On this day (December 21) 200 years ago, a group of seventeen white men met at the Davis Hotel, Washington, D.C., to form the American Colonization Society. Comprising the elite of the then American ruling establishment, these men would include five US presidents and three Supreme Court Justices. Contrary to the much held belief that Liberia was founded by freed Blacks from the US, these were the men, with reasons ranging from “divine impulse” to “repair the injuries inflicted” by their American forefathers and to where Blacks would “enjoy the advantages to which they are entitled by nature and their Creators,” who founded Liberia. But don’t let me spoil the story for you, read Dr. Artemus W. Gaye’s commentary “Remembrance” on page 4. According to the Liberian author and academic, it is necessary for Liberians not to forget their history, which learning could be used to solve today’s issues. Gaye said that the story of Liberia started with the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th Century (which gave the Jews and later Muslims of Spain the option of converting to Christianity, leaving the kingdom or facing death); to the founding of America by Christopher Columbus; the start of the Trnas-Atlantic Slave Trade; the insurrection in Haiti; and the formation of the American Colonization Society, which resulted in the formation of Liberia.In remembrance of a little-known but important day in the history of Liberia, Dr. Gaye will host a “Remembrance” event at Bella Casa Hotel today (Wednesday, December 21) on 2nd Street, Sinkor, that includes the launching and signing of his book “Rooted Beyond Boundaries”; a movie screening of the acclaimed PBS film, “Prince Among Slaves”; a panel discussion; and dinner, starting at 6:00pm.The film, “Prince Among Slaves” chronicles the true life African-Muslim-prince-turned-American-slave drama of Prince Abdul-Rahman, with historic and scholastic commentary along the way.“The story begins with the Prince’s capture at the age of 26 during a military campaign against non-Muslims in Guinea in 1788, and follows his sale to British slave traders, transport to America on the slave ship Africa to New Orleans, arrival into bondage at Thomas Foster’s tobacco plantation in Natchez, Mississippi, the ensuing 40 years of enslavement and his eventual liberation.“The unlikely story of his liberation began with a chance meeting with Dr. John Cox, who Abdul-Rahman’s father helped in Africa. Cox offered to buy Abdul-Rahman from Foster, but he refused. Two decades later Cox’s son William enlisted the help of local newspaper editor Andrew Marschalk to Abdul-Rahman’s cause. Articles written by Marschalk caught the attention of then Secretary of State Henry Clay, who convinced President John Quincy Adams to free Abdul-Rahman. The liberated prince immediately purchased the freedom of his wife Isabella for $200, and remained in America for a year campaigning to free his nine children still enslaved on Foster’s cotton plantation. He toured the northern cities, petitioning abolitionist groups and politicians for the money necessary to buy his family’s freedom. He succeeded in raising only enough money for two of his children and their families who joined Isabella in Liberia. The prince returned to Africa, but died before reaching his kingdom in Futa Jallon. The film ends with Prince’s living descendants from both sides of the Atlantic reunited for the first time at the fateful plantation in Natchez, with family members reacting to the discovery of their shared royal and slave heritage after nearly 200 years of disconnection,” according to Wikipedia.“We need to know our history well to avoid this culture of exclusivity. We need to include others who are a part of us, and to know that we are a country of peoples and cultures,” added Dr Gaye. The event starts this evening at 6pm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
President David Granger committed to ensuring that Guyana preserved its land assets and promoted more efficient mining and logging practices at a signing ceremony for a US$15 million project for the implementation of a four-year Sustainable Land Development and Management Programme (SLDMP).The sum was acquired by the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Ministry of the Presidency, under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF), which is a fund for the financing of activities identified under the Low Carbon DevelopmentMinister of State, Joseph Harmon; Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Reuben Robinson and Finance Minister Winston Jordan sign the Project document as Commissioner Trevor Benn and staff of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) look onStrategy (LCDS). The fund receives money from Norway based on an independent verification of Guyana’s deforestation and forest degradation rates and progress on REDD+ enabling activities.The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), with support from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Guyana, will be the executing agency.In his remarks to the heads of agencies and other Government and non-governmental functionaries gathered in the Baridi Benab at State House, President Granger said that Guyana’s land-based natural capital must be managed sustainably if present and future generations were to enjoy the ‘good life’. He noted that Guyana has made progress on the crafting of its Framework Document of the Green State Development Strategy in order to ensure sustainable development. Sustainable land development is essential to protecting the nation’s natural patrimony and ensuring economic development.President Granger noted that the increased demand for land for farming, logging and mining has increased the threats to the country’s natural capital and was the main cause of deforestation. Small-scale mining alone accounted for 89 per cent of deforestation over the past three years while river mining was polluting the waterways on which many hinterland residents still depended for bathing, drinking purposes, fishing and washing, the Head of State said.The President said that Guyana’s green development agenda demanded the fulfilment of these environmental obligations and the adoption of practices to better manage land resources and the augmentation of institutional capacity to improve monitoring and verification of land use.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who signed the document on behalf of the Government of Guyana, in his remarks, said that the Government welcomed the project, which has been designed to ensure that the productivity and economic potential of land were maintained even as the natural resources were used to streamline and develop the ‘green’ economy.Head of the PMO, Marlon Bristol said that the GRIF has taken keen interest in projects that reduce emissions from degradation and deforestation. It is with this mandate, he said, that the GRIF funds have been allocated for sustainable land management. “In this context, putting to use degraded lands provides a great opportunity and impetus for the establishment of a ‘green’ state,” he said.
January 12, 2020
Amerindian land titling …32 extension applications pendingFollowing concerns of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has been dragging its feet over Indigenous land titling, it has been disclosed that only five demarcations have been completed under the current Administration. This number is in disparity with the overall 93 villages that have been demarcated overall.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock made this admission via written responses to the Opposition in the National Assembly last week. Allicock also admitted that some 32 villages have pending applications for extensions.Minister Allicock had previously revealed that only 26 per cent of the Amerindian Land Titling Project had been completed.This prompted members of the PPP/C side of the House to call out the Government for being unable to issue new land titles since taking office in 2015. In the written responses presented by the subject minister, he revealed that US$2.9 million out of a US$10.7 million agreement for the implementation of the Amerindian Land Titling and Demarcation Project was spent. This project, which concluded in 2016, came under the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).Allicock further outlined that US$1.4 million or 53 per cent of expenditure was spent on demarcation while another 43 per cent was spent on grievance redress mechanisms, information management and project management. However, it was during a sitting before members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources in May when the subject Minister observed that no new titles or extensions were issued. As such, the PPP/C asked the Minister how many communities applied for titles or extensions and he responded that only five demarcations were completed under Government’s tenure.These included a 2015 application for Batavia, which was completed in 2016, and completed demarcations of Tuseneng, Chinoweing and Paramakatoi, as well as Four Miles, which had been in the process of being demarcated. When further questioned on those communities awaiting demarcation during the period under review, the Opposition was told that 10 villages have not been demarcated. Minister Allicock’s explanation was that consent was not provided by these villages.He also noted that some 32 villages have applied for extensions to their original demarcated areas while six villages have applied for recognition to be demarcated as village entities. In total, 93 villages have been demarcated. The Minister said in his written responses that as time progressed, each demarcation case would become “more difficult and complex”, since mining concessions which were allocated over time have infringed on “rights, title and interests” of the Indigenous.Questioned on how the remaining funds for the project will be allocated, Allicock said that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sent an intermediate extension request for December 31, 2018 to the Ministry of the Presidency to allow for consultation. Members of the National Assembly were also told that stakeholder consultations started with the Ministry; Indigenous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); UNDP and the National Toshaos Council (NTC) on October 11 to chart the way forward and determine, among other things, the extension deadline.The Kingdom of Norway provided the US$10.7 million for the project in 2013 under the PPP/C Government for the project.The NTC has repeatedly criticised Government for failing to issue the titles, although Government had said that it needed an extension on the life of the project. Opposition Member of Parliament and former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai had argued strongly that from the information provided on the project, it seemed that the land titling process was at a standstill. Allicock had denied that the Government was dragging its feet on the matter.
January 12, 2020
It was a tough first period for the Senior Flyers, who got themselves into some penalty trouble early in the game, providing the Generals three straight first period power-plays.Luckily for the Flyers fans, the home team’s penalty kill, along with starting goaltender Troy Hunt, were up to the challenge, killing off all three penalties thanks to some tough defense and tremendous goaltending.Unfortunately, the Generals managed to strike before the end of the first, as Generals forward Dustin Sproat buried a rebound to the side of Hunt with just 20 seconds remaining in the first.- Advertisement -Bentley doubled their lead in the second, when Matt Stefanishion scored on a rocket one-timer from the middle of the face-off circle, beating Hunt high blocker for the 2-0 lead, a score that remained until the third period.In the final frame, the Senior Flyers managed to find their scoring touch, as a rebound off a point shot landed directly on the stick of Rick Cleaver, who made no mistake burying it past Generals goaltender Travis Yonkman, cutting the lead in half courtesy of the power-play marker.The offense continued for the Senior Flyers, as 11:19 into the final period, Mike Lalonde tucked the puck into the back of the net in close quarters to Yonkman, tying the game at 2-2.Advertisement With the game tied at twos, the Senior Flyers were unable to complete the comeback, as Bentley managed to score the final goal of the game with the man-advantage at 17:24, producing the final score 3-2 in favour of the visitors.Credit must be given to Senior Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt, who was extremely busy Saturday evening, facing 42 shots, compared to the 21 fired at Yonkman by Fort St. John.Battle one may be in the books, but the AAA hockey war will continue Sunday in Fort St. John, when game two of the series hits the ice at 1:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.
January 6, 2020
The ruthless massacre allowed Tottenham to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at Leicester and move above the champions.Tottenham began the campaign by setting an unusual record: they became the first Premier League side to fail to sign a single new player in a summer transfer window.Other off-field problems have beset the north London club, not least delays to the opening of the new 62,000-seat stadium at White Hart Lane which forced them to continue using Wembley as a temporary home for far longer than initially planned.But despite that Tottenham have continued to prosper on the pitch under Pochettino, who is regarded as Manchester United’s preferred choice to become their new permanent manager at the end of the season.The Bournemouth win followed a 6-2 success at Everton on Sunday, keeping morale high heading into 2019, when Tottenham will also compete in the Champions League knockout stages.“Over the last six months we haven’t complained about anything,” Pochettino said.“The one thing we have kept is the belief and being positive and we have created a bubble.“We are in this position because we have worked a lot and the players really believe.”Liverpool’s win at home to Newcastle means they are now six points clear and favourites to win the Premier League for the first time.– Title contenders –Tottenham haven’t won the title since the early 1960s and last won a trophy in 2008, but they are firmly in the title hunt.They didn’t resemble contenders when City won 1-0 at Wembley on October 29 to drop Tottenham to fifth, but Pochettino never grew down-hearted.“We kept our way,” Pochettino said. “I wasn’t negative eight weeks ago and now I am not so positive. I try to keep a balance of my emotions.“Of course we are so happy but it hasn’t surprised me because we were always focused on us, never on the opponent.“We are happy because we are in a good position but it doesn’t mean too much to be second, third or first now, the most important thing is where you finish.“Of course now is the challenge to keep the level and try to increase because it is going to be tougher than before. We need to keep humble and work hard.”The scoreline was harsh on Bournemouth, who have now lost four away games in a row.They created plenty of chances but failed to convert any while conceding regularly at the other end.“It was a really strange game,” said manager Eddie Howe, who has been suggested as a potential successor to Pochettino should the latter leave Spurs.“The game turned on the first goal. We never really recovered from that but all through the match we had opportunities that we didn’t take.”The Cherries’ afternoon was made worse by a knee injury to defender Simon Francis, who was stretchered off just before half-time“We are very concerned that it could be serious,” Howe said. “It is hugely disappointing for a player who has been magnificent for this club. We hope it is not as bad as it looks.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Son Heung-Min’s double inspired Tottenham’s win against Bournemouth © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s ability to remain focused amid numerous distractions has propelled his side into second place in the Premier League.A 5-0 Wembley demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday featured two goals from Son Heung-Min and one each from Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura.
December 27, 2019
Colm “Gooch” Cooper, winner of four All Ireland football medals with Kerry, who visited Loreto Community School yesterday.The GAA star officially opened the Outdoor Challenge Centre and launched the AIB “Build a Bank” for Transition Years in the school.He also took the school teams for coaching sessions. COLM ‘GOOCH’ COOPER OPENS MILFORD SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR CHALLENGE CENTRE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 5th, 2012 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:AIBColm CooperGoochLoreto Milford
December 25, 2019
Members of Christy Galligan’s campaign team say they are to review CCTV footage next week of an incident at Market Square in Letterkenny in which a campaign car was blocked by protestors.Election candidate Christy GalliganThe car had been driving through the Main Street with speakers playing music when members of a water charges protest obstructed the vehicle for a number of minutes.A Garda investigation is now underway into the incident. Galligan said “This was mob mentality in the extreme. My niece Amy Rose Harte had been driving through the town when her car was wrecklessly set upon by protestors on the Market Square, and they managed to block it for a number of minutes. Traffic was also backed up.“Despite my niece’s repeated requests to move out of the way, particularly because her younger sister was in the back seat, they persisted in hurling vile and abusive language at the blocked car, while others just stood back and watched. My two nieces were terrified and extremely upset by the episode.”A formal statement was immediately made to the Gardai and CCTV footage of the episode will be observed next week in a bid to identify those involved.Outraged Christy Galligan said he would not stand for abuse and intimidation. “I believe in peaceful protests – they are part and parcel of local democracy. What I don’t believe in, however, are wreckless protestors who intimidate and abuse people, including innocent children, for their own naked political agenda. There is no room for such criminality in the local democratic process, and they should be ashamed of themselves.” CCTV OF ALLEGED HARASSMENT OF CANDIDATE TO BE REVIEWED was last modified: May 21st, 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:abuseChristy GalligandonegalintimidationletterkennyMarket Square
December 22, 2019
Tags: FUFA Women’s Cup 2019 Olila High School won the inaugural FUFA Women’s cup in 2017FUFA Women Cup 2018/19:QuarterfinalsWednesday, 24th April 2019 (Kickoff: 3 PM)–Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga Vs She Corporates – Uganda Martyrs playground, Lubaga-Makerere University Vs Kawempe Junior – Makerere University PlaygroundSaturday, 27th April 2019:–Echoes High School Vs Tooro Queens – Soroti Sports GroundsWednesday, 1st May 2019:–Lady Doves Vs Olila High School -Katushabe Ground, MasindiMENGO – Barely a week after draws were made, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) competitions department has confirmed the dates for the 2019 Women Cup quarter-finals.This year’s quarter final draws were conducted last week. (File Photo)According to Hajjati Aisha Nalule, the FUFA Competitions Director, the quarterfinal matches will be played starting this week.Two games will be played on Wednesday, 24th while the other on Saturday with the last one coming on Wednesday next week.This Wednesday, Uganda Martyrs High School will face She Corporates in Lubaga and Makerere University will host Kawempe Junior at the Makerere University playground.The third quarter-final will come on Saturday, 26th April 2019 when Soroti based Echoes High School entertains Tooro Queens at the Soroti Sports grounds.The other shall be played at the start of May, as Lady Doves plays host to Olila High School at the Katushabe Playground in Masindi.Last year’s defending champions Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals were eliminated by Kawempe Muslim 3-1 at the round of 32.This is the third edition of the FUFA Women’s Cup which started in 2017. Olila High School won the inaugural tournament.Round of 16 Results:–Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga 1-0 Divine Girls S.S-She Corporates 1-0 Muteesa 1 Royal University-Makerere University 3-0 Asubo Gafford Ladies-Kawempe Junior 2-0 Mwandha Foundation-Bunyaruguru Girls 0-2 Tooro Queens-Kampala Queens 0-3 Lady Doves-Olila High School 2-0 Kawempe Moslem-Sagich Royal S.S, Serere 1-4 Echoes High SchoolTop Scorers:–Shadia Nankya (7 Goals) – Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga-Esther Naluyimba (2 Goals) – Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga-Rashida Nankya (2 Goals) – Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga-Mary Nafula (2 Goals) – Lady Doves-Catherine Nagadya (2 Goals) – Makerere UniversityComments
December 21, 2019
Audley Harrison says his boxing career is over after abandoning a proposed return to the ring.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion has not fought since losing to Deontay Wilder in 2013, after which he announced his retirement.He reversed that decision just three weeks later but said on Thursday he risked further damage to his health if he carried on fighting.Now 43, Harrison said: “I am no longer a professional boxer and that is good with me.“After locking myself away for the last five weeks, I’ve tried to focus and turn back the clock to get myself into fighting condition.“I’ve also seen specialists for my brain, eyes and various other experts to test my strength, power, speed, reaction time, cognitive function and agility.“Additionally, I looked at the latest research into concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).“I’ve suffered a few TBIs and will have to work hard to reverse some of the effects taking punches to the head has brought about to my overall health.“I have vision problems, vestibular issues that lead to balance disturbances and have had bouts of serious irritability and moodiness that comes with TBI recovery.“After years of denial and sticking to my guns, I’m finally getting out my own way. As tough as it is to say this, it’s time to stop.”Harrison turned professional having won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, but he was often criticised for lining up sub-standard opponents and failing to land a serious punch on David Haye in a world title challenge in 2010.He also suffered a crushing defeat inside 82 seconds against David Price in October 2012.However, he did win 31 of his 38 professional fights, won the European heavyweight title and was twice winner of the popular Prizefighter tournament.But the defeat by Wilder first led him to call time on his career and although he has considered a comeback, Harrison says he has had to accept his time in the spotlight is over.He said losing his boxing income would force him to file for bankruptcy but said he wanted to stay in the sport to become a trainer and manager.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
December 18, 2019
• South Africa has a diversified economic base and an economy that offers world class business services in areas such as information and communication technology, transport and logistics, and financial and professional services. We have strong and transparent public institutions, and are committed to responsible macroeconomic management of the economy.• South Africa has a sound regulatory framework that provides protection for investors and our commercial and legal practices are in line with those in the rest of the developed world. South Africa ranks 14 out of 140 countries in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2015/16 in terms of the efficiency of our legal framework in settling disputes, and comes 24th in terms of judicial independence. In the same report, South Africa also ranks high in the enforcement of property rights, coming in at 24th place.• In terms of our attractiveness as an investment destination, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16 indicates that:• South Africa has improved by two places in terms of its business sophistication environment and now stands at 33rd out 140 countries.• South Africa also stands at 50th out of 140 countries in terms of technological readiness (up 16 places from 2014/15). In terms of innovation, South Africa improved by 5 places to stand at 38th.• In terms of financial market development South Africa stands at number 12 of 140 countries, and is the most diversified on the continent.• To support investment into the country, government has finalised the new Protection of Investment Bill, which aims to balance the rights and obligations of investors and government while also preserving the right of government to regulate in the public interest.• One of our most significant interventions has been the establishment of a One Stop Inter-Departmental Clearing House which will provide efficient support to investors to ensure that South Africa offers an investment friendly environment. This will be operational by the end of 2016.• Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.• South Africa will attract investors in the manufacturing sector through the DTI-led incentives such as the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme and the Manufacturing Investment Programme. Over the medium term, and starting in 2016, government will review all incentives to assess their effects on economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, the balance of trade and employment.• The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) remains a central component of government’s strategy to diversify the economy. This includes direct transfers and tax incentives. In the 2015/16 fiscal year, government set aside R24 billion in tax incentives and R16.2 billion in direct funding to support industry.• New growth sectors such as oil and gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.• Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of government and development finance institutions’ support for the productive sectors.• Growing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperatives.• Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors. The first sector to be identified was the ocean’s economy which currently contributes R54 billion to GDP but has the potential to contribute R177 billion.• Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on five value chains i.e. platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropylene and capital equipment for the mining sector).• Education Phakisa is also currently being implemented. This will ensure South Africa is able to make the right investments in identified areas to produce the skills required to drive the economy. Producing the right skills for the economy will contribute positively to the market’s ability to absorb skills while equally producing the required skills.• Many international companies have increased their investment and expanded their South African operations:Mercedes has invested R 2.4 billionGeneral Motors has invested R 1 billionFord has invested R 3.6 billionMetair Group has invested R 400mGoodyear R 670 millionBMW has recently increased its investment by R6 billionVW has increased its investment by R4.5 billionBeijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) announced an investment of R11 billion in a vehicle manufacturing planHisense has expanded its South African operations and has recently started exporting into the SADC region from its South African baseMarriot Hotels has announced it will increase its South African footprintStarbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Facebook have chosen to set up office in South Africa