Statement By President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf On The Conduct Of Senatorial Elections

first_imgFellow Liberians and International Partners,One of the cardinal pillars of democracy is the right of the people to elect their leaders. This is a fundamental exercise that must take place at certain times. As you know, we were supposed to have election this year, on October 14th, to elect those legislators, who would fill seats of members whose term would expire. However, in October this year, our country was deep in a health crisis that did not allow the process to take place.After consultations with the leadership and political bodies of the country, the National Elections Commission has decided to hold the senatorial elections on December 16, 2014, in a month’s time.These elections are important, but they are being held under very difficult circumstances. We still have the deadly Ebola virus in our country and in the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone. This puts a new responsibility on all of us, to ensure that the political activities that will be carried out during the campaign and the voting do not lead to a resurgence of the epidemic. People will be meeting at places in groups for campaigning.  When the time comes to vote, we will line up to vote. These could lead to serious risks.While we are sustaining our democracy, we have decided to put in place measures that would safeguard us all. Therefore, in consultation with relevant local and international partners and political parties, the National Elections Commission will issue guidelines and protocols that we must all abide by. We can only enjoy democracy if we are healthy and alive.Although we continue to see decline in the number of new cases of Ebola, we must not relent our efforts, we must not lay down our guards and we must not become complacent.As campaigning starts in the next day, it is my responsibility and my duty to remind you all, politicians, voters and elections workers that we will put in place stringent measures, contained in our health laws that everyone must and will abide by. When we say no hugging, or shaking hands and rubbing shoulders, we mean it and we want people to take this seriously. We want democracy, we want to elect people, but we want to do so keeping all of us healthy.  Making sure that we do not return to those difficult days must be our common priority number one.We all remember how things were bad several few weeks ago. Now we are seeing progress, but we cannot talk about success as long as there is one case of Ebola. We all know what to do to avoid catching the disease. When someone is sick, don’t play doctor, take them to a health center. Wash your hands constantly. When passing in front of a store or anywhere  where people have thermometers, take your temperature. If somebody passes away, call the health care respondents and they will come and do what is necessary. We all like our traditions but these are not normal times and we have to let go some of our habits.The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with agencies and partners, under the Public Health Law, will be announcing a number of preventive measures tomorrow to ensure that we are all safe especially during this electoral process. In so far as they are intended to keep our people safe, I will endorse all of the preventive measures and will direct that they be strictly followed.  These rules would not stop anyone from campaigning or interacting with the people but are there to ensure that people are protected.Let it be known: We do not conduct these important elections because we feel it is easy or okay to do so. We do this with the support of other leaders of the government, because it is a right and a duty which must be fulfilled.Finally, the true essence of democracy is to compete on the basis of ideas – ideas about how we improve the lives of the people we aspire to lead. This will mean that candidates will disagree. But I know we can disagree and exchange our ideas, as well as afford the voters a chance to understand our values, without resorting to mudslinging or violence. I therefore urge all of our candidates, even as I wish all of them well, to stand up for tolerance – to lend their campaigns to civil discussions from which our people will know them better, and the final decisions of the people will benefit their communities and the nation.May God continue to bless our Republic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorcyclist’s “Killer” Appears In Court Under Tight Security

first_imgOfficer Dehmie (in yellow) heavily guarded by police shortly after his appearance in court yesterdayTo the disbelief of onlookers yesterday at the temple of justice, Roosevelt Dehmie Kiidor, who has been accused of killing motorcyclist Beyan Lamin, was escorted to the Monrovia City Court under an escort of heavily armed security officers.The police’s action was intended to protect defendant Kiidor from a possible attack by an angry crowd, which had gone to the court to witness the appearance of the alleged killer.Police also barricaded the entrance of the court room where the defendant was first arraigned to answer to his crime of murder brought against him by the Republic of Liberia.The hearing, which lasted for almost a minute, saw the defendant inform Magistrate Kennedy Peabody that he had a team of lawyers who are ready to defend him when the trial is scheduled.After defendant Kiidor’s statement, Magistrate Peabody ordered him to be taken to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial, because the crime of murder is a non-bailable offense.Lamin met his untimely death at his doorstep on Sunday evening, following a row with the law enforcement officer. Reports indicate that the victim, who was a motorcyclist, catered to residents of Pipeline Community, in Paynesville. Police officers escorting defendant Dehmie at the Temple of Justice yesterdayShortly after defendant Kiidor was turned over to the Monrovia City Court, Inspector General of police Patrick Sudue said the defendant had been suspended by the Liberia National Police (LNP) pending the outcome of the case.“If he is guilty, we will disrobe him from the police. But if the court says he is not guilty, we will reinstate him accordance with the new law of the police,” Sudue said.Meanwhile, Sudue promised to take drastic action against any police officer that will not respect the rights of civilians.It may be recalled that residents in the bustling commercial district of Red-Light, in Paynesville, were on last Monday evening shocked when the commander of a nearby depot of the Liberia National Police (LNP) fatally shot a commercial motorcyclist after the victim had allegedly resisted arrest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rakitic dreaming of going further than ’98 heroes

first_img“We worked so hard and gave everything we had to get through to the semis. I think for a country like Croatia it is impressive and we want to keep going further,” said Rakitic.“We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 — what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive.”Croatia will play England in the last four in Moscow on Wednesday, as they aim to outdo the team of 20 years ago. Back then they lost to hosts France in the last four.“I hope we can outdo them. Their generation are more than heroes for us,” added Rakitic.Croatia came from behind in Sochi with Andrej Kramaric cancelling out Denis Cheryshev’s opener as the tie ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.Domagoj Vida then headed Zlatko Dalic’s side in front in extra time, only for Mario Fernandes to make it 2-2 in the 115th minute.However, Rakitic ensured that Croatia prevailed in the shoot-out, their second in a row after beating Denmark on penalties in the last round.They must recover quickly from a draining night before facing England, who were 2-0 winners over Sweden earlier on Saturday.“We enjoy playing against big teams as we showed against Argentina,” insisted defender Dejan Lovren.“England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that, but we have nothing to lose. We will enjoy this game and hopefully we can make history.”Lovren added that he was confident right-back Sime Vrsaljko would recover from the muscle injury that forced him off in extra-time against Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ivan Rakitic (R) celebrates after his penalty beat Russia and set up a semi-final against England © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – Ivan Rakitic is hoping this Croatia team can go a step further after matching the country’s heroes of 1998 by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time.last_img read more

West Brom make enquiry on signing Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – According to the Daily Mail, Championship side West Bromwich Albion have submitted an enquiry for Tottenham Hotspur and Harambee Stars midfielder Victor Wanyama.The Baggies are pushing for promotion back to the Premier League, and Darren Moore may be keen on reinforcements during the January transfer window. Holding midfielder Gareth Barry is approaching the end of his career, and West Brom appear to have identified an ambitious target to come in.The Daily Mail report that West Brom have contacted Spurs about signing Wanyama, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men open to a January deal.However, Wanyama not only wants to stay at Spurs, but also has no intention of dropping down to the Championship any time soon.That’s no great surprise given that Liverpool and Manchester United were reportedly keen on Wanyama in 2018, and a £40million fee was mentioned by the Daily Mail.The Kenyan international has endured a miserable 12 months, slipping down the Spurs pecking order because of mounting injuries that have slowed him down since the beginning of last season.Pochettino and Wanyama are hugely close with the pair worked together at Southampton before reuniting with Spurs in 2016, and Wanyama enjoyed a superb first season as he became a star for Tottenham.Now though, injuries have taken their toll on Wanyama, and even if West Brom can’t land him, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the powerful anchor man move on this month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Rafa Benitez is looking forward to Premier League return’, Pepe Reina tells talkSPORT

first_imgPepe Reina believes it is just a matter of time before Rafa Benitez is back in the Premier League.The former Liverpool manager is expected to leave Napoli in the summer when his contract expires and has been linked with the Newcastle and Manchester City jobs.Reina has a close relationship with his fellow Spaniard, having played under him at Anfield and at the Italian club.And he claims that, while Benitez is enjoying his time in Serie A, he is keen to land another job in England so he can rejoin his family on Merseyside.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Bayern Munich star said: “His idea is to be with his family and his family are in Liverpool right now and very happy so, if he gets the chance [to return to the Premier League], why not?“He is happy at Napoli right now but family always comes first and it is a decision they have to make.“As far as I know, he is happy in Napoli but is looking forward to coming back to England.”last_img read more

DONEGAL GETS READY TO ‘ROCK’ IT OUT

first_imgPhoto 1 caption: The rediscovered rock art panel at Maghernaul, Isle of Doagh with Trawbreaga Bay in the background.If rock is your thing then the Donegal County Museum is the place to be on March 18th.An illustrated presentation on the prehistoric rock art provenance will be given by Carol Dempsey, Heritage Research Assistant, County Donegal Heritage Office, at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. “Rock art is one of the earliest forms of artistic expression and a global phenomenon that has fascinated both scholars and the public alike for centuries” said Carol.In Ireland, rock art sites are considered to be rare monument types found widely dispersed throughout the country.Major concentrations are known in County Kerry, in both the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas, across County Louth and into County Monaghan, and in northern Donegal (especially the Inishowen peninsula). Surveys conducted by Brain Lacey (1983), Maarten van Hoek (1987-88), Mabel Colhoun (1995) and Blaze O’Connor (2006) have recorded approximately 160 rock art panels in County Donegal with only a small number of scattered panels located outside the Inishowen Peninsula.The rock art, which is between 5,000 and 4,000 years old, is mostly found on schist outcrops and the decoration is usually defined by cup-like features or complex patterns of cups, rings and grooves commonly known as ‘Cup and Ring’ rock art or ‘Atlantic Rock Art’. The illustrated presentation will consider the distribution of rock art panels in Donegal and the classification of the various rock art motifs.The possible meaning behind the Donegal rock art panels and how they relate to the natural landscape will also be discussed as well as their preservation and how best to manage these fascinating carved stones.“The recent rediscovery of rock art at Maghernaul on the Isle of Doagh has reignited people’s interest in the subject” explained Ms. Dempsey who recently graduated from University College Cork with an M.Phil. in Archaeology.“It is important that people know these rock carvings exist and although the rocks are permanent, the rock art itself will not last forever. It is vital the people know how best to care and conserve these rare sites.”Rock art sites are typically found on private land and are protected under the National Monuments Acts (1930 – 2004). Permission from the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht must be obtained before works are carried out on or near these particular sites. More information relating to the location and protection of our archaeological monuments can be found at www.archaeology.ie.Photo 1 caption: The rediscovered rock art panel at Maghernaul, Isle of Doagh with Trawbreaga Bay in the background. DONEGAL GETS READY TO ‘ROCK’ IT OUT was last modified: March 5th, 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:County Museumdonegalrock artlast_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: COUNTY TRIALS DETAILS AND NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED

first_imgLADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: Trials for U14 and U16 girls take place tomorrow (Sunday) at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy.Club coaches have already submitted players’ details to county managers.The schedule is as follows: U14 Trials Schedule.Registration 9.20am to 9.30am Sharp.Warm up 9.45amTrials start 10amTrials finish 11.30amParents pick up girls at 11.45am—————————————–U16 Trials Schedule.Registration 12.15pm to 12.30 Sharp.Warm up 12.45pmTrials start 1pm Sharp.Trials finish 2.30pmParents pick up 2.45pm.————————————–Gumshields/mouthguards must be worn by all Girls Attending Trials.Bring your own Water bottle. (Bring it home with you as well).Meanwhile Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football Association is organising a number of  coaching and referee courses.Details are below:Level 1 coaching course which was posponed in September is now scheduled to take place in January. Date to be confirmed in the next few days from the LGFA at Croke Park.Participants in this course must be over 18yrs and MUST have a FUNdamentals course for LGFA Completed and Accredited with Coaching Ireland to sit the course. This is a TWO DAY course and both days must be completed to get certification. Cost is €70 per person. 10 min and 20 Max Participants for this course.__________________________________________FUNdamentals LGFA Coaching is a one day 6 hour duration course. Participants for this course must be over 16yrs of age. Cost for this course is €30 per person. 20 Min. & 30 Max participants for this course.———————————————————————-Grab Your Whistle Level 1 Referee Course.Participants must be must be 17yrs and over. Course is a Maximun 14 hours in duration. Course consists of Two 6 hour days and one 2 hour evening. Min 12 & Max 20 Participants for this course.This course will be scheduled for February onwards if Clubs can get enough participants to take part.———————————————————————-Grab Your Whistle Level 2 . Referee Refresher Course.This course is open to All ladies Referees and GAA Referee who refereed for more than 5 yrs. Participants must be over 17yrs to take part in this course.This is a two and a half hour evening course. 12 Referees min to run this course. This course is required to be done on an annual basis by all referee who officiate at LGFA Competitions.———————————————————————Expressions of interest for the 4 Courses above can be emailed to Donegal LGFA Development Officer donalsharkey62@gmail.com  LADIES FOOTBALL: COUNTY TRIALS DETAILS AND NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED was last modified: November 21st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGaelicLadies FootballLGFAtrialslast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC: DUNGLOE EDGE OUT KILLYBEGS TO BOOK THEIR PLACE IN QUARTER-FINALS

first_imgTony Boyle will be delighted his side topped their group and advanced to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.Dungloe advanced to the last eight of the Donegal SFC following a hard fought win over Killybegs at Rosses Park, earlier this afternoon. In truth Dungloe squandered a number of golden goal chances which would’ve ensured a comfortable victory, but they found Killybegs goalkeeper Anthony O’Hara in inspired form.Dungloe started the game brightly and scores from Adrian Sweeney and Doalty Boyle helped settle the home side. Brendan McGuire was in fine form from placed balls and scored four frees in the first-half.Adrian Hanlon and Sweeney pointed for Dungloe to send Tony Boyle’s side ahead by two at the break.Half-time score Dungloe 0-06 Killybegs 0-04The second-half was a nervy and scrappy affair, but it was Dungloe who dominated possession. They had a couple of great chances to put the game to bed, but were once again denied by a combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping.Dungloe added scores from Adrian Sweeney and Shaun Sharkey to keep their noses in front.Killybegs battled gamely in search of the elusive goal they required to advance, but Dungloe stood firm to book their place in the last eight.Tony Boyle’s side topped the group and will meet either St Michael’s, St Eunan’s or Ardara in the next round of the Donegal SFC. DONEGAL SFC: DUNGLOE EDGE OUT KILLYBEGS TO BOOK THEIR PLACE IN QUARTER-FINALS was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCdungloeGAAKillybegsnewsSportlast_img read more

!Khwa ttu: the way of the San

first_imgIvan Vaalbooi, a guide at !Khwa ttu, onthe recently opened Gathering Trail, whichhighlights the incredible plant knowledgeof the San Bushmen. Originally from Angola, where he sawvillages and tribes destroyed by civil war,Carlos Korokagho Munawgo’s knowledgeof plants and San customs was passeddown from older generations, not studied. The restaurant at !Khwa ttuMEDIA CONTACTS• !Khwa ttu+27 22 492 2998info@khwattu.org• Working Group of Indigenous Minoritiesin Southern Africa+264 61 244 909wimsareg@iway.na• South African San Institute+27 53 8322156sasi@iafrica.comRELATED ARTICLES• African human genomes decoded• Tracing the origins of humankind• Ancient arrows a clue to the past• The Free State’s castle retreatRichard Holmes“Eleven years ago, this was a run-down cattle farm,” Michael Daiber tells me as we wander across the quiet courtyard at !Khwa ttu, the bright summer sunshine bouncing off freshly whitewashed walls. From the hilltop, the blue waters of the West Coast sparkle a few kilometres away, while the flat top of Table Mountain is just visible through the distant heat haze.The scars of farming are still visible in the fields below, but today there’s a different crop being sown in this 850ha Western Cape nature reserve, with ecotourism providing new opportunities for one of South Africa’s most marginalised communities.!Khwa ttu aims to open visitors’ eyes to the world of the San Bushmen, one of Africa’s oldest peoples. But this is no theme park. The emphasis is on a “tangible journey into history facilitated by the people themselves”, celebrating San culture and creating opportunities for the community.!Khwa ttu has its beginnings in 1998, when the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa partnered with the South African San Institute to create a tourism and training project for San people from across Southern Africa. Then in 1999 Swiss anthropologist Irene Staehelin joined the initiative, setting up the Ubuntu Foundation and buying the farm that became !Khwa ttu. Today, the project is an award-winning partnership jointly owned by the San people and Ubuntu.“Ecotourism and training go hand in hand here,” says Daiber, the CEO of !Khwa ttu. “San people come from across Southern Africa to study and work here for a nine-month period. But it’s not about the certificates and gold lettering. Here it’s all about the real-life work experience that will allow them to find good jobs in the tourism industry.”Men like Carlos Korokagho Munawgo.Munawgo seems like the grandfather of !Khwa ttu. When he speaks people stop and listen. Originally from Angola, where he saw villages and tribes destroyed by civil war, Munawgo’s knowledge of plants and San customs was passed down from older generations, not studied. It’s knowledge that’s happily being tapped by the centre’s young guides.A case in point is Ivan Vaalbooi, an enthusiastic young guide from the dry Northern Cape. With his training behind him he is now an accredited tour guide who learned many of his skills here at !Khwa ttu: “I’ve learned from Carlos. Now I have a chance to pass on some of these skills to the other San people who come to train here.”The visitor complex boasts a country-style restaurant and a small gift shop, but the reason tourists drive up the R27 to !Khwa ttu – just under an hour from the centre of Cape Town – are the centre’s two interpretive trails.The Hunting Trail – on foot and tractor-trailer – has long been the main attraction, introducing visitors to the way the San lived, hunted and celebrated.Then, because they were a people who always lived in balance with nature, the recently opened Gathering Trail highlights the San’s incredible plant knowledge.Over 150 plant species, most only found growing naturally in the dry semi-desert further north, line the easy walking trail, which is loosely divided into five broad areas.“This wild mint is my favourite,” says Vaalbooi, leading us into the first section, which contains plants that can be used as herbal teas to cure a variety of ills. The sandy path wanders down towards plants for “women’s health”, which was of particular importance to the San during childbirth.“You can use the stems and the leaves of the Agapanthus plant to ease the pains of childbirth,” says Vaalbooi. “But it’s very bitter, and only a very small amount is used.”Each section has a number of helpful signboards, with photographs of the plant and explanation of their uses. Two areas cover plants used for “general Health”, with the likes of the common thorn apple and sour figs easing arthritis and sore throats respectively.“Only one particular household in the community would know how to use all of these plants,” says Vaalbooi. “If you were sick, or you had troubles, you would come to this family to ask for help. This knowledge would then be passed down through the family.”A plump little tsama melon gives the game away for the final stop on the short trail. “They say that this is the grandmother of the watermelon,” Vaalbooi says. “You can prepare it lots of different ways. You can roast the seeds, or eat it just plain like it is. You can also make a very nice porridge out of it … it has a very nice sour taste!”We leave the tsama melon to ripen in the hot West Coast sun and wander back up towards the restaurant. Before settling into the hearty lunchtime menu, most visitors wander through the photo gallery, which offers a shocking look at how the San have been exploited, examined and dehumanised over the past 400 years.Failing to recognise the subtlety of their ancient ways, Victorian explorers poked, prodded and procured the “savage” San for display around the world. The 20th century did little better, dragging them into regional conflicts – most notably in Namibia and Angola – and destroying what remained of their traditional way of life.Today, stripped of their ancestral lands, alcoholism and unemployment threaten to wipe out the first people of Africa altogether. Which makes projects like !Khwa ttu all the more valuable. Combining ecotourism and training opportunities offers a new path for men like Munawgo and Vaalbooi.From the restaurant I hear the clatter of cutlery as a restaurant full of happy diners makes the most of !Khwa ttu’s Sunday lunch buffet. Wines from local estates flow freely and organic vegetables from the garden make their way into the kitchen as a small army of waitresses bustle between tables. In the shop, new arrivals browse through the selection of gifts, such as ostrich-egg bracelets, handcrafted by San communities.Those eggs would once have been used to store water for the dry months, ensuring the community’s future survival. Today, it’s inquisitive tourists – and projects like !Khwa ttu – that are providing a nest egg for San communities across Southern Africa.Tourist advisory!Khwa ttu is situated on the R27, some 45 minutes north of Cape Town. Visit www.khwattu.org to find out more, or call +27 22 492 2998.San-guided tours take place from Tuesdays to Sundays at 10am and 2pm. !Khwa ttu charges R220 (US$30) for adults and R110 ($15) for children, students and pensioners (complimentary drink included in the price). There is also a family special of R450 ($60) for two adults accompanying three children under 12 years.Khwa ttu also offers a conference facilities and a variety of self-catering accommodation: a family-friendly guest house near the restaurant (sleeps six), a secluded bush house (sleeps four) and a rustic bush camp (sleeps 20 in five canvas tents).last_img read more