Partial view of Ganta’s Mandingoes during the petitionHundreds of Mandingoes hailing from Ganta, Nimba County, under the banner “Ganta Citizens United for Peace and Reconstruction” is seeking the intervention of President George Weah in disputed land cases.In a statement issued over the weekend, the group said Mandingoes from Ganta want to return home but cannot do so because, according to some of them, they were yet to repossess their properties that were “illegally seized by some Gio and Mano people.”They said during the country’s 14-year war, particularly the one that erupted in 2003, many of the properties belonging to the Mandingo tribe, including land, were seized by some citizens in Ganta shortly after militia forces fighting for then President Charles Taylor pushed back Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels from Ganta.The group’s spokesperson, Bangalee Trawally, reading the petition said those who “illegally” took their lands are refusing to turn them over, even though former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid some of them through assistance from the United Nations (UN).The group said the Mandingoes are eager to return to Ganta, contrary to speculations that they do not want to go back home.However, the group said they cannot return when their land that they want to develop are being occupied illegally by individuals who are refusing to let go of them.Partial view of the newly-renovated and re-dedicated Mosque in Ganta“Unlike other cities or counties in Liberia, we are welcomed; it is only in Nimba that we had been ostracized, denied representation in local governance. Be that as it may, but denying us our properties through such flagrant manner is in all indication a recipe for disunity and chaos, leading to an ugly and wrong path. Hence, we want each and every one in here to take a deep breath and reflect, envision peace versus the unwanted. So please help us. Let’s celebrate what brings us together and reject what puts us apart. Let’s reject the notion that some people were more important than others. Therefore, our coming back now to develop our homes and cities is irreversible,” the group said.The group in the statement said the situation in Nimba County regarding the seizure of their properties is a total denial of a tribe to resettle.The Mandingoes in the statement pointed out that conflict is an ugly situation that no one wants to get into because his/ her fate is unknown; as such, the need to peacefully resolve the matter cannot be overemphasized.The group emphasized that the Mandingoes are now ready to return to Nimba County, but need the intervention of President Weah to make it possible.“Our people are languishing in towns neighboring our country. We are calling on this government led by President George Weah to speedily get involved and amicably resolve this long lasting land conflict in Nimba. We also call on the United Nations Special Representative to Liberia to help save our land,” the group appealed.It recommended that for fairness and expedience sake, those who lived on a piece of property before 1990 be considered legitimate owners and given their properties without any condition.The group also recommended that findings of the presidential committee appointed by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf be upheld as a way forward.In response, Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Gurpee called for a national dialogue to address the land dispute.He said the dialogue would enable citizens of the County to derive means relative to the peaceful resolution of the matter.However, he pointed out that it is wrong for individuals to illegally possess people’s land.Sen. Gurpee said the new Land Act clearly states how one can acquire land and not by any illegal means.He stressed the need for Nimbaians to reconcile and work together for the good of the County.In another development, Ganta Central Mosque, which was destroyed in 2003, has been re-dedicated.Muslims came from different parts of Liberia and other countries, including the United States of America, Guinea, Ivory Coast, among others, to form part of the dedication ceremony of the Mosque.In his sermon, the Grand Mufti of Liberia Sheikh Abubakar Sumawuro said Muslims, especially the ones in Nimba County, are excited to see their historic mosque restored to prewar status.He urged Muslims to make good use of the mosque by serving Allah, who is the creator of all things.Sheikh Sumawuro said the mosque is meant to get Muslims closer to Allah.He said the mosque must be used to unite the people of Nimba County, irrespective of religious and tribal backgrounds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Venezuelan refugees who have escaped the economic crisis in their country and are residing in Region One (Barima-Waini), Guyana, are being provided with 24-hour medical service.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, Region One Chairman Brentol Ashley explained that the initiative was made possible via collaboration with the Public Health Ministry, to send medical personnel at key areas. In this way, the refugees would be able to access basic healthcare facilities.“The region would have been saddled with the responsibility to look after these persons and with the support from the Ministry of Public Health, we have health teams in five areas providing 24 hours of health services to persons,” said Ashley.The Chairman noted that additional support was also given by providing fuel for the construction of camps and permanent housing structures for those who are envisioning the idea of making Guyana their home.“We have been able to provide fuel and lubricants to several communities to cut materials to construct camps and in some cases to start helping those who are settling to have houses and clear the lands and so forth. We have also been helping them with janitorial.”Guyana Times was informed that the number of persons has grown to over 600 and is slowly increasing. While the region has been experiencing good weather conditions so far, supplies have been easily distributed to the affected persons.“We’re still having persons in the villages like Khan’s Hill and the others that are currently residing there. The number hasn’t increased significantly but it’s over 600 persons. We’ve not yet expected the bad weather so supplies are arriving just fine for the last few days. Supplies were supplied to Khan’s Hill, Kamwatta andA GDF rank along with some of the Venezuelan refugees in Region One last weekWhitewater.”The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and Food For The Poor (FFTP) are presently distributing food supplies to the areas. However, other entities have made their contributions during the initial migration in July.“We’ve been assisted by CDC and Food For The Poor. In the initial stage of it in July, we would’ve had assistance from Hand-In-Hand Insurance Company and also some public spirited citizens who would’ve donated clothing and so forth. [International Organisation for Migration] IOM would’ve helped with some non-food items to several of the communities,” said Ashley.In July, it was reported that only about 268 refugees were present in the area after they would fled the initial food crisis but after the lack of basic amenities and health care, more persons sought refuge in Guyana.In response to the influx of returning migrants, Government had also established a multi-sectoral committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to the Venezuelans. Local public officers also underwent a one-day training workshop on the international best practices to prepare them in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.
… urges donor community to “pay close attention”Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo’s Office on Saturday said that the rule of law in Guyana was under threat and it has urged the international community to pay close attention to recent developments.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn a strongly-worded statement, Jagdeo’s Office singled out recent declarations made and actions taken by the Head of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), Dr Clive Thomas, who it said is openly hostile to the PPP; and “politically directed” interference in the operations of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), both of which are aimed at witch-hunting members of the parliamentary opposition and the leaders of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).It said it noted public commitments from the diplomatic community to lending technical and financial assistance to SARU, but argued that the unit’s role as designed since the change of government is to “target, pronounce and make wild unsubstantiated accusations” against the parliamentary opposition and leaders of the PPP/C, while proceeding to try these very individuals publicly.The claim that new legislation is required in order to bring charges against persons who are accused of criminal offences with regards to state assets is false, according to the statement, which highlighted that already there are existing laws to bring such charges.In objecting to the new legislation to institutionalise SARU, Jagdeo’s Office argued that it appears to relate more to entrenching SARU as an entity in law with powers overriding the Guyana Police Force, the Audit Office of Guyana and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.Personal vendettaMeanwhile, turning the attention to Dr Thomas, the opposition leader’s office said that the SARU head seems to have a personal vendetta against the PPP.Lieutenant Colonel Sydney James“Public statements by the Head of the SARU, Dr Clive Thomas, are illustrative. He appears to be consumed with a personal vendetta against the PPP. In fact, his hostility is not exclusively his; the entire Unit is composed of leading APNU/AFC political operatives, some of whom were APNU and AFC Members of the 10th Parliament,” his office said.The statement reminded that SARU is financed through the budget of the Ministry of the Presidency and alleged that the Unit has been created with the objective of leading the “witch hunt” of the present parliamentary opposition and leaders of the PPP.SOCUFocusing attention on SOCU, Jagdeo’s Office reminded that the Unit was created with the sole purpose of investigating money laundering and the financing of terrorism under the AntiMoney Laundering and Countering the Financing for Terrorism (AMLCFT) Act, but is now the operational arm that is being used to target opposition members.“This concern of the parliamentary opposition is further bolstered by recent public statements by Cabinet Ministers which are particularly ominous,” the statement highlighted.It reminded that during the 2016 Budget Debates, in February, the Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan promised to make the protocols that guide SOCU’s operations public in a matter of weeks, a promise he is still to fulfil.It also reminded that one government spokesman Minister Raphael Trotman at a press conference a month ago declared that the protocols were not complete, while Minister of State Joseph Harmon last week stated that SOCU operates within the laws of Guyana, thereby side-stepping the issue of the promised protocols.It was SOCU, the statement said, with army personnel which lead a botched high-speed chase on the car transporting the wife of PPP/C Parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, resulting in three persons being killed and the subsequent declaration by the government that there will be no investigation into the incident, while no agency or person has so far accepted responsibility.Jagdeo’s Office said that the fact that $40 million has been allocated in the 2016 Budget of the Ministry of the Presidency for a “top up” of the SOCU staff, is highly suspect and facilitates an environment for overt political interference.“Exacerbating our concerns is the recent public statement by Minister Jaipaul Sharma that the Cabinet would be deciding who was going to be charged as a result of the forensic audits carried out in various Ministries and state entities. Furthermore, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition is aware of the existence of a list containing the names of political leaders of the PPP/C and non-PPP/C individuals who are to be targeted by the SOCU. This list originated from no other than the Ministry of the Presidency,” the statement noted.It added that government’s silence with regard to the public call by Jagdeo for a specialised firm or Interpol to track the assets of all MPs and former Presidents is of particular interest in the context of these developments.“Therefore, our concerns regarding these trends which are undermining the rule of law in Guyana are not emotive, but, based on the very actions and statements made by senior government Ministers and the SARU, coupled with actions of the SOCU. These reveal a stealthy intrusion of the executive into the independence of the prosecutorial and judicial arms of the state by the APNU/AFC Coalition government,” the statement said.Jagdeo’s Office is also alerting the Guyanese public, civil society bodies, the diplomatic and donor communities of what it terms “worrying developments which are an indicator of creeping authoritarianism undermining democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Speaking to Capital Sport from Georgia, the midfielder who has captained the national Under-20 team has termed the move as a dream come true and hopes it is going to be a spring board for bigger things in future.“It has been a long journey and for me getting a contract with a European club is a huge thing. It is the start of a dream and I believe this is the beginning of bigger things to come. Of course the hard work does not stop here,” Nondi told Capital Sport.The midfielder is already one week into training with team and his immediate task is to break into the starting team and accumulate playing time, better than he did during his time at Gor Mahia.“The players have been welcoming and I have enjoyed every bit of training since I arrived. The intensity is very high and everyone works hard. The speed of the game is also high so I need to adapt fast. But so far, so good. I think I have done well to catch up,” he noted.Gor Mahia Jacques Tuyisenge-Eric Ouma and Amos Nondi.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.“Marcelo has really helped me to settle in and that’s why things have been smooth. He has been here and he knows how things go and we played together at Gor.”“A prime priority at this moment is to get into the team and play. It is a bigger platform and hopefully I can prove myself and get a bigger platform as I progress forward,” the midfielder added.He hopes to have a decent first impression this Friday when the second leg of the Georgian Erovnuli Liga kicks off with an away trip against log leaders Dinamo Tbilisi. Poti are currently placed second from bottom, with 17 points.Nondi hopes he can inspire the club to move up the standings.Meanwhile, another Kenyan, John Macharia has joined Poti’s junior side, also on a three-year deal. The 18-year old ex-Laiser School alumni had been playing at Talanta FC on loan from Kariobangi Sharks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“It has been a good season for me because I have found some playing time at the club and also got several call ups to the national team. I have not yet made a break into the final squad but I am working hard to be there,” Nondi said.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17- Gor Mahia midfielder Amos Nondi has moved to Georgian top tier side Kolkheti Potti on a three-year deal, joining his former teammate Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma who signed for the club early January.Nondi attended trials at the club over the last three weeks of June and impressed the technical bench enough to hand him a full contract.
0Shares0000Edna Kiplagat competing at 2017 Boston Marathon.BOSTON, United States, Dec 7- Organisers of the Boston Marathon have confirmed that this year’s winners, Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui, will defend their titles at the IAAF Gold Label road race on 16 April 2018.In her Boston debut earlier this year, two-time world champion Kiplagat made a decisive move with 10 kilometres remaining and went on to win in 2:21:52, the fourth fastest winning time in the history of the race. After Boston, she made her fourth World Championships appearance and secured the silver medal. She rounded out her season with a fourth-place finish at the New York City Marathon.“After racing all around the world, it was so special for me to run on Boston’s historic course and experience the Boston traditions with my family,” said Kiplagat.“I could see first-hand how special the city of Boston, all the towns along the course, and the community is to so many people. And of course, I look forward to the challenge next April of once again racing against the world’s best athletes.”Geoffrey KiruiLike his Kenyan compatriot Kiplagat, Kirui also made his Boston debut earlier this year and faced a deep international field of major championship medallists.Kirui ran a strategic race and, in only his third marathon, ultimately prevailed, becoming the first Kenyan winner since 2012.Four months later, at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, Kirui decisively won the gold medal.“2017 was a wonderful year for me with winning both Boston and the World Championships,” said Kirui. “I’m happy to return to Boston to defend my title. The tremendous atmosphere, the great history and legendary course all suit me very well.”“In their Boston debuts last April, both Geoffrey and Edna raced with confidence from the start, pulled away late, and solidified their spots in Boston Marathon lore,” said Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Grilk.“We’re excited to welcome these world-class athletes back.”Further elite field announcements will be made over the next few weeks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityCaptain Jeremy Aoun pulled back on the throttles of the Liquid Coast Highway and told Patel to get bait in the water. In an instant, a big albacore’s shoulders came out of the water and swallowed up Patel’s sardine. Twenty minutes later, a gaff went in to a 33-pound albacore. Not only was this a nice catch, but Patel took over the jackpot lead on Liquid Coast Highway with the biggest fish of the season. Special trip: For 13-year-old Treveon Jones of Signal Hill, his first albacore trip on board the Liberty out of Long Beach Sportfishing last week was a special one. Jones not only caught his first albacore, but he caught the first albacore on the boat and the largest. “He did a great job on that fish,” Liberty captain Anthony Fisher said. “He is one heck of a fisherman and we can’t wait to have him on board again.” Fast start: Pam Sharp from Torrance took advantage of the Lobster opener Saturday by participating in the annual Lobster Mobster Tournament put on by Dive N’ Surf in Redondo Beach. Dr. Dave Patel from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center deals with life and death situations every single day. The daily stresses of being a doctor can take a toll. It’s not just a good idea to take a break once in a while, it’s a necessity. When Patel needs to get away, he looks to the Pacific Ocean. A week ago, Patel boarded the Liquid Coast Highway out of Huntington Harbor and headed to the albacore grounds some 80 miles offshore and near the Cortez Bank. “For me, catching a fish is secondary,” Patel said. “It’s all about being on the water and feeling like you’re a million miles from everything.” As the Liquid Coast Highway arrived to the albacore grounds, it was like another world. Whales were tearing through meatballs of anchovies. The massive bait balls swirled as though they were one single, giant creature; an evolutionary ploy to ward off predators. The ploy was not working all that well as 25- to 40-pound albacore joined the whales in the anchovy feast. “I met up with some friends about 9:30 p.m. at King Harbor,” Sharp said. “Lobster season was set to open at 12:01 Saturday morning, and we wanted to be out and anchored on their spot by the break wall at midnight.” Sharp was actually along for the ride, but her friends dove in and returned with bags full of the tasty critters after just 45 minutes. The largest lobster of the night weighed 4
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton embraced the “broken windows” theory when he headed the New York Police Department and has taken measures in several Los Angeles neighborhoods to employ it. It seems a natural marriage: cops and blight. That’s because officers who patrol troubled areas regularly see the outward signs of decline. And now they have a way to take action to clean it up. “Now it doesn’t look like we’re just going into an area, causing chaos and leaving,” Police Chief Ed Medrano said. In Gardena, the Police Department is writing an average of three referrals a day to the city’s public works department to clean up graffiti, trash, potholes and other eyesores. In small-town fashion, the city’s departments work together closely. The first month, officers wrote about 50 referrals. In November, the number jumped to 180. “We want to show the Police Department we have credibility, that we’re doing our job,” said Public Works Director Bruce Pollack. “Once they see that on a consistent basis, and they see tangible evidence that what they put on the sheet changes something. It boils down to police and public works truly working together. The key word is truly.” Concrete results – potholes filled in 48 hours, graffiti cleaned, furniture cleared from streets – are what makes the program successful, he said. Medrano agrees. “For our officers, if you implement anything and they don’t see visible change, they’re not going to do it,” Medrano said. “Within 24 hours, we see a change.” Both Medrano and Pollack review the referrals to make sure they are handled quickly. Pollack may have more insight into the program than a typical public works director because he came to the city from the Sheriff’s Department. Before retiring last year as a captain, he oversaw the sheriff’s personnel department and at one point trained deputies in community policing. Though he had little knowledge of the daily operations of sewers, parks, streets, sidewalks and traffic lights when he took the job, he said he has been able to make good use of his extensive administrative experience. “We can’t fix every street or sidewalk overnight,” Pollack said. “But things like graffiti, trash, curb weeds, we don’t need a lot of time. We can take care of it right away.” Officer Yvette Evans, an 18-year department veteran, said she appreciates the closer ties with public works officials. Recently, she has turned in referrals for a detached street sign on Purche Avenue. She also has spotted and referred graffiti and broken sprinklers and street lights. “It’s an immediate turnaround. It keeps the city looking much better,” Evans said. “It’s changed immensely. With our district policing, citizens have a direct line with us. Now we have a direct line with public works personnel. They immediately respond to our concerns.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They still investigate robberies, arrest bad guys and prowl around town catching prostitutes and drug dealers, but Gardena cops have been cracking down on a new kind of culprit. Illegally dumped trash, graffiti, potholes, untrimmed trees and abandoned shopping carts no longer get reprieve from the city’s street cops. Since Gardena’s police and public works departments paired up this summer, they have together cleared hundreds of messes around town. They are trying to combat what experts call the “broken windows” theory of neighborhood decline. A broken window that goes unrepaired signals that no one cares, the theory goes. Graffiti, vandalism, street drug dealing and prostitution foster fear, and more serious crime follows.
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What started as a routine training exercise for the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat turned into a 90 minute search for a sailing boat thought to be missing off Mullaghmore Head last night.A member of the public who had been watching the passage of the boat lost sight of it when a sudden squall obscured it from view. He became concerned once he couldn’t see it when the shower had cleared and made the call to the Coast Guard.The crew of the lifeboat were just about to launch on exercise when the alert was raised and quickly made their way to the Mullaghmore area to commence a search. They also requested that the Killybegs Coast Guard boat join them so a wider area could be covered. Covering an area from Mullaghmore Head to Streedagh to Inishmurray, the crews were subsequently informed that the boat had docked safely in Sligo.Speaking on their return to the station, helm on the Bundoran Lifeboat James Cassidy said: “This was a call with good intent. We would rather be launched to something someone was unsure about than not at all. If anyone thinks they see somebody in trouble on the coast dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.” BUNDORAN RNLI LAUNCH TO RESCUE OF ‘MISSING BOAT’ was last modified: August 8th, 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)
DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 1st, 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:home-page featuresHome-page Newspicture specialRelay for Life