first_imgSome Liberians residing in the Diaspora are presently in Liberia to engage the government and other stakeholders on the citizenship issue arising in the Constitution review process. Their position is simple: not about dual citizenship, per se, but “retention of Liberian citizenship” forLiberians who have naturalized abroad.The group under the banner, “Liberia Advocacy for Change (LAFC),” is pleading that Liberians that are in foreign countries including the United States are not supporting dual citizenship to allow people of non-Negro descent to become citizens, but that citizenship of Liberians living in the Diaspora be retained.LAFC Chairman and Executive Director Togba R. Croyee Porte said, “We are saying that Liberians that were naturally born here and went to another country and naturalized there for one reason or another, should be allowed to maintain their citizenship as enshrined in the Constitution.”The LAFC’s position is based on Chapter IV Article 27 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which says, “All persons who, on the coming into force of this Constitution were lawfully citizens of Liberia shall continue to be Liberian citizens.”Mr. Porte argued that under this clause, Liberian citizenship is maintained and not tampered with, but the Immigration Act of 1974 which calls for renouncing of citizenship of one country is tempering with this cardinal right, and Liberians of all walks of life should see reason to allow their brothers’ and sisters’ citizenship be retained.“An act that did not go through referendum to get endorsement of majority of the people should not be above the organic law of this country,” he said, referring to the 1974 Act.“The 1847 Constitution also guaranteed this right, but for Liberians in this country to take it away from their brothers and sisters today, we don’t think it is right,” Mr. Porte argued.He added that an Act passed in 1974 should not be enforced to subordinate the power of the 1986 Constitution, which is the organic law, noting that the Constitution is the supreme law of Liberia. He said the Immigration and Naturalization Law of Liberia embarrasses them when they decide to visit Liberia.“The Immigration and Naturalization Law is not reading the intent of the Constitution. It is still going by an archaic law that does not recognize our citizens when they come [home]. When Liberians in the Diaspora come here, they are treated as foreigners and not as Liberians who were born here,” he said.Togba R. Croyee Porte, son of the late Julius Porte of Crozierville, co-owns a funeral business in the State of New York and works with the New York City office of the chief medical examiner is former vice president and political action coordinator of the New York City Health WorkersUnion. According to him, he has maintained his Liberian citizenship since he went to America since 1989. He says, however, Liberians in foreign countries naturalized abroad for one reason or another, so that they can find means to survive, but did not intend to deny their citizenship in Liberia.“When Liberians come in their own country and are discriminated by the law and people, making them to go to immigration after 30 days to regularize their status as if they were not born here; then, there is a problem,” he added.One argument that has characterized the issue of dual citizenship in Liberia is the allegation by many Liberians at home that Liberians were ‘imported from the United States to work in government and they have stolen money and transferred to the U.S. to support their families’.Liberians living in the country therefore fear that granting dual citizenship to Liberians and foreigners in the country will lead to taking the country’s resources to another country and leaving it undeveloped.In response to this concern, Mr. Porte said Liberia is a signatory to all international conventions, and if any Liberian comes here and behaves disorderly or steals money as the case may be, the government can use extradition treaty to get the concerned people from whatever countries they are to Liberia for prosecution and subsequent punishment as may be required by law.He said government is responsible to make and implement policy, and its failure should not be a condition to deny citizens of the country their right.In addition to advocacy for retaining citizenship for Liberians in the Diaspora, Mr. Porte stressed that the Constitution is not gender sensitive.He said unlike Liberian fathers whose children are allowed to declare citizenship to Liberia under the Immigration and Naturalization Law, children born to Liberian women by foreign fathers are not allowed, which he said needs to change.In pursuing the change LAFC is advocating for, Mr. Porte said they are not coming to impose their will on Liberians here, but to sit, discuss and reason together on issues that can make the country better.He dispelled that Liberians abroad were not contributing to the development of the country, recalling World Bank’s remittance record of 2015 revealing that Liberians abroad sent over US$600 million to Liberia every year through Western Union and MoneyGram.He then wondered why people here will be rejecting those in the Diaspora from getting citizenship when these Diaspora Liberians are remitting money to them at all times from whatever countries they are.Meanwhile, a retired nurse and founding LAFC member, Mrs. Elizabeth N. Garwo, said she has lived in the United States since 1974 on a permanent resident status.She said she and her late husband, a medical doctor who won a government scholarship to study medicine in the U.S. in the early 1970s, refused to become U.S. citizens, since they had planned to return to Liberia after his education. According to her, upon their return during the 1980s, Dr. Garwo had difficulty finding work in Liberia during the Samuel K. Doe regime, so he and his wife returned to the U.S. to work and raise their children. Dr. Garwo died in 2000. As a retired nurse, Mrs. Garwo is also in Liberia to construct a clinic in Grand Kru, her county of birth. She said those with the opportunity to travel are not going because they want to deny their citizenship, but to learn and seek other means to impact the lives of their relatives and families, including their country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSigning bonus saga continues to unravelAs the oil bonus saga continues to unravel, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Thursday revealed that not only did the entire Cabinet know of the signing bonus, but in fact approved the setting up of a special account to deposit the funds.He told reporters that the “full Cabinet” approved of the setting up of a special foreign currency account to receive the US$18 million signing bonus from US oil giant ExxonMobil.This comes one day after President David Granger told media operatives that not all Government Ministers had knowledge of the US$18 million signing bonus received from ExxonMobil.Commenting on the ongoing controversy surrounding the money received, Minister Greenidge told the National Assembly that Cabinet agreed to collect the bonus and in June 2016, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman reported that negotiations were completed.He added that the full Cabinet then approved the terms negotiated and the arrangements to receive the funds.Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Minister further told reporters during a subsequent press conference that the entire Cabinet knew of the money.Greenidge, however, said only those directly involved knew how the monies would be spent. He further revealed that not all of the money would go towards paying an “enlarged” legal team to represent Guyana’s interest once the border controversy is referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by the United Nations Secretary General at the end of this year.The Foreign Affairs Minister said US$15 million would go towards legal fees and the other US$3 million would go towards urgent training for Guyanese in areas such as petroleum and geology.Government had opted to keep a lot of the details surrounding its deal with ExxonMobil under wraps; citing among others, security reasons, especially the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.In fact, now that news of the signing bonus and its intended purpose is out, Minister Greenidge says it poses a risk to Guyana’s strategy to defend its territorial integrity when the matter is taken before the ICJ.After months of denying that there was any signing bonus, a letter was leaked on Friday last – by this newspaper – revealing that Government had set up a special foreign currency account in September 2016 for the purpose of receiving payment of the US$18 million signing bonus from the oil company.last_img read more

first_imgFSJ – Fast, from MacKinnon, L. Apsassin – 8:15WCT – Sinatynski, from Brown, Lavoie – 9:20WCT – R. Hore, from B Hore, Quaife (PP) – 15:27WCT – Quaife, from Sinatynski, Brown – 19:153rd.Advertisement [asset|aid=1115|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=edd95896844295cc7e06e080d1139fff-Huskies lose 8-4 to the White Court Wolverines_1_Pub.mp3]Scoreline:1st.FSJ – Pappin, from Kalb, D. Apsassin (PP) – 5:44Advertisement Huskies lose game two 8-4 to the Whitecourt WolverinesThe Huskies seemed to be energized in the beginning of the first period, and again they proved they can play with the Wolverines.  But, a couple of defensive breakdowns, coupled with a couple of suspect calls from the referee, and Whitecourt led 3-2 after one.  In the second period, the pups got into some penalty trouble, and though they allowed only one powerplay goal (on a 5-on-3), Whitecourt still extended their lead to 6-3.  – Advertisement -Finally, fatigue and frustration set in in the third, as Whitecourt capped things off with an 8-4, to take a 2-0 lead in the seven game series.  The Huskies will hope to push the Wolverines back, when they return to Fort St. John for games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Thursday. Listen to this highlight package Advertisement WCT – Lavoie, from Quaife – 8:10FSJ – Pappin, from Kalb, Wongstedt – 9:39WCT – Brown, from Sinatynski, Charrois (PP) – 13:08WCT – Ternan, from Rose, Reid – 17:102nd.Advertisement WCT – Stead, from Stubbs – 3:22FSJ – Norris, from L. Apsassin (PP) – 4:23WCT – Lavoie, from ? – 8:27Shots:WCT 41 – Fort St. John 24Powerplays:WCT 2/9 – Fort St. John 2/9last_img read more

first_imgThe lower court also correctly ruled that the Holocaust Victims Redress Act did not establish a right to sue for the return of confiscated property, the appeals court held. In court documents, Taylor’s attorneys acknowledged that Nazis forced Mauthner and her family to give up jobs, pensions and homes, but said they had no information on whether Mauthner sold the painting or it was stolen from her. In its opinion Friday, the 9th Circuit took note of the geographic and legal journey the painting has made. “Vincent van Gogh is said to have reflected that `paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ The confused and perhaps turbulent history of his painting “Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-R Demy” may prove the truth of his observation,” the court wrote. Taylor said in court papers that she had never seen information suggesting the painting was ill-gotten by the Nazis. Her father, Francis Taylor, bought the painting in 1963 on his daughter’s behalf for $257,600 at a Sotheby’s auction in London. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit demanding that Elizabeth Taylor turn over a Vincent van Gogh painting once confiscated by Nazis. Four descendants of the late Margarete Mauthner, whose possessions were seized by the Nazis after she fled Germany in 1939, claimed in a 2004 lawsuit that Taylor failed to review the ownership history of “View of the Asylum of Saint-Remy” before acquiring the painting more than 40 years ago. The heirs contended a sales brochure warned the painting was likely confiscated by Nazis. They asked for restitution and for the painting, which was appraised at between $10 million and $15 million when it hung in Taylor’s living room about two years ago. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower federal court properly ruled in 2005 that the statute of limitations had expired for the state law under which the family filed its claim. last_img

first_imgCarl Diver (Active Irish Honey), Dr John Barrett (IT Sligo), Dr Tom Patton (IT Sligo), Conor Daly (Active Irish Honey), Dr James Brennan (IT Sligo), Austin Duignan (Active Irish Honey). Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8Research shows Donegal-made ‘Active Irish Honey’ is just as beneficial as world-famous Manuka Honey.‘Active Irish Honey’ won Best Product Award at this year’s Donegal Taste Festival.Through an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Scheme, research from Sligo IT proves it has the same activity levels as New Zealand Manuka Honey. Conor Daly, Managing Director of Travellogic, is a beekeeper in his spare time.He says that the potential for the market is huge.“Irish consumers want to buy local products for a variety of reasons, not least because it supports jobs locally. The more local the honey the more effective it is believed to be in preventing the symptoms of allergies. Many hay fever sufferers for instance get great relief from consuming locally produced honey.”Daly from Donegal Town works with businessman Austin Duigan, Raphoe and engineer Carl Diver, Falcarragh. They are developing a production and sales model, and hope to have the honey sold all over Ireland. SWEET NEWS FOR DONEGAL HONEY MAKERS was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

first_img Clough with trusted right-hand man Peter Taylor during their Nottingham Forest days Stuart Pearce has shared a brilliant story about how legendary coach Brian Clough could be absolutely brutal with his players.The former England and Nottingham Forest star joined talkSPORT on Thursday to pay tribute to Clough on the 14th anniversary of his former manager’s death.Forest legend Pearce, who has played and managed at the club, was brought to the City Ground by Clough in 1985.He played for eight seasons under European Cup-winning boss, seven as his captain, and went on to make over 500 appearances for the Tricky Trees. “I wasn’t his ideal type of player. He liked silky footballers, whereas I just bludgeoned myself through life as a left back.“I think at the end he probably respected what I did for the team, but in the main I wasn’t his ideal type of footballer I don’t think.“I never fell out with him, but I was always in fear of him in many ways because of everything he was.”Listen back to Stuart Pearce’s tribute to Brian Clough IN FULL above Pearce remembers his spell under Clough as ‘a fantastic period’ of his career but revealed he felt he was never really liked by his gaffer, despite never falling out with him.Some players were not so fortunate, however, as he explained in this hilariously brutal tale…“I’ll tell you a great story,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.“We signed a fella called Dave Currie from Barnsley for £650,000 one summer and we were about three weeks into the pre-season.“Now, Dave had only been at the club for three weeks and we went to play at Derby in a friendly.“We were sat in the Baseball Ground, and when Cloughie was in the dressing room no one said a word, so all of the players were sat around about ten minutes before we were going out to play.“And he looked across the dressing room to Dave Currie, stared him straight in the eyes and said: ‘Have you found yourself a house yet Dave?’“Dave said: ‘No, not yet boss’.“’Don’t bother, son,’ Cloughie went.“After three weeks at the club, he’d decided ‘he ain’t for me’.“Cloughie was wonderful like that, to be fair.” 2center_img 🤝 “Clough bought Dave Currie…🏠…three weeks later he asked Dave if he’d bought a house….❌ …Dave said “Not yet, boss”…😂 …Brian said “Don’t bother, son!”Stuart Pearce remembers Brian Clough on the 14th anniversary of his passing— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 20, 2018Pearce also spoke of his pride to play under Clough for eight years at Nottingham Forest – and seven of those as his captain.However, he revealed to talkSPORT he always had the impression he wasn’t the gaffer’s favourite player at the club…MUST LISTEN: The most incredible transfer story ever, feat. Brian CloughThe former defender added: “I was really fortunate. He signed me when I was a 23-year-old from Coventry, I spent eight seasons with him and seven of those as his captain – they were fantastic times.“But I always had the impression he never really liked me. Pearce joined Forest at the age of 23 and stayed at the club for 12 years 2last_img read more

first_imgWe are featuring the Twelve Deals of Christmas in the run-up to December 25th.Today’s deal is a DVD players at just €24.99 from Kelly’s Centra in Mountain Top, Letterkenny.The DVD player is ideal for kids rooms, playrooms, students or training rooms for businesses and at this price its probably the cheapest player in town. Stocks are limited and it comes with a full one year guarantee. A perfect stocking filler! THE TWELVE DEALS OF CHRISTMAS – DAY 2 was last modified: December 6th, 2012 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:dealDVD playerKelly’s Centralast_img read more

first_img4 October 2012The education department in South Africa’s Gauteng province has intensified interventions over the past financial year to address the quality of learning in literacy, languages and mathematics.Presenting the department’s report for the past financial year in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said the department had made strides in implementing quality education, especially in poor schools.The report focused on progress made against goals set as a province for 2010/2011 to improve the learner outcome and ultimately improve the quality of education offered across the province.Coaching for foundation phase teachersAchievements included the successful implementation of the innovative foundation phase to improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy in targeted schools.A first for the country was the department’s introduction of a coaching programme to support teachers in the foundation phase.“We targeted 792 under-performing primary schools, where all 6 496 teachers in the foundation phase were provided with quarterly lesson plans and were trained quarterly on the use of the lesson plans,” Creecy said.“All learners were provided with workbooks and graded readers in all official languages and each foundation classroom was provided with two library trollies containing a total of 120 books each.”Identifying content gaps and backlogsThe Secondary Schools Intervention Programme (SSIP) was implemented to improve learning in Grades 8 and 9 and the department targeted teachers in 391 under- performing secondary schools for training in problem areas in mathematics and science teaching.“We trained a total of 6 765 FET teachers in science and mathematics content where we identified content gaps and backlogs,” she said.The department also managed to intensify its interventions for Grades 10 to 12 through SSIP, which has seen an improvement in the performance of learners in the 2011 Senior Certificate Examination.The department, which has set a target of 80% pass rate in Grade 12, has through SSIP managed to achieve a pass rate of 81.1%.Improving safety in high-risk schoolsCreecy said the most notable achievement by the department was the implementation of the school safety strategy in all priority high risk schools.“We promised to improve the security at schools and employed over 6 500 school patrollers to provide security at schools which has resulted in a decline in burglaries at school,” Creecy said.In addition, the department has successfully implemented measures to improve on the audit outcome in 2011/12; this Creecy said has assisted in improving the public accountability of the funds voted to the department to deliver quality education.“I’m also pleased that the department has managed to improve in its responsibility of carrying out its fiduciary duties and for prudent manner in which the resources voted to the department have been managed, culminating in a third consecutive unqualified audit opinion,” she said.Source: read more

first_imgThe Economic Survey assumes that other States will follow Uttar Pradesh’s example and waive farm loans, taking the full waiver amount to ₹2.2-2.7 lakh crore, according to the second portion of the survey released on Friday. The Survey’s own calculations find that only a few States have the fiscal space for such waivers, and so most will have to either cut expenditure or increase taxes. The total impact of waivers could be to lower demand by as much as 0.7% of the GDP, it said.“It is assumed that waivers will apply at the loan rather than household level, since it will be administratively difficult to aggregate loans across households,” Volume 2 of the Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament, said. “It is also assumed that other States will follow the U.P. model [of waivers up to ₹1 lakh for all small and marginal farmers]. On this basis, an upper bound of loan waivers at the All-India level would be between ₹2.2 and ₹2.7 lakh crore.”Four effectsThe Survey says the waivers will have four effects on aggregate demand: on private consumption impact via increases in private sector net wealth, public sector impact via changes in government expenditure/taxes, crowding out impact via higher borrowings by State governments, and crowding in impact via higher credit availability as bank NPAs fall.“Loan waivers will increase the net wealth of farm households,” the report said. “Since loan waivers are assumed to increase aggregate income by 28%, consumption is estimated to increase by 7% or about ₹55,000 crore.”The Survey estimated that for States with fiscal space, loan waivers would add about ₹6,350 crore to demand via the additional interest costs and for States without space, waivers could reduce demand by about ₹1.9 lakh crore.The Survey’s calculations show that while Andhra Pradesh, U.P, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh have no fiscal room to waive farm loans, States such as Maharashtra, West Begal, Karnataka and Gujarat have ample space.last_img read more

first_imgHave you ever stared at a map on your phone, utterly confused, as your GPS cryptically directed you to “head east”? It turns out that the entorhinal region of the brain—an area best known for its role in memory formation—may be at least partly to blame for your poor sense of direction. According to a study published online today in Current Biology, this brain region may help humans decide which direction to go to reach a destination. To traverse any environment, a navigator has to have a sense of both the direction they’re currently facing and the direction to the destination. In the study, participants explored a virtual, square room with four unique objects in each corner and different landscapes on each of the four walls. Once they were familiar with the environment, the volunteers had to navigate a series of paths from one corner to another while the researchers monitored their brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging. The entorhinal region has long been known to help people identify which direction they’re facing already, but to plan a route, navigators must also imagine the direction of their destination. The study showed that this brain region likely also has a role in decisions about which directions to face next to get where we want to go. And as the participants imagined their way through the virtual room, the researchers found that the strength of the signal from this region was directly related to navigational performance, providing some new insights into why some people never need to stop for directions and others can’t even navigate their way out of a parking garage.last_img read more