PUL Condemns Police Brutality against Journalists

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) said it is repulsed by the increasing instances of state security forces flogging journalists covering the news as a calculated plan to intimidate and harass the independent media, and deter them from reporting occurrences in our society. The PUL says no serious government which believes in the rule of law would countenance any spur of the minute and barbaric response like public flogging and assault of anyone, least of all a journalist – regardless of the alleged offense committed. The PUL’s statement comes in the wake of alleged repeated, unsubstantiated and ruthless beating of journalists by police officers at various incidents around the country. The PUL protested against two instances within the last one week, where journalists were reportedly harassed and assaulted as they carried out their work. In the first instance, journalists Leila Gbati of the Women Voices newspaper and Alloycious David of The News newspaper were allegedly ruthlessly beaten on Tuesday, August 19, by Police Support Unit (PSU) officers, as they were covering an event where private school teachers converged at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to draw President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s attention to the delay in the payment of their “Ebola Hardship” benefits. At this public gathering, reporter Leila Gbati was allegedly whipped while photographing scenes of the teachers’ protest, leading to the loss of her camera and wounds on her upper right body. Reporter Alloycious David was reportedly roughed up and assaulted at the same event. Likewise, an officer of the Liberia National Police only identified as Sonkalay, allegedly assaulted reporters Emmanuel Degleh and Joseph B. Sackie, while they were attending a press conference at the Kakata, Margibi Police Detachment. This new wave of flogging of journalists suggests to the Union that there is a calculated attempt to threaten journalists, and limit space for peaceful discourse. The PUL Acting President, Jallah Grayfield, said unlawful flogging is a barbaric act that has no place in any democratic society. Mr. Grayfield said “Journalists are not whipping dogs, and stressed that the Press Union is considering all legal approaches to curb the despicable conduct of state security officers against journalists in Liberia.”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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Owed garbage collectors commence limited service – Solid Waste Director

first_imgSolid Waste Management Director of the Mayor and City Council, Walter Narine on Saturday announced that owed garbage collectors – Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal – have commenced working on some locations across the city while awaiting full payment from Central Government.Speaking with Guyana Times, Narine said that City Hall would have convened meetings with the contractors as it relates to the way forward in 2019. Apart from this, there were no discussions on the outstanding $160 million payments.“In terms of payments for last year, there has been no discussion. In terms of moving forward and coming back on service, we would have met with them and they would have agreed to come back and work on some areas that we identified for them. They have since commenced working on those areas,” he claimed.The Solid Waste Director noted that he is oblivious of any payment dates since the collectors would have directly spoken to Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan back in December.“The Government of Guyana would have engaged them directly. Government would have indicated as of recent that they will pay off the entire hundred percent of the bill that was owed by Council. In terms of payment dates, I don’t know.”It has been six weeks since the collectors officially pulled their services from the Council. Narine signaled that while they have resumed operations to some extent, the smaller five contractors continue to work at their respective locations.Bulkan would have met with the collectors and officials of City Hall, where it was declared that Central Government would stand the outstanding $160M by the end of 2018. This is not the first occasion to which the Government rescued the Council from drowning in debts.In November of 2017, $475M was owed to contractors and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon announced that Government would assist the Council by offering some $300M.Meanwhile, in 2016, the Georgetown Council found themselves in that same position and subsequently voted to ask the Central Government for a $600 million “bailout” to pay creditors and meet expenses.Two of City Hall’s creditors, Puran Brothers Disposal Inc and Cevons Waste Management, had threatened to suspend their services over millions owed to them by the municipality.The decision was made in the wake of uncertainty regarding the success of the “amnesty on interest owed on property rates programme”.At that time, the Auditor General, in his audit of City Hall’s operations, found no basis in the award of several contracts for the weeding of parapets, desilting of drains and cutting down trees in various areas around Georgetown since supporting documents were unavailable.At present, there has been a struggle to control the large generation of waste at markets and business hotspots with many resorting to empty land spaces to dump their waste. At the Stabroek Square, it continues to linger on parapets and bus zones.Statements provided by contractors a few weeks ago contradict the actual outcome of events. What was dubbed as credible assurances is now reduced to uncertainty in the payment arrangement.“It yielded what we believe to be credible assurances that settlement of the outstanding debt will commence very shortly. Our understanding is that the first payment will be made before the end of 2018. We have, without prejudice, accepted those assurances,” the service providers jointly announced.last_img read more

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Damage to Aishalton main access road being assessed

first_img– Govt promises relief to residents soonOne day after it was reported that the main access road to Aishalton from Lethem, Region Nine, was cut off to residents due to the flash flooding over the weekend, the Public Infrastructure Ministry related that they were working assiduously to assess and evaluate the damage. As such, the residents of Aishalton were asked to remain patient as regional engineers consult with the Regional Executive Officer (REO) on the way forward.“The Ministry of Public Infrastructure along with the Ministry of Natural Resources understand the importance of this access road to the livelihood of the residents in and around Aishalton and jointly, the Ministries will ensure that the road will become passable in a short while. We deeply regret any inconveniences caused by this unforeseen event,” the statement added.The main access road connecting two major indigenous communities – Lethem and Aishalton – has been completely cut off as the rainy season has only just begun.Toshao of Aishalton, Michael Thomas on Monday told Guyana Times that a particular location, some 12 miles from his village, is in a deplorable state and in dire need of emergency repairs.The damage, he added, has cut off all vehicles travelling from Lethem to Aishalton, as well as seven other surrounding villages.The alternative route requires an additional 60 miles of driving. As a result of this destruction, fuel supply to the communities has decreased, the Toshao said.The situation is expected to worsen, as June month is the peak of the rainy season, which lasts until August in those areas.The location began eroding two years ago due to the rainy season, but this time around, the damage is greater. According to the Toshao, the hole in the road is two metres deep and it has become. Additionally, the culverts have broken in half.Toshao Thomas explained that in 2017, the village received assistance from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to fix the road, and last year, help was provided by the Brazilian Army which was in Guyana to drill wells in the Rupununi.This time around, the Toshao believes assistance from Central Government may be required.Minibus operators are even complaining of the deplorable state of the Linden-Lethem road, describing it as a “death trap”.The bus operators who reached out to Guyana Times on Sunday described the trail as a “death trap” and bashed the Public Infrastructure Ministry for paying zero interest in conducting long-term repairs to that trail which is the only access to those areas.The trail has been in a deteriorated state for years and worsens during the rainy seasons after which minor substandard repairs are done on certain patches and the problem continues to recur.A route 72 bus driver, Keith Daniels, on Sunday told Guyana Times that he was forced to park his minibus due to the condition of the road since the risk of making a trip is way more than the gains.“To be honest, since Wednesday I ain’t make a trip. The last trip I make last week I had to come and take my bus to the mechanic and spend a set of money which I didn’t even make. This trail just getting bad to worse. Destroying people bus.“The Government need to do better than what they are doing. The small man punishing in this place. You struggling to get load to go up and when you do, you are faced with that trash for a road. We got families to feed and we gotta pay mortgage and even pay for the same bus that destroying in that mud. This could be fair,” he argued.last_img read more

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FSJ Building Numbers for January

first_imgTen permits were issued last month but they were worth just over $500,000.- Advertisement -That compares to six issued in the first month of 2008, worth $752,000 and eleven issued in January of 2007, worth more than $8,700,000. However, last year’s 12-month construction value total was very close to that of the previous year.283 permits were issued in 2008 worth $86,744,000 and 319 were issued in 2007 worth $86,853,000.However, the total value for each of the past two years is less than two thirds of the record $136,446,000 in 2006.Advertisement Not surprisingly, given the economic times, the January value of Fort St. John construction was down from last year and way off the first month total for 2007.last_img read more

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Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland: Dallas nets late winner to secure vital victory

first_img Northern Ireland players celebrate Stuart Dallas’ late winner in Baku 1 Stuart Dallas’ stoppage-time strike earned Northern Ireland a smash-and-grab 1-0 success over Azerbaijan that kept them firmly on the road to Russia.Missing eight players from the squad they took to France, and without Gareth McAuley for the final 65 minutes due to a first-half injury, Michael O’Neill’s side struggled in the Baku heat and were thankful to the profligacy of Afran Ismayilov.And they secured an unlikely victory when Dallas rifled in a late winner, his first in a competitive international, having been teed up by the cool-headed Jonny Evans in the box.Dallas’ attempt was just the second on target that O’Neill’s side had mustered and moments earlier he had replaced substitute Niall McGinn with full-back Lee Hodson, seemingly to settle for a 0-0 stalemate. Late goals have become a hallmark of this team in recent years and Dallas’ winner keeps Northern Ireland in second place ahead of their September double-header with San Marino and the Czech Republic.The Azeris had been shell-shocked by the Northern Irish tactics in a 4-0 Belfast loss back in November, conceding three times from dead-ball situations, and the first arrived here in just the third minute.Evans glanced it over and after some nervy moments at the start, Robert Prosinecki’s defence settled into a more composed unit that strung together lengthy spells of pointless possession that rarely saw them cross halfway.On one of the few occasions they did go long, it produced a clear opening for Ramil Sheydaev as he raced beyond a clearly injured McAuley only to rifle his attempt over when faced by Michael McGovern. The scare showed that McAuley, who had been declared fit despite sustaining a thigh injury last month, would be unable to continue and that meant O’Neill had to scrap his initial tactics with the introduction of McGinn.The half-time interval, which arrived just after McGovern collected Azerbaijan’s first attempt on target from Pavlo Pashaev, allowed O’Neill to tinker with his tactics again.Magennis was pushed up to be the attack’s spearhead, with Boyce slotting in behind and McGinn and Dallas occupying the two flanks.The tweak did little for Northern Irish fortunes and the noise around the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium rose once more in the 64th minute when Ricard Almeida picked out Ismayilov, and he turned Brunt inside out before firing into McGovern.The visitors were tiring, and were nearly caught on the counter following a disastrous short-corner routine at the other end, while Evans’ lunge on substitute Namik Alaskarov somehow went unpunished.That could have been a sign that this would be Northern Ireland’s night, as may Ismayilov’s blazed attempt over when he closed on goal, but there was still a sense of disbelief around the ground when Dallas scored in the second minute of stoppage time.He owed much to Evans’ decision to square it to him rather than shooting, and the Leeds man steadied himself before firing into the corner to spark jubilant scenes among the 300 or so fans, who will now have a little bit more hope that they are due to travel this far east again next summer.last_img read more

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FINN VALLEY AC AND MARK ENGLISH PICK UP ATHLETICS IRELAND AWARDS

first_imgThe annual Athletics Ireland awards at the Crowne Plaza Wednesday saw TWO winners from Donegal as Finn Valley AC and Mark English received gongs!Letterkenny man Mark got the gong for outstanding U-23 athlete of the year – the highlight being a medal winning performance at European indoor championships in Prague and solid exciting performances at the World Championship Beijing this Summer plus a scintillating relay 4x 4 relay leg.Finn Valley Athletic Club received the Club development award – amongst the things noted on their citation were their number 1 ranking age group champs national indoor and outdoor, facility development, coaching structure and contribution to national teams from European youth olympics,European team champs, European junior and u 23 plus, at year end the Worlds. The award received on behalf of members by Patsy Mc Gonagle and Neil Martin. No better boys.President of Athletics Ireland Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin said: “We had plenty to celebrate this year with standout performances by Thomas Barr, Robert Heffernan and Mark English in particular. We wish all our Irish athletes the best for Olympic year.”He added:  “The National Athletics Awards is also an excellent opportunity for the association to acknowledge the clubs and the volunteers who play a vital role in to the development of athletes and the sport in Ireland.”World University Games Champion Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) was named as the Athlete of the Year at the GloHealth National Athletics Awards.  FINN VALLEY AC AND MARK ENGLISH PICK UP ATHLETICS IRELAND AWARDS was last modified: November 25th, 2015 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:awardsFinn Valley ACmark englishlast_img read more

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TESCO WORKER TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM EX-GIRLFRIEND

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been told to stay away from his former partner as part of his bail conditions.Letterkenny court.Shane Cullen, of 17 Glendale Manor, was arrested yesterday and appeared at Letterkenny District Court. Solicitor Kieran Dillon said there was an issue with his ex-partner Ashling Kirwin of 14 Glendale Manor, with whom he had a child.Gardai said they had no objection to bail as long as certain conditions were put in place.Mr Dillon said Cullen worked in Tesco supermarket and worked various shifts which made observing a curfew difficult.After working out his hours, Jude Paul Kelly imposed a curfew of between 12.30am and 6.30am.He also ordered Cullen to stay away from Ms Kirwin and to sign on daily at Letterkenny Garda station.Judge Kelly said he will dispose of the matter on the next occasion.TESCO WORKER TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM EX-GIRLFRIEND was last modified: October 2nd, 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:Letterkenny District CourtShane Cullentescolast_img read more

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Proposed highway now E-220

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The project would accommodate a three- to six-fold increase in traffic between the two valleys, according to the MTA. Postmus credited Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, for helping get the project on the national priorities list. “When the coalition started five years ago, this proposal wasn’t on anyone’s agenda,” Postmus said. “It shows how powerful the High Desert can be when we work together.” It will be at least a decade before any construction begins. About $10 million in federal funding has been secured for environmental studies, Runner said. “The first thing to do is get the environmental studies done,” Runner said. “That has to be done before you acquire right-of-way. You have to have right-of-way before you can build roads.” VICTORVILLE – A proposed highway linking the Antelope and Apple valleys has a name, E-220, and status as a high priority in the nation’s freeway network, according to project proponents. High Desert Corridor Coalition’s co-chairman, San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus and state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said the inclusion of E-220 on the high national priority list puts the project in a better position to pull in federal funding. “When it comes time for federal dollars, it will be higher up on the list,” Runner said. The proposed highway would stretch nearly 50 miles, running from the Antelope Valley Freeway to Interstate 15. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a rough estimate of $1.4 billion for the highway’s construction. One segment of the highway would run along Avenue P-8 from the Antelope Valley Freeway to 50th Street East. State Transportation Department officials estimate right-of-way land purchases to cost about $66 million for that segment. Palmdale officials view that segment as a gateway for the Palmdale Regional Airport. Easy access would make the airport more attractive for passengers and airlines. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@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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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 22, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry, cooler, and less humid air works into the state today behind the frontal boundary that finally cleared the state last night. This drier air will come with temps near to slightly below normal for late august over the majority of the state. We should see good drying in this time frame.Scattered showers are back for Friday night, mostly after midnight and toward early Saturday morning. They continue off an on through the weekend. How intense the showers are for the region really depends on the emergence of south flow over the eastern part of the country. With strong south flow, we should see better rain potential. Without it, nothing more than hit and miss action is likely. We are going to slower the upper and lower ranges of our rains chances this morning to a few hundredths to a quarter on the low end, and three quarters of an inch on the top end, with coverage at 60%. Models are pulling back this morning, but we are not taking out any precipitation. The map at right is a snapshot of the rain potential for late Saturday across Ohio.Dry for the balance of Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday. We are pushing our next front back about a day or sow into later Friday, the 31st. We will leave rain potential at half an inch or less, but will key on the pattern, which is trending drier. Any moisture in at months end will be largely hit and miss.In the extended period, a stronger front is still on the way for Labor Day, bringing .25”-1” rain to about 80% of the region. No change in our temperature outlook for the area either, cool the next couple of days, but then warming to normal and slightly above normal levels for the weekend into early next week.last_img read more

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3 Top Strategies To Recruit On Twitter

first_imgTwitter, in my opinion, is the social network where recruiters and HR professionals should be.The most open social network, Twitter offers users the opportunity to connect with a new type of marketplace. For the recruiter, Twitter provides three very different and effective strategies to recruit.  Neither is better than the other with both serving three separates purposes in your organizations recruitment strategy.  Companies and recruiting teams depending on their staffing needs can employ any or all of these strategies at the same time:Just in Time RecruitingRecruiting in this manner is simple. You have a position that needs qualified candidates and today.  Because Twitter is an open network that offers easy search and the ability to connect, sourcing job seekers on Twitter is a great way to fill those positions.  Tools like Twiangulate allow for recruiters to search Twitter by a user’s location, keywords contained within their tweets or their bio.  This comes in handy when filling a very specific position that hasn’t lent results in tools like LinkedIn.  Below is a search on Twiangulate, which is free, for a ruby developer in NYC.Using the keywords Ruby and NYC, I’m able to start building a list from which to research and call from.  Other paid tools like Tweet Adder, which is an online marketing tool, offer the ability to search bios, tweets, and even export your Twitter lists into Excel.Twitter search function at www.search.twitter.com will receive a makeover in the coming weeks. It will now offer autocomplete and search intuition. You can read more about the new features.  It will continue to offer a location search radius and the ability to search by Twitter hash tag.Jobs DistributionTwitter is a search engine and is the third most popular internet tool behind Google and YouTube for web surfers looking for information and answers to questions. It also offers viral and Search Engine Optimization properties making your corporate Twitter account an effective way to market and reach job seekers by posting job openings and announcements to your network.While jobs distribution doesn’t promote engagement and conversation, which are huge to building relationships and long-term employment branding strategies on this social network, companies can share their job openings by setting up an RSS feed to automatically share their opening when it is posted on their ATS or applicant tracking system.  Adding Twitter hash tags specific to the type of position, city, and adding the #jobs or #job hash tags makes your opening to be found easier for job seekers who rely on Twitter as a job search engine.  For an opening for a ruby developer in New York City, I would include the hash tags #nyc, #jobs #job #ruby, and #developer contained within my tweet along with the job title, city, and url to apply for the position.Employment BrandingTwitter in my mind is about engagement, conversation, and connecting with new and interesting people to learn and build relationships with.  For employers, focusing on conversations and community can help serve as customer service and employment branding tools allowing for job seekers to learn more about your organization’s culture and what sets you apart from the competition.  Share content that is of value to your target audience.  If recruiting ruby developers, that means helpful articles, retweeting or reposting the messages or tweets of others, and by following and engaging the #ruby hash tag.  This strategy serves more as long-term word of mouth and candidates apply to openings as a result of your interactions and connections made on the platform.With over 340 million tweets per day being posted to Twitter.com, this social network is where new connections and conversations are made.  If used strategically with a very specific goal, recruiters can manage their time effectively and find it a fantastic source of both passive and active job seekers ready to work.  Read more about how Facebook can also be used in your candidate recruiting efforts.last_img read more

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