Interim Land Taskforce Established

first_imgFollowing the end of the extended tenure of the Land Commission (LC), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has established an Interim Land Taskforce (ILTF).The ILTF, established on March 18, is charged with the responsibility of undertaking and maintaining sustained legislative engagement to facilitate the speedy passage of the Liberia Land Authority Bill.The Land Taskforce is also required to maintain continued engagement with partners, donors and other land sector stakeholders in order to ensure that they remain committed to providing support and assistance to the proposed Liberia Land Authority, and to the country’s land reform program within the context of ongoing and future projects and programs.Ensuring that the provision of essential land related services, which were being provided by or coordinated through the former Land Commission, are continued during the intervening period while awaiting passage of the Land Authority Bill, is also among ILTF’s responsibilities.The President has appointed the Chairman of the former LC, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy as Chairman of the ILTF. Others appointed to the ILTF include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), represented by George Miller, Assistant Minister of the Department of Lands, Survey and Cartography; and Philomena Bloy Sayeh, Director-General of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). The appointments took effect on March 18 this year.The offices of the ILTF are located in the headquarters of the defunct Land Commission, in the Goodridge Building, Jallah Town Road, between 8th and 9th Streets in Sinkor, Monrovia.In establishing the Task Force, the President indicated that the supporting staff of the ILTF will be seconded from the MLME, CNDRA and former staff of the now defunct Land Commission. The process of seconding the relevant staff to the ILTF has begun..The Task Force started work during the first week of April. It has held three meetings thus far and has discussed a range of issues, including organization matters; the preparation of a work plan; and engagement with both the Legislature, donors and other stakeholders.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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The Speech that Moved the Nation Forward

first_imgKwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and all of the great visionaries of African history — their greatest contributions to their nations and the world at large were their ideas. It was their abilities to interpret the times in which they lived and project the way forward that moved their nations and people to action.Great speeches and writings are great not because of the use of big words, but because of the ideas they convey; because of how they frame the conditions of the times in which they are written and because of the torchlights they point into the future. This is also referred to as thought leadership.It is against this backdrop that we, the Daily Observer newspaper, would like to thank Madam Leymah Gbowee for the remarkable speech she delivered on July 26, 2019 at the official program marking Liberia’s 172nd Independence Day. Congratulations would not suffice; those are for achievements, and she has many. A Thank You in our view is more befitting for a major contribution made to this nation’s development and forward movement.Every year, an orator is chosen by the President of Liberia to give the keynote address at the annual Independence Day celebration. We have seen doctors of philosophy, writers, former Liberian ambassadors, presidents of universities and the like. But seldom, if ever, have we seen women chosen to give this address. For this year’s choice, we commend the President of Liberia, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah.Leymah Gbowee is a true daughter of the soil. Yes, an educated woman with a Master’s degree and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose wisdom is sought out around the world; but also a very low key, low profile personality with her ear to the ground; one who has “walk[ed] with kings [and not lost] the common touch”, as Rudyard Kipling said in his poem “If”. A woman whose trumpet is not blown by herself; a woman who does not see leadership or headlines as targets to be grasped. One who fights for causes and not for self.In true Leymah fashion, this orator reached out to the people themselves to find out what they wanted to hear in an Independence Day address. That in itself, if nothing else, was lesson in leadership.Most speeches of this nature are diplomatic (avoiding the real truths) or else are reflective of history (PHD thesis type speeches). Not this one. This one was direct, yet not insulting, filled with material we could actually use. In addition, the President was directly addressed and criticized in the speech. Yet we also observe that he thanked her profusely upon delivery. This is a very significant development that suggests a major step in the right direction. It tells us that this President is looking not for mindless critique but for answers, and that he is willing to look outside of the box. We thank him also for his humility in hearing the hard things that needed to be said. Thank you, President Weah.There was no cake in this speech for anyone. If the opposition came to the occasion with tickled ears expecting to hear the government lambasted for its ills, they walked away convicted of their own – namely, a severe case of amnesia with a possibility of committing worse ills than those they criticize, given the chance, and an aptitude for non-cooperation with the sitting government.Madam Gbowee’s speech left us with a lot to think about as a nation. We thank her for putting it in language that we could all understand.As a publication, our favorite part of the speech was the description of the “no positions”. We believe it was the most important part of the speech. For if we were to divide the population into the three groups described in the address, the no positions would comprise at least 90 percent of the population. “This is the group that expects the government to do everything. The group that often escapes criticism, because it is so often doing the criticizing. This is the group that does not believe it bears any responsibility for where we are as a nation. This group is better known as “we the people.”What a befitting speech for an Independence Day celebration. This speech was cutting in its simplicity. It took the baton from the 170th Independence Day oration given by Dr. Herman Browne, President of Cuttington University, in 2017 – not so well received by the then Head of State, who gave a begrudging thank you and terse remarks. How can we move forward if we are not honest about where we are? Where do we go if we do not define the way forward?Madam Gbowee’s speech pressed the reset button for the Republic of Liberia, aged 172 with so little to show. This speech goes down in history as having been gift-wrapped for a president beset with so many problems – some inherited, others brought in.We pray that President Weah brings more Leymah Gbowees with vision and good ideas into the picture to help turn the situation around. We pray that we all – the President, the opposition and we the people, take great inspiration from this address and begin to work together to drive the nation in the right direction.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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Federal funding for local child development program

first_imgClose to $600,000 has been invested to improve early childhood development services in the Peace Region.The Government of Canada made the announcement on Monday morning.The Federal Government will provide funding for the program, which will led by the North Peace Community Resources Society. The society will work with five not-for-profit organizations to improve their capacity to deliver services, particularly in rural areas. – Advertisement -Prince George-Peace River MP Jay Hill says this funding will provide more early childhood development services, and reduce wait times for families.last_img read more

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Elizabeth to encounter rowdy lot at Louisville

first_imgThe writer thinks calling her Your Majesty “does violence to the words `all men are created equal.”‘ The guy is stirred up by a little economic inequity, the fact the British government “gives(s) her millions of pounds each year, although she is one of the richest people in the world.” A new Kentucky view This will be Elizabeth’s first visit to Louisville, part of a six-day U.S. trip that began Thursday in Virginia and also takes her to Washington, D.C. On her other trips to Kentucky during her 55-year reign, she has always gone to the Lexington area, where she stays with former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain Will Farish, a fellow thoroughbred breeder (the queen has 23 broodmares, though none in the United States). A royal visit to snooty Lexington is one thing. A queen in dumpy Louisville is head-spinning. “I’ve seen her at Keeneland,” Maryjean Wall, racing writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, said the other morning as we walked out of the Churchill Downs stable-area gate, past the working-class houses across the street. “I have a hard time picturing her here.” Here’s Louisville for you: Papa John’s, a pizza chain based here, has celebrated the royal visit by offering the royal family free pizza for life. Assuming that the queen is situated somewhere that affords her a view not only of the anticipated battle between Curlin and Street Sense but also of the huge crowd expected at Churchill Downs for the 133rd Kentucky Derby, she’ll get an eyeful of Americana. Sport of all classes If this is a nation founded on the dream that a pauper can parlay a little ingenuity and a touch of audacity into a princely fortune, then the Kentucky Derby is its classic sports event. In the United States, the Sport of Kings is the sport of all social levels, the immigrants tending the stalls just as important as the blue-blooded billionaires owning the horses. There’s a horse, Teuflesberg, running in today’s Derby who was bought for $9,000, and another 3-year-old out there somewhere, The Green Monkey, who was auctioned in February 2006 for $16million. And then there are the bettors, likely to send more than $100million through the nation’s parimutuel windows on this two-minute race, chasing prizes as big as 2005’s $864,253 payoff for a $1 superfecta bet. Of course, for the bettors, economic mobility can work both ways. Louisville’s city fathers are undeniably proud that a queen is coming to town. “It says something about the Derby that it has universal appeal from the royals to us regular folks,” Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Louisville shines on Derby Day.” The populace ranges from awed – and frightened of doing or saying the wrong thing if they bump into Elizabeth on the mezzanine (well, that would be the wrong thing right there) – to pointedly unimpressed that some old gal from across the pond is being treated like, well, you know. Indian Charlie, an irreverent Kentucky horse-racing newsletter, printed what is supposed to be the queen’s Derby Day itinerary. It included “4 p.m. – Go to the Churchill Downs jocks room to get Calvin Borel’s autograph” and “7:30p.m. – Host a dinner party at Nacho Mama’s …” I don’t know what’s going to be more fun today: watching the race or thinking of the long-shot possibility of the queen of England mixing it up with the horseplayers of America. Kevin Modesti is the Los Angeles Newspaper Group’s sports editor. He writes occasionally. heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You need not bow or curtsy unless you happen to be British,” wrote a Racing Form correspondent who is normally more wrapped up in the regal bloodlines of horses. “If she engages you in conversation, you should simply call her ma’am.” It went on: “If the queen extends her hand to shake yours, by all means accept. But try to refrain from vigorously pumping the royal arm; a brief touch is preferred.” Not-so-pleasantries Not everything said in anticipation of the queen’s fifth visit to Kentucky has been so respectful. Frankly, though I haven’t polled the press box at Churchill Downs, I get the idea most of my colleagues would rather catch a glimpse of Helen Mirren than the woman who plays Helen Mirren in real life. A local radio host was heard to muse sarcastically about all this excitement about “the president of a small European country.” And a Courier-Journal letter writer suggested the “proper way to deal with her is to shower her with overripe fruit and send her scurrying from our shores.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The queen comes to the Kentucky Derby today, the living symbol of Great Britain’s ancient class consciousness coming face to 150,000 faces with an enduring symbol of America’s rowdy class mobility. Actually, the culture clash already had its comical beginning, days before Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs at a time and location that have been closely guarded secrets here. Newspapers from the Louisville Courier-Journal to the Daily Racing Form have been offering etiquette tips this week for horse-racing fans who expect to find themselves in The Presence. Now, if that isn’t quintessentially, preciously American. Assuming that if royalty comes to town, of course you’ll get to see her – you’ll probably meet her. Where? In the betting line? At the beer stand? The Racing Form (of all things!) advised that the queen should be addressed as Your Majesty upon first meeting. last_img
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Riyad Mahrez would be ideal Ozil replacement, says ex-Arsenal midfielder Robson

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has urged Arsene Wenger to improve his squad citing Riyad Mahrez as a perfect replacement should Mesut Ozil decide to leave.The Leicester City winger announced his intention to leave the Foxes in a statement on Tuesday and was crowned PFA player of the year after helping the side to their fairy tale Premier League title.  Long-serving Gunners boss Wenger is believed to have signed a contract to continue as boss for another two years and Robson believes superstar talent will be needed if current gems Ozil and Alexis Sanchez decide to leave North London.“We now know that Sanchez and Ozil may not stay so, if those two go, then he’s got to get in two very good players.” Robson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Mahrez would be the ideal replacement for Ozil and he needs another very good signing.“But they need top quality players so that the crowd believe that Arsenal are going to be challenging for titles and the other teams are going to think that Arsenal are going to be challenging for titles.”Despite a late upturn in form, Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place but did overcome Chelsea to claim their third FA Cup in four years.Many believe the improved form of Granit Xhaka, as well as switching to a back three, as one of the reasons behind the Gunners improved play.However, despite signs the Swiss international midfielder is starting to come good, following his summer transfer, Robson remains unconvinced that he can establish himself as a top holding midfielder.  “It [recruitment] has certainly got to be better. Xhaka is always going to lack athleticism to be a really good holding midfield player.“If you are only playing with one holding midfielder that’s where you have got a problem and the reason he’s been booked so many times, and sent off, is not because he’s a dirty player but because he lacks athleticism.“That’s why [Lee] Cattermole at Sunderland is always being booked and sent off because he can’t run.”last_img read more

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PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTS

first_imgJason Quigley takes the victory as Olympian O’Neill looks on in the quarter finalRTE2 is to broadcast coverage of two Donegal boxers’ national title final fights tonight.Jason Quigley from the Finn Valley BC and Willie McLaughlin from Illies Golden Gloves club will be bidding for national glory.McLaughlin will be hoping to out-box Olympian Adam Nolan in the 69kg bout which will be shown live with coverage on RTE2 from 9.45pm. Jason Quigley’s bout with Roy Sheehan in the 75kg category is earlier in the fight night at the national stadium in Dublin, with highlights being showed during the show, said RTE.Hundreds of supporters from across the county are making their way to the capital for what should be another great night for Donegal boxing. PULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTS was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valley boxing clubIllies Boxing ClubJason QuigleyPULL UP A RINGSIDE SEAT AS RTE TO BROADCAST DONEGAL BOXERS BOUTSwillie mclaughlinlast_img read more

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DONEGAL DEPUTY REVEALS 2 MILLION HOME HELP HOURS AXED

first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of yet another brutal attack on supports for older people following confirmation that almost 2 million home help hours have been slashed over the past three years.The Fianna Fáil Deputy said many older people are finding it increasingly difficult to remain living at home following a dramatic reduction in home help supports since this Government came into office.“When elected, Fine Gael and Labour made a firm commitment to increasing home help hours every year while they are office.  Instead, what we have seen is a dramatic reduction in these supports since they got into power.  The result is that many older people or people with disabilities are finding it increasingly difficult to stay living in their own homes,” explained Deputy McConalogue. In 2011 the HSE promised just under 12 million home help hours but only 11.2 million were delivered.  The first Fine Gael/Labour budget in December 2011 removed another 500,000 home help hours.  In 2012, the HSE projected 10.7 million home help hours but only delivered 9.9 million hours in reality.  Again it failed to meet targets in 2013, with 10.3 million home help hours promised and only 9.7 million hours delivered.Deputy McConalogue told Donegal Daily: “These year on year reductions clearly illustrate the extent of the Government’s broken promises in relation to home supports for older people.  It’s just the latest example of Fine Gael’s sustained attack on older people and people with disabilities.“The cull of medical cards, the cuts to home adaption grants, cuts to the housing aid for older people scheme, cuts to the telephone allowance,the abolition of the bereavement grant, the hike in prescription charges, the hike in the carbon tax and the changes to the Fair Deal scheme have had a serious impact on older people in Donegal and across the country.“This attack on the elderly must stop. Every day I hear from older people from across Donegal who are finding it increasingly difficult to stay living at home due to the series of cuts to their supports. “Not only is it deeply unfair for the Government to continue to target older people and people with disabilities in this way, it’s also extremely short-sighted.  By failing to provide the supports needed to allow people to live comfortably and with dignity in their own homes, the Government is pushing these people onto the already overburdened hospital system and costing the tax-payer more in the long-run.” DONEGAL DEPUTY REVEALS 2 MILLION HOME HELP HOURS AXED was last modified: May 15th, 2014 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:DEPUTY CHARLIE MCCONLAOGUEHOME HELP HOURSreductionlast_img read more

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Rocket gets rocked by Braves

first_imgATLANTA — The Rocket got rocked by the rookie. Then, while Roger Clemens shuffled uncomfortably on the mound, Brian McCann emerged from the Atlanta Braves dugout for a most unexpected curtain call. “I was just sitting back letting him enjoy it over there,” Clemens said. “What else can you do?” McCann hit a three-run homer off Clemens in his first postseason at-bat, sending John Smoltz and the Braves to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on a drizzly Thursday night, tying their best-of-5 NL playoff series at one game apiece. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 While Smoltz’s performance was a long time in the making he spent the last four postseasons as a closer it was hardly unexpected for someone who’s long been one of baseball’s best big-game pitchers. Smoltz broke a one-day tie with Houston’s Andy Pettitte to reclaim the title of baseball’s winningest postseason pitcher, improving to 7-0 in the division series and 15-4 overall. Then there’s McCann, who was batting in the playoffs for the first time when he stepped to the plate in the second inning with two on and two outs. McCann was less than three months old when Clemens made his major league for the Boston Red Sox in 1984. Now, the two were face to face a video game-playing catcher who started the season with Double-A Mississippi vs. a seven-time Cy Young Award winner who stopped off in Houston on his way to Cooperstown. “Logic would say Roger has the upper hand in that situation,” Atlanta’s Chipper Jones said wryly. Not this time. With Smoltz on deck, Clemens missed with his first two pitches, then left a fastball over the plate. McCann connected with a 409-foot drive that ricocheted into the Braves’ bullpen in right field for a 3-1 lead. “A very hittable pitch,” Clemens said. “When a guy’s at this level, it doesn’t matter if he’s 21 or 41. He’s going to hit that.” McCann was urged back on the field by manager Bobby Cox, tipping his cap to the roaring crowd after becoming the first player in Braves history (including Boston and Milwaukee, too) to homer in his first trip to the plate in the postseason. McCann also joined Clemens in a more obscure record: biggest age gap between a pitcher and a batter who hit a postseason homer 21 years and 200 days, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Another of the 18 rookies to play for the Braves this season, reliever Macay McBride, caught the home run ball in the bullpen and delivered it to McCann after the game. “That won’t sink in for a while,” McCann said. “(Clemens) is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He just got a pitch over the plate and I connected. It was neat.” With the NL East champion Braves having bounced back from a 10-5 loss in Game 1, the series shifts to Houston. Twenty-game winner Roy Oswalt is set to go against Atlanta’s surprising 13-game winner, Jorge Sosa, on Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Smoltz picked up where he left off six years ago, pitching seven strong innings in his first October start since the 1999 World Series. “There’s a thousand emotions going through my head right now,” he said. “I’m going to sleep a long time tonight.” last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S LIFT U16 COUNTY TITLE

first_imgST EUNAN’S U16s have been crowned county league title winners after their weekend win over Ardara.They defeated Ardara 2-15 to 0-05 in the county final.First half goals from Kevin Kealy and Sean McGettigan along with some beautiful scores from the brilliant Niall O’Donnell set up this victory.  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S LIFT U16 COUNTY TITLE was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:ArdaraSt EunansU16 county league finallast_img read more

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DDTV: ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB SET TO STAR IN PROGRAMME ABOUT RYDER CUP HERO PAUL MCGINLEY

first_imgDDTV: St Michael’s GAA club are set to play a starring role in a documentary programme being made about Irish golf legend Paul McGinley.In this superb five minute trailer above McGinley talks candidly about how an injury to his kneecap ended his GAA career at the tender age of 19. It was a devastating blow to McGinley who revealed that he felt he had the ability to play inter-county football.He was forced to find another sport and the only other game he played that didn’t involve running was golf.McGinley only played golf during his summer holidays in Dunfanaghy.His father Mick is originally from the scenic seaside village and the family are frequent visitors to the town. McGinley spoke in-depth about how he loved the playing as part of a collective unit in Ryder Cup teams and that he could share his success with others.In the clip it cuts to action taken from a St Michael’s league match, and also includes behind the scenes footage from inside the dressing room.The documentary is expected to be screened on SKY later this summer.To view the video above, simply press play.  DDTV: ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB SET TO STAR IN PROGRAMME ABOUT RYDER CUP HERO PAUL MCGINLEY was last modified: July 9th, 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:GAAnewsPaul McGinleySportSt Michaelslast_img read more

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