‘Liberia is not Independent without Food Sufficiency’

first_imgA 2017 Presidential hopeful, Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, has said that Liberia is not independent when the citizens are still sleeping with hunger and experiencing poverty.Dr. Whapoe was speaking last Sunday when Friends of Dr. Whapoe of District #14 in Montserrado County welcomed him to address some of their challenges, including building of bridges.Dr. Whapoe promised the people of Doe Community that he would build two bridges to end the perennial flooding which the community experiences every rainy season.He said “Our mission is to declare war on poverty using agriculture, when elected. We will be using machines and not hoes to make farms. My dream is to see a Liberia that can feed itself and support other countries in the region.”Dr. Whapoe said his plan for Liberia is to use farming not just for eating purposes but also for business that would make many of the people in Liberia rich and independent to handle their domestic problems.“Farmers can also be decision makers and our plan is to make Liberian farmers decision makers to make good laws that will promote food sufficiency for the people. It is time for us to come to together and ensure that we achieve this goal,” Dr. Whapoe said. He stressed that there is no great nation in the world that has declared itself independent, when it cannot handle the citizens’ food problem.“Independence is not given to cows but to people who demand it. Freedom is living the kind of life you want to live without obstruction. If you cannot afford to send your children to school, you are not free,” he said. Dr. Whapoe said it is time to change Liberian politics but said he would not promise the people of Liberia that he would build skyscrapers, mansions or electrify the country but that he will eradicate the long existence of the disease, poverty. He said, “Many believe that Liberia’s problems are lack of roads, health care, infrastructure, development or electricity, but Liberia’s first problem is poverty.”Dr. Whapoe, the people of Doe Community, including pem pem riders, women’s groups, elders, and leaders inspected damaged bridges and drainages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brigadier Lewis takes command of GDF

first_imgAfter 35 years of distinguished military service, Colonel George Lewis was on Monday promoted to Brigadier and then sworn-in as the new Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) at Camp Ayanganna.New Chief of Staff, George Lewis taking the Oath of Office in the presence of President David Granger on Monday at GDF Base Camp AyangannaDuring an interview with the media after his inauguration, Brigadier Lewis said he has already ignited discussions with the Guyana Defence Board on a number of pertinent issues relative to the army.“Our mandate is to provide border defence. We have some challenges there we definitely have to work on; it may require recapitalisation, acquisition of new equipment. We are in discussion with the Guyana Defence Board, we have identified the issues and we are working to resolve them,” he stated.Colonel George Lewis receiving the badge of rank of Brigadier from his predecessor Brigadier Mark Phillips and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President David GrangerCommander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President David Granger, expressed congratulations to the new Chief of Staff as he urged him to stay true to his mandate.“The (Guyana Defence) Board is confident that Brigadier Lewis is the most senior and best qualified officer to perform the functions of the high office of Chief of Staff…He has an unambiguous mandate to apply his military education, military expertise and military experience to protect the citizens and defend the territorial integrity of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” President Granger stated at the swearing-in event.Predecessor Brigadier Mark Phillips also congratulated his successor on his achievement as he reflected on the legacy he created during his three-year tenure.“I think I am leaving a team of officers who are well trained, well experienced under my command, we have started a process that we refer to as operational readiness where we have improved our ability to conduct operations through any part of Guyana utilising any resources that we have and more importantly, improving the quality of life of all military bases throughout Guyana,” he stated.Lewis was enlisted on September 1, 1981 and eventually promoted to colonel back in 2011.He also attended a number of courses in and out of Guyana as part of his development including the Standard Officers’ Course No11; 76 mm Cannon Specialist Training; Junior Command Staff Course; Supervisory Managers’ Development ; Advance Field Artillery in Venezuela; Senior Command Staff Course; Advance Field Artillery Officer Course in the United States; Defence Resource Management in Belize; Military Science of Strategy and Campaign in China; Command and General Staff in the USA; Managing Democracy in a Democratic, Market-based Society, United Kingdom; Caribbean Defence and Security Course, USA; and National Authority on Chemical Database  in Finland.Lewis also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Guyana and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University.He has held numerous appointments along his way to becoming chief-of-staff which include Commanding Officer of 1 Artillery Battalion; Officer Commanding (acting) 21 Artillery Company; Second-in-Command 1 Infantry Battalion Group; Commander (acting) 1 Infantry Battalion Group; Base Commander, Base Camp Stephenson; Commanding Officer Air Corps; Staff Officer 1 Intelligence & Security, Defence Headquarters; Commanding Officer 1 Infantry Battalion; Inspector-General, Defence Headquarters; and Deputy Chief of Staff/Colonel General Staff, Defence Headquarters.Additionally, Lewis has attended several seminars and conferences during his career. Among them are Peace Keeping Operation (North-02) Symposium El Salvador; Regional Air Force USA; Regional Air Force Counter Drug (RAFC) Conference, USA; Chiefs of Air Forces of the Americas, USA; Regional Counter Drug Conference, USA; Regional Intelligence Seminar and the Annual Guyana/Brazil Military Exchange Meeting, Brazil.Lewis was also part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti during 1995/1996.He has been awarded the Military Efficiency Medal; the 25th Anniversary Medal; United Nations Peace Keeping Medal, United Nations Mission in Haiti (1996); the 40th Anniversary Medal, Guyana (2005); Military Service Medal; Colaborador Emerito do Exercito; Medalla do Pacificador-Brazil (2011); Border Defence Medal, Guyana (2016) and 50th Anniversary Medal Guyana (2016).last_img read more

Mojave High parent to protest incident

first_imgShe said about 20 others also witnessed the 11 a.m. incident. “I was shocked,” she said. “By the time I saw him, he was screaming and hollering for help.” Stoudemire said sheriff’s deputies deleted photos she had taken using her cell phone. But sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Daniels said Stoudemire’s accounts of the events are “significantly exaggerated” and inaccurate. He said the boy was being arrested for public intoxication and that a deputy used pepper spray when the boy became combative. MOJAVE – A Mojave High parent is organizing a protest over what she says was police misconduct in an incident that occurred on campus last month. Dedra Stoudemire said she was arrested after photographing a boy in handcuffs being pepper-sprayed by sheriff’s deputies Feb. 28. Stoudemire said she was charged with resisting arrest and trespassing. Stoudemire said she is a singer and was on campus at the time because she was invited to perform in a presentation honoring Black History Month. Daniels said Stoudemire was not authorized to be on the portion of the campus where the boy was being arrested and that Stoudemire became combative when a deputy asked her to leave. Daniels also said Stoudemire’s cell-phone photos were not deleted. “Her phone wasn’t even taken from her,” he said. Stoudemire said her protest is scheduled for 7 a.m. March 16 at Mojave High. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want 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

LAPD policy on names will stay

first_imgThe Police Commission on Wednesday stood by its decision to withhold officers’ names from use-of-force reports in order to protect their privacy, but noted that some members might advocate for changes in state law to make the system more transparent. The controversial stand came after the officers union threatened to sue the city if the commission did not discontinue a 25-year practice of releasing unedited reports by the chief of police analyzing violent incidents. “We’re concerned about our own ability to speak to the public but we’re also concerned with liability to the city,” said Commissioner Andrea Ordin. The board let the policy stand despite opposition from civil-rights and First Amendment activists, who chided the panel for initially making its decision in a closed session in December and warned of possible community backlash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “There is a tremendous amount of paranoia and fear as it relates to Los Angeles Police Department actions within the African-American community,” said Lewis Logan, pastor at Bethel AME Church and a city neighborhood commissioner. “Withholding the names of police officers will exacerbate that.” The commission let the decision stand without taking any formal vote, but Ordin and commission President John Mack said they want to continue to address the matter in future meetings. Both commissioners also suggested that the panel might advocate for changes in California law to allow the force reports to be released with officer names intact. “In light of today’s discussion, I think state legislation could help clarify the situation,” Mack said after the meeting. Ordin, a former U.S. attorney, suggested filing a friend-of-the-court brief in one of the cases currently before the state Supreme Court related to the release of peace-officer information. The LAPD will continue to release basic information, including officers’ names, soon after shootings. The commission’s concern hinges on whether the evaluation of officers’ actions contained in the more detailed chief’s reports constitutes personnel records, which are typically kept private under state law. The panel has recently begun posting use-of-force reviews with its own evaluations on the Internet, but without officer names. City lawyers suggested that official analysis of named officers’ actions would likely be considered private. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, whom the commission brought in to provide advice, also concurred. “The courts are taking an expansive view of what constitutes a personnel record,” she said. But Mark Harvis of the county Public Defender’s Office countered that many of the cases cited by city lawyers still have appeals pending, leaving the law unsettled. Levenson said the best solution would be to change state law to allow such reports to be released, something California Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, has offered to assist with. Some City Council members have expressed concern about the commission’s decision, and council President Eric Garcetti said the council would consider pushing for legislative changes. “All options are on the table,” Garcetti said. “I think people would like to see a way that we can keep the policy consistent.” The chief counsel to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, though, said it is too soon to back such a move because it may require constitutional changes or a statewide vote. “It’s not as easy as just advocating for something in Sacramento because then that would be a much easier proposition,” said Thomas Saenz. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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

DRINK-DRIVE CASES ADJOURNED OVER IRISH LANGUAGE ISSUE

first_imgJudge Paul Kelly has adjourned a number of drink-driving cases until March – as he awaits the results of an appeal lodged in the Court of Appeal. Hundreds of drink-driving cases were adjourned following the legal challenge brought by a Romanian national who was not given details of a breath test in Irish.Mihai Avadenei (28), of Lioscianan, Swords, Co Dublin, had his case supported by a district judge and the High Court agreed with the decision taken there. The DPP however has appealed the decision.There were a series of pending drink-driving cases to be heard at Letterkenny District Court this week.However, Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the cases pending a State appeal of the High Court ruling to the Court of Appeal.The Judge gave a decision in which he pointed out that he had facilitated defendants for almost a year in adjourning their cases to await the outcome of the High Court Case.He also explained that the State (DPP) had now requested an adjournment to allow their appeal to the Court of Appeal be heard. Cases were adjourned until next March.A previous version of this story erroneously reported that the judgehad been instructed to adjourn cases. Such instructions cannot begiven to an independent judiciary.DRINK-DRIVE CASES ADJOURNED OVER IRISH LANGUAGE ISSUE was last modified: November 4th, 2015 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES

first_imgA very special Under Age presentation took place in the club hall on Thursday 20th December. Special guests were Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Gary McFadden and Sam Maguire. Many thanks to the three lads for giving up the entire day to make special visits to the local schools.Circuits will begin again on Monday 7th January at 7pm for ladies and 8pm for men with new members welcome. Cost €5 per night or €40 for 10 weeks.Lotto numbers this week were 1, 8, 11 and 12. Match 2 winner was Josie Crossan, 1 Glenwood, Letterkenny. Next week’s jackpot is €1740 and sellers are Sean Bonner and Kealan McFadden. The AGM will take place on Friday 11th January at 8.15pm. Nomination forms to be returned by Wednesday 2nd January at 5pm.The Club would like to wish a very happy New Year to all our members and supporters and look forward to a bright 2013 for all.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 1st, 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:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more

TD’S ANGER AS BANKS GIVEN SAY ON MORTGAGE CRISIS FAMILIES

first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the government’s proposals on dealing with the mortgage crisis today, said they fall far short of an effective solution to the crisis.Doherty said leaving the power in the hands of the same banks who have allowed this crisis to escalate for the last five years will offer little comfort to people in mortgage distress.Deputy Doherty said: “I have a number of concerns about the government’s proposals today and the proposed changes to the banks’ Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears (CCMA). “Firstly, this continues to leave the power of final say on mortgage restructuring in the hands of the same banks who have allowed this crisis to escalate over the last five years. This will offer little comfort to the 185,000 households in mortgage distress. While there was talk today of write-down it is not set out in the actual policy document as a solution.“Secondly, while setting targets on how the banks should deal with mortgage distress cases the Government has put residential mortgages and buy-to-let in the same category. Mortgages on family homes and buy-to-let mortgages must be separated and the targets for them must be different.“Thirdly, the government is now allowing the banks to repossess family homes. It’s clear from listening to Matthew Elderfield’s statement today that if the bank considers it more beneficial to sell a house at a current value than restructure a loan, it will turn to repossessions. When this is read in conjunction with the proposed changes to the CCMA, we can see the banks may also be allowed to repossess after 30 days, with the 12 month moratorium being lifted.  “Finally, I am concerned that the banks are being given a suite of new measures under a revised CCMA to move borrowers from tracker mortgages if they are offered restructuring; and to lift the three successful contact attempts block, which will mean banks contacting mortgages distress householders as often as they like. “What we needed today was the announcement of an independent statutory body which would have the power to arbitrate on banks decisions and force restructuring, including write-down, shared equity and other measures. The banks have shown themselves incapable and unwilling to deal with this issue, and giving them more powers to come down hard on those in real, genuine distress, is not a solution.” TD’S ANGER AS BANKS GIVEN SAY ON MORTGAGE CRISIS FAMILIES was last modified: March 13th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Liverpool tipped to sign Alli, Atletico linked with Cech and Redknapp hits back

first_imgLiverpool have again been tipped to sign highly-rated MK Dons youngster Dele Alli, this time by the Daily Star Sunday. Chelsea have shown a keen interest in the teenager and Manchester United are also said to be monitoring him.But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be in pole position to sign Alli in January, apparently for up to £9m. Related West London Sport story: Chelsea pursue signing of prospect Alli (November 2013)The Star also say Atletico Madrid want Blues keeper Petr Cech and that Chelsea are keen on Barcelona’s Dani Alves, who apparently wants £250,000 a week.Cech has also been linked with Paris St-Germain and RomaMeanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has described criticism of his management style by Roy Keane as “unfair”.The Sun on Sunday reports that former Manchester United star Keane, currently the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, has accused Redknapp of being too soft on players.Keane said: “Some managers seem upbeat with the players, like Harry; ‘All right lads, do what you want, have three days off’ – all that carry on.“You don’t want people to be cosy with you. You think I was cosy with Brian Clough? Do you think I was cosy with Jack Charlton? Alex Ferguson?”Redknapp, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, responds in his column for the newspaper.There has been speculation about Redknapp’s future at QPR“It’s unfair of Roy Keane to discuss my style of management,” he insists.“He doesn’t know how I work, I have never managed him and he is talking from a distance.“I’d never dream of talking about his management style. What he does is up to him and so is the way he chooses to work.“I like Roy but what he is saying is rubbish. I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, because I’ve been a manager for three decades.”There continues to be speculation about Redknapp’s future following QPR’s dismal start to life back in the top flight.The Sunday Mirror say former England boss Glenn Hoddle, who recently joined Redknapp’s coaching team, will be appointed as his replacement if results do not improve.Poll: Is it time for Redknapp to go? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors Report: The champs will have to wait a little longer for Draymond Green’s return

first_imgStill, the Warriors are being cautious with Green’s return. Earlier this season, Green tried … OAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up shootaround Friday morning in anticipation of Friday evening’s matchup against the Blazers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Draymond Green will not play against the Blazers.Green will miss his fourth straight game Friday evening with a sprained toe. Without Green in the lineup, the Warriors have gone 0-4, averaging just 98 points per game.last_img

South Africa a ‘desirable trade nation’

first_img27 August 2012 Measures put in place by the South African government to grow the economy are bearing fruit, with the country being regarded as a desirable trade nation, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. Thabethe is currently in India leading a technical mission to observe progress made by the Indian government on the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Economic fundamentals such as trade liberation, inflation targeting, exchange control liberation and the control of government expenditure of fiscal measures since the dawn of democracy had helped the country, Thabethe said at the Indian Chamber of Commerce in the state of Cochin, Kerala on Monday. “These measures are now starting to bear fruit with exports increasing sharply as a percentage of gross domestic product,” she said. “South Africa now finds itself in a position where it’s regarded as a very desirable trade nation having negotiated a number of Free Trade Agreements over the past several years.” The technical mission reinforces the long-standing friendship that South Africa and India have built, with bilateral trade rising from US$45-million in 1993 to surpass the $7-billion mark last year. India ranks among the top 10 investing countries in South Africa, with estimated investment in South Africa calculated to be over $57-billion. Thabethe said that both countries have initiatives in place that enhance relations. The initiatives include the India-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission, as well as the India-SA chief executive officers’ forum that is gaining momentum. “The challenge now, however, lies in increasing the pace of growth and consolidating gains,” she said. Various agreements have also been signed and entered into including a general trade agreement; co-operation on defence issues; small medium enterprises development and capacity-building through small enterprises development agencies and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). Thabethe is accompanied by a delegation comprising senior officials from the Trade and Industry Department and its agencies, including the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the National Empowerment Fund. The visit, which will also observe the connectivity of rural economies to mainstream economic activity in India, will conclude on 30 August. It will include visits to the cities of Kerala, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more