CONSIDER OTHERS TO BECOME CITIZENS

first_imgOne hundred and sixty seven years ago, Liberia declared independence as the First African Republic and by so doing, gave birth to the land we call our Home.The framers of our constitution established a system of government which is a replica of the United States’ constitution; the place where the founders of Liberia were uprooted from Africa and transplanted.  The constitution was to serve as a pedestal of a new nation. The architect of that constitution intentionally enshrined a certain clause under Article 27B of the Citizenship and Naturalization Section: which states “only individuals of negro descent can become citizens of Liberia.”  In my view, this protective clause was done in order to safeguard the infant nation from the manacles of the imperialists, which circumscribed us at that time, of which I totally agree.  Arguably, this restriction was appropriate then; one should also agree it has outlived its long validity and relevance in these days and times.Nations which were regarded as segregated, of which we could give so many examples, have now racially integrated populations and engaged in the process of amalgamation.  What more about a Country which has always been a relatively liberal and circular society? This clause already mentioned in our constitution is not only out rightly obsolete, but is also inimical to the developmental process of a country, which is trying to exhaust every means for economic resuscitation and reconstruction.  Liberia is badly in need of infrastructural development and emerging from nearly two decades of bloody civil crisis, resulting into the wholesale destruction of socio-economic and political fabric, we need to open up to a world so compressed that we are now next door neighbors.  This will enhance the unevenness and disparities, caused by political upheavals, tribalism and wars.Most naturally, the question comes to mind: why then should we maintain the status quo?  Xenophobia, of course cannot be the right answer, because aliens have been literally involved in every sector of our society.  They have contributed immensely in the areas of health delivery, education, religion, trade and industry, just to name a few.  Some of them have even married Liberian citizens and established families here.  But one important thing worth noting is that, throughout the ups-and-downs in the course of the national existence, some of them have existed with us as friends, teachers, doctors, business partners, neighbors, etc.  We should consider them as fellow compatriots working together in a beautiful symphony of development to stimulate an epoch of development and prosperity, which will reverberate in every hamlet, village and town across our common patrimony.  Our developmental agenda is mammoth and we cannot do it all by ourselves.  It is a Liberian saying that, one finger does not pick lice, so we need all persons of substance to join hands with us in the herculean task of development and reconstruction. Even though people of black or Negro, etc. descent are coming into our country, we need quality and a quota system for immigration.For example, while the world is changing at the speed of light, Providence Island remains the same since 1847. Someone might be quick to ask: why can’t we do it now?  It can be done now by people who have foresight and vision for the future.  What economic sense does it make if one is allowed to acquire wealth in a particular country and yet be barred from developing that country, because he cannot become a member of the body politics? For him, the country will be only a tunnel or conduit from which he will channel all his time, energy, efforts and money to.  Also, they will transfer what they gain from Liberia to their own countries because of this clause of segregated oneness. This clause has only encouraged capital flight which is detrimental to any effort resuscitate our ailing economy.  One just has to ask, where do all the dollars go?As a lover of nature, I sometime travel to some areas of our country’s most magnificent sites, like Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County; Edina in Grand Bassa; Marshall City in Margibi County; the St. Paul River basin and other attractive breathtaking natural areas, to gaze at their elegance and while enthralled by them, I wonder why these natural magnificent scenes remain unimproved across the years; and why we have ocean, rivers, lakes and streams and yet we lack adequate safe drinking water; and why we have fertile land and heavy rainfall and cannot feed ourselves with cassava, one of the staples of our country.In conclusion, I call upon the Commissioner of the Constitutional Review Committee, Cllr. Gloria Scott and the men of foresight and vision to revisit this citizen clause in our constitution and look to the future with hope and trust and by putting in place the necessary laws.endI would like to recommend and petition that this Government set up a Citizenship Commission, charged with whatever it takes to revisit and repeal Article 27B, regarding Citizenship and Naturalization in our constitution.  If we must expand and realize our tremendous untapped God-given resources to develop, and develop we must, it is time that we consider others who have the technology know how, in line with our national manpower projection needs to become a part of our body politics within the rule of law working for the common good.  Let other become citizens of Liberia!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Timely Intervention’

first_imgThe leadership of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) said it welcomes the move by the president of the Liberian Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility, pledging his support to the development of the Union.“For years the Union has been without a permanent place to call a home before Musa Bility made a timely intervention that got us our new home,” Martha E. Akorsah, President of the Union, said.“When the Union wrote his office for assistance, we were not let down. His pledge to continue assisting the Union is more than a rescue.“The Union will forever remain grateful to the LFA boss for giving us US$5,000, which helped us to rent our office space.” The Union’s leadership portrays Musa Bility as an upright man who keeps his promises.For his part, Musa Bility said, “If Liberia intends to be counted with other nations, the film industry should not be rooted out. I feel this is the right time to help the movie industry to realize its full potential.“It’s time we help the movie industry to extend its activities far beyond the borders of Liberia.” Mr Bility urged filmmakers to invest more time in producing quality films that will attract more investments in the industry, adding that any failure on their part has the possibility to scale back the Union’s progress.Mr. Bility, who is also the CEO of Srimex Oil and Gas Company, added: “I sincerely think that such a task is not difficult to be achieved, depending on the level of commitment that the individual is willing to exercise. “What I have done for the industry is something that I have been doing for other sectors. I feel happy with the way things are improving.” Mr. Bility also reaffirmed his support to help the industry extend and expand beyond the borders of Liberia “only if the leadership can brave the storm and apply effort.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LiNCSA Drafting New Arms Legislation

first_imgThe Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) has begun drafting a new legislation to implement the global arms trade treaty (ATT) in the country. The ATT, which came into force on December 24, 2014, is a landmark treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.The ATT when effectively implemented, according to LiNCSA Commissioner E. Benoni Knuckles, will increase transparency and promote greater accountability for global arms transfer in Liberia. Mr. Knuckles said the need for the legislation became evident when an assessment report exposed the gap between the Firearms Act and ATT requirements.Mr. Knuckles said LiNCSA has received a grant of US$91,501 for one year to draft the legislation.The enforcement of the new legislation will expand LiNCSA’s mandate to cover cross border transfers of all conventional arms and to establish it as Liberia’s licensing authority with the total responsibility for administering the national conventional arms transfer system.“This law we are now drafting will establish the ATT national secretariat and the cross-governmental licensing committee to assess all applications for arms transfer and make a recommendation for anyone to either bear arms or not. The draft legislation will regulate and write procedures to manage all aspects of the arms licensing system in the country,” Knuckles said.  The project seeks to ensure that all obligations of the ATT are reflected in Liberia’s domestic law on arms control to capture issues dealing with conventional arms, brokerage, and trade, he said.The new legislation will make an amendment to the current LiNCSA Law, which develops a new regulation on the international transfer of all conventional arms and the establishment of Liberia’s arms brokers, said Knuckles. The old act deals exclusively with small arms and light weapons, but the coming into effect of the new act will expand the institution’s mandate to cover conventional arms as well as areas the institution does not cover.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rangers football board chairman Easdale increases stake

first_img Sandy Easdale 1 Rangers football board chairman Sandy Easdale has increased his stake in the club after buying up more than one million shares, the Ibrox outfit has told the stock exchange.The purchase means he now owns just over 5,250,000 shares – or just less than 6.5 per cent.The McGill’s bus boss also holds the proxies of a number of other shareholders, including Blue Pitch Holdings and Margarita Funds Holding Trust – putting him in control of a further 16million shares, worth 19.6 per cent.He had been responsible for 5.21 per cent but appears to have bought up his latest tranche on Friday afternoon just as Dave King was making his big move to sweep the current board out of Ibrox.The South Africa-based businessman and the Three Bears – wealthy fans Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor – bought up around 34 per cent of the club late last month.King has now called a general meeting to oust the current board of directors which includes Easdale’s brother James as well as chairman David Somers and Mike Ashley associates Derek Llambias and Barry Leach.The former oldco director – who is set to fly into Scotland early next month – and the Three Bears will need to win a majority vote if they are to rout the boardroom and are now frantically trying to build an anti-board coalition with at least 51 per cent of the club’s total shareholding.With every vote vital, Easdale has now strengthened his hand slightly as he bids to cling on to power alongside ally Ashley.In a 7am statement to the stock exchange, the club said: “The Company announces that it was notified on 19th January 2015 that Alexander Easdale purchased 1,014,000 ordinary shares of one penny each in the Company on 16 January 2015.“As a result, Mr Easdale now holds 5, 256,110 Ordinary Shares in the Company, equal to 6.451 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company.“Mr Easdale also holds voting rights over, but does not own, a further 16,028,084 Ordinary Shares, representing 19.672 per cent of the Company, meaning that in total he holds voting rights over 21,284,194 Ordinary Shares, representing 26.123 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company.”last_img read more

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Specter won’t call phone execs to testify

first_imgWASHINGTON – Phone company executives won’t be grilled by a Senate panel anytime soon about their roles in the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Tuesday he would hold off subpoenaing the telecommunications chiefs while he works with the White House on his legislation that would ask a secretive federal court to review the constitutionality of Bush’s surveillance operations. Democrats accused Specter of abdicating Congress’ oversight responsibilities. “Why don’t we just recess for the rest of the year?” the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont, asked sarcastically. “Vice President Cheney will just tell the nation what laws we’ll have.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Bush has acknowledged that the National Security Agency monitored – without court approval – the communications of terror suspects when one person was in the United States and another was overseas. Until Bush ordered the operations shortly after 9-11, a judge had to sign off on such monitoring. Following a report last month in USA Today, lawmakers have said the government is also using general information on Americans’ telephone calls – such as the number called, and the number dialed from – to analyze calling patterns to detect and track suspected terrorist activity. Specter had threatened to subpoena executives of the major phone companies to get them to testify about their cooperation with the NSA. But in an informal conversation, one company lawyer told Specter the executives wouldn’t be able to testify about any classified information. Specter said Cheney told the committee the restriction would apply to everyone the senators want to question. “I cannot make them talk,” said Specter, who later acknowledged that the executives have access to more information than senators. In exchange for deferring action on the phone companies, Specter said Cheney has specifically agreed to work with him on his legislation. Specter rejected suggestions that he was letting the White House dictate the committee’s agenda, and he said he plans to have Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before the committee later this month. “I yield to no man or woman on pressing this administration on these issues,” he said.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

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How Cristiano Ronaldo could make his Juventus debut against Real Madrid

first_img Juventus stars Ronaldo and Ramsey join forces with 10bet for new advert ADVICE Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman The Bianconeri have four pre-season matches set:July 26: Bayern Munich, International Champions Cup, Lincoln Financial FieldJuly 28: Benfica, International Champions Cup, Red Bull ArenaAugust 2: MLS All-Stars, All-Star Game, Mercedes-Benz StadiumAugust 4: Real Madrid, International Champions Cup, FedEx Field Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move What we loved ‘Superhuman’ Ronaldo hailed for gravity defying goal with outrageous header 1 YOU LOOK FAMILIAR Ronaldo has played against former clubs Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon before RANT Latest Cristiano Ronaldo News Adrian Durham: Ronaldo’s leap is overrated and this Messi header was better Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img THE KING Suarez stunner, Messi breaks record, Big Dunc’s passion and AJ heroics AIR TIME Partnership Salah compared to Ronaldo and Messi and branded Liverpool’s best goalscorer MONEY Top paid sportsmen of last 30 years revealed as Tyson, Jordan and Messi dominate ker-ching Cristiano Ronaldo could be in line to make his Juventus debut against his old club Real Madrid as part of pre-season preparations before the 2018/19 campaign.Max Allegri’s team jet out to America prior to the start of Serie A on August 19. on target Solskjaer explains why it’s easy to compare Rashford with Ronaldo It is unknown at what stage CR7 will return to the fray for these matches, but he had initially been given a date of July 30 to begin pre-season for Real Madrid, following his participation in the World Cup.If this date aligns with the time he joins up with Juventus’ squad, then the Portuguese superstar could well make his debut against his old club on August 4.last_img read more

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COUNCIL APPROVES €1M STORM DRAIN FOR LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgFlashback – the flood at the hospital last year. Donegaldaily.comThe West / North West Hospitals Group has been granted planning permission from Donegal County Council for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital.The procurement process to appoint a contractor has been carried out in parallel with the planning process.Site works are expected to commence by July and are scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €1m. A detailed flood management strategy (FMS) involving the culvert and buildings has been drawn up by West / North West Hospitals Group and HSE Estates and published today (03/06/2014), together with two engineering reports, on the West / North West Hospitals Group’s website (http://www.wnwhg.ie/content/publications).“There are already improved interim flood management arrangements in place at Letterkenny General Hospital with additional CCTV monitoring and regular inspection of flows and levels in the stream,” said a HSE spokeswoman.“This also includes the location of a digger onsite and access on a 24-hour basis to a roster of drivers to provide rapid emergency response, as required by the hospital’s insurers.”Other flood management measures such as flood doors are also being designed into the new building works. Mr Bill Maher, Group Chief Executive for the West / North West Hospitals Group, said this evening: “On July 26, 2013, after rain fell with an intensity in excess of 50mm/hr over 15 minutes, floods wiped out 40% of the floor space of LGH, eliminating more than 70% of the hospital’s capacity.“Reflecting the national commitment endorsed by Minister Reilly, we have made considerable progress in the full reinstatement of all clinical services at Letterkenny Hospital for our patients in the North West and this will remain a priority for the Group into the future.“Besides restoring services, we must ensure that we take all possible measures to prevent the re-occurrence of such a major disaster, regarded as the most significant in the history of the state in the acute health sector. Although the new storm flow routing pipe is not a condition of the insurance warranty, we are investing in this level of precaution to further lessen potential disruption to patient services into the future.“I would like to thank Donegal County Council for the their advice and support, my colleagues at Letterkenny General Hospital and the West / North West Hospitals Group senior management team who have guided this re-build project, Brian Gallagher from our engineering advisors, Tobin Consulting Engineers, and our colleagues in HSE Estates for their considerable technical input into the flood management strategy and for their on-going support throughout the recovery and rebuild of Letterkenny General Hospital.”` COUNCIL APPROVES €1M STORM DRAIN FOR LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: June 3rd, 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:hospital floodletterkennynew worksstorm drainlast_img
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Women’s Basketball Closes WNIT with Home Game Against Liberty on Friday

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes its 2017 Preseason WNIT appearance with a consolation home game against Liberty on Friday. Tipoff in the first-ever meeting between the teams is set for 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center. The game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Following Friday’s game, Drake hits the road for three-consecutive road games. Up first for the Bulldogs is a trip to Laramie, Wyo. to play Wyoming on Nov. 21. Drake closes the week with two games at the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic hosted by Colorado, Nov. 24-25. The Valley on ESPN3 Liberty (1-1) is a member of the Big South Conference. The Lady Flames are coming off a 74-50 loss at No. 24 Michigan on Sunday. Liberty defeated Old Dominion 63-55 in its season opener. Friday’s game against Drake is the third of five-straight road games to start the season for the Lady Flames. Liberty is led in scoring by the 2017 Big South Freshman of the Year, Keyen Green, with a team-leading 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds averages. Story Links Drake Game Notes Buy Tickets Drake (1-1, RV) lost at 2017 Elite 8 participant and No. 10 Oregon, 110-77, on Sunday to send the Bulldogs to the consolation bracket. The Bulldogs trailed by single digits early in the third quarter, but the Ducks ripped off a 13-2 scoring run to pull away for the win and send them to the semifinals, where they will play at Texas A&M on Thursday. Drake was led in scoring for the second-straight game by redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) who scored 14 points. Freshman Katie Van Scyoc (Green Lake, Wis.) came off the bench and added a career-high 11 points behind a career-best three three-pointers. Sophomores Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each finished with 10 points while junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) just missed double figures with nine points to go with four assists. Live Stats Liberty Game Notes Season ticket holders will receive tickets as a part of their season ticket package. Season ticket holders with season ticket cards will be able use their card as admission to the game. Season ticket holders with printed, paper tickets must visit the Knapp Center Ticket Office to pick up their game tickets. Tickets may be picked up during regular weekly office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Will Call windows on game day. Tickets will be left under the account name. Ticket InformationTickets for Friday are now available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-18). Tickets can be purchased at the Knapp Center Ticket Office, by calling 515-271-3647, or visiting www.draketix.com. Drake students receive complimentary tickets using their Drake ID. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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CUTLIFFE SLAMS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN POSTERS

first_imgCommunity candidate in Letterkenny/Milford area, Peter Cutliffe has once again called on fellow candidates to remove election posters erected over the weekend.Peter Cutliffe – annoyed that some have broken the agreement on election posters.Cutliffe raised the issue a week ago over posters erected at Pole Star and Mountain Top Roundabouts.He says his understanding is that candidates who erect election posters before April 23rd are breaking the litter laws. “I’m really disappointed that these candidates appear to be again ignoring the guidelines set down by the Department of Environment. I don’t believe the public want to be overwhelmed with election posters seven weeks before an election and outside the permitted dates,” he continued.He added that he was once again calling on the candidates to remove any election posters erected. CUTLIFFE SLAMS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN POSTERS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 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:April 23rdbanelection postersPeter Cutliffelast_img read more

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Woman fined for begging in carpark

first_imgA woman who was caught begging in a carpark has been fined after appearing at Letterkenny District Court.Argentina Rostas also pleaded guilty to two charges of theft from both an ALDI and a LIDL store in the Twin Towns. Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that Ms Rostas stole a leg of lamb valued at €17.93 from LIDL on June 21st, 2015.She also pleaded guilty to stealing ham and cheese from the local ALDI store on the same date.Ms Rostas had been accompanied by her mother and she stole the items by placing them in the underside of a child’s pram.The following day Ms Rostas was found by Gardai begging for money in the carpark of McElhinney’s Stores.Solicitor for the accused woman, Patsy Galagher, said his client was a separated mother of four with very little means.He added that Ms Rostas, of Chestnut Road, Ballybofey is now 27 and is trying to get her social welfare situation sorted.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms Rostas a total of €300.Woman fined for begging in carpark was last modified: September 19th, 2017 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:Argentina Rostasbeggingcourtdonegallast_img read more

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