Brewerville Gets Magisterial Court

first_imgCeremony marking the official dedication of the Brewerville Magisterial Court was yesterday held in the city of Brewerville, Montserrado County.According to a Judicial release, the program was attended by officials of UNMIL, the Judiciary, local officials of Montserrado County and ordinary citizens of Brewerville.Turning over the newly constructed building to the Liberian Government, the principal rule of law officer in the office of the Deputy Secretary General Special Representative to Liberia, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, expressed delight at relationship between UNMIL and the Liberia Government especially the Judiciary. Madam Uhel said, UNMIL will continue to support the Liberian Judicial reform process.She urged the staff of the Brewerville Magisterial Court to take charge and proper care of the building and provide proper accountability for the rule of law in Brewerville.Receiving the keys to the building on behalf of the Chief Justice, Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, expressed Chief Justice Korkpor’s inability for not being at the program, which she attributed to the current work load in the high court.Cllr. Nelson said, the Judiciary is pleased with UNMIL continued assistance and informed the gathering that now that the Magistrate and his staff have a more comfortable, convenient, and hospitable working environment, they will be accountable to ensure that justice is impartial at all times.She promised UNMIL that the building will be properly maintained and asked the people of Brewerville to assist in the process.Speaking on behalf the people of Brewerville, the City Major commended UNMIL for its continuous support to Liberia even in the midst of Ebola. He also thanked Chief Justice Korkpor and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia for bringing relief to his people.Making remarks at the program, the Stipendiary Magistrate of the Brewerville Magisterial Court, Magistrate James Cooper, expressed joy at his new office and promised to, along with his staff, do his best in ensuring justice for all in Brewerville and its surrounding.The total cost of the project according to UNMIL, is US$30,042.20 and was constructed under its rule of law project, implemented by a Liberian construction Company, Fahnbulleh and Fahnbulleh General Construction Company.The goal and objectives of the project is to provide suitable environment to enhance the rule of law in Brewerville and surrounding communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women Seek Media Help for Increased Representation in Government

first_imgLiberian women following the leadership influence of Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and others are seeking assistance from the media promote the passage of the “Affirmative Action for Equitable Participation and Representation Act of 2016.”At a forum held recently with media institutions, Senator Taylor said women have been marginalized in government and are considered men’s property. She is therefore calling on the media to help change that perception.She said if the 21 constituencies called for by the Act is implemented, the call for 30% women’s representation in parliament across Africa will be addressed.The Act, among other things, seeks to allot 21 special legislative constituencies in the country to be contested for by women, youth and the disabled.The women are contending in their plea that if the call for the twenty-one constituencies to be created is accepted, it should be enforced in the forthcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Fifteen of the special legislative constituencies, the Act notes, should be exclusively allotted to women, with one constituency in each county.It further states that three of the constituencies shall be for youths, with a female representation, and three for people living with disabilities. The Act also suggests that one of the constituencies for the physically challenged group should be set aside for a female.Those hoping to occupy the requested seats are subject to eligibility criteria set by the Constitution and Election Laws of Liberia. The Act also said upon its passage, the National Elections Commission (NEC) will formulate the requisite procedures and guidelines to ensure a free, fair and transparent process governing the elections.In Section 4 of the proposed Act, the election of representatives for the 15 Special Legislative Constituencies exclusively allotted to women shall be held during the same time of the presidential and legislative elections, while the election of representatives for the three special legislative constituencies for the youth shall be held 30 days after the legislative elections.In pursuit of equality in representation as being requested exclusively for females, there remains an answer as to what happens if all seats allotted to youths and persons with disabilities are won by women.It does not also clarify what happens if the imposed female candidate is not the choice of the electorate.The allotment of these seats to be contested at different times also has the propensity to inflate government’s expenses, and the NEC to conduct the elections.The Act, moreover, does not state whether or not the allotment of seats to different categories of players will fall within the Joint Resolution that established 73 electoral districts in 2010.The allotment of constituencies to the categories of people as called for by the Act may also contradict the Liberian Constitution. Chapter VIII Article 77 of the 1986 Constitution states: “Since the essence of democracy is free competition of ideas expressed by political parties and political groups as well as individuals, parties may freely be established to advocate the political opinions of the people.”Meanwhile, the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act appears to be a subset of the Gender Equity Bill that has suffered passage in the Legislature.That bill also seeks to allot 30% representation in government for Liberian women. It is also not clear why the Legislature has taken so long to pass or throw out the bill; however, the intent when considered thoughtfully has some constitutional implications.Article 8 of the Constitution states: “The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.” While Article 8 may be used to qualify the implications of Chapter VIII Article 77 of the 1986 Constitution, the allocation of seats to these groups – women, youth and the disabled – is discriminatory in its essence and a violation of Article 18, which states: “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BWI, MVTC Top NHA Housing Design Competition

first_imgNHA, Partners Present cash award to BWI and MVTC The National Housing Authority (NHA) with support from its international partners, Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and Cities Alliance (CA) last Wednesday, November 1, presented cash awards of L$100,000 to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and L$50,000 to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).The two schools emerged as winner and runner-up (respectively) of the Innovative Housing Design Competition held on September 27, at the official launch of the Slum Upgrading Unit of the NHA. In addition to the cash prizes, BWI also received L$40,000 while MVTC received L$30,000 to cover preparation cost for their participation.During the presentation, Mr. Es-Samir Bropleh, Coordinator of the newly established Slum Upgrading Unit of the National Housing Authority, thanked the students for bringing pride to their respective institutions and encouraged them to always take their lessons seriously.Mr. Bropleh used the occasion to inform the public that the Slum Up-grading Unit of the NHA was established as a specialized unit to work with slum dwellers and other partners in addressing the housing needs of slum dwellers, especially around Monrovia.According to him, the Innovative Housing Design Competition was organized to demonstrate to the Government of Liberia, public sector, financial institutions as well as the slum dwellers about the business opportunities that exist in investing in affordable housing for slum dwellers.Mr. Bropleh said 70% of Monrovia’s population lives in slums under devastating housing conditions and it was now time for practical actions to be taken to address the problem. He, therefore, thanked Habitat for Humanity International and Cities Alliance for the level of support aimed at improving the housing needs of slum dwellers.Habitat for Humanity International’s Chief of Party, Mr. Mathew Ndote Peter, emphasized that his organization is part of the Liberia Country Program which is a five year Monrovia City renewal initiative aimed at addressing the overwhelming slum conditions of the city of Monrovia.According to him, the program is being funded by Comic Relief through Cities Alliance and is currently implementing eight projects through several local and international partners.Habitat for Humanity International’s role under the program is to facilitate the implementation of practical solutions to shelter challenges identified during recent assessments which led to the development of a comprehensive slum upgrading and affordable housing framework.Habitat for Humanity International is, therefore, working along with the National Housing Authority through its Slum Upgrading Unit as well as financial service providers, private sector firms, development partners and communities for the implementation of its projects under the Monrovia City Program.Mr. Ndote expressed his organization’s appreciation for the good partnership and leadership demonstrated by NHA in prioritizing low-income households through the establishment of a Slum Upgrading Unit.He also cited the Innovative Housing Design Competition as the first step in bringing together housing value chain actors and commended NHA, the administrations and students of the two Vocational Training Institutions for their participation.In response, Mr. Harry Tarnue, Principal of BWI and Mr. Wilfred S.K. Payne, Director of MVTC, thanked both the NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for creating the platform for their students to showcase their skills. The two administrators further expressed their gratitude for the cash prizes and pleaded with NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for partnership and collaboration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

50 sugar workers injured after lorry topples

first_imgMore than 50 sugar workers were on Wednesday morning injured when the lorry – GRR 2574 – in which they were passengers turned over on the Zee Zight Public Road, West Coast Berbice.The incident occurred at about 05:05h while the men were on their way to work. At the time of the accident, there were 55 persons at the back of the lorry and the supervisor and driver in front. The crew, that forms the 6B2 gang, was on its way to bath Settlement to harvest cane.A woman at Lot 5 Zee Zight Public Road, whose concrete fence was destroyed as a result of the impact from the lorry, said she heard a loud sound and was of the opinion that something had happed on the road.“So I run outside and I did not expect to see the truck in my yard and so much of workers, some of them lying down and they taking out some of them; I couldn’t look at it,” she said.Reports are that the driver was attempting to stop the lorry when he lost control and ran off the road.An eyewitness to the accident, Khemraj Hunt, had a good opportunity to see what transpired. He had missed his lorry and when GRR 2574 was passing, he yelled out for the driver to stop and take him along. He explained that as the driver attempted to stop, he experienced brake failure and as a result, all the wheels locked.He said the driver also attempted to avoid hitting a parked truck laden with paddy on the road shoulder.“After the brakes lock off, he tried to save the truck because anytime he did hit the truck is dead all two of them in the front seat would have dead. But by the road was wet, the truck just keep on sliding and when it reach on the concrete then it turn over. I throw down the food bag and I run to assist… they start jumping out from the side of the truck,” he related.The injured men were rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital by lorries, private cars, vans, the hospital’s ambulance and the Blairmont Estate ambulance.Most of them were treated and sent away. However, two were admitted because of the extent of their injuries.Those admitted are Fazeem Latiff and Rashad Alli, both of Cotton Tree.Meanwhile, after the lorry came to a halt, there was confusion.One of the workers onboard the lorry when it turned over, Kadar Nauth, noted that he was sitting on the side of the lorry that landed on the ground, hence he was at the bottom.So I had to relax and let them boys come out first. “But good kick and so catch me,” he revealed.Several other workers also gave accounts of being trapped momentarily on the tray of the lorry.The driver of the lorry who is from the same village, was also treated and sent away after being pinned in the driver’s seat when the lorry crashed.This is the second time the lorry turned over with workers inside.In 2016, the said lorry turned over while transporting some workers from one field to another at Blairmont. No one was seriously injured.last_img read more

Montoya spins teammate to win in Mexico

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya spun teammate Scott Pruett to take the lead with eight laps left, then held off Denny Hamlin to win the Busch Series race on Sunday for his first NASCAR victory. Montoya, the Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season, recovered from a bad pit stop to aggressively move from 19th to first, taking the lead when he sent Pruett’s car spinning on the 72nd lap of the Telcel-Motorola 200. “Of all the people to take out – your teammate,” Pruett said. “That was just lowdown, nasty, dirty driving.” Hamlin, right behind the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers at the time, said it was a tough call. “I wouldn’t call it dirty driving, but it was a bit aggressive,” Hamlin said. “Juan had the fastest car and he would have taken the lead sooner or later. He was overzealous.” Hamlin, the winner last year, pressured Montoya in the closing laps, but couldn’t pass on the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course’s s-curves. Boris Said finished third in the race that ended with a green-white-checker finish after a late caution. Carl Edwards was fourth, and Pruett finished fifth. “I’m really glad we won, but really upset that we took out a teammate,” said Brad Parrott, Montoya’s crew chief. Montoya, who had the dominant car for the entire race, started in third but took the lead from Pruett on the third lap. Montoya made a green-flag stop on the 45th lap, but a fuel malfunction forced him to return to the pits about 10 laps later. After a caution, he started 19th and quickly moved his way back to the front of the field. “The reason I came to NASCAR is for the racing, and we showed today it is a great place for racing,” Montoya said. His victory was celebrated with deafening cheers from the 72,000-strong Mexican crowd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m very sorry about what happened with Scott,” Montoya said. “I thought he saw me and when he came across I had no room to go.” Montoya said he would personally apologize to Pruett. last_img read more

Press Release – Federal Government approves Site C Environmental Certificate

first_imgThe next steps for this project are for the proponent to determine whether it will proceed. If the determination is to proceed, the proponent will be required to seek out a variety of federal regulatory approvals from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Fisheries Act) and Transport Canada (Navigation Protection Act) and a variety of provincial regulatory approvals. These regulatory approvals will be required throughout various stages in the project. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today issued the following statement outlining the Governor in Council’s determination that the environmental effects of the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project are justified in the circumstances.“The Site C project, which has been proposed by BC Hydro and Power Authority, underwent a thorough independent federal-provincial review by an independent panel. This process included extensive, meaningful and respectful consultations with the public and Aboriginal groups. The environmental assessment process provided the scientific and technical expertise and the effective engagement of the public and Aboriginal groups to enable an informed decision by both governments.”“The proposed Site C project is an important one for British Columbia and for Canada as it will support jobs and economic growth while providing clean, renewable energy over the next 100 years. The Site C Clean Energy Project will translate into about 10,000 direct person-years of employment from now until 2024 and when indirect and induced jobs are added in, that figure climbs to 29,000 person-years of employment.”- Advertisement -“This decision will benefit future generations. Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent.”“In the Decision Statement that I released today, there are over 80 legally binding conditions that must be fulfilled by the proponent, BC Hydro, throughout the life of the project in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Failure to meet these conditions is a violation of federal law.”“Our Government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions based on the best available scientific evidence, and balancing economic and environmental considerations.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Executive director of Resource Works coming to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Executive Director of Resource Works will be stopping in Fort St. John next week to speak to the citizens of Fort St. John in various places.On Monday, May 2, Stewart Muir will be speaking at the 2016 Mayor’s Caucus, here in Fort St. John.The next day, he will be starting the day as a speaker at the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce’s next breakfast meeting, at the Northern Grand Hotel.- Advertisement -At 2 p.m., he will be speaking to high school students at North Peace Secondary School.Finally, at 6 p.m., he will be at Northern Lights College, in Room 154.According to the Chamber of Commerce, Resource Works ‘communicates with British Columbians about the importance of the province’s resource sectors to their personal well-being,’ and ‘it demonstrates how responsible development of British Columbia’s resources creates jobs and incomes through the province, both directly and indirectly.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Tony Pulis: West Brom fans have forgiven ‘naughty’ star after Tottenham debacle

first_img Saido Berahino Tony Pulis believes West Brom’s fans have forgiven ‘naughty child’ Saido Berahino for wanting to leave.The boss insisted any rift between the striker and supporters has been healed following his return to the side.Berahino threatened to never play for the club again following two rejected deadline-day bids from Tottenham, while he also had a transfer request blocked in the summer.He scored the winner on his return to the starting line-up for the first time since asking to leave in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa.The 22-year-old was rested in Wednesday’s 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich but is expected to start at The Hawthorns against Everton on Monday and Pulis insisted he has been welcomed back.“They’ve been very good and very supportive and the great thing for me is the Saido situation,” he said.“I think Saido was concerned there might be a little turning of the tide but they were absolutely wonderful when he came on against Southampton and last Saturday against Villa.“They truly are in love with their football club and they want their football club to do well and Saido is a big part of that now.“They have embraced him and brought him back into the fold – that naughty child!“It’s good because it takes the pressure off him. It’s the biggest thing for the lads to take the pressure off.“The reaction of the supporters and players shows there’s good unity in the group. What we need to do now is for him to concentrate on playing football which is what he’s good at.”Pulis made 10 changes for the defeat at Carrow Road as he rested Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Salomon Rondon after admitting they needed a break ahead of Everton’s visit. “Those players have had the opportunity to have an extra day off. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning we’ll really prepare,” he added. 1last_img read more

JOB VACANCIES: LEADING DONEGAL INSURANCE COMPANY REQUIRE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LINES EXECUTIVES

first_imgDonegal Town based Insurance Broker; Britton Insurance has full-time commercial business and personal line positions available.Open more than 40 years, Britton Insurance now has 50 employees and specialises in competitive car, van, home, business and farm insurance.The new candidates must have a CIP qualification or working towards a CIP accreditation or be grandfathered (other financial qualifications will be considered). No other applicants will be contacted. The successful applicants will:Be fully CPD compliantBe a self-motivated individualHave Strong Organisational Skills Have excellent communication and telephone skillsONLY the above candidates will be consideredLocation – Britton Insurance, Crennan House, Tirconaill Street, Donegal TownWage- Depending on experienceTerms- PermanentApply by – May 25th 2016 Application to: info@brittoninsurance.com with subject line depending on application – so either Commercial Business or Personal Lines Executive whichever you are experienced in.These appointments require applicants willing to work within a thriving busy environment.With over 40 years in the industry, Britton Insurance prides itself on its service and is looking for staff with the same ethos.Pat Britton & Co Ltd t/a Britton Insurance is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland JOB VACANCIES: LEADING DONEGAL INSURANCE COMPANY REQUIRE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LINES EXECUTIVES was last modified: May 17th, 2016 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:Britton Insurancedonegaljobslast_img read more

European train crash kills dozens

first_img Other deadly train accidents in Europe in recent decades included the June 1998 derailment of a high-speed train traveling from Munich to Hamburg, which killed 96 people; and a crash in a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate Underground station in central London that killed 43 in February 1975. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BIOCE, Serbia-Montenegro – A packed passenger train derailed Monday and plunged into a steep river canyon outside the Montenegrin capital, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 135, most of them children. The four-car train derailed near the village of Bioce, about nine miles northeast of Podgorica, as it emerged from a tunnel above the Moraca River, police said. Interior Minister Jusuf Kalomperovic said initial reports indicated the train’s brakes may have failed. At least 200 passengers, many of them schoolchildren returning from a ski trip, were believed to be on the train in what was among the deadliest European train crashes of the past quarter-century. Victims cried out for help from the ravine, where four train cars lay smashed. Darkness in the densely forested area was hampering rescue efforts. Bodies were entangled in the mangled red train cars and scattered around the nearby patches of thick woodland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The train simply went wild, out of control,” one passenger said as blood poured down his forehead. “I was fine because I was in a back compartment. Those in the front got the worst of it.” Deputy Prime Minister Miroslav Ivanisevic told reporters that the government’s casualty figures stood at 39 killed and 135 injured, but he warned that the numbers could rise as emergency crews continue to reach victims in the 300-foot ravine. He described the crash “as the worst rail accident in the history of Montenegro.” Montenegro’s transport minister, Andrija Lompar, resigned because of the accident, Ivanisevic said. A three-day mourning period was announced for the victims. The train was en route from the northeastern town of Bijelo Polje to the Montenegrin coastal city of Bar when it derailed near Podgorica. last_img read more