first_imgIt all started when a very emotional Ebola track “Ebola stay away from Africa” was aired on Hottfm 107.9 on “Disturbing the Peace’s” late night radio show.Nearly a hundred callers called in wanting to know more about the artist behind the song, and why Ebola mattered to him so much.Luckily, we were able to contact the Liberian performer who’s been contributing for many years of essential instrumentals, songs and hope for Liberian music.Prince Sherman Thomas, commonly known as ‘JustPrince’ is an artist worth talking about; he’s also the powerful voice behind the Ebola track. He’s been adding flavor to some of your favorite songs and working with some Gospel and R&B headliners.“I have been fortunate to work with big artists such as Jeff Majors and Trinitee 5-7.  I was also on a production team for Whitney Houston. I am a member of Glorious Lamps International and we were privileged to be in a concert with Hezekiah Walker. And on a more international level, I have worked with Sonnie Badu and the Prophet Seth Bah,” JustPrince says.What’s important in this deadly Ebola fight knowing that spirited people such as JustPrince feels the pain of those who have been affected directly. According to him, he came out with the emotional track “Ebola stay away from Africa” after learning he had also lost a relative to the deadly disease.“I became inspired to do the Ebola song following the death of my cousin Sharon Washington from the virus. In my grief, the words “Ebola stay away from Africa” came to me and I immediately got up around two in the morning and went to the studio to record it,” he shared.Though many Liberians have stories to tell about their own experiences, we hope that one-day they all will be told. While Ebola is said to be slowly winding down in these parts, there’s another battle to be fought: the fact that many Liberians at home and abroad are being stigmatized.“Ebola has affected me as a Liberian who is here in America because it’s my home and day by day I am hearing and watching my fellow country men and women passing away.  Food is said to be scarce because the markets can’t open. I personally still have family back home whom I’m unable to protect. I would like to encourage all those in Africa who have been plagued by the Ebola virus to stay prayerful, continue to trust in GOD who is the master healer. It may not seem like it right now, but Ebola will pass,” he says.JustPrince has been musically gifted for quite awhile, and has his own story to tell. The strong spirit that can be felt through his voice in his Ebola track doesn’t just come from deep within. But the force in his lyrics comes from a past that he didn’t mind sharing with LIB LIFE.“As an artist in the gospel spectrum, I reflect back from time to time on some of the things God has allowed me to go through,” he narrates.  “I started to play the piano at a very young age and over time I was given many opportunities for my skills to grow. But as a young child, I became seriously ill. I was so sick that I was literally knocking on death’s door, but GOD healed me.“I chose to be a gospel artist because I grew up in a Christian home. Over the years God has done many great things in my life. For instance, during the war, one of the rebel soldiers wanted to execute me and again GOD delivered me,” he testified.Meanwhile, JustPrince has made a lot of hearts warmer through his Ebola track. He has helped many to cope with the reality of the damage caused by Ebola when it’s eradicated. He’s also helping to develop the capacities of other Liberian musical artists.  The latest about to grow under his tutelage will be the Liberian gospel vocal powerhouse, Bernice Blackie, who is presently in the USA.“I have had the great pleasure in giving back to the Liberian community musically and the joy of building up artists and watching them grow into their GOD given potential.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

St. Edward Catholic Church Makes Cash Donations to Students

first_imgIt is obvious that many students will be unable to be among their colleagues as academic activities resume because their parents and guardians are financially unable to cater to their educational needs this year.Paying school fees in Liberia has always been an annual problem as fees are hiked every year and most parents are unemployed and have no meaningful earnings. The severity of the situation this year is the result of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Though Schools were pronounced open since February 16, the lack of funds for parents to register their children amid the exorbitant fees coupled with fears from other parents about the EVD, has rendered the entire process without zeal.Help seems not to be coming for most parents, which definitely indicates that their children may not enter school this academic year.But one religious institution that is lending a helping hand to some financially powerless parents is the St. Edward Catholic Church. The church has made cash donations to some students.The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of the church on Sunday distributed over LD$22,000 to seven children. The beneficiaries, ages 14 to 24, received between L$3,000 and L$8,000 each.Their classes range from 7th to 12th grade. However the students, according to the (PPC), were not just provided the cash on a need basis, but because of their commitment and untiring service to the church.The beneficiaries included Emmanuel Burphy, Abu Bokarie, Ursula Wiefue, Abrahamline Nyonneoh, Jerryline Armah, Jacob Johnson and Austin K. Weah.Associate Parish Priest, Rev. Ft. Michael Gorson, who conceived the idea, said it is meant to augment their parents’ efforts as they strive to meet the educational needs of their children.“We could have done more than that and for many of our young people, but we are a small church and we don’t have that capacity. But we just want to thank those children for their numerous services to the church,” he said.He said there are more children out there who need help to get back to school, especially as the EVD has struck so hard, rendering many parents jobless.He called on churches, especially the bigger ones, to come to the fore and help. “The churches need to come out now and start to do something because our people are in need,” he stressed.The church should not only meet the spiritual needs of the people, but try to meet the social and moral needs of its people, especially the children.He urged parents to bring their children close to God. “Our children belong to the church so I want to urge you all to encourage the children to come to Christ. And when they come we need to do things that will encourage them to stay.”The vice chair of the PPC, Mother Patricia Fahnbulleh,  said the church is trying to establish a scholarship fund for the student population to help unprivileged ones to continue their education.“We want to build on this and even go further by establishing a scholarship fund for them,” she said.She lauded Rev. Gorson for his brilliant idea. “As you can see, Rev. Gorson is a young Priest who holds the young people of this parish in his heart and is trying to do all he can to help them.The recipients, in interviews with the Daily Observer, lauded the leadership and members of the Parish, for what they described as such a surprise package.The church has also pledged to pay the first semester fees of a 12th grade student whose father told her that he did not have money to send her to school this year.The St. Edward Parish is located in Logan Town, Bushrod Island. It is a small Parish that is trying to do so much for its members and the community.The church also used the occasion to honor two of its long serving and astute members who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Parish. Those honored were Mr. Joseph P. Duawo and Atty. Marion Wreh. Both have served the Parish and the Catholic Church in general in several capacities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defense Ministry Refutes ‘Incomplete Training’ Allegation

first_imgThe Ministry of National Defense (MOD) has refuted a report in a local newspaper alleging that soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have not been properly trained. The “Incomplete Training” allegation in the lead story in one of the local dailies in Monrovia suggests that the report had been leaked from an unauthorized source in the Senate.In a release signed by the Assistant Defense Minster for Public Affairs, David K. Dahn, and distributed yesterday to all media houses in Monrovia including the one that published the article, MOD strongly refuted the claim. The report which the newspaper classed as ‘leaked’ from the Liberian Senate, asserts that Liberia’s security forces received “incomplete training” from “inexperienced trainers” hired to reform the country’s police and military. Thus the (quality) of the training is to blame for the unfolding scale of poor judgment and brutality being meted out to civilians by security forces. The newspaper article quotes Senator Stephen J.H. Zargo, who chairs the Senate Committee on Defense and Intelligence as saying, that discipline and courtesy were forbidden to be taught to the security forces including the military.However, in its reaction, the MOD said it firmly disagrees with the characterization of the defense sector as receiving ‘incomplete training from inexperienced trainers’ and considers the assertion a “diplomatic ambiguity” from the “leaked report” that discipline and courtesy were never taught to the Liberian military as quoted by the paper. MOD made it clear that contrary to the published ‘leaked report, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), from Class 01-12, received a “world class complete training, inclusive of discipline and courtesy” over a phased training period as contained in the established training manual. “The quality of training received by the gallant men and women of the AFL has, over the years, been demonstrated by promptness to national tasks and heightened at the international level through the praise-worthy representation of the AFL at the MINUSMA, mission in Mali,” the release said. Regarding deviant behavior by some individuals with the AFL, the MOD said, it has maintained discipline and regimentation in the force and is on record for severely punishing, including disrobing and turning over to civil authority, those whose attitude and behavior have brought them into conflict with the AFL regulations and laws of the Republic of Liberia. Putting the blame for individuals’ actions on the lack of a particular institutional training course, as mentioned by the publication is nothing less than “terminology inexactitude,” said the statement.Meanwhile, authorities of the ministry have underscored their gratitude for the support of the international partners to Liberia’s Security Sector Reform efforts. The Ministry assured the public that it will continue to work to ensure that the security of the state remains a top priority.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Too early for cash grants from oil – Jagdeo

first_img—urges citizens to keep open mindsAs the debate continues over the ‘cash grant’ proposal, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that Government is creating such a turmoil over something that will be a non-issue until the next decade.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“There is a WPA (Working People’s Alliance) proposal on the table which has been found to be technically unsound because even Clive Thomas himself said that to make [the cash grants] successful, you have to get up to 1.5 million barrels per day. That’s not gonna happen until after 2030, if ever,” Jagdeo pointed out at his weekly press conference on Thursday.President David GrangerHis comments come after President David Granger said on Wednesday that the WPA – one of the five parties that make up the APNU component of the coalition – proposed cash grants from the oil revenues but the Head of State noted that no details had been worked out.“The proposal has been made by the Working People’s Alliance but we have not worked out the details. We…the other partners, are not against cash grants but we asked for more information …details on who will be eligible, how it will be disbursed,” the President told reporters on Wednesday.Professor Clive ThomasBut according to the Opposition Leader, some WPA members want people to embrace this proposal without studying it and its implications.“What the WPA wants is to go in the communities and say to people ‘vote APNU because if you do this, next year you gonna get 5000 USD for every households.’ That’s what they want: to lie to people… But since oil proceeds are variable and prices fluctuate, any model that will see universal transfer or the basic income approach has to have been carefully calculated. It also has to be variable if it’s practiced and secondly, it must be sustainable. It can’t destroy the rest of the economy through the Dutch disease etc…,” Jagdeo posited.The Opposition Leader went on to explain that come next year, United States oil giant, ExxonMobil, will start production with 120,000 barrels per day and in order to achieve what the WPA is proposing, 1.5 million barrels per day would be required.“[So] why make it such a big hot issue at this time when we’re not gonna be able to do this in another decade from now. So this is what they want to do, mislead people once again,” he asserted.Nevertheless, Jagdeo further pointed out that cash grants are something the PPP is open to in the future.“We should keep an open mind to the concept because it’s a global concept and I think the intention is a good one to ensure everybody has at least basic income,” the Opposition Leader contended.In fact, he noted that the previous People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration had distributed cash grants, such as the $10,000 ‘Because We Care’ initiative, to school children and that was done without oil resources.Going forward, Jagdeo said if the party returns to office, it will not only be reinstating that programme but intends to increase the amount to as much as $50,000 per child per year. This, he noted, was the party’s plan had it remained in office at a time when oil revenues were not in the picture as yet.Additionally, the Opposition Leader noted that cash grants will also be set aside for pensioners and other vulnerable groups.This cash grant initiative got its life when Professor Thomas, a WPA Executive, had touted the idea of the impending oil revenues be distributed, that is, US$5000 to each household in Guyana sometime back.But in a revised position more recently, the economist posited that indeed this proposal could take several years before Guyana is actually in a position to make such cash pay-outs to an estimated 210,000 Guyanese households every year.Still insisting, however, that his initiative can work, Professor Thomas explained that it can be manageable in the long-term since the cash transfers would be limited to 10 per cent of the country’s total revenue from oil.But even with this, Jagdeo last week had dismissed the model that the WPA exec is proposing.He had explained that some countries have been exploring the concept of a ‘universal basic income’ which sees every citizen in that country getting a cash grant from the treasury. This model was supposed to help with employment and reduce poverty, among other areas.The Opposition Leader noted that of recent, some countries have been experimenting with the initiative but the result does not show any shift in employment. The results, he said, have been mixed.Moreover, Jagdeo also explored the ‘Alaska’ model. In the oil-producing US State, persons receive a cheque every year but that sum is varied based on the prices of oil on the market.While this too does not impact employment in any way as well, the Opposition Leader posited that one thing people do not factor in about this model is that Alaska is not only a State in the US but also uses the US dollar.“So they can spend as much US dollars as they wish without it having the effect of the ‘Dutch disease’ and so the biggest concern from developing countries is the change in relative prices. Because if you spend too much US dollar in the economy, the local currency appreciates and it kills off the productive sectors and so that macro-economic impact that a scheme of that sort will have on, say, a smaller country, the US or Alaska doesn’t have to bear. So you have to think about that carefully,” Jagdeo contended.Bringing it a bit closer to home, however, the former President pointed to the model that neighbouring Brazil uses. The Portuguese nation distributes cheques to only poor families but the grant is conditional upon children attending school.last_img read more

Elderly man crushed to death in EBE hit and run

first_imgAn elderly man was reportedly crushed to death by a truck early this morning (Thursday), at Parika, East Bank Essequibo.The accident happened at around 8:15h, a short distance away from the first Koker.According to eyewitness, the man, who is yet to be identified, was riding a bicycle at the time of the accident. The truck was heading towards Parika Junction.Police were summoned to scene of the accident and are investigating.More details in the Friday, September 13, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

AC Milan step up bid to lure Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi AC Milan are ready to step up their pursuit of Arsenal and Liverpool target Asier Illarramendi with Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel’s San Siro loan seemingly in the balance.As reported by talkSPORT, Van Ginkel could be set to return to Stamford Bridge after failing to secure much-needed first team football during his season-long loan stint at the Italian giants.That will leave a space in Filippo Inzaghi’s squad and, according to sources in Italy, Milan will take the opportunity to press ahead with their move for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Illarramendi.The gifted Spanish international is out of favour at Madrid and reportedly training with the reserves, following the acquisition of Germany World Cup winner Toni Kroos.Both the Gunners and Brendan Rodgers’ side have been linked with January moves for the the 24-year-old, who was once hailed as the long-term successor to Xabi Alonso at the Bernabeu.But they appear to have fallen behind Milan in the race to land him, with Inzaghi ready to pounce in January.last_img read more

Airline requests time to reorganize

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Northwest Airlines Corp. is asking for more time to file its plan to emerge from bankruptcy. The nation’s fourth-largest airline said it hopes to have a plan by the end of 2006. Northwest had faced a Jan. 12 deadline for filing its own plan for emerging from bankruptcy. Without an extension, bankruptcy law allows Northwest’s creditors to come up with their own plan. Northwest called its bankruptcy “among the largest and most complex cases ever filed.” “Although much as already been accomplished in a few short months, much remains to be done before Northwest can proceed with confidence to propose a reorganization plan. This will take time and cannot be rushed,” Northwest said in a court papers filed late Friday. Northwest also said it has begun seeking debtor-in-possession financing. On Jan. 17, a trial is set to begin on Northwest’s requests to reject union contracts and impose the company’s own terms on its pilots, flight attendants and ground workers. The airline and the unions have said they hope to make a deal before then. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Northwest said its creditors support a six-month extension with the understanding that it will probably need another extension. Delta Air Lines Inc. filed for its own bankruptcy extension on Dec. 22, and Northwest said that day that it intended to seek an extension. Both airlines filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 14. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines won multiple extensions for filing its reorganization plan. It aims to emerge next month after three years in bankruptcy court. Northwest may not generate “significant” money until 2009 or 2010, according to an earlier filing by Seabury Group LLC, which Northwest hired to advise it through bankruptcy. In its latest filing, Northwest said the shape of its business would depend on the cost savings it can get from workers, aircraft financiers, and pension and retiree obligations. Without knowing how those issues will be resolved, Northwest said it can’t decide which markets to serve, which airplanes to fly, and which leases to reject. last_img read more


first_imgResidents of Ballaghder/Illistrin just outside Letterkenny have proved that cleaning up your community can be fun.More than 50 residents of the area got stuck into the massive clean-up. And together the group managed to fill a full skip of illegally-dumped rubbish including everything form televisions to nappies was recovered.Among those who led the way was local teacher John Devenney and farmer Joe who controlled the tractor!And it wouldn’t have been all worthwhile but for the party at the end of the day.Who says you can’t haver some good CLEAN fun! LETTERKENNY RESIDENTS PROVE CLEANING A COMMUNITY CAN BE FUN was last modified: April 14th, 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:Ballaghderg/Illistrinclean-uplast_img read more

Can’t coexist

first_imgRe: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): Before President Bush moves forward in putting troops on the border, as well as building a 320-mile security fence between Mexico and the United States, I suggest the following: Send a battalion of troops to the New York harbor and, brick by brick, begin dismantling the Statue of Liberty. Symbolically and philosophically, at least in the U.S. of A. that I love, the Statue of Liberty and troops on the border cannot coexist. Stephen Wagner Valencia Lifting all of us Re: “Heaven help us” (May 18): Heaven help me understand why the indicators suggest the economy is booming. Why then are poverty, hunger, homelessness and repossession of homes on the rise? Why is the stock market tumbling, gas prices rising, home sales dropping and interest rates climbing? Why are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? Why are the rich getting tax cuts when the national debt is getting bigger? The president tells us that wealth trickles down (trickle is the key word). I would like to see a gusher that starts at the bottom and pushes up. One that lifts everyone, not just Bush’s friends who are already on top. Philip Wilt Van Nuys Prudent spending Re: “Local money wasting away” (May 14): Only in a city as enamored of its bloated bureaucracy as L.A. could elected officials be criticized for spending money prudently. The primary purpose of neighborhood councils is “to promote more citizen participation in local government and make government more responsive to local needs.” Achieving that function often requires no more than the cost of a public meeting space, a few fliers and postage for an advisory letter to the city. The remainder of the small allotment to each neighborhood council is spent on overhead and outreach. If neighborhood councils are wisely allowing their funds to accrue in an effort to make individual expenditures go farther, they should be applauded for their restraint. Jason Lyon Representative at large Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Not a good answer Re: “Smith responds” (Your Opinions, May 18): If I am reading Councilman Smith correctly, he proposes to fund neighborhood councils with more taxpayer money than they can spend, let each council keep the excess and receive full funding the following cycle. Apparently Councilman Smith intends to attack the fiscal integrity of our neighborhood councils and turn them into something more akin to the DWP, Parks and Recreation and all the other taxpayer-funded agencies that pilfer every cent and cry for more. Patrick Weir Chatsworth Commission responds Re: “No consequences” (Editorial, May 11): Most government workers, including those of the county of Los Angeles, are protected from arbitrary employment actions as a safeguard against cronyism or political favoritism. Contrary to the impression left by your reporting, when a county employee is fired, he or she is removed from the workplace immediately. County workers then have the right to appeal disciplinary actions to the County Civil Service Commission. The commission’s responsibility is to make certain that the department imposing discipline has followed civil-service rules, proved the allegations against the employee and has justified the level of discipline before a hearing officer. We don’t have authority to increase discipline. Hundreds of cases are filed with the commission every year. Anyone who has attended our meetings on Wednesday mornings knows how much time each commissioner devotes to reading and understanding the material and the serious and thorough review we give each case. Our meetings and hearings are open to the public. Z. Greg Kahwajian President, Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission Plain English My Grandparents, parents and I were all born in the United States and I have spoken the English language all my life. How can you help me understand the complicated propositions and issues with all their double talk? Each side is written so that it sounds good for their side. Never mind other languages, just use plain English. Celia De La O Arleta The border qualifies Re: “Governor seeks info before he sics Guard” (May 18): Sacramento doesn’t want troops on the border…they want to save them for disasters. Hello? The border is a disaster. Barbara Graham Sherman Oaks AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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


first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh has announced plans to expand his footballing academy by setting up an academy exclusively for girls.McHugh’s Donegal Soccer Academy has been an incredible success since its inception with hundreds flocking to attend the footballing centre of excellence. McHugh is assisted at the academy by former Derry City teammate Ruaidhri Higgins.His Donegal Schoolboys assistant Mel O’Donnell is also a coach at the DSA.The new season kicks-off this WEDNESDAY and as always NEW members are always welcome.The girls academy is expected to get underway in a few weeks with registration taking place on Wednesday September 23rd. New Season Registration this Wednesday and every NEW member will get a Free Boot-Bag with every registration.New Members are very Welcome – email Name & DOB DonegalSoccerAcademy@gmail.comOr arrive early at the Aura register to register. SOCCER: KEVIN MCHUGH LAUNCHES NEW SOCCER ACADEMY FOR GIRLS was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DSAKevin McHughSportlast_img read more