Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: A Meaningful Elections-Vote Peace

first_imgBy Gwendolyn S. Myers, Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia, Inc.Liberia goes to the polls next week Tuesday, 10 October 2017, to elect a brand new President and 73 Legislators. Electoral campaigns would close on Sunday 8 October 2017 and electorates would have sufficient period to reflect on who would be our next democratically elected President.As the country prepares to vote and as we continue the meaningful involvement of young people in the electoral process designed to promote peace, it is important to point out that young people could have an influential role in the outcome of this election and the imminent crowning of not just the next President but of 73 members of Legislature.One of our main goals during this electoral process has been to enhance peace. We don’t want to just inform or entertain young people to ‘Vote Peace’; we crave to build relationships with young people to dispel rumours, tribalism, fear and anger. Our joint responsibility is to minimize misunderstanding and conflicts between everyone; particularly young people. We seek to manage their expectations.Messengers of Peace-(MOP), Liberia, discovered during its second annual peace summer camp supported by ECOWAS/AU/EU under the “Emergency Support to Preventive Diplomacy and Related Actions to ensure a free, fair and peaceful Elections in Liberia”, that one of the keys to changing the outlooks for young Liberians voting for the very first time, is laying that civic responsibility at an early age.Cestos city, the rural capital of River Cess County, is a place where options for young Liberians, particularly young girls, are limited. Roughly one in five female adolescents will have the opportunity to complete primary school. It is a place where our volunteers for the second time this year, had their most major challenge as well as their most rewarding experience in the implementation of the “Enhance Youth Participation in 2017 Electoral Process”, with funding support from UNDP & UN Peacebuilding Fund.First was the challenge of getting a four-wheel drive that would ferry us to Cestos City, then was the horrible road conditions and lastly was working against time and the rain. Thanks for our ever innovative and creative volunteers who came up with the idea to use ‘Pem-Pem’ (Motorcycles) to ensure project compliance in order for us to remain on schedule.The two motorbikes that our volunteers hired lurched and rocked side to side as they ascended farther and farther down the remote roadways toward Cesto City.Upon their late arrival to Cestos City last Saturday, the young people in that County on seeing our volunteer peace messengers and actors welcomed them in disbelief as they went about performing the theatre4peace the following day.In the weeks ahead and following the cast of ballots, MOP-Liberia will continue the call for dialogue and mediation and we expect all young people to respond to our messages for free, fair and peaceful elections next week and whatever the outcome, we expect them to accept the results and work with the next administration.Until then, when we begin a new series on ‘Mediation and Dialogue’, we reiterate our call for a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected President to another and from one legislator to another. As you vote, let peace be your watch phrase. Peace first, Peace above all else and May Peace prevail in our time. #Votepeace; #Peace my democratic choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man granted bail for stabbing woman during drinking spree

first_imgA 48-year-old father of eight was granted $150,000 bail on Monday when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a malicious wounding charge.Hillary George, of Port Kaituma, North West, Region One (Barima-Waini) stood before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus to answer to a charge which stated that on June 8, 2019, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Julian James so as to cause her actual bodily harm.Hillary GeorgeHe initially pleaded guilty to the charge, but Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf after listening to the man’s explanation.On the day in question, it is alleged that the defendant’s wife was at home and his stepdaughter invited James to the residence to consume alcohol.However, the defendant reportedly started to “hustle” James thus resulting in an argument between him and his wife.He subsequently became annoyed and broke a bottle, after which he dealt James several stabs about her body.The woman was rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where she was examined by a doctor; however, owing to the severity of her injuries, she was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment.A report was made to Police, and the defendant was subsequently arrested and admitted to investigators that he committed the act.The defendant told the court that “she told my wife I hustle she and is nah like that. Is my wife son she want. She want break up our home. I went and drink and she lash me behind my head”.The defendant’s head was examined by a Police Officer present in court, who confirmed that a laceration was visible on the man’s scalp.The matter was transferred to the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court, where George is slated to make his next court appearance on August 16, 2019.last_img read more

Cane harvester killed by speeding drunk driver

first_img– four seriously injuredAdrian Alexander Downer, a 47-year-old cane harvester of Sixth Street, Fyrish Village Corentyne, is now dead, and four others have been hospitalised after a car being driven by a highly intoxicated man slammed into a utility pole at Cromarty Village, Corentyne on Sunday morning and ended up in a trench.A Police release has said that at about 0:30h on Sunday, motor car PRR 8753, driven by a 37-year-old of Fyrish, Corentyne Berbice, was proceeding west on the Cromarty Public Road when it became uncontrollable and collided with a utilityDead: Adrian Alexander Downerpole before ending up in a trench. The driver and the car’s four other occupants were rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital, where Downer was pronounced dead on arrival. Guyana Times understands that the four other occupants of the car were transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital, and two of them have subsequently been transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). The Police release also said the alcohol level of the driver of the motor car was found to be exceedingly above the legal limit.Reports are that the occupants of the car, residents of Fyrish and nearby villages, were at a wedding at Fyrish, and had all joined the car, which took a sixth person home and was returning to Fyrish when the accident occurred.Impressions at the scene of the accident suggest that the driver had run into a heap of sand at the side of the road and lost control of the vehicle, which became airborne before slamming into a utility pole, breaking it half way up before the vehicle plunged into a trench. Eyewitnesses say Downer was motionless and appeared to be dead when he was pulled from the wreckage.While some residents of Cromarty said they had heard nothing, others said there were several loud sounds, and then silence. “The driver, he didn’t really get no injuries. One of them, he did bleeding through he nose; it look like he jaw break,” one eyewitness related. Meanwhile, the dead man’s wife, Nerisa Cort-Downer, a security guard, told this publication that on Saturday evening, as she was about to leave for work, her husband told her he was going to a wedding in the village. She said they were both riding bicycles, and parted company at the Corentyne Highway.At about 1:15h on Sunday, she received a telephone call from a sister, informing her about the accident. She said she then went to the Port Mourant Hospital, where she saw her husband lying in the tray of a Police vehicle. She said she wasThe car lying in the trench below the broken utility poleasked to identify him. No information was provided to her about the other passengers; however, she had known the vehicle driver since she was a child. “He and my husband is friends because they does cut cane together,” she explained. Villagers say the 37-year-old driver had been involved in several accidents in the past. “Only this month he run off the road and end up on a lady bridge right in Fyrish. How he get there I don’t know, and then last month he run off the road and run over a boy foot,” one villager reported. There are also reports by villagers of two other accidents that the same driver was involved in last year. The driver is currently assisting Police with their investigations into Sunday morning’s accident.last_img read more

Canyons ready to put on a show for audiences

first_imgVALENCIA – The Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons is offering the following entertainment opportunities. For tickets or information, call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com. Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The concert band is composed of 45 musicians and has performed for thousands of listeners, both in person and over the airways via its masterful recordings. The band’s repertoire includes standard concert band/wind ensemble literature, orchestral transcriptions, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway excerpts, and, of course, patriotic songs. Admission is free. Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The orchestra provides an instrumental education program for students age 8 and older, regardless of ability to pay. Tickets are $10-$15. College of the Canyons Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The talented musicians of this ensemble will perform pop tunes and jazz favorites during this special performance. Tickets are $5-$10. College of the Canyons Music Department Spring Concert will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday. Four vocal ensembles will perform, each with its own unique sound and style of music. Featured choirs include the Voices of the Canyons, the Chamber Singers, Les Chanteuses and Just Jazz. Tickets are $5-$10. College of the Canyons Dance Department Spring Dance will be presented at 8 p.m. May 24. The dancers will pay tribute to some of Broadway’s most famous musical choreographies, such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Rent.” Chuck Negron, one of the founding members and formerly one of the lead vocalists for Three Dog Night, will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 2. The concert is a benefit for the music department at Hart High School and will also feature performances by Hart’s choir and jazz band. Tickets are $50-$150. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present an international songfest embracing the rich traditions of folk music at 3:30 p.m. June 3. “Songs Without Borders” will feature authentic folk songs, progressing to popular songs with global themes. Tickets are $14-$26. Poncho Sanchez will perform at 8 p.m. June 9. As leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, his congas and seasoned ensemble do the talking. Sanchez will share the encounters, friendships and passions that have contributed to his remarkable career as a bandleader and recording artist. Tickets are $25-$50. Santa Clarita Ballet Company will present “Coppelia” at 2 and 8 p.m. June 16. This delightful and funny story tells the tale of broken promises and nearly lost love, all because of a life-sized doll named Coppelia. The whole family will enjoy this beautiful ballet. Tickets are $22-$28. ESCAPE Theatre will present “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. June 22 and 2 and 7 p.m. June 23-24. Escape to Neverland with Peter, Wendy, Michael and John. Join their flying adventures as they meet the Lost Boys, pirates and Indians. This production features more than 150 children from the Santa Clarita Valley. Tickets are $15-$20.160Want 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

Lawmakers sever ties with lobbyist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Southern California lawmakers accepted more than $50,000 since 2002 from Native-American tribes connected to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a contribution records review shows. Most of the contributions – ranging from $500 to $12,500 – came from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, which had contracted with Abramoff for lobbying services. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, received $2,500 from the tribe in 2002. Napolitano did not return calls to her office seeking comment. The Agua Caliente Band is not one of the tribes Abramoff has pleaded guilty to defrauding and some of the donations appear to have been made before Abramoff worked for the band, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach/Long Beach, is the only area lawmaker who took contributions directly from Abramoff. Rohrabacher said this week he will return the $3,000. Rohrabacher also received $12,500 from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Michigan; and the Tigua Indian Reservation in Texas. He said he will return those funds if asked to do so. “If any of the Indian tribes want their money back, I’ll give it to them,” he said. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who received $2,000 from the Agua Caliente Band and has received donations from the tribe since he served in the state Legislature, said he never met Abramoff. “I have never … received a contribution from him. If I had received a contribution from Abramoff, I would certainly return it,” Schiff said in a statement. Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, and Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said they would not return their tribal donations. A statement from Becerra said the $6,500 he received from the Agua Caliente Band and $1,023 he got from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians were donated because of his long-standing relationship with Native American tribes. “I have never met or had any relationship with Jack Abramoff or his activities. It is unfair to paint the Native-American community with the same brush as Jack Abramoff,” he said. “I find no reason to return legitimate contributions.” A Sherman spokesman said the office made its decision after speaking with Agua Caliente officials Thursday and receiving assurance that neither a $1,000 donation made in 2002 nor a $2,000 donation made in 2004 were connected to Abramoff. Other state lawmakers said they are still examining the contributions. “I have had a relationship with tribal leaders because I believe in tribal sovereignty,” said a statement from Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, who received $6,000 from the Agua Caliente Band and $2,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. “I feel it is important that public officials avoid even the appearance of impropriety and therefore I will donate any questionable contributions to charity,” said Baca, who noted that he’d never met or dealt with Abramoff. Jim Specht, a spokesman for Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, said his office is compiling a list of tribal donations for the congressman to review. Lewis received $3,000 from the Agua Caliente Band; $5,000 from the Mississippi Choctaw Band; and $2,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa tribe. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said he has long worked on Native-American concerns, but had never met Abramoff. He received $3,500 from the Agua Caliente Band, $1,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and $1,000 from the Tigua Indian Reservation. “We are trying to determine, and are in the process of trying to determine, if we have any contributions from tribes that may have been directly tied to him. I don’t want to smear the name of an Indian tribe because of a scumbag like Abramoff,” Gallegly said. Also receiving tribal donations were Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who took $500 from the Agua Caliente Band in 2000; U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, $1,000 from the Agua Caliente Band; and Sen. Barbara Boxer, $1,000 from the Saginaw tribe. Neither they nor their spokesmen could be reached for comment. lisa.friedman@langews.com (202) 662-8731last_img read more

Strongest XI? Some huge calls for Mourinho to make in biggest game of season

first_imgA win for Man United on Thursday night and it sets up a match with either Lyon or Ajax in the Europa League final.If the competition is a priority for the club then surely the strongest possible team is required against Celta Vigo? The club welcome the Spanish side to Old Trafford for the second league of their semi-final, so will Sergio Romero, who has been the club’s no.1 in the competition this season retain his place or will David De Gea come in?Antonio Valencia is said to be ready to start, while Marcus Rashford, the hero of the first leg, will surely start along with Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly. Marouane Fellaini must be feeling fresh considering he has not played in the Premier League because of suspension. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at a possible starting line-up. Do you agree with this team? 14. Jesse Lingard (forward) 3. Eric Bailly (central defence) – scroll through the gallery to see a possible Man United line-up in squad number order 11 11 21. Ander Herrera (central midfield) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (forward) 25. Antonio Valencia (right-back) 36. Matteo Darmian (left-back) – Agree with this team? 11 11 11 11 20. Sergio Romero (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 6. Paul Pogba (central midfield) 19. Marcus Rashford (striker) 27. Maroune Fellaini (central midfield) 17. Daley Blind (central defence) 11last_img read more

METAL THIEVES STRIP 13 HOMES OF BOILERS ON WEST DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATE

first_imgMetal thieves have struck again – this time stripping more than a dozen houses of wiring and even boilers.The thieves struck at a recently-built housing estate in Dungloe last weekend.The daring thieves took the boilers, valued at almost €10,000, from unoccupied homes, but left houses which were occupied. A total of 13 houses were stripped in the highly organised operation.The cheeky thieves even stripped the doors off kitchen units to transport the boilers across a boggy field beside the housing estate and into a waiting getaway van.This is the latest operation by gangs stealing and selling valuable copper and other wiring from across Donegal.As well as manhole covers and even cars, thieves have cut down long stretches of telegraph wire for its copper content. A Garda spokesman said this is the latest raid aimed at getting metal for sale.“Metal is now a valuable resource and people are prepared to go to great lengths in the current economic climate.“We would ask anybody who saw people acting suspiciously around this housing estate to contact us,” he said.EndsMETAL THIEVES STRIP 13 HOMES OF BOILERS ON WEST DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: October 18th, 2011 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:boilers stolendungloeGardailast_img read more

WOW WEATHER! GLORIOUS AND MILD WEEK AHEAD FOR DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM WEATHER: DONEGAL can look forward to another mild week ahead – with temperatures peaking at 15C by Wednesday, according to reliable weather forecasts.Met Eireann and Irish Weather Online are both predicting high temperatures and light southerly winds by the middle of the week.Today will start off dry across most of the county with temperatures around 10C, but there may be drizzle and some light showers by the afternoon, especially along the coasts. Met Eireann forecast:Tuesday and Wednesday will be mild, dry, bright days, with good sunny spells in most places each day. Top temperatures in the low to mid teens, in moderate south to southwest breezes. Cold each night with clear spells, some patches of mist or fog and some grass frosts also. Lowest temperatures 1 to 5 C.Winds will turn more southeast to easterly for Thursday and Friday, moderate to fresh at times and some showers may affect parts of the east and south of the country. But there will still be a good deal of dry, bright weather, with sunny spells at times each day. Temperatures will range 10 to 15 C., best in the west. Mild in sunshine, but feeling cool on exposed coasts in the onshore breezes.Irish Weather Online’s top forecaster Peter O’Donnell says he believes the mild weather will continue into next weekend and beyond. The clocks go forward next Saturday night by one hour, bringing in Irish summertime – and longer evenings will be back.For accurate weather forecasts from the experts log on to www.met.ie or visit Irish Weather Online on Facebook.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyWOW WEATHER! GLORIOUS AND MILD WEEK AHEAD FOR DONEGAL was last modified: March 19th, 2012 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)Tags:donegaldaily weatherirish weather onlinemildsunshineWOW WEATHER! GLORIOUS AND MILD WEEK AHEAD FOR DONEGALlast_img read more

SLIABH LIAG HILLWALKERS GET READY FOR SUMMER

first_imgThe Sliabh Liag Hillwalkers are one of the most-loved and respected walking groups in Co Donegal and the North West.The group meets on a regular basis and is always encouraging people to become new members. The following is a list of their programme of walks for the next three months for anybody who might be interesting in getting some air into their lungs and getting healthy.Sliabh Liag Hillwalkers 3 month programme. APRIL WALK29th April 2012Straboy to Meenacurrin loop walk.This walk is 4 – 5 hours; 14km long over mountains and rough moor land in the Glencolmcille/Ardara area. This walk is a Grade AMeeting in Carrick Car Park at 10amThe walkers climb to Slievetooey summit and continue to the summit of Meenacurrin, here you’re just about ready to sit and admire the incredible views, get a good look at where you’ve just been and where you want to go next.For further details contact:Paddy 0876737614 MAY WALK27th May 2012The Bluestacks MountainsThis walk is 6 – 6 1/2 hours 16km strenuous walk. Grade A. Meeting at 10.30am soccer pitch letterbarra, grid ref G883 873.Taking in Silverhill, Lavagh Beg, Lavagh More, Grey mares tail, Binnasruell and Meenaguse. Finish back at soccer pitch.For further details contact:Diarmuid 087 2071797JUNE WALK24th June 2012Sliabh Liag Pilgrims Path Grade CThis walk is 3 – 4 hours, mostly on trackBusses are available from the car park in Carrick 2pmRosary will be said at the site of the old church of Aodh mc Bhrince at the end of the pilgrims path.For further details contact:Suzanne 0863963150Walks are free to all members and there is a €5.00 charge for non-members.There is no fee for the June walk and the busses are complimentary.Please ensure you wear appropriate hill walking clothing and footwear on the day.Email; sliabhliagrunai@gmail.comWebsite; www.sliabhliagwalkers.comFace.book; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slieve-League-Peninsula-Hillwalking-Club/246299599555SLIABH LIAG HILLWALKERS GET READY FOR SUMMER was last modified: April 19th, 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:Sliabh Liag Hillwalkerslast_img read more

Calls for extension to slurry spreading dates following poor weather

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue says flexibility should be provided to the upcoming slurry spreading deadline given the inclement weather in recent weeks.The final date for slurry spreading is tomorrow (Tues), October 15th.Deputy McConalogue said: “An extension to the slurry spreading deadline is now needed due to poor weather conditions. I would ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government to extend the deadline beyond tomorrow to accommodate farmers who need additional time. This looming deadline is causing worry for farmers. “Due to poor weather conditions farmers have not been able to spread slurry and we cannot risk panic spreading and damaging the land.“We need the flexibility to ensure farmers have enough time beyond the current deadline.“Those in the sector have repeatedly been hindered by factors beyond their control this year. Brexit, the beef crisis, and falling prices have been conditions of a very hard year so far. The least the Minister can do is grant an extension to help farmers during this time,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Calls for extension to slurry spreading dates following poor weather was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:charlie mc conaloguefarminglast_img read more