“Media Subjected to Unjustified Attacks from Several Sources”

first_imgThe President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai K. Kamara, said in spite of efforts by the institution to regulate itself, Liberian media continues to be “subjected to unjustified attacks from several sources,” which he claimed has hampered the free press in Liberia.At a press conference in Monrovia, Mr. Kamara said worse and increasingly in our society are the multi-million-dollar lawsuits being filed against journalists and media houses, referencing the US$4 million lawsuit against Journalist Octavin Williams, for allegedly injuring the reputation of businessman, Tony Lawal.Mr. Kamara explained that in line with the civil lawsuit, Williams is obliged to produce a US$400,000 bond to secure his release from further pretrial detention. “This is punishment before judgment since it would arguably be difficult for even the President of Liberia to meet the accumulative value of Journalist Octavin Williams’ bond fee.”He said many of the lawsuits filed against journalists are built in a fashion to jail the accused, adding that these kinds of suits are actually not intended to seek justice, but to silence the journalists or media into submission.“We are not preventing people from taking recourse to the law, but we also do not believe that court actions should be unreasonable, making it impossible for people to have confidence in the court as a forum to gain justice. We must all agree that if people do not confide in the courts of law, they might be considering other options to secure justice,” Mr. Kamara stressed.Despite the challenges, he said the PUL remains supportive of efforts including the passage of laws and the provision of facilities that strengthen opportunities for journalists to have access to information from various sources within the country and across the world.“We are still determined to have the government abide by its declared commitments to decriminalize media offenses.”He added, “In the last several weeks, the PUL had the unpleasant duty of instituting fines and suspensions on some of it own members, and will not hesitate to add others to this list when they operate in unsavory ways.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Death of a Mentally Disabled Woman

first_imgIt has been a challenge trying to get some of the mentally disabled people off the streets for their own good, and the good of all. Sadly, these people are sometimes attacked and harassed by people who see them as a threat.One woman, ma Martha, who spent more than a decade homeless on Bushrod Island, is one of those who many wanted to see get help.“She was harmless and only wanted her raw cassava that she liked to chew on. The whole day she walked around with her two bundles. No one knew what was inside, but they seemed dear to her because they were always with her,” stated Tanneh, who sells alongside Caldwell junction.Ma Martha could hold a conversation, but incoherently spoke a lot about her past. At times, she willingly accepted help, but never begged or accepted handouts. For these reasons, she had worn the same clothes for seven years.“Ma Martha liked walking up and down Douala and Point Four junction. She never went beyond that area. At night, she slept in the swamp by Caldwell junction. Four years ago, the men shipping wood nearby built her a small place with just a zinc roof to keep the rain from falling on her. She didn’t like it, but slept under the shelter anyway. I don’t know what happened, but she crossed the street and started sleeping where everyone began throwing their piles of garbage,” Tanneh recalled.Last month, ma Martha explained to this paper that she was walking along as usual when two men grabbed her bags from her, calling them trash and saying that they didn’t want to see her with them anymore. During the tussle, she was pushed onto an oncoming car. Her right wrist and forearm were broken. They left the old ma lying on the street after the car hit her,” witnesses on the scene said.“She tried to fight for her things, but the men claiming to be cleaners fought her and took her bags from her. They went off the road and opened all the bags to search for money or anything of value they could find inside,” they said. Meanwhile, ma Martha explained to this paper what had happened and showed her broken forearm and dislocated wrist. Although she was in a lot of pain, she refused eating the food that she always accepted from this paper, including her favorite, raw cassava.Gradually, everyone watched as ma Martha became weaker and thinner, always crying that her hand was hurting and that she wanted her bags. Unable to get both problems solved, ma Martha became distant and at one point stopped getting up from the garbage were she slept.A couple of weeks ago, community people who normally throw their trash where ma Martha slept noticed a heap of clothes, rags, but never took notice of ma Martha, who had passed away where she slept. Her body remained there until the smell of her decomposed body sent concerned neighbors to the pile, where they saw ma Martha, bloated. She died with a painful look on her face. She was buried by the same community of people who always stood by and watched her, but never reached out to help the dying woman.“If we had known she was sick, we would have helped, but no one knew because she was lying where she always loved to lie,” said Tanneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTU, SASOD observe Transgender Visibility Day with public transport consultation

first_imgSome of the participants at the recent Stakeholder Consultation on Violence and Discrimination in Access to Public Transportation for LGBTQ+ Persons. Seated (left to right) are President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews, Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Linden Isles, and Executive Director of Guyana Trans United, Q Gulliver McEwan.In observance of International Transgender Day of Visibility, which was observed on March 31, the Guyana Trans United (GTU) and Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana) in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry hosted a Stakeholder Consultation on Violence and Discrimination in Access to Public Transportation for LGBTQ+ Persons at Fort Street Kingston.The aim of the consultation was to share information, facilitate dialogue and formulate solutions with regards to the standard of respect and treatment required for all persons utilising public transportation.The meeting discussed the effects of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in accessing public transportation and regulations and solutions aimed at preventing and punishing violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons seeking to utilise public transportation services.Participating in the stakeholders’ consultation were representatives from the United Minibus Union, Public Infrastructure Ministry, Business Ministry, Guyana Police Force, UNAIDS, USAID Advancing Partners and Communities Project, GTU and SASOD Guyana.In brief opening remarks, Managing Director of SASOD Guyana, Joel Simpson noted that the goal of the consultation was to find collective solutions to prevent the violence and discrimination some LGBTQ+ persons, especially transgender persons, suffer when using public transportation.SASOD Guyana’s Human Rights Coordinator, Valini Leitch, pointed out the difficulties some LGBTQ+ persons encounter in accessing public transportation. This, she said, subsequently affects persons’ ability to access healthcare and basic needs and has been an ongoing problem, especially for transgender persons who face the brunt of the abuses simply because of their visibility.On this note, Simpson emphasised that every citizen should be able to access public transportation without fear of violence or discrimination. The problem, he said, is not just limited to minibuses, but cuts across the local transportation sector, including taxis and speed boats. He also noted the limitations that LGBTQ persons encounter in accessing justice while also pointing out that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) struck down Guyana’s law against cross-dressing in November of last year.The Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Linden Isles explained that the law is clear on the obligation to carry passengers. He recognised that cases of discrimination do occur and pointed out the importance of reporting swiftly to the police and giving a clear and detailed statement to the police when these infringements occur.Director of Consumer Affairs at the Business Ministry, Muriel Tinnis-Duke noted that the recently released Code of Conduct for Minibus Operators was prepared with the prevention of all forms of discrimination in mind.Recognising gender as a prohibited category of discrimination in the code of conduct, Simpson noted that “sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression” needs to be expressly included in the list of grounds in the code’s non-discrimination provision. He expressed the need for broader consultations on future iterations of the document.Planning Officer at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Central Transport Planning Unit, Clive Williams related that his Ministry was in full agreement that persons should not suffer any discrimination in accessing public transportation.He emphasised the need to engage transportation bodies to have sensitisation sessions. In closing, Simpson acknowledged the role of education going forward and expressed interest in further collaborations and bilateral meetings with the other stakeholders at the meeting. He also noted the need for GTU and SASOD Guyana to undertake community education so that LGBTQ+ persons can be informed of their role in the process.last_img read more

Ingwe narrowly see off Chemelil to climb 10th

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards players celebrate Vincent Oburu’s goal against Chemelil Sugar during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 12, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12- Vincent Oburu’s first half goal earned AFC Leopards revenge over Chemelil Sugar, with Ingwe coming off 1-0 winners at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon having lost the first leg 2-0 in Chemelil.This was the first time since 2014, and only the second time in 15 years that AFC Leopards was beating their bogey team Chemelil in a league fixture. But the sugar millers will feel hugely undone with the result especially in the second half when they thought they were denied two stonewall penalties through handball offences inside the box.Oburu opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he broke the offside trap to pick out an Andrew Tololwa through pass before turning to his favorite left foot to beat a helpless Jairus Adira in the Chemelil goal.Just has been their norm in the recent matches, AFC had started the match with pace, attacking with every opportunity and within the opening half hour, they should have already wrapped up the victory.Five minutes after going ahead, Ingwe had another chance when Dennis Sikhayi released Alex Kitenge on the left.The Burundian forward made a good run into the box but his final product, a shot at goal with more than three blue shirts begging for the ball at the edge of the six yard box, went against the side netting.Kitenge was guilty of another brilliant missed opportunity in the 22nd minute. Andrew Tololwa set him up nicely inside the box from Oburu’s cross, but the striker once again blasted the ball wide within good scoring range.-Chemelil first chance-AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu goes over a challenge from Chemelil Sugar’s Jaffery Owiti during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 12, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaChemelil who had all along been building up patiently had their first chance of the game on the half hour mark and it was an open chance that should have ended inside the box.Jaffery Owiti picked out John Mwita with a good lofted ball from distance, the lanky forward colliding with AFC keeper Gabriel Andika as he rose high for the ball. From the resultant loose ball, Mwita recovered to pick, but his shot with an open goal mouth was over.Two minutes later, former Kakamega Homeboyz Under-20 captain Faraj Ominde was nicely set up by Collins Neto, but his rising shot went over the target. The effort had come at the end of a brilliant build up from the visitors, playing beautiful short passes from the back without Ingwe touching the ball.Chemelil had been dominant in possession, the combination of Ominde and Apollo Otieno in the middle of the pack being a beauty to watch especially with the young Apollo initiating moves from deep in his own half.The visitors however were almost caught off from a swift change of play by AFC, Musa Mudde picking out Andrew Tololwa with a little dinked cross from the right. However, defender James Omino’s presence put off Tololwa, whose unconventional connection came off the bar.-Andika save-But the sugar millers kept their forward play, dominating proceedings and knocking for the equalizer. A minute to the break Andika produced a point blank save to deny Mwita who headed at goal from an Owiti cross from the left.Chemelil Sugar defender James Omindo attempts to make a clearance under pressure from AFC Leopards midfielder Andrew Tololwa during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 12, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAbdallah Juma’s men picked up the second half from where they had left the first. Ten minutes after the restart, they had two golden chances but once again, their finishing came into question.Some good build up play from the left saw Apollo gifted with the ball inside the box but his low shot was pushed to the upright by a full stretched Andika. From the rebound, the ball was played out wide to Mwita, with only Andika at his mercy blasting the ball wide.Chemelil continued to pound the Ingwe  box in search of an equalizer but the hosts defended in numbers. Matano brought on Whyvonne Isuza and Marcelus Ingotsi, like for like changes for Kitenge and Tololwa in a bid to bolster the attack.Chemelil thought they should have had a penalty 15 minutes to time when Salim Abdallah seemed to have handled inside the box, but the referee had none of it. The Chemelil players were incensed with the decision, flooding the referee with complains but there was no change in decision.-Last minute chances-AFC came alive in the final five minutes of the game and also had two good chances. First, Ingotse found shoting space at the edge of the box twice, one of the efforts being saved by Adira while the second went over.Oburu should have completed his brace with three minutes to spare, but his shot from inside the box from an Isuza pass was saved by Adira with James Omino clearing the rebound.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Anne Frank chestnut tree may be cut down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m not doubting the tree is sick and may have to be cut,” he said. “What I’m saying is, I want a second opinion.” The tree suffers from a fungus that has caused more than half its trunk to rot. The city ordered it cut down next Wednesday, citing an appraisal that said it was in imminent danger of falling. But opponents, including the Netherlands’ Trees Institute, challenged the decision as hasty and argued that the tree is a historical monument worthy of extraordinary measures to save. The Utrecht-based institute carried out an independent inspection of the tree Wednesday and said it will seek an injunction to block the order. It said that while much of the tree’s trunk is diseased, what remains healthy is strong enough to hold during a storm and the main supporting roots are healthy. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Hiding from the Nazis in a cramped Amsterdam apartment, Anne Frank often gazed at a majestic chestnut tree visible through an attic skylight – her only window to the outside world – and dreamed of freedom. Now a group of conservationists and local activists are fighting to prevent the badly diseased tree from being cut down, saying it is a living link to the memory of the teenage diarist, who died in a Nazi concentration camp at 15. “It’s a monument to the spirit of what Anne Frank wrote – hope and light, which she did not have,” said Sylvio Mutal, a neighbor whose study overlooks the courtyard where the tree is located. Mutal, a former consultant to the United Nations on preservation of monuments, called a decision Tuesday by the city of Amsterdam to fell the tree next week a “betrayal,” after earlier promises to wait until Jan. 1 to consider a salvage plan. “This tree is of very great cultural and historical value, and ecological value,” said institute arborist Annemiek van Loon. “You can’t just replace a 160-year-old tree.” A rescue plan would likely involve supports for the trunk and limbs. The tree stands behind the “secret annex” atop the canal-side warehouse where the Frank family hid during Nazi Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. The Jewish teenager kept her diary for 25 months until the family was arrested in August 1944. Her diary was preserved and later published and has now been read by millions of people. Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. “Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,” she wrote Feb. 23, 1944. “From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. …” “As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL FISHERMEN MAY GIVE AWAY FREE FISH AS PART OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

first_imgJimmy Byrne who today refused to dump 110 boxes of prime Monkfish at Kilmore QuayTRAWLERMEN in Co Donegal are to meet to discuss following the example of colleagues in Co Wexford – by giving away free fish to the public rather than dumping it at sea.It’s understood the pro-fishing lobbies in Killybegs and Greencastle are keen to support the stance of Séamus O’Flaherty, who owns the Saltees Quest, who gave away fish at Kilmore Quay in Wexford yesterday.The vessel exceeded its EU quota of monkfish and gave away 110 boxes of the prized fish to delighted members of the public. Skipper Jimmy Byrne said he took the action to oppose the EU rule that requires over-quota fish to be thrown back overboard.The crew was monitored by gardai before officers from the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority arrived.In a statement, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority said: “A fishing operation that results in large quantities of fish for which the vessel does not have a quota is undesirable for everyone.“A prudent response would be to alter that operation – change fishing grounds or fishing techniques to try to avoid unwanted catches in the first instance. The quantities brought ashore as ‘discards’ in this morning’s landing are not consistent with this type of responsible fishing.” Last night sources in both Killybegs and Greencastle contacted Donegal Daily to say the protest was being “monitored” with a view to copycat incidents here in this county.It’s thought fishermen in several other counties are also planning to join the protest.  DONEGAL FISHERMEN MAY GIVE AWAY FREE FISH AS PART OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL FISHERMEN MAY GIVE AWAY FREE FISH AS PART OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGNgreencastle co donegalkillybegs county donegallast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: WEEKEND FIXTURES GUIDE FOR JUNIOR B FINAL, U13s AND MINOR GAMES

first_imgLadies Football fixtures for this weekendSaturday 11th OctoberIn Páirc Naomh Colmcille NewtoncunninghanJunior B FinalN.Muire v Urris (11.30)U13 Competition N.Muire v Red Hughs (12.45)Fanad Gaels v Glenswilly (1.30pm)MacCumhaills v Dungloe (2.30pm)Killybegs v Buncrana (3.30pm)Sunday 12 October Minor Quarter FinalsMoville v St Eunan’s (11am)Ardara v Glenfin (12noon)Division 3 Buncrana v Cloughaneely (11am)DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: WEEKEND FIXTURES GUIDE FOR JUNIOR B FINAL, U13s AND MINOR GAMES was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal ladies footballfixturesJunior B FinalMinorsU13slast_img read more

North Pole Enjoyed Balmy Climate

first_imgIn ages past, the North Pole region enjoyed a Mediterranean climate, according to Nature Science Update and the BBC News.  EurekAlert reminds us that ice cores demonstrate that Greenland, too, had one or more periods of warm weather suitable for lush plant growth (see 08/16/2004 headline).  Climate swings were abrupt enough to occur within a human lifetime.Food for thought (salad, at least).  Do ice cores show a history going back over a hundred thousand years?  Learn about the slippery assumptions used for identifying “annual” layers in an article by Michael Oard.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Ubank gives Bizana school a hand up

first_imgSouth African banking company Ubank has further demonstrated its commitment toward education in rural areas of the country, this time with the handover of new and improved school facilities at the Zinini Junior Secondary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape province on 13 March.As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schoolsTogether with assistance from the US Africa Children Fellowship, and the Israeli South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Ubank and its trustees also donated over 200 chairs and 100 tables, as well as 150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign.“Investing in communities in which we operate forms an integral part of how we do business, and it is this philosophy that sets us apart and allows us to uplift the lives of our customers,” said Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula at the handover.The Zinini Junior Secondary School was founded by Miss CN Ndunge, a well-known community member from the royal family of the Amanyawuza clan, in 1983. From its humble beginnings in one thatch-roofed mud rondavel, the school now has 503 learners and 15 educators three decades later.With the growing number of learners, the school has been facing a number of challenges in their attempts to provide optimum education.Identifying the most pressing challenges faced by the school, Ubank and the Teba Trust Fund assisted the school by building six classrooms, increasing security by erecting a perimeter fence, and through donating the furniture for the new classrooms.INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign were donated to learners at Zinini Junior Secondary SchoolInfrastructural development remains a challenge in most rural schools across South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, and investing in the foundation of the country’s future leaders is a step that Ubank and its partners firmly believe in.“Our engagement with the school was not only to provide proper school facilities, but also included creating jobs, imparting skills training and optimising talent from within the Bizana community to build these school facilities,” said Teba Trust Fund principal officer Derick Elbrecht.“This is yet another project through which Ubank, the Teba Trust Fund and its partners have been able to help uplift the communities in which they operate.“Since the end of January 2014, the bank has been involved in distributing over 3 000 pairs of school shoes to seven under-privileged schools across the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West provinces.“As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schools and now we have the pleasure of growing our list by adding Zinini Junior Secondary school,” said Elbrecht.last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council announces Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all Ohio soybean farmers are invited to attend.The meeting will include a discussion of Ohio soybean checkoff investments, audit review, and acceptance of new members to the OSC Board of Trustees.For meeting information, contact OSC at 614-476-3100.last_img