Amidst Revelation of Alleged Plans to Islamize Liberia, West Africa:

first_imgIn the wake of a publication unveiling an alleged plan by Saudi Arabia to Islamize Liberia and nine other West African countries, Liberian Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson has called on government not to treat the issue lightly but to take precautionary measures to prevent any occurrence that would undermine the peace of the state.The former Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on May 5, 2014 upon reading our initial story on the alleged Saudi plan, acknowledged that Muslims are spreading all over the world with activities impeding the existence of peace.While some Liberians are by faith Muslim, the Liberian Ambassador cautioned that state security has to work hard to prevent in Liberia activities carried out by Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, al-Qaeda and other religious extremist and militant groups in Africa and other parts of the world.Although the authors of the document unveiling the plan to Islamize Liberia and West Africa are unknown, which in some   ways makes the analysis to be unbelievable, Ambassador Johnson said it is difficult to rule out the report considering the prevailing activities of some Islamic believers around the world.As the Muslim population grows in Liberia, he noted, it serves as a blessing for those perpetrating evil in other parts of the world because it will serve as strength for them. “It would be good for government and citizens to put measures into place to prevent such a thing from happening here.  It is certain that what happens in other places could   happen here, too, but we must be eternally vigilant and take nothing for granted,” Ambassador Johnson added.   He said the information brings to mind the need for citizens to help security with information about suspicious activities of foreigners entering Liberia, including those coming through the country’s porous borders. Unlike the past when Muslim women wearing black veils covering their faces were very few and far between, their numbers in Liberia have significantly increased, with many of them living in Monrovia.Amidst this concern, the Ambassador told the Daily Observer that government also has to handle the matter with care to avoid internal conflict between Muslims and Non-Muslims. It may be recalled that in 2011 conflict sparked up between Mandingos and other tribal groups in Lofa County, which led to deaths and destruction of properties.  A similar incident occurred at Paynesville Red Light in 2004.Following the Voinjama event, a member of the Muslim community wrote a letter to Saudi Arabia complaining to Muslims of that country that Liberian Muslims were not treated with dignity, requesting Arabian Muslims to assist Liberian Muslims tackle the issue.Considering these instances and others that may possibly happen in line with perception created by this published Saudi  information, Ambassador Johnson indicated that Liberians need to be bold to admit their faults and truly reconcile to be together rather than harbor divisive minds. He also clarified that he had not resigned as an Ambassador as the information in the said article indicated, but confirmed that he is no longer an accredited ambassador to London.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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For Efforts that Ended Ebola, Nyenswah Commends AU

first_imgTolbert Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister and head of the Incidence Management System has commended the African Union through the Union’s Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) for the interventions they made at various levels to end the Ebola transmission in Liberia.Mr. Nyenswah made the commendation over the weekend in Monrovia at AU’s Commission dinner for Media practitioners hosted by ASEOWA. The ceremony brought together high profile individuals including medical doctors who study diseases and their origins (epidemiologists) Dr. Shikanga O-tippo as scores of local and international journalists many them assigned at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.The team is headed by Mrs. Wynne MusabayanaAfrican Union Commission Deputy Head of Communication and Information. While in the country, the team will visit, carry out assessment of impact of ASEOWA in the schools and interview headmasters as well as selected medical facilities, etc and will depart for Sierra Leone and Guinea on May 19.However, in his statement which catalogued AU’s contributions to the Ebola fight, Mr. Nyenswah said, the organization strongly collaborated with authorities at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs) recorded a zero percent, thereby making the country Ebola transmission free.After passing 42 days without recording new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 8 declared Liberian Ebola-free, but the official celebration marking that occasion was held on May 11 to the joy of every Liberian and their international partners.Mr. Nyenswah recalls how ASEOWA team was involved in vigorous community engagement and information dissemination to enable communities to protect themselves.The exercise was initiated with the aimed that achieved timely respond; weakened the transmission of the EVD and save lives.The African Union Commission (AUC) initiated preparations for the ASEOWA as a contribution to efforts that addressed the EVD outbreak in West Africa.The ASEOWA psychosocial team too that aimed to maintain a reliable data of survivors separated their groups into other units, “and in the end, the job was well coordinated and ended so well with the back of Ebla to the ground.” Other speaker who catalogued AU Commission efforts that ended the Ebola crisis in Liberia was Dr. Julius Okatta, who paid respect to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians for the collective support that brought the health crisis to an end.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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CAL partners with UG for Diaspora and Entrepreneur Conference

first_imgCaribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) has partnered with the University of Guyana to host its second annual Diaspora and Entrepreneur Conference.The conference is billed for July 21-25.The partnership will see CAL customers benefiting from special concessions if they register to attend the conference, which will focus on best practices in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, economic growth, diversity and inclusion and the role of the Caribbean diaspora.“Caribbean Airlines will provide special concessions to customers who register to attend the conference through the University of Guyana,” CAL said in a statement.The airline’s CEO, Garvin Medera, stated: “Caribbean Airlines is about connecting the Caribbean and this goes beyond the thousands of people we transport daily. It extends into the communities we serve, and the diaspora is one of the most important. We are happy to support this conference which will see aspiring and established entrepreneurs from the diaspora meet in Guyana from July 21-25 to collaborate and innovate, which is critical to the development of our entire Caribbean region”.On commenting on the partnership, Dr Fitzgerald Yaw of the University of Guyana said: “Our partnership with Caribbean Airlines will help diaspora members to participate in this important Diaspora and Entrepreneurship Conference. This conference will facilitate dialogue and spark innovative collaborations and discussions, as we engage with the diaspora. As an authentic Caribbean air carrier with strong links to the diaspora, Caribbean Airlines is a natural partner for the University of Guyana”.CAL operates a minimum of six daily flights to and from Guyana, including non-stop service to JFK International Airport, New York and direct service to other North American and Caribbean destinations.last_img read more

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Several injured in 2 separate accidents

first_imgTwo of the cars which were damaged on the East CoastSeveral persons were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Monday morning after a Route 42 minibus, destined for Timehri, East Bank Demerara, turned turtle on High Street, Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that the minibus, BXX 1938, was travelling at a fast rate of speed at about 11:00h when the driver slammed into another minibus which was crossing Princes Street, Georgetown, at the intersection.This bus, onlookers said, was not badly damaged, however, the one transporting passengers toppled several times before turning turtle opposite Infinity Gas Station.Eyewitnesses, who assisted the injured persons, recalled hearing the screams of the passengers before they were rushed to the GPHC.This publication was told that several of them sustained broken limbs while a few were treated and sent away.At the scene, bloodstains were on the roadway along with shattered glass and the footwear of a little child.In the meanwhile, the drivers of the minibus and the other vehicle have been taken into Police custody and are assisting with the investigations.Street raceIn another incident, seven cars were badly damaged as a result of a speeding car which lost control in the vicinity of Liliendaal on the East Coast of Demerara at about 02:00h also on Monday.Guyana Times was told that the driver of a white Toyota 192 motorcar had customised his car to add turbo speed and was reportedly involved in a street race at about 02:00h on Monday morning when he crashed into a black Toyota Fielder wagon, bearing registration number PXX 1390, which was parked in the corner of the road, before he slammed into several other cars which were parked in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Hotel at Liliendaal.The cars, which included PMM 3127, PPP 9581 and PWW 843, were being rented by guests of the hotel who were awakened from their sleep as a result of the commotion.The driver, who was making his way to Georgetown and is responsible for the accident which caused millions of dollars in destruction in seconds, was reportedly rushed to a hospital, where he is being treated for head injuries.Workers attached to the hotel said they did not see when the accident happened. One staffer told this newspaper that the security guard informed him that he was at the back of the building when the mishap occurred.Efforts made by Guyana Times to contact the management of the hotel were futile.The police are presently investigating the matter.WarningThese mishaps have occurred mere days after the Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, appealed to drivers to be extra careful on the wet roads.He told this publication that the rainy season is known to bring along with it many things and road fatalities just happen to be one of those that cannot be accepted.In fact, Isles explained that road accidents and fatalities have increased for this year. This was seen when figures were compared with those for last year for the same period.“We had 35 accidents with 39 deaths last year up to today’s date and in 2019, we got 38 accidents with 40 deaths, an increase of accidents by eight per cent and deaths by two per cent,” he said.The Toyota 192 that slammed into the other carsThe minibus which toppled at High Streetlast_img read more

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Video: ‘Brilliant’ new Liverpool star impresses team-mate

first_imgLiverpool have spent plenty this summer but one player who is already catching the eye is Lazar Markovic.The Serbian speedster joined the Reds from Benfica in a £20million deal after starring in Portugal last season.And he’s already made team-mate Jordan Henderson sit up and take notice with his display on the left wing for Brendan Rodgers’ side against Olympiakos in a friendly.Henderson told Liverpool’s official website: “I thought he was brilliant. It’s his first game and he gelled really well. He kept getting the ball, taking players on; he looked really lively so I think he’ll be delighted with his game.“He’s very creative; he’s great with the ball, playing one-twos and [making] runs in behind all the time so he’s a great threat for us going forward, especially on the counter-attack. He’s a great signing and a great plus for us.”And you can see Markovic’s performance above…last_img read more

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Mandzukic fires Juve into Champions League last 16

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Champions League matchTURIN, Italy, Nov 28 – Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Valencia in their Group H clash.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo provided the assist that allowed the Croatian World Cup runner-up to tap-in the winner just before the hour mark in Turin. The win for the Italian champions, who only needed a point to ensure qualification, combined with Manchester United snatching a late 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford means Valencia crash out of the competition.Ronaldo came out firing on all cylinders after his controversial red card during his first Champions League game for Juventus in Valencia back in September, which Massimiliano Allegri’s side won 2-0 despite being down to ten men.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was in top form in the Allianz Stadium with chances in the first three minutes, with a powerful drive straight at Valencia’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner skimmed the post after 25 minutes following good work between Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro.A clever Leonardo Bonucci backheel flip was picked up by Joao Cancelo whose curling effort flew past the post to the frustration of Ronaldo who had been position for the pass.However the hosts could thank goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for going into the break 0-0 when his one-handed save stopped Mouctar Diakhaby’s searing header.Juventus piled on the pressure after the break with Neto denying Ronaldo from a free-kick.But Mandzukic broke through in the 59th minute as Ronaldo shook off Gabriel with some fancy footwork and flashed a low shot across the face of goal that found the Croatian forward, who just had to finish off.Valencia thought they had scored two minutes later but Diakhaby’s header was ruled out and the defender penalised for handball.The Spaniards could thank Neto for limiting the damage, clearing a curling Dybala shot and a late Ronaldo header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool and Manchester United to reignite interest in Real Madrid starlet?

first_img1 Liverpool and Manchester United could revisit their interest in Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard following the news he is struggling at Real Madrid.The Spanish champions paid £2.3m for the 16-year-old in the summer, in a deal that included him training with the first team but playing with the reserves.However he has been dropped from the Zinedine Zidane managed B-team and, according to reports in Spain, a meeting between his father and the club’s hierarchy is planned to discuss the situation and the midfielder’s future.Odegaard snubbed a number of the Premier League’s top clubs in the summer to join Real on a reported £40,000 a-week contract.And they could start circling again, along with a handful of German and Italian clubs, with similarly lucrative offers if his brief time with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo comes to an end. Martin Odegaard last_img read more

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Meetings 1/2

first_imgHere is a list of upcoming neighborhood council meetings: Reseda Neighborhood Council will hold a board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. North Hills East Neighborhood Council (forming), 7 p.m. Jan. 9, in the library at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in Room 1B at the Marvin Braude Constituent Services Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 908-1840. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the auditorium at Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the library at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 503-2399 or see www.shermanoaksnc.org. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or send e-mail to dnmetro@dailynews.com. 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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BUNCRANA MINORS JUST FALL SHORT IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL CLASH

first_imgBUNCRANA’S minors just came up short today in their Ulster Quarter-Final clash with Co Derry champions Watty Grahams.The Inishowen side, playing with a strong breeze in the first half in the clash at St Paul’s GAA club in west Belfast, trailed by three points after 15 minutes.But the Donegal champions rallied and were just a point behind at half-time – 0-04 to 0-03 – in tough conditions. Grahams, from Glen, moved further ahead after the re-start adding a goal to their tally.However Buncrana managed to stay within touching distance, scoring a goal of their own.Grahams however chipped away and continued to add to their points tally and any chance of a Donegal comeback was extinguished when Buncrana were reduced to 14 men in the final minutes.Final Score in Belfast: Watty Grahams 1-11, Buncrana 1-05.  BUNCRANA MINORS JUST FALL SHORT IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL CLASH was last modified: December 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:buncranaQuarter final.Ulster Minor FinalWatty Grahamslast_img read more

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TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST

first_imgAbout two hundred well-wishers were on the quayside in Killybegs yesterday for the arrival of two new trawlers.KillybegsThe matched pair, each 27 meters long and weighing 325 tonnes, were designed and constructed by the Vestaerftet yard in Hvide Sande, Denmark, for the Killybegs Seafoods processing company.The boats are a welcome addition to the fleet of around 30 vessels which currently fish out of the harbour. The vessels are replacements for the trawlers, “Colmcille”, “Westward Isle” and “Carmarose” and will carry the names “Colmcille” and “Westward Isle”.TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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