The handful of partisans at the DJP rally“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more,” Vice Standard bearer tells attendees. Despite outlining a comprehensive platform for the country if he is elected President next week, the political rally of the opposition Democratic Justice Party (DJP) of Dr. Issac Wiles was poorly attended in Ganta, Nimba County.Prior to the rally, its conveners did much publicity through local radio jingles to attract the attention of Nimbaians, but when the time arrived, not many people turned out as the party’s leadership had expected.Some of their supporters expressed disappointment, with most partisans venting their frustration at the DJP leadership.As the rally began, little did the handful of people who turned out know that there were no party T-shirts and nothing much to show that the party is well organized to transform the country’s political and economic direction if trusted with state power.“We are very disappointed in the leadership of this party for their failure to fully support us as partisans in this vote rich county,” said DJP county chair Nathan Suah.“We were told to mobilize people to parade through the principal streets of Ganta, but there were no T-shirts to identify us as DJP partisans,” he lamented.Suah also complained of a lack of logistics to effectively work as an opposition political party that is prepared to take state power.The situation degenerated further to the extent that far less than 100 persons remained, in spite of a week-long local radio promotion.To add insult to the aggrieved partisans’ woes, Dr. Wiles was nowhere to be seen at the rally, although his running mate, Richmond D. K. Yarkpah, filled in for him, which led many partisans to angrily abandon the program.Yarkpah said the DJP is a God-fearing party hence the leadership is relying on God’s full protection to win the upcoming elections.“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more. We do not have the kind of money or things you want, but we can provide you the best leadership ever in the history of this country if we are elected,” he told the handful of supporters who stayed long enough to listen to him.Mr. Yarkpah, in his address, said a DJP government will provide free education for all Liberians from kindergarten to university for a period of five years, and provide incentives to university students on a monthly basis for their upkeep.Yarkpah further promised to train specialized doctors to be assigned to particular cases with which patients are diagnosed.Mr. Yarkpah, a son of Nimba, is one of the five vice standard bearers from Nimba County chosen by presidential candidates representing the various political parties, but the poor turnout at his first political appearance was described as a sign of political failure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In observance of 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls, hundreds of activists, including men in Monrovia and its environs, yesterday called on the government to ensure that women’s rights are protected.The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV) is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from November 25 – the Elimination of Violence Against Women – to December 10, Human Rights Day.Mrs. Caroline Bowah-Brown, who read the statement by the women’s group (#WeAreUnprotected), said they commemorate the day because violence against women and girls is prevalent and normalized in the society.The 16 Days of Activism also includes a “sit-in action” at the Fish Market in Sinkor and will be observed in other parts of the country. Participants were attired completely in black.Mrs. Brown said the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as issued by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”Mrs. Brown said the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP)’s GBV Report of 2017 recorded that sexual violence, including rape, accounts for almost 70 percent of all GBV cases.“From January–September 2018, 1,484 GBV cases were reported, with rape constituting 971 cases, while 877 of those cases were perpetrated against girls below the age of 18. Rape is the single most reported crime in Liberia. Babies as young as six months old have been raped. In 2015, 803 rape cases were reported and only 34 were successfully prosecuted, representing 4%,” she said.Some of the “WeAareUnprotected” women on the podium yesterday“We are also aware that these rape cases are a result of stigma and discrimination as well as an ineffective system that frustrates victims, thereby causing many not to report the incident. Another contributing factor is poor health facilities to provide care, a weak justice system, low capacity of police as well as health and court officials, who have the responsibilities for responding to SGBV cases, are often passive in their approach to some of the situations,” Mrs. Brown said.She said these various forms of violence against women and girls have led to the death of many, while others continue to live with emotional scars. “Severe psychological consequences of rape or other forms of gender-based violence seriously jeopardize women’s well-being, some of which range from feelings of shame and guilt, anxiousness, phobia, insomnia to post traumatic stress syndrome and social withdrawal. The social impact is equally devastating,” Mrs. Brown said.According to her, survivors are often blamed and stigmatized, and thus have become more vulnerable to acts of violence, with some adverse effects of sexual reproductive consequences that include teenage pregnancy, which can restrict their access to education.This, Mrs. Brown said, would further affect opportunities for women and their contribution to national development.She said in terms of governance, women’s participation in politics and national decision making is still low. In 2017, only 163 out of 1,026 (16 per cent) approved candidates were women, including one running for president in a crowded field of over 20 men; and in 2018 only 10 women are in the legislature.Mrs. Brown added that up to now there is still no justice for Ma Nowai Flomo, the marketeer who was murdered in 1998; travesty of justice in the late Angel Tokpa’s case; 12 women who were publicly humiliated in 2013 for suspected witchcraft activities; the former Equip Country Director David Waines who reportedly raped a 13-year old, who eventually became pregnant and was granted medical leave; a 13-year old who was allegedly raped by her uncle, who was a lawmaker in 2017 were listed among many..Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The preliminary report of the Commission of Inquiry launched into the state of the education sector of Region 10 has revealed that there are several non-existent teachers collecting salaries from the Government.Greater vigilance has therefore been urged at the level of the Regional Education Department.Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian“We were in the Berbice River, and we have some concerns about what is happening. We have seen pay sheets with names of teachers who, as far as the head teacher is concerned, do not exist…and (the regional education) department must monitor and know who the persons on the payroll are,” Commission Chairman Ed Caesar has informed.He also said the commission has found that ‘ghost teachers’ are being transferred from ‘ghost schools’ and are being added to the payroll.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, informing that the issue is criminal, has said the findings would be turned over to the police for investigation. “This is a police matter,” he said. “This is high fraud and it should be dealt with. And I think this is something beyond the Ministry of Education and requires the attention of people who are trained to investigate (such issues).”Education Minister,Dr Rupert RoopnaraineThe education department that presides over matters affecting Berbice riverine communities is managed by the regional administration of Region 10, according to a source from that department, who explained that education is administrated at a regional level, and therefore the administrators of Region 10 would be able to explain the instance of “ghost teachers”. Efforts to contact Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian have been unsuccessful.The preliminary report of the CoI was handed over to the Education Minister on Friday, and the final report is expected to be handed over within the next two or three weeks. The CoI was launched in 2015 to determine what is lacking and to recommend measures that could be implemented to improve the education sector for persons countrywide.There have been 98 consultations across the country, with presentations and submissions from all stakeholders.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings He is expected to appear at a Dec. 20 arraignment hearing where he will face charges of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. GLENDALE – A man enraged at a group of men who were looking at his female relative tried to run them down with his van during a soccer game at a Glendale sports complex, police said today. Seroj Zadorian, a 53-year-old plumber, is accused of trying to run down four men, ages 25 to 40, who were standing on the sidelines of a game at The Glendale Sports Complex in the 2800 block of Fern Lane, said Glendale Police Officer John Balian. They were among a group of up to 70 spectators who scattered as Zadorian’s white plumbing van, complete with a Sergio’s Plumbing sticker affixed, began lumbering toward them on Tuesday, Balian said. No one was hit. After trying to run the men over, Zadorian drove off, Balian said. Police were summoned and when they found the van, it stopped and the suspect tried to hide in some bushes before he was arrested without a fight, Balian said.
OASIS brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are separately considering invitations to come to Co Donegal this summer – for the Gallagher clan reunion.Organisers had to send the Manchester-born due separate invitations….because the pair have hardly spoken to each other for four years.“We are extending special invitations to Noel and Liam Gallagher,” a spokesman for the Gallagher clan said. Events are planned in Letterkenny and Gortahork over ten days from August 6.“We hope they will be interested because of the songwriting and musical aspects but, also because it’s a Gallagher family gathering.” More than 14,000 Gallaghers were in Donegal in 2007 – setting a new clan gathering world record. And the organisers are hoping they can smash that this time…and bring a massive boost to the Donegal economy.A Global Gallagher Award will be presented during this year’s festivities, which are part of The Gathering.Visitors from across north America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have already confirmed they are coming to the festival. WILL ROCKERS NOEL AND LIAM JOIN GALLAGHER CLAN REUNION IN DONEGAL? was last modified: March 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)
PASADENA — Millions of Jews worldwide will begin a 25-hour fast at sundown today to mark the beginning of the Yom Kippur holiday, the holiest day of the Jewish year. “It is the Day of Atonement, the day worshippers come to ask God for forgiveness and to engage in Teshuvah, the process of repenting, renewing and redirecting our lives,” said Rabbi Joshua Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive. “We will spend most of our day at the synagogue praying,” he said. “We do no work, fast all day, go without bathing or sex and wear white in a rehearsal for death,” Grater said. Additional restrictions include not using cosmetics, deodorants and wearing leather shoes. “We pray for another year of life. It is a powerful day, filled with powerful liturgy and powerful music,” Grater said. He estimated between 800 and 1,000 worshippers will attend temple services today and Thursday. A Web site notes that many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and attend a Yom Kippur synagogue service. According to the site, Judaism teaches that there are books in which God inscribes all names and on Yom Kippur the judgment entered in these books is sealed. Yom Kippur, “is essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.” In addition to not eating or drinking, Jews are asked to give the food they don’t eat to the poor. The fast is intended to help participants feel sympathy for others who do not have enough to eat. It also is a time to look for ways to help end worldwide problems such as hunger, war and homelessness. Yom Kippur marks the end of a 10-day period of self-examination, introspection and confession that began with Rosh Hashana . The Ne’ilah is the last Yom Kippur service and ends with a long blast of the shofar or ram’s horn. — Emanuel Parker can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Independent Cllr Michael McBride is to propose that the newly opened Unifi Link Road in Letterkenny be named after William C. Campbell, the Nobel Prize winner.Cllr McBride is to make the formal proposal at next Tuesday’s Municipal District meeting in Milford.He has received representations from people in Letterkenny who say it would be appropriate for Professor Campbell’s historic achievement to be recognised in close proximity to the major international companies on the Business Park Road.The Ramelton Professor was recently honoured with a Civic Reception by the Council. He received the Nobel Prize for Medicine after discovering a class of drugs called Avermectins, whose derivatives have been shown to have “extraordinary efficacy” in treating River Blindness and Lymphatic filariasis, among other parasitic diseases affecting animals and humans.Bill Campbell was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2015 along with Satoshi Omura of Japan and Tu Youyou of China for their discoveries that have revolutionised the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases.He was born in 1930 in Ramelton, the third son of R. J. Campbell, a farm supplier.New road could be named after Donegal Nobel Prize winner was last modified: November 3rd, 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)
Miranda >> One thing is for certain for the South Fork football team: Not only are the Cubs scoring a bunch more points in their first-ever season in eight-man football, they’re a lot more competitive, too.That was once again on display on homecoming night in Miranda.On the back of a 28-point second quarter and a strong finish to the first half, South Fork took control of its North Central III League opener against Laytonville and rolled its way to a 56-38 win over the visiting Warriors on …
According to TMZ, McFadden was found asleep at the wheel of his SUV in the drive-thru of a … No, not Hi Ho Cheeseburger:No, not Ray’s Hell Burger:Riiiiight. Whataburger: Click here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Running back Darren McFadden, selected by the Raiders with the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL draft, was arrested in Texas early Monday at a Whataburger on suspicion of driving drunk, TMZ has reported.No, not Good Burger:
Discover the latest music to hit our library and give your videos a fresh new sound for 2017.The start of any year is an opportunity to take on new creative endeavors and try out video projects that you may not normally consider. In other words, it’s about keeping things fresh. With that in mind, we’ve released a powerhouse of a playlist that features our latest exclusive royalty free tracks. That way, you can dive into your new 2017 projects with some bold new tunes.Hear 2017’s New Royalty Free MusicThe common thread binding our latest music picks together? These are powerful tracks that blend acoustic moods with contemporary electronic sounds. From slow building cues to bold, epic instrumentals, this is music that will make your audience take notice.While perfect for any video project, our latest picks are ideal for when you need to get right to the heart of your story in a short space of time. Great for ads or short promos that require viewers to quickly invest in what’s happening on screen.To get started, check out “Today Will Be Great” by Irish composer Emmett Cook. He has crafted an optimistic track that starts out with hopeful cello textures and then builds triumphantly. “Railroads” by Tonemassif is a high-energy dance track using futuristic synth textures to conjure up a sense of innovation.Now that you’ve scratched the surface of our latest releases, dive in and hear the rest. Remember, all of our music is royalty free and copyright clear. All you need to do is pick a license that suits your needs, and you’re ready to go. So get listening, get inspired, and give your 2017 projects a fresh new sound.