In spite of the Ebola menace that forbids gathering of large crowds, residents of Yarwin Mehnsonon District in Nimba County, over the weekend, converged in their numbers at the home of Mr. Peter S. Doekpar on Duport Road, outside Monrovia, where they inducted into office their interim leadership.One the prominent sons of the district, the director of secretariat at the Land Commission (LC), MacArthur Paybayee, was thrilled by such a gathering, which was under the canopy of Mehnsonon Seletorwaa Development Association (MSDA). Seletorwaa is a Mano word that means “Struggling for our land in the name of development.”Mr. Paybayee, in his keynote address prior to the induction ceremony, challenged the elected officers and other residents of the district to forge together in unity to achieve their development objectives.Mr. Paybayee said unity was necessary, particularly during this time when the Yarwin Mehnsonon District and most of its educated sons and daughters were lagging behind in development.Mr. Paybayee wants the educated ones to translate their academic achievement into development-oriented projects, because they all are obliged to work for the improvement of the district.In her brief induction remark, former Nimba County Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh admonished the MSDA interim leadership to follow Mr. Paybayee’s by bringing the inhabitants together despite the Ebola spread. If they did this, then all other good and wholesome things would follow.Those inducted into office were, Columbus G. Dorliae, president, Erickson H. Kpontu, 1st vice president, Marshall Goinleh, 2nd vice presidentA member of the board of directors, Migbeh S. Gbarto-Dor, said the organization was founded in the 80s on the principle of love and unity among residents of the district for developmental purposes.The ceremony, which was climaxed with a fund raising rally, was attended by several high profile citizens who hail from Yarwin Mehnsonson. They included former Solicitor-general, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, the managing partner of TIALA Law and Associates, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui-Gbeisay, Sr., lawmaker from the district, Rep. R. Mantenokay Tingban and two former superintendents of the county, Atty. S. Yarlor Saywon, and Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In order to impart good character in children, a prominent resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, has urged BRAC-Liberia, a non-governmental organization, to teach adolescent girls moral and civil behavior.Mr. Moses Labeli said that if parents are not willing to spend time with their children they are likely to turn to peers who may or may not be interested in behaving in a morally acceptable manner.He made this statement recently in Monrovia during a program showcasing the talents of adolescent girls and what they have learned from one of BRAC’s programs, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA).About a hundred adolescent girls from the four communities of Logan Town, West Point, ELBC and S.D. Cooper Road in Montserrado County participated in the daylong program. The program was held under the theme, “Investment in Realizing the Power of Girls Upholds Their Rights Today and Share Equitable and Prosperous Future.’’ “In as much as your goal is to empower adolescent girls in our country and improve their talents in society, we would like for you to include moral and civil education in one of your programs,’’ Mr. Labeli suggested to BRAC.He noted that there are many disrespectful young people in Liberia and most of them do not even respect their parents, teachers and leaders, and as such “we need programs that will change them,” said Labeli.He encouraged the girls to use the opportunities given to them by BRAC Liberia to promote good moral values and put what they have learned into practice.Earlier, Anita Anzoyo, Program Director for ELA, said the program is designed to empower adolescent girls by providing a safe social space, livelihood training, life‐skills training and community support in adolescent development.Ms. Anzoyo said the ELA program is part of the organization’s initiative to explore the talents of adolescent girls in countries where BRAC operates.She used the occasion to remind participants that if they failed to incorporate moral, social and other values into their lives, their future will be bleak and elusive.ELA was launched in Liberia in 2014 in two counties Montserrado and Margibi Counties with an initial goal of reaching 15 girls’ clubs. It is funded by BRAC USA for the initial phase.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
New ChairmanBy Jarryl BryanThe sordid revelations of procurement abuse at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), as highlighted by a special audit from the Auditor General’s office, are among the issues which Commissioners expect to have their new Chairman confront.GECOM Chairman Justice (R’td) James PattersonDuring the absence of a Chairman, there had been reports of no meetings being held and the contents of the explosive audit not being addressed. According to GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj, the issue is now on the front burner with the appointment.“Yes, we’ve been having regular meetings. The issue of the GECOM audit report has been raised and we are putting ourselves in a state of readiness to discuss the report. We’re still getting accustom to the new Chairman but other than that, I think we are well on track to have the issues we want discussed, discussed.”Gunraj noted that coming out of the controversy, substantial issues such as procurement practises at the Commission will be addressed. This is even as the Commission must get ready for upcoming Local Government Elections, followed by General and Regional Elections.“There are obviously larger issues of procurement practises and methods at the Commission, as well as specific issues that were raised in the reports. That is to say, the specific items raised in the reports.”The auditA special audit was launched last year after the Audit Office of Guyana reportedly noticed some discrepancies with the purchasing of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million.The purchases had occurred prior to the May 2015 General and Regional Elections. It raised concerns over the extraordinarily high cost of the equipment. The investigation’s scope had included contracts and inventories, in addition to spending for the May 2015 General and Regional Elections.It is understood that auditors were working from GECOM’s head office in High Street, Kingston. Besides the radios, some of the things that the State’s auditors were looking into were the purchase of a quantity of toners, pliers and batteries.Based on reports, the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were not working.Later, information surfaced that while the electoral body would have collected quotations from a number of suppliers, it handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown businessman.But media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased was obsolete and was not covered by warranty. As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australia-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.The company made it clear that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago. Barrett said it had also tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections. However, GECOM subsequently cancelled the order.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been calling for the release of the findings, in addition to questioning the deafening silence of GECOM’s then outgoing Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally and the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, on the matter.For its part, GECOM has in the past defended itself against the audit by noting that because of the prorogued Parliament, it was forced to operate in unusual circumstances.
0Shares0000West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee when fans ran riot during Saturday’s game against Burnley while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – West Ham co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin amid ugly protests as angry fans ran riot during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium, former player and manager Trevor Brooking said.Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold were forced to flee their seats in the directors’ box as fans crowded around them with thrown missiles mixed with chants of “sack the board” and “you killed our club”. Brooking cut a lonely figure as he sat in the directors’ box alone for the final stages of the match that saw West Ham slip to 16th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.And Brooking said Sunday that Sullivan had been struck.“I think a coin did hit David Sullivan, his glasses,” Brooking told BBC 5 Live.“I didn’t see it myself but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why the people in the directors’ box had to go inside to save any more problems like that.”West Ham defender James Collins (2R) confronts a pitch invader carrying a corner flag during the English Premier League match against Burnley at The London Stadium in east London on March 10, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLWest Ham said an emergency meeting had been called with all London Stadium stakeholders, which includes Gold and Sullivan, whose decision to uproot the club from Upton Park to the site that hosted London’s 2012 Olympic Games has caused resentment.Saturday’s events are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League as several West Ham supporters also invaded the pitch.West Ham captain Mark Noble grappled one fan to the floor and team-mate James Collins marched two others away, whilst Burnley players and staff allowed frightened young supporters take shelter on their bench.Brooking believes stewards were not equipped to deal with the situation.“The actual level of aggression was something I couldn’t believe West Ham fans would get involved with,” he added.“A lot of the stewards who are on duty on matchdays are not West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven’t had any experience dealing with football crowds.“They were quite young and couldn’t deal with the aggression they were faced with.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Term limits (do) limit corruption, and lobbyists don’t like it,” said Spillane, referring to two of the study’s findings. “Lobbyists hate term limits because it prevents them from establishing long-term relationships. I was pleased with the report because it acknowledged the benefits of term limits more than most academic studies do. That’s significant to have that third-party validation.” The report said it did not find California’s term-limits law to be “significantly dysfunctional,” but that a 12-year plan would “improve some of its structural weaknesses.” The study also noted how rarely legislators serve the full 14 years – only 19 have done so since 1990. Often, the study’s author Sasha Horwitz said, legislators serve two or four years in the Assembly before jumping to the Senate; or, they serve just six years in the Assembly, unable – or often unwilling to even try – to unseat an incumbent senator. “It’s a myth,” Horwitz said, “that they’re serving the full 14 years.” Among the more interesting findings in the report is that the term-limits law has changed the face of the Capitol. From 1990 through 2008, 369 legislators will have served, compared to 296 in the previous 18-year period – an increase of 25 percent. More women and minorities have been elected, though the report acknowledges the shift in minority representation was just as influenced by demographics as term limits. The strongest gains among minorities are in Latino representation, up from 5.8 percent in 1991-1992 to 23.3 percent now. During that time, Latino population grew from 24 percent of the state’s population to 35 percent. Redistricting in 1991, which created more districts where minority groups were an electoral majority, was also influential. White representation has dropped from 87 percent to 63 percent – just as the white population in California has dipped from 57 percent to 44 percent. The idea of more citizen-legislators, however, was debunked in the study. The Legislature now includes more members who had previously served in local government than there were before term limits. And legislators are likely to continue to seek political office once termed out. “It’s always been people more politically involved and politically minded that tend to go into the Legislature,” Horwitz said. “There are not as many people as advocates had hoped who would return to civilian life.” But, there have been changes in the types of people running for the Legislature. There are fewer lawyers, farmers and ranchers and more business people and educators. The only professional area that has stayed consistent among legislators is in the health-care field. The good thing about shorter terms, the report says, is that legislators have less time to be corruptible. Newly arrived members are more skeptical of lobbyists and “lack the knowledge to exploit the political process for personal gain.” Longer tenures give legislators more time to understand where the perks are, establish deeper ties with lobbyists, and greater access to government resources, the report said, that “may lead to the appearance or actuality of corruption.” Or, put another way, the report concludes the best and worst of politicians: Loosening term limits would give lawmakers more time to understand complicated issues – and more time to take advantage of the system. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-2101160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn other words, the report, “Termed Out: Reforming California’s Legislative Term Limits,” comes down squarely on both sides of Proposition 93. “Some of these changes are good for the state,” the report said. “Most are neutral; and a few are harmful.” The report ultimately did not take a position on Proposition 93, which voters will decide in February, although it left plenty of ammunition for both sides. “The core principle of Prop. 93 is to make the Legislature more effective and efficient by having the most experienced legislators,” said Richard Stapler, a spokesman for “Yes on 93.” “And Prop. 93 retains what’s good about term limits. We applaud the study’s findings.” Kevin Spillane, spokesman for the “No on 93” campaign, countered that the study affirms term limits’ benefits and debunks some claims made by proponents. SACRAMENTO – An expansive new report by the Center for Governmental Studies on term limits concludes that Proposition 93 is a mixed bag. So much so, in fact, that both sides of the ballot fight over loosening term limits claim the report supports their view. On one hand, the report likes that the measure will allow lawmakers to spend up to 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate – instead of the 6-year limit in the Assembly and the 8-year limit in the Senate. Loosening that restriction, the report says, will increase legislative experience, expertise and oversight. On the other hand, the report expresses reservations over a loophole in the proposition that would allow 41 of the 120 incumbent legislators to stay in office beyond the current 14-year limit. Those lawmakers are mostly senators who previously termed out in the Assembly but haven’t yet served 12 years in the Senate.