Clergyman Bemoans Act of Choosing Leaders

first_imgThe first vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has noted that the act of choosing Liberian leaders over the years has brought the country much sorrow, and has led to disunity, disintegration, coups, civil wars, etc. Reverend Kortu K. Brown foresees that for the first time in 73 years, Liberia in 2017 will historically see the transfer of power from one elected president to another. Rev. Brown recalled that the last time there was a transfer of power through election was when President Edwin Barclay, who led the country from 1930-1944, presided over presidential elections in which he was not a candidate and former senator and Associate Justice William V.S. Tubman, from his party, won; becoming the 18th President of Liberia. He asserted that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf faces the similar challenge. “This is a special moment in our history that we can’t work any less for, because our country is poised to make history – and make it in a big way.”Rev. Brown is also the Overseer of the Water in the Desert Church in Brewerville, outside Monrovia. He made these remarks recently when he served as moderator at the workshop organized by African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) from South Africa in Collaboration with the Peace-building Office at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Monrovia.He said the fact that President Sirleaf will not be a candidate in the 2017 elections is politically welcomed, but noted that such scenarios in other fragile states in Africa have tended to raise the stakes among political competitors and if such competition is not properly managed, there is always a high risk of tensions turning into violence.Quoting available records, Dr. Brown reflected from the first formal election for president on October 5, 1847, which was won by Governor Joseph Jenkins Roberts of the Pro-Administration Party against Samuel Benedict of the anti-Administration, and the 2011 elections that ushered in President Sirleaf, there have been about 50 presidential elections in Liberia. On the other hand, Rev. Brown said records also show that there have been about 52 legislative elections including the 2014 special senatorial elections, and about 18 national referendums have been held since the independence referendum on October 27, 1846, that decided on the independence of the nation.Asserting that Liberia is entering a new epoch in democratic governance, the LCC vice president said the message citizens send out about the 2017 elections will help drive the results and significantly contribute to peace and stability.“We are gradually consolidating our democratic gains through the holding of regular elections at both the presidential and legislative levels. If we are positive in our messaging – and we need to be – we will be able to rally the country to see the historical importance of these elections and their impact, globally.”He said the session which focus was on the 2017 elections must now try to analyze lessons and good practices that can be drawn from the management of political tensions that have been triggered by elections in many fragile states in Africa. “The session should reflect on strategies already in place and those that can be developed in order to contribute to a peaceful pre and post electioneering period,” he said. According to him, some of the important policy and/or institutional frameworks that need to be put in place to ensure that the elections are seen to be free and fair, include: the lack of open political debate or an informed electorate; unfair rules; interference with campaigns; tampering with election mechanism; and cheating at the polls or tallying of election results, etc.The focus of the 2017 elections should be the Liberian people and the very serious challenges they face. So we must prioritize civic and voters education to ensure a level playing field.Concerning “Generation Change,” Rev. Brown said Liberia’s first President Roberts was 38 years old when he came to power in October 1847, Stephen Allen Benson was 40; Daniel B. Warner was 50 while James S. Payne was 43; Edward J. Royes, 55; Charles Dunbar Burgess King, 44; W.V.S.Tubman was 49, Tolbert, 58 and Taylor 49. The oldest to probably be elected were Alfred F. Russell, 74, G. W. Gibson, 68 followed by President Sirleaf at 67, according to Rev. Brown. “So we need to ensure that our public presentations are properly researched to avoid misleading the public resulting into making the wrong decisions, especially regards the so called generation change.“As we explore the role of the “international and local actors leading up to the 2017 elections and how it may impact on the peace-building processes,” we call on all of us to join this debate; remember, 2017 maybe a new car without a driver, like some say. Let’s work to ensure that we can find the right driver to take us to where we as a people want to go,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Porter remanded for breaking into Bourda Market stall

first_imgA porter was on Monday charged and taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for breaking into a Bourda Market stall.Forty-six-year-old Dexter Burnham was taken before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus where he pled guilty to the charge.The charge stated that on July 7, 2019, at Bourda Market, Georgetown, he broke and entered the stall of Nandranie Sookwah and stole four bags of groceries valued at $116,000.The prosecution’s case stated that the Virtual Complainant secured her stall and went home. However, at about 02:55h on July 7, 2019, an eyewitness saw the defendant breaking into the stall and reported the incident at the Bourda Police Outpost. The constables arrested Burnham and he was taken to the Regent Street, Georgetown, outpost where he was identified.In court on Monday, Burnham said, “I pleaded guilty because Mr Bristol (a constable) told me to plead guilty, is them constable breaking the stalls and blaming we. They does bring drugs and test it on we”.The prosecutor objected on the grounds of the nature of the offence and the penalty it attracts.The court also heard that the defendant was previously convicted for 12 months for a similar charged and six months on two other simple larceny charges. Having heard the man’s explanation, the Magistrate entered a not guilty charge and remanded the defendant to prison. The case will continue on July 19, 2019.last_img read more

Local barrel racer looking for sponsors to help send her to Vegas barrel race

first_imgLAS VEGAS, NV – A local barrel racer is looking for help from the community to send her to one of the top barrel racing competitions in North America.24-year-old Robyn Formanski will be one of just a handful of Canadians competing at the All in Barrel Race in Las Vegas later this year.The event runs from December 6th through the 16th and gives competitors three days of races each. A guaranteed $577,000 will be awarded to top finishers at the competition with that number increasing with more participants signing up.- Advertisement -Formanski added that such a prestigious competition doesn’t come cheap as her entry fees, travel costs, veterinary certificates and other expenses would make the trip cost over $15,000.Formanski has been saving up for the competition but is in need of sponsors to help cover her costs. She explained that she has a large horse trailer with tons of advertising room, is very active on her social media account, and dresses for success. Any residents or businesses looking to sponsor Formanski can email her at robyn.formanski@live.ca or call at (250)-852-2766.Barrel racing is a passion for Formanski and she hopes her showing at the competition will inspire the next wave of young athletes.Advertisement Robyn Formanski barrel racing. Photo by Harttphotos.“Not only could this help with my fundraising efforts but inspire younger upcoming athletes to continue to pursue their dreams as well.” Formanski wrote. “Barrel racing is my passion, one that I hope to turn into a career very soon. I have a great horse on my team this year, I raised him from a baby so we have a very tight bond.”Formanski has competitive barrel raced for over seven years and one day hopes to make it her career. She added that attending the competition in Vegas has been on her mind for a long time.“Each year I compete I fulfill another goal and another dream. This year’s goal to go to Vegas has been the biggest one yet.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John Mayor and City Manager attend World Sustainability Conference

first_imgFort St. John’s Mayor and City Manager will be in Edmonton starting Sunday for the ICLEI Conference.The ICLEI is the largest global association of local governments working on sustainability. Over 500 participants are expected to join the conversation, hosted in Edmonton, on advancing sustainability in cities and towns.Since 1990, ICLEI has been leading the movement of local sustainability with global campaigns on climate, water, procurement, biodiversity and more.- Advertisement -At the event, keynote speakers such as Matthis Wackernagel, the co-creator of the concept of the “Ecological Footprint” and Alex Wong from the World Economic Forum will provide insights into future scenarios that cities will face. Delegates will also connect with each other in smaller sessions aimed at strengthening the connection with the global ICLEI Network and share local expertise.For more on the conference you can visit www.iclei.org/worldcongress2009last_img read more

Taft coach to go to McDonald’s

first_img“Just to be considered as one of the coaches for this game is an honor,” Taylor said. “It’s humbling. Really, I don’t (know) what to think. I’m thankful and grateful just to be given the opportunity.” Taylor, who is in his seventh year as the Toreadors’ coach and 19th overall with the program, is the first coach from the area to be selected for the McDonald’s All-American game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I mean, we’re talking about the biggest high school game in the world and they want me to be coach … wow. It’s unbelievable. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Taylor said. “As a coach, people either love you or hate you so it’s nice to know that someone out there on the national level has recognized what I’ve done at Taft.” – Sean Ceglinsky center_img Taft High of Woodland Hills boys’ basketball coach Derrick Taylor has been selected as a coach for the 2007 McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game, March 28 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Although no official announcement has been made, Taylor confirmed Thursday that the event’s organizers have chosen him to coach the West team for the 30th annual boys’ game. last_img read more

Regional District meets with Province to further discuss Caribou Recovery

first_imgDirector Courtoreille says his community, Chetwynd, is currently sitting in a firestorm since they are not being provided with the scientific numbers and traditional knowledge in restoring caribou populations.“We need those numbers in order for us to convey to our constituents that, no, we’re not totally shutting this area down because we have the facts. Right now, we’re sitting in the midst of a firestorm in our little community not knowing the facts.”Other questions directed to the Province included economic impacts and how many jobs would be cut when the Caribou Recovery is put in place.The Province says they will continue to consult with local government and communities before making any permanent decisions.Advertisement It was announced by Premier John Horgan, on April 15, that the deadline for consultation has been extended until May 31, 2019 in order to give Lekstrom time to work with local leaders.Copies of the Draft Caribou Agreements can be found on the Regional District’s website. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss Caribou Recovery, particularly the draft agreements.Tom Ethier, Assistant Deputy Minister of Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Brian Clark, Provincial Delegate for Caribou Recovery, Russ LaRoche, Strategic Director of Caribou Implementation, and Blair Lekstrom, Liaison to Premier Horgan, was in attendance to provide information and an update to the District.Board Directors had the opportunity to ask the delegates questions in relation to the agreements in order to have a better understanding of the process.- Advertisement -Director Rose asked Ethier about what number the Province would like to see the caribou population return to.Ethier says the population target still needs to be determined before picking a certain number.“The discussion around what is the population target we need to get back to, I think still needs to be determined. What we want to do is reverse the long-term trend and stabilize and grow the population back to a level that can sustain a harvest by the Nations and really ultimately, downlist them from the federal listing of threatened.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Aston Villa land Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede

first_img1 Rudy Gestede Aston Villa have confirmed Rudy Gestede has completed his move to Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers.The 25-year-old striker passed a medical to finalise his move to Villa Park on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee on Friday.Villa manager Sherwood had been looking to bolster his attacking options after the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool, and turned to Gestede who found the back of the net 22 times for Blackburn last season.Sherwood told Villa’s website: “I’ve known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff City and he is a player I’ve always admired.“His goalscoring ratio last season was fantastic and he is someone who certainly knows how to find the back of the net.“He’s a big, physical striker but he can play and I’m pleased to welcome him to the football club.”last_img read more

West Brom vs Leeds: Confirmed team news, preview, plus more

first_imgConfirmed line-upsWest Brom: Johnstone, Hegazi, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Phillips, Barnes, Morrison, Livermore, Gibbs, Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu.Subs: Sako, Mears, Myhill, Gayle, Barry, Hoolahan, Harper.Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Jansson, Cooper, Douglas, Phillips, Hernandez, Klich, Forshaw, Alioski, Roofe.Subs: Roberts, Samuel, Harrison, Blackman, Baker, Shackleton. Most Popular Football Stories Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “I’ve always run with the ‘we’ factor, not ‘me’. That’s been my message, and it’s been there from day one, when I took it as a caretaker, and that won’t change.”Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United): “I think the best offensive players of the Championship play for West Brom. They might not have the best player in each position but if we take as a whole number 15, 10, 19, 16 they are the best offensive players and if we take them as a whole we won’t find many teams who are better than them.” 3 Where can you listen?Full commentary of West Brom vs Leeds will be available on talkSPORT 2. Click here for the West Brom vs Leeds live streamWhat the managers are sayingDarren Moore (West Brom): “I remember games against Burnley, Leicester, Huddersfield; I stood in that technical area and thought ‘this isn’t us as a football club’.“Since then, there’s been a huge turnaround here. What do you put that turnaround down to? I put that down to one word ­– unity.“Strength together, and that’s 100 per cent what we’ve got to be. revealed West Brom striker Dwight Gayle has been in the goals this season. Bielsa’s life in England has started quite brilliantly 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United take to the field on Saturday evening in what promises to be an exciting top of the table clash.Saturday’s match is sure be entertaining, and full commentary of the clash will be brought to you by talkSPORT 2! Darren Moore is plotting promotion at the Hawthorns tense RANKED whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap Getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY gameday cracker Team newsFor the hosts, Kieran Gibbs starts while Dwight Gayle and Gareth Barry are named on the bench.The visitors have no new injury concerns but are without Luke Ayling, Gaetano Berardi, Patrick Bamford, and Izzy Brom, who are all long-term absentees, while Tom Pearce has been pictured in a protective boot. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST BEST OF last_img read more

IT’S AN OPEN HOUSE AT GLENVEAGH FOR THE GATHERING

first_imgThe last Sunday in September will see Glenveagh Castle opens its doors to one and all for a special evening of activities and entertainment.Glenveagh CastleTo mark ‘The Gathering,’ the Castle is inviting families from across Donegal to come together and share in a range of fun, historical, cultural and outdoor events for all ages.Set against the backdrop of the stunning Glenveagh Valley and as dusk falls, the evening will see the Castle and Gardens come alive with twinkling lights and glowing trails. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the grounds at this special time of day, while the air will be filled with the dance of the fiddle and the song of the flute, echoing from the castle. Traditional music lovers will be treated to a variety of Donegal’s finest performers and costumed characters of old will mingle with tales of life long ago in the Castle. Budding Artists can try their hand at sketching old artefacts from around the house in the Victorian Children’s Art Room and there’ll be plenty of space to relax in the Marquee if it’s all just too much to take in! Families with children can enjoy a fun night time scavenger hunt around the gardens, and for those with children over 8yrs, there’ll be a unique opportunity to climb to the top of the view point trail with our guides, to enjoy to sights and sounds of an autumn evening in Glenveagh. For nature enthusiasts there will be the chance to go on a short bat walk, using bat detectors to learn about these incredible nocturnal mammals and the nature centre will be open with a night time wildlife slideshow.And no Gathering would be complete without a tasty treat, so taste buds will be delighted with piping hot Irish Stew available in the Castle Tea Rooms, as well as the usual spread of delicious homemade goods.Staff in the Park are working hard to make this the highlight of the year in Glenveagh and are looking forward to welcoming old and young from both near and far to what is sure to be a truly memorable night.For more information and full programme go to www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie   IT’S AN OPEN HOUSE AT GLENVEAGH FOR THE GATHERING was last modified: September 18th, 2013 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:glenveagh national parkThe Gatheringlast_img read more

Church pastor to appear in court to get seized cash back

first_imgA religious pastor is to appear in court seeking the return of €840 in cash seized by Gardai as part of an overall investigation into Human Trafficking.Gardai took the money from the home Nicolaie Cirpaci at 2 Fortwell House, Letterkenny in September 2015. Mr Cirpaci claimed the money was donations from the members of his Pentecostal Church.Mr Cirpaci’s solicitor, Kieran O’Gorman, applied to have the cash returned to his client when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Inspector Barry Doyle said they are awaiting to interview another man in relation to the overall case.Mr O’Gorman said his client had nothing to do with Human Trafficking.He said “My client has nothing to do with it. It (the cash) has been held for some considerable time. My client can give evidence in the case.”Judge Paul Kelly said he had never heard of the church to which Mr Cirpaci  is attached.The cash, as well as two passports and an identification card, were seized by Gardai during raids across Letterkenny.The passports, which belonged to a woman and a child, were previously returned but Gardai objected to the cash being returned.Judge Paul Kelly listed the case for hearing on October 5th.Church pastor to appear in court to get seized cash back was last modified: July 19th, 2017 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:cashdonegalGardaihuman traffickingmoneypastorseizedlast_img read more