The president of the Better Future Foundation, Reverend Augustine Akoi, has called on the Liberian government to reopen all schools, from kindergarten to university, throughout the country.Rev. Akoi questioned the wisdom of keeping entertainment centers, including video clubs, open while the schools remain closed. He argued, rightly, we believe, that creating awareness against the deadly Ebola virus can better be accomplished in educational institutions than anywhere else. Clearly, entertainment centers, where people booze (drink intoxicating liquor) and video clubs, where they stand and rub against one another in tight spaces to watch football and movies, are places where the virus can spread faster than in schools. Yes, most schools, especially government ones, are overcrowded, thanks to the student explosion that was created several years ago by GOL’s tuition-free primary education policy. However, just as Rev. Arkoi indicated, it is in the educational environment that awareness about health and other issues can better be communicated and more easily become part of the learning process. BUT—and there are very big BUTs: The BIG question is, are the schools, colleges and universities ready to reopen in this Ebola-infested environment?The first problem is, how will the students get to school—in overcrowded buses or taxies? And where are these? Each day students can be seen lining the sidewalks waiting frantically for transport. Secondly, most of the classrooms, especially in government schools, are overcrowded, with insufficient or broken chairs, causing many students to sit on the dirty floor—another Ebola high risk.Thirdly, and most dangerous of all, most schools have dysfunctional toilets, and outside urination is done on many school compounds. Remember, urine is an Ebola carrier.There is, fourthly, the issue of hand washing chlorinated water buckets for say 1000 or more students in each school six days a week—six days since many students return to school on Saturdays for study classes. Can government afford the buckets and chlorinated water for all its students throughout the country?Fifthly, is it realistic to have Liberia’s students in schools surrounded by garbage and clogged drainages? Can city councils and townships guarantee that the garbage dumps or heaps are removed at least on a twice-weekly basis, that drainages are daily? Can the Ministry of Health deploy its sanitation inspectors—if they have any—to ensure that people stop clogging the drainages with trash? We know why garbage dumps and clogged drainages are harmful to school surroundings, for the are always infested with some of the most dangerous disease-carrying creatures— mosquitoes, rats, roaches, worms, etc. Sixthly, will there be a temperature screening system in place for the thousands of students arriving daily at say over 7000 schools from various communities around the country? If the various government ministries and agencies have furloughed their non-essential staff to lessen the Ebola risk, is it realistic and safe to reopen schools with far higher populations?The reopening of schools would admittedly be an opportunity for the Ministry of Education, school authorities, teachers and even more advanced students to participate actively in the awareness process, first by being tutored in all the anti-disease or virus procedures, such as hand washing; observing strict hygiene rules; and insisting, as never before, on cleanliness in the school building, yard and neighborhood. But before schools can be reopened, all of the above issues have to be addressed, otherwise it would be indeed highly risky for our students to return to school.What this means is that government and all operators of private schools, colleges and universities, have to address each of the issues raised, before they can even think of reopening their educational institutions.These issues, admittedly, constitute a very serious headache for GOL and all other educational operators, especially in this era of “budget shortfall” and the stupendous financial challenges GOL and everyone of us face because of Ebola. But these issues must be addressed before anyone can think of reopening their doors to the hundreds of thousands of students hungry for learning. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The city of Winston-Salem named Liberia Street for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a ceremony on Saturday in the city’s oldest black neighborhood, courtesy of a U.S. based Winston-Salem Journal.Mayor Allen Joines read a proclamation naming the street “President Sirleaf Lane” to about 50 people who attended the ceremony, the dispatch said. Many of those who attended are current or former residents of the Happy Hill Garden neighborhood.The sign in Sirleaf’s honor is at the intersection of Liberia and Alder streets. “She is a true definition of freedom, justice and equality for all people of Liberia,” Joines said of Sirleaf in the proclamation. President Sirleaf visited Winston-Salem this weekend as part of her trip to the United States for the U.N. General Assembly’s annual meeting in New York. She is the first foreign head of state to visit the city during Joines’ 15-year tenure as mayor.In response, the President said it was a great honor to have Liberia Street named after her, adding, “I’ve resisted at home people naming things after me because I said, ‘you don’t do that when I am in office, do that when I leave office,’” Sirleaf said jokingly. “Since this is not at home, I am pleased to accept it. It’s not only an honor for me, but also it’s an honor for the Liberian people,” she told the gathering.Sirleaf Lane or Liberia Street was part of the Schumann plantation in the early 1800s. Dr. Friedrich Schumann freed his slaves in 1836, and they traveled to Liberia, where many freed blacks from the U.S. settled. Most of Happy Hill’s first settlers were former slaves who had lived or worked in the Moravian town of Salem.In 1872, the freed slaves bought plots of land in the community that became known as “Liberia” and “Happy Hill.” By the 1920s, it was known mostly as Happy Hill. James Hunder, Sr., the president of Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, told the crowd that the naming of Liberia Street for Sirleaf was an historic moment. “We gather here and stand on the broad shoulders of former slaves and former slave masters,” Hunder said.He then announced a proposal to build a dormitory in Happy Hill for students from Liberia who would attend local universities and colleges. The project is his organization’s way to help educate Liberian students who would return to their country and help rebuild it. Rence Callahan, a partner with Walter, Robbs, Callahan and Pierce, a local architectural firm, said the project would be a 20-bed, two-story house with office space. There is no timetable for construction, and the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont would lead efforts to pay for it, Callahan said.The project would cost between US$1.75 million to US$2 million, he said. Liberia, with a population of about 4.5 million people, suffered from a 14-year civil war followed by the Ebola epidemic in 2014, Hunder said. More than 250,000 died in the Liberian civil war that ended in 2003. A decade later, Liberia was ravaged by the Ebola epidemic that left more than 4,800 people dead. President Sirleaf is credited with helping rebuild her country and maintaining peace after the war, Joines said. She also thanked Hunder and the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont for their efforts to help Liberian students. After the ceremony, Sirleaf talked briefly about the possibility of Hillary Clinton being elected in November as the first female president of the United States.“We look forward to working with female heads of state all over the world, including in the U.S.,” Sirleaf said. Apostle Edith Jones, the president of the Ecclesiastes Deliverance Center on Alexander Street, said she welcomed Sirleaf’s visit to the Happy Hill neighborhood.—Courtesy of Winston-Salem JournalShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Williams lectures at the start of the training in Montserrado County.Alfalit-Liberia has trained 216 teachers from Montserrado, Bong, Bomi, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties for its 2019 Adults Literacy Program. The newly recruited teachers were trained as part of Alfalit-Liberia’s preparation for the 2019 cycle that is expected to enroll 4,000 adult learners.The new teachers are being trained in the use of the Alfalit Model of teaching adult learners, lesson presentation from the Alfalit literacy books, while their colleagues that were previously in the system are being refreshed in all of the literacy materials including teacher evaluation.Alfalit-Liberia’s monitor, Madam Marie Morris, described the teachers training as critical to achieving the learning goals of the students, because it better enhances the teaching methodologies of the trainees in the classrooms.The training department, supervised by Jerome Williams concluded the Montserrado phase of the training, benefiting 140 facilitators (teachers), while the Grand Bassa training targeted 16 facilitators; Bong, 17; Margibi, 22; while Bomi had 13 teachers and eight partner institutions.Meanwhile, Alfalit-Liberia has announced an increase in the number of literacy centers this year from 51 to 75 centers with the establishment of 24 new centers in communities across the counties. The new centers were made available based on request from community dwellers and organizations.Alfalit-Liberia, founded in 2006, is an Associate of Alfalit International based in Miami, Florida USA. The Institution is a faith-based Christian origination that teaches illiterate youths and adults, who missed out on the basic education teaching them to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The mission of Alfalit is “to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy.”Alfalit-Liberia currently operates 52 literacy centers benefiting over 3,000 adult learners and 201 teachers in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi and Margibi counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– despite string of judgements against State in High CourtA team of legal luminaries were appointed earlier this year to provide assistance to Attorney General Basil Williams, whose tasks included providing legal advice to and defending the State against litigation.However, the Government has been handed a string of defeats in the High Court, with conservatory orders being granted against the State and decisions by the President being revoked after being deemed unconstitutional by the court. Williams, a Senior Counsel after ‘taking the silk’ in 2016, was named as a respondent on behalf of the State.When questioned about the team and the Government’s dismal record in the courts, Minister of State Joseph Harmon asserted that the team is functioning. Harmon, an Attorney himself, expressed during a post-Cabinet press briefing that the team was meeting with the Attorney General.“The legal team is an advisory team to the Attorney General. And therefore the advice which they give to the Attorney General is for him to internalise and use as necessary. So I believe that they are meeting regularly and that they have been giving advice.”Red HouseLast year, President David Granger gave the occupants of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) 48 hours to vacate the premises, a directive which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo described as “unconscionable and vindictive”.On August 9, the Opposition People’s Progress Party secured two conservatory High Court orders blocking the State from ejecting the CJRC from the property, once the official residence of former President, the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, overruled every submission made by Attorney General Basil Williams, and refused his request that the CJRC case be dismissed.The Chief Justice upheld submissions made by Attorney Anil Nandlall on behalf of the CJRC: that there are serious issues to be tried, and those cannot be determined at the interlocutory stage.Land leasesIn 2014, a number of farmers were granted 50-year leases for State land, located in the rear of Number 40 Village, West Coast Berbice, by then President Donald Ramotar.In March of 2016, however, they received letters from the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) informing them that President David Granger cancelled their leases and that they must cease occupation and return the land to the MMA/ADA.The applicants – Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard, Joylyn Nicholson, Gratien Nicholson, Vaughn Aaron and Herman Nicholson – sought justice in the courts. They were represented by Attorneys Nandlall and Manoj Narayan among others, while the State and the MMA/ADA was represented by Attorney General Williams.On the same day as the Red House judgement, the Chief Justice ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers are entitled to compensation from the State, amounting to the sum of $300,000.Other declarations include a conservatory order being issued “prohibiting the servants and/or agents of MMA/ADA, or any other officer of the State from entering upon, remaining, occupying or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the applicant’s quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment of the said lease unless compensation is paid which is to be determined by the parties.”GECOM chairmanshipSince the retirement of former Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally, the Commission has been without a head. As the Constitution requires the Opposition Leader to nominate persons to the post, Jagdeo submitted his first list of names in December last.However the list was rejected by Granger on the grounds that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution prescribes that nominees must either be qualified to be a Judge or fit and proper. A second list submitted by the former President in April was treated similarly.But in March, local businessman Marcel Gaskin moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of the President’s reasoning. That judgement was handed down last month.While she acknowledged that the President can determine who fits the bill of “fit and proper”, the Chief Justice overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution by finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.The teamThe Council of Legal Advisors is made up of former Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge, Justice Duke Pollard; former High Court Judge, Justice James Patterson; former Appeal Court Judge, Justice Claudette Singh; Professor Harold Lutchman; and Professor Harold James.At the time the team was appointed, Harmon had disclosed that the functions of the Council would include providing legal analysis and advice on the development of the local justice sector, Government’s legislative agenda and litigation matters; providing input into legal policy design and engaging stakeholders with interest in the justice sector where appropriate.In addition to this assistance which Williams would be getting to perform his duties, Harmon went on to say that the Council would be assisted in the execution of its mandate by support staff from the Legal Affairs Ministry.
One man was killed and at least two others have been hospitalised after the driver of the car in which they were travelling lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree on the Cullen Public Road, Essequibo Coast.Commander of “G” Division, Khali PareshramDead is Premnarine Rampersaud of Lot 90 Second Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven. The accident is said to have occurred around 07:00h on Sunday.“G” Division Commander, Khali Pareshram, told Guyana Times that the other individual who was in the car at the time of the incident sustained a broken leg, but is said to be in stable condition.The driver of motor car HB 6973 has been arrested, and is expected to face several charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol.“The driver of the motor car had his breath tested for the presence of alcohol. The results revealed that the alcohol level was above the legal limit,” Commander Pareshram said.Meanwhile, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles, also told this publication on Sunday afternoon that speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUA) combined is the leading cause of fatal accidents in Guyana, and that another life has been lost when such an incident could have been prevented.“We also have to look at passengers that are sitting in those vehicles when people are speeding. When you check, it is not the driver that suffers much, you know. The passengers are the ones who usually lose lives, and yet folks continue to sit by idly while in the motor vehicle while the driver is speeding.”He added that passengers have a right to object to the behavior of any driver who is speeding along the roadways, or driving in a dangerous manner.“And if the drivers create a scene or refuse to stop doing such, the passenger(s) can make a report at any station, and the driver will suffer the brunt of the law. This is because the report is being made against the conduct of that driver.”Just a few days ago, the Traffic Department released data showing that there has been a slight increase in fatal accidents recorded in the country for the first half of 2019, in comparison with the same period for last year. A combination of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol accounted for a large percentage of these accidents.The Traffic Chief has said that, in total, there have been 49 accidents recorded throughout Guyana since 2019 commenced, and these accidents resulted in the deaths of 52 individuals.In “A” Division, there were 13 accidents that claimed the lives of 14 individuals; “B” Division, 14 accidents with 14 deaths; “C” Division recorded five accidents that resulted in six persons losing their lives, and “D” Division had 11 accidents with 11 deaths, the Traffic Chief detailed.In “E” Division, there were three lives lost as a result of two accidents; while “F” Division recorded one accident that took one life, and “G” Division had three accidents which resulted in three individuals losing their lives.“That will give you 49 accidents with 52 deaths overall, which is a slight increase. We had 51 deaths last year from 44 accidents. Over 75 percent of these fatal accidents were caused by driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, a combination of these two (factors),” he declared.Guyana Times understands that, in 2018, of the 51 deaths recorded as a result of fatal accidents, 41 were males while 10 were females. Of this total, two were children.Meanwhile, statistics have revealed that of the 52 deaths for 2019 so far, 42 were males while 10 were females; moreover, four of these fatalities were children.
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“People have an expectation that a sex offender should not be living across the street from a school. People realize that’s just wrong,” Runner said. The initiative also would require many sex offenders to wear satellite-tracked monitoring devices for life. Critics say that could be prohibitively expensive, but Runner said it is the only way to ensure that all dangerous offenders are included. The Senate, on a 37-0 vote, instead approved a measure by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Daly City, requiring that high-risk sex offenders be fitted with a Global Positioning System during their parole or probation period. It also was sent to the Assembly. “You’re less likely to commit a crime because you know somebody is watching you,” Speier said. Both sides said the Alquist bill is about 80 percent identical to the ballot measure, named for Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl who was kidnapped, raped and suffocated by a convicted sex offender. Each side claimed their version is tougher. “If the ballot measure didn’t exist, we’d just say this is a great law and we’re done,” said David LaBahn, executive director of the California District Attorneys Association. Alquist this week withdrew a “poison pill” from her bill that would have killed it if the initiative is approved by voters. Both sides said the courts may have to sort out some conflicts between the bills and the initiative if all three are approved. Cooley supports “the concept” of Jessica’s Law, but said that could change if Alquist’s bill becomes law. “Nobody’s going to make that point until the Alquist bill is signed into law,” Cooley said. If it is, “the public’s got to know that much of the good of Jessica’s Law is in the law already.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Democrats and some prosecutors say the residency requirement in the ballot measure would create problems in cities and force offenders to live in rural areas that may lack for police and treatment programs. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley noted that Iowa prosecutors are asking lawmakers there to repeal a recently enacted similar law. “It didn’t work. It caused more problems than it was worth,” Cooley said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “I’ll bet there are some cities where between the parks and the schools there won’t be anyplace for sexual offenders to live.” Part of the Democratic package, a bill by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, would instead bar registered sex offenders from loitering around schools, parks or youth recreational facilities. “Not too many of the sexual predators commit these heinous crimes in their bed,” said Alquist before her bill was approved on a 38-0 vote and sent to the Assembly. George Runner, whose district covers the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, agreed offenders will have more difficulty finding housing under the initiative, but thinks critics are overstating the problem. SACRAMENTO – Senators unanimously approved a Democratic version of the Jessica’s Law sex offender proposal Thursday, with Democrats saying it avoids flaws in the initiative that voters will consider in November. Republicans welcomed the two-bill package, though they denied there are any fatal problems with their initiative, which would force many sex offenders to wear satellite-tracked monitoring devices for life and bar them from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. The bills and the pending initiative would give California some of the nation’s toughest laws for released sex offenders and would boost penalties for offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to using the Internet to lure minors for sexual purposes. “Californians are going to be able to get the best of both,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who sought the ballot measure with his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, after similar legislation proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger failed last year. Schwarzenegger is backing their measure, which qualified for the fall ballot in February.
“Looking at our non-conference schedule, we have matches against Marquette of the BIG East and Kansas State of the Big 12, and numerous matchups that I believe will prepare us for the MVC season,” Horner said. “I sense there will be a battle among the league not only for the Valley title, but also to get into the MVC Tournament. We’d like to be in a position to defend our title, but that will only be a byproduct of our commitment to maximizing opportunities for growth prior to our first Valley game at Valparaiso. I am really excited to announce our fall schedule and to be a part of the next wave of Drake soccer that includes different names in the headlines, returners transitioning from role players to stakeholders of our program, and coaching our newcomers to success in their first year. This will be a season of transition, but one that I optimistically anticipate.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs welcome Illinois State on Sept. 29 in their first MVC home match. The rest of the conference slate, includes home games against Evansville (Oct. 13) and Missouri State (Oct. 25) and road matches at Loyola (Oct. 6), UNI (Oct. 17) and Indiana State (Oct. 21). The match against the Bears, the 2017 MVC Tournament champions, concludes the regular season. Drake starts the regular season with two neutral matches in Missoula, Mont., Aug. 18 & 20, at the Montana Cup hosted by Montana. The Bulldogs are scheduled to face San Francisco for the first time on Aug. 18 before concluding the trip against Fresno State on Aug. 20. Following the trip to Missoula, Drake plays four consecutive road matches, beginning at Kansas State (Aug. 23) followed by South Dakota State (Aug. 26), UMKC (Aug. 31) and North Dakota State (Sept. 2). 2018 Schedule The Bulldogs return 19 student-athletes from last season’s championship team, including 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year, Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) and three-time All-MVC selection, senior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.). That group of 19 will be joined by nine newcomers for 2018. Drake hosts Marquette on Sept. 9 in the first of three straight matches at the Cownie Soccer Complex with South Dakota (Sept. 13) and Western Illinois (Sept. 16) the final two matches to complete the team’s opening homestand. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program released its 2018 schedule, head coach Lindsey Horner announced Tuesday, June 5. Drake, the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion, will prepare for the 2018 campaign with two exhibition contests before it plays 17 scheduled matches. Drake’s first exhibition contest is at Creighton on Aug. 8 before it hosts in-state rival, Iowa State on Aug. 11 at Cownie in the final preseason competition. After a visit to Omaha, Neb., to play Omaha on Sept. 19, the Bulldogs play seven MVC matches, starting Sept. 23 when they visit second-year league member, Valparaiso. It will be just the second trip by Drake to Valparaiso, Ind. and the first since the program’s inaugural season of 2002. “Our 2018 schedule tests us straight away with two exhibition matches against a pair of challenging rivals, Creighton and Iowa State, early in the preseason, Horner said. “We are in a unique spot having graduated seven players that were four-year letterwinners. We return some fantastic upperclassmen that will be responsible for leading the many talented underclassmen that will either step into new roles this season or join our program in August. Our spring was beneficial for gaining experience with players fulfilling new roles, now the exciting challenge for our staff and team is to expedite getting all eleven on the field to be on the same page on game day.” The 2018 MVC Tournament begins with on-campus games on Oct. 28 before the semifinals (Nov. 2) and championship (Nov. 4) are hosted by Loyola at Rambler Park for the first time. Story Links
County Intermediate Champions Four Masters will replay the Ulster finalFour Masters Ladies are to get another chance in Ulster.The club won their appeal against the Ulster Ladies Council decision to award the final – and Ulster Intermediate title – to Monaghan Harps.The final is to be replayed on Friday night with the time and venue to be confirmed. The All-Ireland semi-finals are due to take place on Sunday.The Croke Park decision has been welcomed by Four Masters tonight.And it is fantastic news for the ladies who were left heartbroken at Brewster Park ten days ago.They had been told by the referee they were two points ahead with five minutes to go, and played as if they were ahead. They were the told by the referee at the final whistle that they had won – only to be told later it was a draw.Monaghan Harps had claimed they had won by a point, and the Ulster Ladies board agreed.However Four Masters appealed to Croke Park and Ladies Football HQ ordered that the Ulster Intermediate Final is to be replayed. BREAKING NEWS: FOUR MASTERS LADIES TO GET FINAL REPLAY was last modified: November 13th, 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:four mastersMonaghan HarpsReplay