solo said.“If we say the best land should be given to the one with the most money,” Solo continued; “Then the best land should not be occupied by someone that has lots of resources but with limited interest in the people that are affected by that land.Acquisition is selfish, and we must do something to stop it so those that have stolen public resources can’t use it against the masses. Now they are telling us if you put the value of money on something then it raises national value? If that’s the case, then we should put a price on respect, accountability and honesty. If we can do that, I would be more than comfortable with that concept.”He maintained that the Legislature clearly showed their level of insincerity on Capitol Hill and that it is affecting the Liberian people.CDC considered the new law a “clever attempt to exclude qualified personalities with little income from participating in a process that stands to change the destiny of the people.”Meanwhile, CDC has declined to comment on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s grandnephew’s presentation at the National Oil and Gas Roundtable discussion in Monrovia.The first family is receiving mixed reactions from the public for inviting 17-year-old Estrada Bernard, III, to make a presentation at an oil and gas meeting a few weeks ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cuttington University Graduates 727 Students Tomorrow

first_imgCU main entrance The Episcopal Church run Cuttington University (CU) situated in Suakoko District, Bong County will on Friday and Saturday graduate 727 students in various professional disciplines.Dr. Theodore V. K. Brown, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the graduate school, which is run on the school’s main campus in Suakoko, will put out 363 students from different disciplines on Friday, August 4, beginning at 10 a.m.; and around 2 p.m., the Cuttington Junior College, which operates in Kakata, Margibi County will put out 46 students earning associate degrees in various fields of study. On Saturday, August 5, the Monrovia-run Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies is expected to graduate 318 with Master’s degrees.Dr. Brown said beginning at 10 a.m. today, Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines will serve as convocation speaker at the first graduation program. Dr. Hines, an African-American, is a professor emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States. Hines worked with the Episcopal Church in Liberia and the AM Dogliotti School of Medicine at the University of Liberia for several years.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, UBA Liberia CEO Olalekan Balogun and Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines will deliver keynote addresses at Cuttington’s commencement exercises.Also, at 2 p.m., the managing director and chief executive officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia, Olalekan Balogun, will deliver the keynote address at the Cuttington Junior College graduation program on the CU main campus.Dr. Brown told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will serve as keynote speaker on Saturday at the Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Master’s program on the school’s main campus in Suakoko beginning at 10 a.m.Cuttington University was relocated to central Liberia from Cape Palmas, Maryland County, southeastern Liberia in 1948, but instructional classes began in 1949. Since that time, the school has graduated thousands, some of who are contributing their professional quotas to humanity in Liberia and around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tennis Goes to Don Bosco, Liberty Schools

first_imgThe admin and students from Don Bosco Tech High and Liberty Elem. Schools display the LTA donated rackets and balls.The Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has extended its program, Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI), to the Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School of the Monrovia Christian Fellowship.Play-and-stay coach Amos J.S. Barker has been tasked to train the students of the two schools.The addition of the two schools summed the schools to eight (8) that are part of the JTI, which was formally launched in December 2017.Some of the schools and coaches who are in the JTI are St. Peter’s Lutheran High School and Sis. Mary Laureen Brown’s School of Excellence, under coach Morris A. Ben.Coach William Nornie is responsible for St. Teresa’s Convent and B.W. Harris; while coach John Koffa Wreh handles SOS Children’s Village.LTF technical director Alfred Kandakai in separate remarks on Thursday, February 15, on the campuses of Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School on 8th and 9th Streets respectively, said the JTI aims to introduce tennis in schools and communities to develop the game.“The JTI is free of charge because we want the children to learn, practice, and become tennis stars,” coach Kandakai said. “We want a new breed of children to represent the country in national and international competitions. So we want you to take interest and take tennis seriously.”The LTF donated 48 red balls, 24 pink balls, two sets of mini-nets, and 15 pieces of junior rackets to each school.The principal of Don Bosco, Father Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, thanked the LTF and told the students, “Sports is important in education.”Annie Payman of the 12th grade said: “We are happy to learn tennis as a sport and for our health.”The principal of Liberty Elementary School, Benetta Gibson, urged the students to be disciplined because sports as a recreation helps to create the environment for learning.“Every Friday, beginning tomorrow (today), the kids will begin to learn tennis, and there are about 21 of them who have already expressed interest. The ages will range from 8 to 13, which is from 2nd to 6th grade.”De-Andre E. Davis and Irene Sumo of the 2nd grade said separately, “It will be fun!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WL Construction becomes first Enerplex sponsor

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has announced the first corporate sponsor for the Enerplex. WL Construction has agreed to sponsor the arena ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni) for $20,000. More than 20 different sponsorship categories are still available from the city. They can be found on the city’s website, or by contacting Director of Public Services Sarah Cockerill, at 250-787-5793, or at scockerill@fortstjohn.ca.- Advertisement –last_img

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Bowie Kuhn, baseball’s head during labor strife, dies at 80

first_imgKuhn was elected baseball commissioner as a compromise choice on Feb. 4, 1969, two months after the club owners fired William D. Eckert, a retired Air Force general who was a figurehead. Kuhn was a baseball insider, he was familiar with the legal challenges increasingly facing the game, and he was a good speaker, with a 6-foot-5-inch frame cutting a forceful image. In August 1970, Kuhn was elected to a seven-year term with a contract valued at more than $1 million. But troubles had arrived for the baseball hierarchy. Curt Flood, the St. Louis Cardinals’ star outfielder, had asked Kuhn to void his trade to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1969 season and allow him to sign with a team of his choice. Flood maintained that the reserve clause, which bound players to their teams until they were traded or released, violated federal antitrust law. Kuhn rejected the demand, and when Flood sued in federal court, Kuhn testified against him, predicting that baseball would be engulfed in chaos if players could sell themselves to the highest bidder. Flood ultimately lost in the Supreme Court, but the drive for free agency had begun. Kuhn’s suspension of the Detroit Tigers’ star pitcher Denny McLain from April 1 to July 1, 1970, for past involvement with bookmakers was alternately criticized as too lenient or too harsh. When Jim Bouton, then pitching for the Houston Astros, collaborated with journalist Leonard Schechter on “Ball Four,” a behind-the-scenes and sometimes risque look at baseball, Kuhn called him in to voice his dismay. The flap served only to boost the book’s sales. Kuhn championed World Series night games, inaugurated in 1971, a move that brought enhanced television revenues but much criticism. In 1972, the players staged their first general strike, a 13-day walkout, with pensions again at issue. Kuhn essentially stayed out of the dispute, leaving matters to management’s Player Relations Committee. Kuhn was faced with a contentious issue of another sort when the Atlanta Braves sought to hold Hank Aaron out of their 1974 season-opening series in Cincinnati so he could eclipse Babe Ruth’s career home run record of 714 when the team played at home. Kuhn ordered the Braves to play Aaron in Cincinnati, citing the need to protect the integrity of the game. Aaron tied Ruth’s record in the season-opener, then broke the record in the Braves’ first home game, against the Dodgers. Kuhn, meanwhile, fined or reprimanded Finley several times, and in November 1974, suspended Steinbrenner for two years after Steinbrenner pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign. (The ban was dropped after 15 months.) He barred Willie Mays, in 1979, and Mickey Mantle, in 1983, from further association with baseball because of their promotional work for casinos, bans overturned by his successor. Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of baseball during a tumultuous 15-year period when the game experienced dramatic growth accompanied by unprecedented labor strife, died Thursday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Kuhn, who lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was 80. His death was announced by his son Paul, who said he had a respiratory ailment. He had heart surgery in October 2004. In Kuhn’s tenure as baseball’s fifth commissioner – from 1969 to 1984 – attendance, salaries, television revenue and franchise values soared, the major leagues expanded into Canada and realigned into divisional play, the World Series became a night-time spectacle, and players won the right to free agency and staged their first strikes. Kuhn was in the midst of the storms. He fined or suspended high-profile owners like the New York Yankees’ George Steinbrenner, the Oakland A’s Charlie Finley and the Atlanta Braves’ Ted Turner. He struck down million-dollar sales of star players, vied against the players’ union leader, Marvin Miller, and fended off threats to his job. Kuhn viewed himself as a lifelong fan determined to uphold the integrity of baseball, promote competitive balance and enhance the game’s marketing, all the while bemoaning sharply rising salaries that he claimed imperiled the sport’s financial viability. But to his detractors, he was often self-righteous, pompous and inconsistent in his rulings and subservient to the owners who hired him. Finley, the maverick basher of the baseball establishment, famously likened Kuhn to “the village idiot.” But Peter O’Malley, then the Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner, viewed Kuhn as having upheld important values. Bowie Kent Kuhn was born in Takoma Park, Md., and grew up in Washington, the youngest of three children. He graduated from Princeton and the University of Virginia Law School and became a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the National League’s law firm. In 1966, he won an antitrust court battle clearing the way for the Braves’ move from Milwaukee to Atlanta. last_img read more

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City takes step toward fire contract

first_imgOn top of that, the county estimate “didn’t include any of our fire marshal services, plan inspection, fire code enforcement and weed abatement,” Bates said. A formal study into the costs and benefits of contracting with the county would cost the city $3,500. But Francis believes it would be worth it. “I think there might be other issues, like cost-sharing,” he said, referring to possible ways of cutting the fee the county would charge to provide fire services. He noted that La Habra Heights is bordered by unincorporated communities and the city of La Habra, which all contract with the county for fire service. Francis believes it’s possible the city might improve emergency response times in the east and west sides of La Habra Heights by going with the county. First, however, both the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors must approve the study. That matter will be discussed by the council Thursday. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City officials are taking the first step toward contracting with Los Angeles County for fire services. At its next meeting May 8, the City Council will consider a motion asking the county to provide cost estimates for providing fire and emergency services. La Habra Heights currently has a volunteer fire department. Retired firefighter Roy Francis has started a petition drive asking the city to look into how much it would cost to to contract for fire services from the county. Francis, who already has collected about 100 signatures, said the cost information is crucial before the council can make any decision on where to build a new fire station. “Before we spend a lot of money on a fire hall/city hall complex, we need to look at all of the issues,” Francis said. “Then the community can make a decision.” However, county fire service most likely will be more expensive, said City Manager Ron Bates, adding that it could be more than the $1.4 million the city now spends for fire services. In 1996, the city received a cost estimate of $3.4 million from the county, Bates said. That estimate was updated informally about seven months ago. The price tag then was an estimated $4.1 million, Bates said. last_img read more

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Donegal woman shares journey of mental health recovery with GROW

first_imgDonegal people are being urged by mental health charity GROW to seek support if they are struggling with any aspect of their mental health and wellbeing.May is Green Ribbon Month – a campaign is aimed at promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.GROW, which holds free weekly mental health support meetings across Co. Donegal, is among the partner organisations of the Green Ribbon campaign.  One Co. Donegal woman, ‘Mary’ (not her real name), has highlighted the importance of seeking support and reaching out to others. Mary has been attending GROW for the past five years. “When I first joined a GROW support group, I was in a very sad place and struggling to remain in an abusive marriage. My confidence and self-esteem were at an all-time low. The main problem was that I didn’t know why I was feeling like that, as I thought it was “normal” to work hard and be abused verbally for my efforts. “When I came back to the GROW support group the following week, the main reason was because the people in the group were so friendly, warm and welcoming. There was a good structure to the GROW support meeting which I enjoyed, as it was also about learning about mental health and mental recovery,” she says.GROW groups follow a 12-step mental health recovery programme and focus on practical tasks and mutual support. “I kept coming back as I had made a commitment to the group that I would return and a commitment to myself that I could unlearn some habits and attitudes and get happier. I have had support from the group in solving day-to-day tasks such as getting to bed early and setting healthy boundaries,” Mary adds.GROW is Ireland’s largest community-based mental health organisation and is aimed at promoting positive mental health and recovery. Key to mental well-being is social connection and breaking isolation. “The social aspect of GROW was great for me – meeting other friendly group members who are understanding and don’t judge you. Before I came to GROW, I was stuck in my comfort zone which was a painful and unhappy place. I have since grown from a fearful, anxious, shy person to a contented, friendly and life-loving person, which has also had a positive effect on my family and other relationships,” says Mary. GROW holds 120 peer support group meetings in communities across Ireland each week including Dungloe, Letterkenny, Buncrana, Stranorlar, Donegal town, Carndonagh and Killybegs. GROW meetings are free to attend and open to those aged over 18. For more details on GROW meetings see: www.grow.ieA GROW information stand will be set up at Tesco Letterkenny today (Thursday) from 10am to 1pm for anyone seeking more information. You can pick up your free Green Ribbon at Irish Rail stations, Citizens Information Centres or at the GROW office in Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Donegal woman shares journey of mental health recovery with GROW was last modified: May 24th, 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:green ribbon monthGROWmental healthlast_img read more

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OPENING OF ‘MEDICAL 5’ TO RELIEVE PRESSURE AT LGH NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe opening of the Medical 5 unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is now expected to take place on Tuesday next.Letterkenny General HospitalThe 18 bed unit was due to open almost a month ago but management have blamed a lack of staff for the delayed opening.However Donegal Daily understands the unit will now open on Tuesday bringing much-needed relief to the struggling hospital. Staff at the hospital have been trying to cope under severe pressure in recent days with a number of patients being treated in corridors and on wards.The hospital was yesterday named the busiest hospital in the country by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.One staff member with two decades experience at the hospital said she had never seen the hospital so busy.  OPENING OF ‘MEDICAL 5’ TO RELIEVE PRESSURE AT LGH NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 31st, 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:donegalLetterkenny General HospitalMedical 5last_img read more

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Detectives seek help to find man who shot boy, 15

first_img Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s homicide at (323) 890-5500. Ruby Gonzales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718, or by e-mail at ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com.160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Millan, shot in the upper body, was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The teen, who lived in Downey, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Detectives have no leads on the case, the motive is still unknown and no one has come forward. “He was a nice kid,” Smith said. Deputies at first said the shooting victim was a man. Originally they thought he was adult by his size, Smith added. SOUTH SAN GABRIEL — Detectives are asking for the public’s help for information on a shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy. The shooting occurred Sept. 24 when Javier Millan left the Starlite Market at 2259 Del Mar Ave. “He just made a purchase, walked out and was confronted by a man,” said Lt. Dave Smithof the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. People heard gunshots and saw a man running to a vehicle described as a possible silver compact car, Smith said.last_img read more

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Letterkenny Hospital at full capacity as people with flu warned to avoid visiting

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is one of the most overcrowded in the country today with 40 sick patients recorded waiting to be admitted.The latest trolley watch figures show that 16 incoming patients are waiting on trolleys, while 24 are being held in overflow wards before admission.Management have warned patients to expect delays as they deal with emergency cases and seek to discharge patients. A flu notice has been issued to visitors who are presenting symptoms to avoid the hospital. Patients with flu are asked to phone in advance of arrival so appropriate measures are taken. A Saolta spokesperson said: “The Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital remains extremely busy today with significant numbers of patients awaiting admission to the hospital.“We apologise to patients and their families for these delays. The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.“Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital that they can expect delays. We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.“Letterkenny University Hospital again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.”The Hospital is also experiencing an increase in the number of patients with flu symptoms and are reminding the public to take into account the following points if considering coming to the hospital: Visitors should refrain from entering the hospital if they have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle and joint pains, malaise)Most people with flu symptoms recover in 2-7 daysPersons with flu-like illness should Contact their GPs for advice if they start to feel worse or are 65 years or older or have a long term illnessChildren under 2 years old with flu-like illnesses should visit their GPsPregnant women with flu-like illness should attend their GPs or if coming to the hospital, need to phone in advance so that appropriate measures are takenRemember that antibiotics do not work against the flu virusGet the flu vaccine (recommended e.g. in pregnancy, in >65 y.o, persons with a chronic illness, healthcare workers)If you have a flu-like illness: cover your nose and mouth when coughing, discard tissues in the bin immediately after use, wash hands or use alcohol-based hand rub after discarding tissue, if no tissues use shoulder/elbow to cover mouth- do not use handsLetterkenny Hospital at full capacity as people with flu warned to avoid visiting was last modified: January 8th, 2018 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:flufull capacity protocolhealthLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

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