GOL Accuses PUL of ‘Politicizing’ Statement

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The government of Liberia has accused the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) of politicizing a statement regarding the annual registration of all Journalists in the country.Recently the Liberian government announced that it would shortly commence the annual registration of Journalists in line with 31.8b and section 31.8d of the New Executive Law of Liberia.Section 31.8d of the law gives the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the legal right, among other things, to register journalists in the country annually, according to Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson.But the PUL has described the registration by MICAT as a tactic designed by the government to undermine free press in the country.Addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, Minister Jackson reiterated that nothing will stop the government from instituting the required measures, despite criticism from the media.He accused the PUL of doing nothing against Journalists who ethically transgressed; noting that government cannot depend on the union to account for all Journalists in the country.Meanwhile, the government has introduced a new measure purportedly aimed at giving easy access to Journalists seeking information from Ebola Treatment Units in the country.Also addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, the head of Liberia’s Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyensuah, said the new measure is intended to protect the privacy of patients in ETUs.Prior to the new measure, journalists were allowed to video tape and conduct interviews with patients in ETUs.In a separate development, Minister Nyenswah disclosed that an additional laboratory has been installed to speed up the testing of specimens from suspected Ebola patients.From June this year to the present, about four thousands three hundred (4,300) specimens have been tested and 55 percent have been proven to be Ebola positive.last_img read more

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LFA Retains Debbah as Head Coach of the National Team

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association has terminated the services of five coaches of various national soccer teams and the administrative manager of the senior national team, the Lone Star.The LFA said in a release that those affected are coaches Oliver Makor (Under-20), Joe Nagbe (Under-17) and George Gebro (Under-14).Also affected are the deputy head coach (Under-17), Varmah Kpoto and Jonah Sarwieh, deputy head coach (Under-14).The LFA has also terminated the contractual agreement with the Administrative Manager of the Lone Star, Washington Blay.In separate letters to the affected coaches, LFA Acting Secretary General Emmanuel Deah said the FA’s decision followed a careful review of the technical activities of the coaches.The release quoted Deah as informing the coaches that the decision is also based on administrative and financial reasons and they will therefore not continue their respective contract beyond the one (1) year probation period.The LFA Acting Secretary General was mandated by the Executive Committee to inform the coaches and the Administrative Manager of its decision to relieve them of their respective positions.The LFA is, however, thanking the coaches who are all former national team players for the time and services rendered football while assuring them that once their services are needed in the future they would be promptly contacted.Meanwhile, the LFA has retained the services of National Team Head Coach James Salinsa Debbah and his Deputy Kelvin Sebwe. Thomas Kojo and Janjay Jacobs will stay on as Head and Deputy Head coaches of the National Under-23 team.Christopher Wreh will stay on as Head Coach of the National Under-20 team.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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Case languishing in court system – Nandlall

first_imgElections petitionIt has been almost four years since the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed a petition against the 2015 General and Regional Elections results after coming out of office and the matter is yet to be concluded by the Judicial arm of the State.This was reiterated by former Attorney General and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall, who told Guyana Times on Saturday that since the filing of his party’s case, rulings in similar matters were determined in other jurisdictions.“Elections petition law mandates that elections petitions are to be heard with dispatch, yet ours remains languishing in the court system for nearly four years now. Occurrences like these sap public confidence from the judicial system. It simply does not auger well for our democracy,” Nandlall postulated.Following the results of the May 2015 elections, President David Granger of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change’s (APNU/AFC) was elected to post but PPP observed that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.Its petition, which was filed on behalf of the PPP/C parliamentarian Ganga Persaud, seeks to challenge the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections and essentially requested a recount of all ballot boxes for the last elections and called for fresh elections. Persaud claimed that the elections were “unlawfully conducted” and that the results of the elections were therefore affected.However, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield filed a summons to have the petition struck out, having described it as frivolous and vexatious. He had also outlined that the petition disclosed no reasonable cause of the action.However former Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Ian Chang had overruled Lowenfield’s summons to have the petition struck out before he demitted office. Justice Chang had ruled that the summons to strike out the petition was premature and therefore the court should proceed in hearing it.However, Lowenfield’s Attorney, Roysdale Forde, had filed an appeal and further disclosed that Chang erred in law when he failed to direct his mind to the summons and to apply the proper principles applicable to the striking out of the petition.Forde had said the Judge erred in law when he made a finding and determination with respect to Article 163 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana and its relationship with Section 42 of the National Assembly Validity of Election Act, Chapter 1:04 without affording the Appellant an opportunity of responding to the said finding.Still waitingAccording to Nandlall, however, the elections petition is still awaiting a date for a full court decision which challenges Chief Justice’s Chang order that dismissed Lowenfield’s application to strike out the matter. The former Attorney General told Guyana Times on Saturday that election petitions “all around the world” which were filed subsequent to the 215 elections petition have already been “heard and determined”. Nandlall opined that in theory, the delay could allow a “potentially illegal government” to govern for the entirety of its tenure.“Let us assume that the elections petition is heard in 2020 and it is determined in favour of the PPP. The absurd results would be that the APNU/AFC was allowed to govern for the entirety of its term although it did win the election or the electoral process to which it gained Government was tainted by some illegality which disqualified it from being the Government – such a situation strike at the heart of democracy,” the PPP/C MP posited.Guyana Times sought to garner insight by ascertaining a response from Attorney General Basil Williams but efforts to contact the Legal Affairs Minister on Saturday proved futile. When the PPP/C filed its case, it had cited procedural errors and instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections. Unrest, fake Statement of Polls (SOP) and multiple voting were among the reasons for the petition. Further, the presence of ‘huge mobs’ at several polling stations and other strategic places, particularly in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), were also cited by the Party as another cause for intimidation and fear.last_img read more

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Dirtbags take on high-perched Owls

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dirtbags will start Vance Worley (0-0, 3.75) today (2 p.m.), Andrew Lamontagne (0-0, 13.50) Saturday (noon) and Omar Arif (1-1, 1.82) Sunday (11 a.m.). Lamontage (0-0, 13.50), who had a 3.55 ERA in seven appearances last season but has made just two brief appearances in relief last season, takes over the Saturday slot from Manny McElroy, who will be out four to six weeks with torn rib cartilage. Originally diagnosed with a strain, McElroy had an MRI on Monday and the tear was discovered. Robert Perry (.409), Danny Espinosa (.333) and Steve Tinoco (.600) are the offensive leaders to date. All three games will be broadcast on the school Web site, www.longbeachstate.com. Rice’s strength is pitching. The three starters the Dirtbags will see this weekend – Chris Kelley, Ryan Berry and All-American Joe Savery – have allowed one earned run combined on the season in 21 innings. The Owls’ pitching staff has allowed just 17 runs in six games, but the offense has been in a slump and has scored just 23. The Owls have other All-Americans in shortstop Brian Friday and outfielder Tyler Henley. The Dirtbags and Rice met last season for the first time ever, the Dirtbags taking a 4-1 win over Savery in a tournament in Houston. center_img The Dirtbags continue the Texas portion of their 2007 schedule with a three-game series in Houston against No. 6 Rice beginning today. Long Beach State (4-2) is coming off back-to-back series wins against USC and Texas that bumped it up to No. 20 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll. Rice was Baseball America’s preseason No. 1 team but is off to a slow start at 3-3. last_img read more

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Arsenal and Man United on red alert as Reus delays Dortmund contract talks

first_img1 Marco Reus in action for Germany Arsenal and Manchester United target Marco Reus is stalling over contract talks with Borussia Dortmund, reports in Germany claim.The Germany international’s current deal contains a release clause of £28m, which becomes active next summer.As a result, Reus is reportedly keen to wait until the end of the current campaign to see what offers are on the table.According to Bild, Dortmund are eager to extended the 25-year-old’s contract beyond 2017, while also removing the release-clause.However, Reus is delaying talks as interest from several of Europe’s top clubs grow.Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked in the past, while Liverpool and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the winger.last_img read more

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Inter Milan poised to beat Everton in chase for Wolfsburg ace

first_img Ivan Perisic 1 Everton target Ivan Perisic is closing in on a £12.7m switch to Inter Milan.Roberto Martinez is keen to bolster his Goodison Park forward line with another goalscorer to support Romelu Lukaku, but the Nerazzurri look to have beaten the Toffees to Perisic’s signature.According to Sky Italia, Inter have reached an agreement with Wolfsburg for the 26-year-old attacker and personal terms are expected to be finalised by Wednesday.However, it has also been revealed by La Gazzetta dello Sport that, in order for that deal to go through, Roberto Mancini’s men need to offload Xherdan Shaqiri to raise funds for the transfer.Schalke have offered £10m for the Swiss international plus 20 per cent of the 23-year-old’s next transfer fee and Inter’s hopes of signing Perisic hinge on selling Shaqiri.last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS HAVE ONE WEEK TO APPLY FOR GRANT – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue is urging Donegal students who are entitled to a third level grant to apply to SUSI immediately.Students have just one week left to submit their applications for the upcoming college year.The deadline has been moved forward by a month and all applications must now be in by Thursday 01 August. Deputy McConalogue said, “Given the chaos we saw with the SUSI system last year, it is imperative that any Donegal student who meets the criteria for a grant gets their applications in immediately. This is particularly important for incoming first-year students or students in changing circumstances who are not already in the grant system.“The SUSI third level grant application system was plagued with problems, unprecedented delays, chaotic communication and appalling mismanagement last academic year. Of the 2,877 students in Donegal who applied for grants, around half of these had to wait well into the new year to receive their payments. For many, their college year was nearly over before they saw any sign of their grant. It caused enormous problems for the students affected, with many struggling to register properly for their third level course as a result, some denied access to essential college services, others experiencing problems registering for exams and some students forced to drop out of college altogether as a result of the chaos.“We can only hope that after a year, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has finally brought this situation under control and the grant awarding system will be functional and more efficient this year. I am urging students to ensure that they submit all the necessary paperwork so they do not suffer needless delays,” the Donegal Deputy said.Grant applications can be made online at www.susi.ie. Deputy McConalogue said any student who needs help with their application can call his office on 0749373131. DONEGAL STUDENTS HAVE ONE WEEK TO APPLY FOR GRANT – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 24th, 2013 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguegrantslast_img read more

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Communist-era writer Ba Jin, 100

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING – Ba Jin, one of China’s most revered communist-era writers who attacked the evils of the pre-revolutionary era in novels, short stories and essays, died Monday of cancer in Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 100. Best known for his 1931 novel “Family,” the story of a disintegrating feudal household, Ba Jin also translated Russian writers Ivan Turgenev and Pyotr Kropotkin. Ba Jin worked well into his later years writing essays and compiling anthologies of his work. He was part of the young intelligentsia in the early 20th century that looked to Western philosophies – Marxism, anarchism and liberalism – for solutions to China’s backwardness and social inequality. Born Li Yaotang on Nov. 25, 1904, in the western city of Chengdu, he later changed his name to Ba Jin, taking the first syllable in Chinese of the surname of Mikhail Bakunin and the last syllable of Kropotkin, both Russian anarchists. No information on survivors or funeral plans was immediately released. “Never for a moment will I put down my pen. It is kindling a fire within me,” he wrote. “Even after I have been turned into ashes, my love, my feeling will not disappear from this world.” Born to a landlord’s family, Ba Jin joined the Chinese anarchists as a teenager. Ba Jin spent his early adulthood writing fiction and editing anarchist publications, and in 1936 joined the Literary Work Society, an organization of progressive young writers headed by Lu Xun. Most of Ba Jin’s heroes were rebels. In “Family,” his favorite work, he portrayed tensions between feudal, patriarchal controls and rebellious youths fighting for personal and social goals. Another of his well-known novels, “Cold Night,” published not long after World War II, told the story of a couple whose dreams are shattered by the war and who become estranged amid disease and discord. Ba Jin was branded a counterrevolutionary and purged during the 1966-76 “Cultural Revolution,” during which many writers and artists were persecuted and art was completely subordinated to politics. He was labeled a class enemy, banned from writing and forced to clean drains. He did not reappear until 1977. Later, at a time when writers were just beginning to take chances again and feel some security about their status, he complained, “Why is it that our writing cannot be at the forefront of world literature?” “Where else have authors in the world throughout history gone through something so terrifying and ridiculous, so bizarre and agonizing?” he asked.last_img read more

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DONEGAL FANS LEFT STUNNED AFTER TWO OF GARTH BROOKS’ CONCERTS PULLED

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Thousands of Garth Brooks fans from Co Donegal have been left devastated after the singing superstar was granted permission for just THREE of his FIVE concerts at Croke Park.Thousands of Donegal fans may not now get to see Garth Brooks.The move comes despite the fact that country superstar has sold out all concerts at GAA Headquarters, with 400,000 tickets sold in record time.It’s understood the decision to grant permission for just three concerts was made this morning. It means that 150,000 fans may now be left devastated by the news.It is understood the Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts will still go ahead but there is serious doubt over the Monday and Tuesday gigs.The issue may be appealed to the courts.Many of those who got the golden tickets queued for days in Donegal for the tickets. It is not clear at this stage what will happen to the remaining two concerts and on what dates the concerts will be affected.There has been speculation that two of the concerts could be moved to another location, such as the Aviva or the RDS.However, sources said last night that such a move would be logistically impossible.Sources in the GAA said it would “not be feasible” to move the concert stage from one side of the city to another as the concerts are being held five nights in a row. DONEGAL FANS LEFT STUNNED AFTER TWO OF GARTH BROOKS’ CONCERTS PULLED was last modified: July 3rd, 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:ConcertsCroke ParkdonegalGarth Brookslast_img read more

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Darwin Plagiarized Paley?

first_imgNatural selection didn’t begin with Darwin, William L. Abler (Geologist, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago) claims in a letter to the editor of Nature1 Dec. 18th.  According to Abler, Darwin probably got the idea from a theologian he once admired, only later to ridicule:Darwin was educated not as a biologist, but as a country vicar.  Although he may have read Hutton’s book, it is equally likely that Darwin read one of the standard religious works of his day (now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology), William Paley’s Natural Theology (1803), which presents Paley’s proof of the existence of God, as well as of Divine creation.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He quotes Paley as stating the principle of natural selection, only to refute it as a possible objection against design: “There is another answer which has the same effect as the resolving of things into chance,” Paley writes in Chapter 5 of Natural Theology.  He explains it as the proposition that…the eye, the animal to which it belongs, every plant, indeed every organized body which we can see, are only so many out of the possible varieties and combinations of being which the lapse of infinite ages has brought into existence; that the present world is the relict of that variety; millions of other bodily forms and other species having perished, being by the defect of their constitution incapable of preservation, or of continuance by generation.2Abler thinks even Darwin could not have stated the principle of natural selection better.  He notes that even Stephen Jay Gould also pointed out Paley’s priority, but believes natural selection (by other names) was a common heresy in Darwin’s day.William L. Abler, correspondence, “What Darwin Knew,” Nature 426, 759 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426759b.William Paley, Archdeacon of Carlisle, Natural Theology, or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature, 1803, ch. 5, pp. 46-48 (click title for online edition).Charlie, a plagiarist?  This was interesting, so I looked up Paley’s refutation in his once-honorable, classic treatise that Abler calls “now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology.”  The venerable theologian offered three rebuttals to the principle now known as natural selection.  (1) His first might be characterized as a straw man argument today; Paley rhetorically asks that if all possible creatures had existed, why do we not see unicorns, centaurs, etc.  Darwinists might reply with their standard common-ancestry claim that natural selection would only build on patterns established early on, rather than from an infinite pool of possible forms.    (2) The second argument is more interesting and still carries weight today.  It’s the argument from classification.  If nature could produce infinite gradations between forms, why do we find all living things grouped into nested hierarchies of taxa, Paley asks:But, moreover, the division of organized substances into animals and vegetables, and the distribution and sub-distribution of each into genera and species, which distribution is not an arbitrary act of the mind, but is founded in the order which prevails in external nature, appear to me to contradict the supposition of the present world being the remains of an indefinite variety of existences; of a variety which rejects all plan.  The hypothesis [i.e., natural selection] teaches, that every possible variety of being hath, at one time or other, found its way into existence (by what cause or what manner is not said), and that those which were badly formed, perished: but how or why those which survived should be cast, into regular classes, the hypothesis does not explain; or rather the hypothesis is inconsistent with this phenomenon.  Ibid.,, p. 48.In other words, why are their large gaps between major kinds?  The problem of gaps between living and extinct phyla was clearly understood long before Darwin.  For an elaboration of this “nested hierarchy” objection to common descent, read The Biotic Message by Walter Remine.    (3) The third rebuttal is an argument from analogy with machines.  Paley says that no man seeing a variety of machines would think that, out of an assortment of all possible machines that might have arisen from a pool of metal, the remaining forms were “what were left from the accident, as best worth preserving….”  Paley sees no difference between this and inferring natural selection instead of design in living things.  Although this argument from analogy might have been rebuffed in the past, with the retort that living things are not like artificial machines, the discovery of molecular machines in the cell gives the point renewed force today (see Dec. 4 headline and embedded links in the commentary).  Biologists know that protein machines are selected from a near-infinite configuration space, being determined by the sequence of amino acids of which they are composed (see 09/06/2001 headline).  Yet we find these machines already functional in the most primitive life forms and highly conserved throughout the living world.  Natural selection cannot be invoked before the machines of replication existed.  It is time, therefore, to resurrect Paley’s third argument against natural selection and speak it into 21st century terms.    So two out of three objections Paley raised to selection have not been satisfactorily refuted by Darwinists, without first assuming evolution to be true (circular reasoning).  It looks like Paley anticipated Darwin’s case and ably refuted it in advance.  So if Charlie cannot claim priority for the “discovery” of natural selection (according to popular misconception), maybe it is time to distribute the credit and blame where it is due.  Thanks, Dr. Abler, for enabling us to set the record straight.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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