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SA Ambassador Supports Council of Churches’ Rejection of ‘Christian State’

first_imgSouth African Ambassador to Liberia, Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley, has welcomed the Liberia Council of Churches’ decision, distancing itself from calls by some Christians to legislate Liberia a “Christian nation.”At a press conference on May 4, Ambassador Moodley said his country is a secular state where everyone is free to worship in whatever way they like.He said secularism allows everyone to feel a part of the country without feeling excluded, because it promotes peaceful coexistence that no one will feel superior over the other.In response to a question whether he is not interfering in Liberian politics, Ambassador Moodley said “We are not interfering into Liberian politics, because we have to comment on an issue that has the propensity to stir confusion.”He emphasized that making a country a religious state does not matter, but how the religion is preached and the impact it makes on humanity matters.In a related development, Ambassador Moodley’s said young people have to drive the kind of positive change they want to see in their society, and young Liberians should constructively advocate in the absence of violent protest.He said South Africa’s liberation movement was started by and greatly enhanced by young people with other African countries consolidating the effort.Concerning development, he said “Everyone wants to see things happen in their favor at once, but development takes time to come and cannot be done by a single person.”He said while South Africa has made progress in infrastructural development and bringing water, electricity and housing facilities to its citizens, it is yet to economically liberate its citizens in totality.On press freedom, the Ambassador noted that although freedom of the press and expression is a vital right that people should exercise, the media needs to be balanced in its reportage; considering all sides of issues and report fairly and clearly.“The government is criticized in many publications; yes, criticizing is not bad, but let the media also look at the good things the government is doing and equally report it, rather than just criticizing as though nothing good is happening,” Ambassador Moodley said.The Liberia Council of Churches announced recently in a statement signed its president Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart rejecting the call by some Liberians to make Liberia a ‘Christian State’ by law, which is known as Proposition #24.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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Questions And Yet More Questions Than Answers

first_imgToday’s editorial is informed by the story carried in the Thursday, March 6, 2019 edition of the Daily Observer under the headline, “Govt. Files Criminal Charges Against Crane Currency”.According to the story, state prosecutors have brought criminal charges against the Crane Currency for the unauthorized printing of excess Liberian dollar banknotes. According to state prosecutors, the government of Liberia had concluded an arrangement with the Crane Currency of Sweden to print 15 billion worth of Liberian dollar banknotes.But, according to state prosecutors, the Crane Currency instead reported that it had printed LD$15,506,000,000 (fifteen billion, five-hundred six million Liberian dollars) when it had actually printed LD$18,151,000,000 (eighteen billion, one-hundred fifty-one million Liberian dollars) representing an excess of L$2,645,000,000 (two billion, six hundred forty-five million Liberian dollars).State prosecutors maintain that the excess amount of currency printed was discovered from the packing list, which showed a figure different from that which was officially presented to CBL authorities. And for this reason, prosecutors say, Crane conspired with CBL authorities and acted criminally by printing an excess of Liberian dollars.In view of this, criminal charges have been filed against Crane Currency and an indictment has been accordingly drawn up against the Crane Currency although, it remains unclear if the indictment has actually been served on the defendants as required by law.This, however, appears to be a task far exceeding the capacity and ability of state prosecutors to handle, simply because the aforementioned defendants are not within the bailiwick of the Republic of Liberia. Just how would state prosecutors for instance get the defendants to surrender to Liberian authorities to face the charges with which they have been slapped.Although some individuals hold that state prosecutors could file a request to Interpol to have the individuals brought to Liberia, such remains a very unlikely proposition as Liberia does not have an extradition treaty with the Kingdom of Sweden. As the French say, “chaque chose en son temps”, literally meaning “one step at a time”, or better still, “don’t cross your bridges before you get to them” or “don’t bite off more than you can chew”.The point being underscored here is that in view of these concerns, it does appear that State prosecutors are certainly taking on more than it can handle. But except for the purpose of distraction from the printed billions, which it certainly is, the indictment may not be worth more than the paper on which it is written.As mentioned earlier, this indictment, in the opinion of legal experts, serves no useful purpose other than the distraction it provides away from the main issue. And the main issue which appears to have gotten lost, in seemingly overwhelming concerns about the US$25 million infusion, is that of accounting for the printed money brought into the country.In this regard, it is important to ascertain just how much of the newly printed banknotes the CBL gave to commercial banks. It is important to underscore that the CBL does not by itself infuse money into the economy. It does that through the various commercial banks.But if the CBL did not deal with commercial banks how then were the banknotes infused into the currency in circulation? Was it infused through money changers as Finance Minister Tweah once declared when the scandal first broke? And how is it  possible for money changers to infuse the money directly into circulation?According to CBL Governor, all of the money printed and brought into the country was received and deposited into the CBL’s vaults. The CBL had reported that as of January 1, 2016, it had 10 billion Liberian dollar banknotes in circulation. By 30 November 2018, the CBL had reported 18 billion Liberian dollars in circulation which means the CBL had between the period infused 8 billion Liberian dollars into the economy.But this will only hold true if the CBL did not destroy old banknotes (Legacy notes) or it did keep the banknotes in its reserve vaults. This was however difficult or impossible to ascertain simply because the CBL refused to grant entry to the Presidential Investigating Team (PIT) to conduct a physical check of the money the CBL had reported it had in its vaults.Additionally, questions abound about what documents were called into review by the PIT during its investigation to change banknotes CBL infused in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It remains unclear at this stage whether the PIT relied on documents provided by the CBL to alter the value of banknotes the CBL reported.Since the report states that CBL authorities barred access to its vaults by the PIT, it does appear amiss that Justice Minister Musa Dean did not fall back on the law to obtain relevant third party documentation, from the commercial banks for instance in order to determine how much was infused into the economy.And so the question is, given the above, how was it possible for the team to derive a higher value of the banknotes deposited with commercial banks since the PIT did not, according to its report, gather relevant information from the commercial banks?Further, questions are being asked why Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT) member, Justice Minister Musa Dean, who is the official legal advisor to the President, did not call the TEMT’s attention to violation of established policies and procedures vis a vis the handling of the infusion.But in case he did provide such advice, in the absence of documented evidence establishing he actually did, the public is left to assume rightly or wrongly that the Justice Minister was complicit and therefore lacked the moral authority to demand respect for the law.As it appears, there are questions and yet more questions there are than answers.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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Freak storm rips off section of Corriverton Market roof

first_imgA freak storm on Friday ripped off a section of the Corriverton Market roof.Reports are the storm hit at about 10:00h on Friday leaving more than 24 stall holders with water damages.Grocery, clothing and haberdashery vendors occupy the section where the roof ripped off.“The storm just twirl around and pick up everything and carry them to the parking lot over there,” a vendor told this publication.One of the stalls that were damagedThe incident sent scores of vendors and customers running for shelter.According to Kenneth Jafiq, who has been a vendor of that market for more than 30 years, apart from the removal of the zinc sheets by the wind, pieces of the rafters fell, damaging stalls and merchandise.“Everything happen so sudden that you didn’t get a chance to do anything. Within seconds everything damage,” Jafiq related.On Saturday, efforts were being made to replace the section of the roof which was ripped off. Several buildings in close proximity to the market were also affected.There were no injuries reported.last_img read more

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Arnold calling for foster funds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHorn said he hopes the waivers will be successful in California and Florida and prompt Congress to pass legislation allowing it nationwide. In a letter to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger wrote that some of the money would be spent to track how reforms are working to improve children’s lives. The governor’s proposal would provide $46 million for the project, which mandates quarterly reporting of outcome data and specific plans for improvement. The project funding is flexible and could be spent to reduce social workers’ caseloads or provide substance abuse treatment, mental health or other services to families. About $9 million would be used to help foster youths’ transition to adulthood. troy.anderson@dailynews.com With a new federal funding waiver and a renewed focus on improving the child protective system, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he will call for spending $50 million more for child welfare services. The money would be in addition to a $142 million boost that Schwarzenegger has included in his proposed budget and would boost child welfare spending to $4.6 billion annually. The federal government in March approved a funding waiver that allows Los Angeles and other Califonria counties to use large chunks of their budgets on services to help keep families together. A similar waiver was approved for Florida. “I’m ready to expand this nationwide,” said Wade Horn, U.S. Health & Human Services assistant secretary for children and families. “I think the federal foster care funding mechanism is broken. A little tinkering here and a little tinkering there won’t help much. It needs to be fundamentally changed.” (213) 974-8985160Want 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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ATHLETICS NEWS: LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES PERFORM WELL AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ARMAGH

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 The main race last weekend was the Sprint National Championship race in Camlough, Co.Armagh. Over six hundred triathletes from all over Ireland took part in this prestigious event. Ten Letterkenny triathletes took part, Aidan Callaghan was the highest placed club member, finishing third overall behind two professional triathletes.Aidan improved his time from last year by almost three minutes, so he can be happy that his hard work over the winter and spring is paying dividends.Gavin Crawford was 17th overall and second in his age group whilst the other performance of the day was Lisa Dalton who finished eighth woman overall and 2nd in her age category.Fin Begley following on from her eighth age group place in Gort, Co. Galway improved to seventh. Club secretary Graham Parker put in a strong bike after a good swim for a very impressive performance.Noel Lynch made his competitive debut for 2014. He hopes to feature more strongly in races to come as he puts his injuries behind him.Tommy Hill continues to improve, putting in a strong bike and run after coping well with the choppy swim conditions.He can now claim the old timers bragging rights!Damian McGoohan showed that there is more than one triathlete in the household and Evelyn Boyle also performed well.The competitors appreciated the support also of Christy and Maeve Caalaghan, Julie and Fin McGoohan and catherine Regan. The other main event last weekend was the Mulroy Bay Adventure Race where club members performed well in difficult conditions.Michael Duffy,Eugene McGettigan and Denis Shields were the best performers on the day.The next race on the agenda domestically is the Mullaghmore Sprint Race in Co. Sligo.There will be a number of club membersin attendance as it is a National Series race. In Exmoor National Park in England the national half ironman event takes place on Sunday.Two club members Colin dean and Nick Fowell are going over and we all wish them well.There are qualifying slots available for the World championships so it will be a good race.Colin and Nick have trained hard over the past six months and are quietly confident of doing well.Training continues as follows:MondayGartan Boat House at 6.30pmTuesday Aura track at 7.45pmWednesday pool at 8pmThursday TT or brick at 7pm at FoxhallSaturday cycle at 9.30amCrooked Lake National Sprint Championship3rd Aidan Callaghan 56.56 1st in age group17th Gavin Crawford 1.01.58 2nd in age group8th Lisa Dalton 1.09.26 2nd in age group200th Graham Parker 1.17.47 30th in age group31st Fin Begley 1.18.08 7th in age group223rd Tommy Hill 1.19.18 10th in age group225th CathalRoarty 1.19.38 11th in age group261st Damian McGoohan 1.21.27 43rd in age group348thNoel Lynch 1.27.06 48th in age group79th Evelyn Boyle 1.31.32 15th in age groupMulroy Bay Adventure race4th Michael Duffy 1.11.535th Eugene McGettigan 1.12.126th Db Shields 1.12.5316th AidyHerrity 1.16.2820th Gavin Harris 1.17.1122nd Adrian McGettigan 1.17.5525th Gerard Callaghan 1.18.1534th Paul Lynch 1.20.3874th Shaun Logue 1.28.01106th Adrian Wasson 1.31.23156th Orla Cullen 1.42.28162nd Louise Ruddy 1.43.58163rd Shauna Maloney 1.44.02Donegal Motor Club 5K3rd Michael Black 17.047th John Daly 18.3250th Adrian Wasson 24.09ATHLETICS NEWS: LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES PERFORM WELL AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE IN ARMAGH was last modified: June 10th, 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:athleticsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: CAR CRASH IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgGARDAI are at the scene of a serious road traffic accident in Letterkenny tonight.At least two vehicles have been badly damaged in the incident on the Kilmacrennan Road, a hundred yards past the Pramerica entrance on the Mountain Top side of the road.Traffic has being reduced to a single lane as gardai examine the scene. Meanwhile county council workers are back tonight at the burst water main site on the same road, just outside Letterkenny General Hospital.Road traffic is reduced to one lane there too.BREAKING NEWS: CAR CRASH IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 5th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Houston retires from basketball

first_img “I did everything I possibly could to get back and finish my career the way I would have liked to,” Houston said at the Knicks’ practice facility. “My injuries just wouldn’t let me do it.” The 34-year-old Houston appeared in only 20 games last season and averaged 11.9 points, his worst season since he was a rookie. He did not play in either of the team’s two exhibition games. New York Knicks guard Allan Houston retired Monday, unable to recover from knee injuries that kept him out much of the last two seasons. A two-time All-Star and member of the 2000 Olympic team, Houston was one of the NBA’s best outside shooters before he was slowed by chronic knee soreness. He was limited to only 70 games over the last two seasons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Houston’s retirement leaves Larry Brown without his top outside shooter as he begins his first season as Knicks coach. New York could use Jamal Crawford or offseason acquisition Quentin Richardson at the shooting guard spot opposite Stephon Marbury. Jason Collier’s family asked that results of his autopsy be kept private until after Wednesday’s funeral. Collier, the Atlanta Hawks’ 28-year-old center, died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing in his north Georgia home. Boston Celtics guard Marcus Banks has a stress fracture in his left leg. Banks missed the last two preseason games with a sore left shin and an MRI showed the injury to his left tibia. He will be evaluated again in six weeks. center_img New York Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan had heart bypass surgery Monday and is expected to make a full recovery. Dodgers clear waivers Dodgers relievers Giovanni Carrara and Kelly Wunsch became free agents when they declined outright assignments to the minor leagues after clearing waivers. But Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said he still hopes to keep both of the veterans. — Tony Jackson Widmar dies Al Widmar, the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays for 10 seasons, has died of colon cancer. He was 80. Widmar died Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., the team said. Yates passes Charles Yates, a former British Amateur champion who learned golf from Bobby Jones and played in the first Masters, died Monday at his home. He was 92. Yates, a member at Augusta National Golf Club since 1940, had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Coach in hospital Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill remained hospitalized in Carbondale, Ill., two days after being stricken by a seizure in the closing seconds of his team’s loss. The 44-year-old coach said through the university he is “just anxious to get back to work’ once he fully recovers from Saturday night’s seizure his second in four years. He fell late in the Salukis’ 61-35 home loss to Illinois State and taken to Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Bowe files Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe filed for bankruptcy protection in Greenbelt, Md., while he tries to revive his career, listing more than $4.1 million in claims against him. Bowe’s attorney said his client’s debts were tied to “business transactions and related litigation and liquidity issues.” He said the 38-year-old fighter wants to restructure his debts so he can “focus on his boxing career.” Aboya to be out UCLA freshman swingman Alfred Aboya had left knee arthroscopic surgery that will keep him out of practice for at least a month. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has been chosen to receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award. Tennis close to replay Instant replay is closer to coming to tennis. Exactly when and how isn’t clear. The International Tennis Federation approved the latest version of Hawk-Eye Officiating after testing last week, and the ATP and WTA tours are looking into which tournaments might use electronic line-calling and the specifics of what the rules will be. The pro tours say most players support the idea 79 percent, according to a survey at an ATP players meeting in March although some, such as Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport, have said they’re against replay. Andy Roddick clinched a berth in the Tennis Masters Cup in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., leaving four of the eight spots open. As winners of the year’s Grand Slam titles, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Marat Safin were assured places in the $4.45 million season-ending tournament, Nov. 7-13 in Shanghai, China. 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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Hands and Clark Garner MVC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete Honors

first_imgHands, a sophomore from Fulbourn, England, holds a 3.72 grade-point average as an environmental science major. He owns a 16-6 singles record this spring and has recorded 12 doubles victories. To be eligible for nominations to the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams, nominees must own a cumulative GPA of 3.20 based on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve and have played in at least 75 percent of its team’s matches. Student-athletes also must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution and have completed at least one full academic year at their respective institution.  Clark, a sophomore from Comberton, England, is a finance major with a 3.42 GPA and has registered a 17-8 combined singles and doubles record. He went 3-0 in MVC action to help lead Drake to a regular season title. SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Tom Hands and Ben Clark garnered Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Scholar-Athlete honors, announced by the league office on Tuesday (April 25).center_img Hands received first-team scholar-athlete honors, while Clark earned honorable mention honors. The Bulldogs begin play at the MVC Championship on Saturday in Normal, Ill. against the winner of Illinois State and Stony Brook at 10 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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South Africa at Davos: photo essay

first_imgBrand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Catch the highlights in a photo essay by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Read morelast_img

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YouTube’s Promoted Videos are Branching Out and Coming to a Website Near You

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#Video Services#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting YouTube’s Promoted Videos – the video ads that often appear to the right of the currently playing video in YouTube and next to search results – are now coming to regular websites as well. Starting today, Promoted Videos will appear in AdSense units through the Google Content Network and will compete with text and image ads in AdSense’s ad auctions. Interestingly, AdSense already offers video ads, though it classifies them as ‘image ads.’ These two video ad units will now run side by side. The YouTube Promoted Video ad units consist of a thumbnail on the left and three lines of text on the right. Clicking on one of these ads will take users to the YouTube page or channel with the video. Any user can promote ads on YouTube for just a few dollars a day, though most of the promotions on the site are run by larger organizations.For the time being, these ads are only available in the U.S. and in English, though Google plans to launch them in other regions and languages as well.Google has obviously struggled to turn YouTube into a profitable business unit. Taking YouTube ads out of the YouTube silo could help Google to win over more advertisers and give current advertisers more reasons to buy ads on YouTube. Related Posts last_img read more

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