Tribute to Mamadee Diakite

first_imgThe death of Mamadee Diakite, one of the fiercest talk show hosts of our generation came as a great surprise to many, especially those of us who interacted with him in the last days of his life.There can be no doubt that Mr. Diakite, whose presence in the Liberian media landscape was relatively new, left an indelible mark in the practice of journalism which he cherished, promoted and defended according to the best of his ability.Perhaps the most striking aspect of Mr. Diakite’s journalism career was his firmness against social injustice, his love for the truth and the ability to express this without fear or favor made him a towering figure among his contemporaries.Clearly, Mr. Diakite’s ability to search for the truth for the benefit of humanity placed him in an enviable but difficult situation. But he defied the threat of intimidation which often serves as obstacle for freedom of expression and decency. In effect, Mr. Diakite understood the environment in which he operated and therefore equipped himself in the armor of legal knowledge to meet the challenges of our time.Yet, Diakite was a man full of confidence and vision not only to realize his God-given potential, but also to contribute to the growth and development of his beloved country Liberia in which he had enormous faith that with the right leadership, coupled with collective patriotism, Liberia’s progress was irreversible.Indeed, Mr. Diakite’s loyalty to Liberia was unquestionable. He repeatedly used the phrase “The Mother Land is getting better” to assure the listening audience that despite the inadequacies in our national life occasioned by frequent political wrangling among different interest groups, there is a window of opportunity for Liberians to consolidate peace and build upon the progress made over the years.Admittedly, Mr. Diakite’s message was not welcomed in some quarters. Consequently, he became a target of verbal assaults and name calling ostensibly to dissuade him from shedding light on societal ills that threatened to reverse gains made over the years.Soon, it became clear that the man Diakite was a man of his own world who did not only delve into national discourse for the sake of argument, but rather his thoughts were deeply rooted in his conviction that national questions could only be effectively addressed when we agree to dislodge ourselves of the prejudices and hatred while recognizing that the common denominator which is Liberia is placed above all else.Defending such principles as Mr. Diakite did is a task every conscientious journalist should endeavor to protect and promote at all times.As we reflect on the many contributions made by Mr. Diakite in the course of his journalistic sojourn, one cannot but rejoice over the out pouring of tributes to his memory by people from all walks of life who gathered at his residence to pay their last respects. This is a testament that the Diakite who appeared detested by the tiny minority, was immensely appreciated by the majority.And as the books of condolence are opened by the family and the Press Union of Liberia respectively, let us use the occasion to celebrate Mamadee’s life and remember all the fallen Liberian journalists who consistently played their part in moving the country forward. Rest in Peace my dear friend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fear Grips Embattled Bahn City Mayor, Over Alleged Threats to Job and Safety

first_imgBahn City Mayor Angie DopoeEmbattled Bahn City Mayor, Angie Dopoe, has expressed fear of not only losing her job as a result of an alleged order by Senator Prince Y. Johnson against her stay in office, but also possible threats that have already led to her temporary relocation to Monrovia.Bahn received city status by a Legislative enactment on September 27, 1986 and has since been managed by separate but essential administrative offices, including the office of city mayor.Seated and appearing beclouded with despair and a heartbroken sense of existence, Madam Dopoe told a team of journalists over the weekend in Paynesville that she fears for her safety, should she remain in Nimba amid the current political hurdle.“Senator Prince Johnson said no matter what, I will not hold onto the position of City Mayor of Bahn, even though I was allowed by President George Weah to continue service through a letter of appointment and a subsequent Senate confirmation hearing result that is expected,” she said.She added that Senator Johnson’s threats came as a result of his accusation of her “alleged refusal” to allow him use the City Hall in 2010 for an event he claimed he wanted to host there.“I was not informed in any form or manner about Senator Johnson’s plan to use the hall. In fact, no one could use the hall at the time he said he wanted to host his event in the city of Bahn because it was undergoing renovation,” Dopoe noted.Her letter of nomination from the office of the President, copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, states in part, “Based upon your desire to play a more meaningful role in the promotion of peace, reconciliation and development of our country, I am pleased to nominate you as City Mayor, Bahn City, Nimba County, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Liberia.”The nomination letter continues, “As your nomination requires confirmation, I have notified the Liberian Senate of your nomination. Please deliver thirty (30) copies of your resume’ to the Secretary of the Senate.”According to Dopoe, “What is so annoying in this fight against me is that Representative Rogers S. Domah, a Legislator, came to perform the function of the office of the Executive by bringing me information that purportedly said, ‘By order of the President you are asked to step aside from the office of city mayor of Bahn-Beagenhnlay,’” Dopoe told journalists.Section 2 of the Act, which led to the creation of Bahn City states that, “The Chartered officers of the Municipal Government shall consist of a Mayor, and a common Council composed of nine members, one of whom shall be the Chairman.”In Section 5 of the Act, it is said that, “The Mayor and the Councilmen shall hold their offices for a period of six years and their election (although not happening in this 21st century) shall be held every six years on the First Tuesday in October.It further noted that, “In case of death, removal or resignation of a Councilman; and in case of death, removal or resignation of the Mayor, the Chairman of the Common Council shall take over as Acting Mayor until a new Mayor has been duly elected (now appointed).”Meanwhile, Dopoe, on August 9, wrote President Weah expressing her displeasure over the means through which Senator Johnson and Representative Domah want to get her out of office.“President Weah, I am forced to bring to your official attention that on July 24, 2018, Hon. Roger Domah, Representative of District #7, Nimba County, in open public and to my surprise forcibly took away my gavel of authority as City Mayor of Bahn and strangely turned same over to my Administrative Assistant, Mr. Africanus Kwahmie, to act as Acting Mayor beginning that date moving forward to run the affairs of the City,” the letter said.She said she was disappointed for seeing Domah and Johnson, both lawmakers, interfering with the work of the Executive Branch of Government. She noted further in her letter, “Admittedly, Your Excellency, I certainly felt humiliated and completely disgraced in the full glare of the public by the act of Representative Domah for whom I have always had huge respect and will continue to have huge respect for.”When reached via mobile phone, Nimba Electoral District #7 Representative, Roger Domah said he was shocked by Madam Dopoe’s exaggeration of the unfolding situation in Bahn.“I may not have all of the details surrounding Madam Dopoe and Senator Johnson’s interactions back then but I am of the belief that Johnson does not hate her. In fact, she is one of my extended sisters for whom most of us have respect. How then would I choose to hurt her,” Domah asked rhetorically.About what occurred at the town hall meeting on the proposed division of Nimba, he said upon his arrival, the Administrative Assistant (name not disclosed) of Bahn City handed him (Rep. Domah) the gavel of authority.“As a Presidential mandate, Madam Dopoe, among all of the non-tenured appointed government officials, was asked to turn over her gavel of authority to the human resource manager. But as it is with the office she has been serving, there is no HR personnel manager and as such she was mandated to turn over the gavel to the Administrative Assistant who is now the Acting City Mayor until her confirmation is granted a success story from the Senate,” he said, countering Dopoe’s allegation that he took the gavel from her.Domah, who won the 2017 Representative election for Nimba District #7 in 2017, noted further that after the town hall meeting, he returned the gavel to the Administrative Assistant and left. “I have even been accused by some friends of being in strong support of her return to the office of the City Mayor of Bahn,” he said, adding that there is no need for Dopoe to lose hope neither fear of residing in Nimba, because her appointment has not been withdrawn by  President Weah.He said one thing Dopoe and a host of other people contesting any of Senator Prince Johnson’s political decisions know is that he (PYJ), as the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which gives him (PYJ) the right to recommend 65 percent of all of the political nominations in Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

25 litigants seek over $48 million in damages from co-operative society

first_img…over 350 acre land allocationA group of 25 men and women have taken the Johns/Clifton Co-operative Land Society Limited to court in a bid to reclaim some 350 acres of land the applicants say was unlawfully allocated by the State. The fixed-date application matter has five respondents, namely: the Social Protection Ministry’s Commissioner for Co-operative Development; the Guyana Sugar Corporation Incorporated (GuySuCo); the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL); the John/Clifton Co-operative Land Society Limited, and the Attorney General of Guyana.Attorney-at-law Anil NandlallThe applicants include Lennox Jaipaul, Patrica Mohabir, Jaiwantie Sanichar and twenty-two others.According to the applicants’ legal documents, they were all members of the Land Co-operative Society and they own and occupy certain portions of land located at Johns and Clifton Villages in Berbice Guyana. They outlined that the Johns/Clifton Co-operative Land Society entered a 10-year lease with the Port Mourant Company on June 14, 1965 for a piece of land amounting to 350 acres in Clifton and Johns State Lands. They said that even though the lease has expired and they did not apply for a new lease, they continued to live, cultivate and rear animals on the property under contention.The 25 applicants say the Co-operative Society approached the Government and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) “with a view to acquiring title to the lands which they occupy”. They stated that while they were given transports for portions of land which they occupy, they continued to plant rice and reared livestock and cattle on lands for which they had no transport.According to legal documents, the Society became defunct after 2012, and in 2017, the contested property was purportedly transferred under GuySuCo’s ownership. However, the applicants contend, the transfer “erroneously” included portions of their transported land, where some of the houses are located.They also claim that, in 2017, their Co-operative Society was resuscitated without the knowledge of most of the previous members. Further, a general meeting was held in November of that year with the society’s seven members, including Chairman Asheem Ali; Chandra Sohan, Secretary; and Treasurer Chandradatt Ramotar.The 25 applicants claim that these new members entered their land allegedly armed with weapons, and forcefully evicted persons, with many of them being in the midst of rice harvesting and planting other crops. They added that the newly constituted Society entered a new lease with NICIL, dated March 1, 2018, on large portions of land that the applicants claim belong to them.The applicants outlined that the land leased was not owned by the Guyana Government, and as such, this was in contravention of Article 142 of the Constitution, which speaks to the fundamental right and freedom against the deprivation of property.They also stated that the new members are encroaching on their land, and have allegedly verbally and physically assaulted them. They add that they suffered losses to some of their cash crops, fruit trees and crops when a section of the land was bulldozed.Among several reliefs for which the applicants are seeking are petitioning the High Court to have the 350 acres Plantation Clifton and Johns of State Lands on the Corentyne Coast, Berbice declared “wrongfully and unlawfully” allocated by Johns/Clifton Co-operative. They also want a declaration that the farming, bulldozing or occupying “constitutes trespass on portions of land owned by the Applicants”.The 25 applicants also want to nullify the reallocation of their land under the new lease agreement. The affected parties are also seeking damages for breach of their rights under Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana. They are also petition the court to issue an injunction restraining the Society and their representatives and agents from “entering upon, remaining, occupying, farming, bulldozing, occupying” the applicants use of the land. Moreover that injured parties are seeking damages in excess of forty-eight million dollars, court costs, and other reliefs the court sees fit.The Applicants are represented by attorneys Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Manoj Narayan, Sasha S. Mahadeo-Narayan, Rajendra R. Jaigobin and Anuradha Deodatsingh. The matter comes up before Justice D. Younge on October 25.last_img read more

UPDATE: RCMP say they believe two robberies at Petro Canada are connected

first_imgAt 7:30 AM this morning, Fort St. John RCMP was alerted to a robbery that had just occurred at the Petro Canada located on 100th St.The police were quick to respond by setting up containment of the area and limiting traffic.Police Dog Services attended and were able to track to an area, which led to an arrest of a suspect.- Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP says they believe that the robbery that occurred at the same Petro Canada on Halloween night is related to this one.Both files are currently under investigation.The police are asking anyone who may have information about either of these two robberies or information on the suspect to contact them at 250-787-8100.Advertisementlast_img

Son’s late goal sends Spurs above City

first_imgThe away side were well organised and gritty throughout, with Fabian Schar’s acrobatic goalline clearance to deny Christian Eriksen in the second half epitomising their spirit.Rafael Benitez’s side had chances of their own, with Salomon Rondon heading against the post with the score at 0-0 but their resistance was broken when substitute Fernando Llorente laid the ball off for Son to score a ninth goal in his past 10 Spurs appearances.The win means Mauricio Pochettino’s side set a Premier League record as they reached 29 matches in a row without a draw, eclipsing Bolton’s mark of 28 set in 2011.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Son Heung-min struck with just seven minutes remainingLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Tottenham moved into second in the Premier League as Son Heung-min struck late to deny a gallant Newcastle a point at Wembley Stadium.The South Korean forward benefitted from a Martin Dubravka error with seven minutes left as his powerful 20-yard shot went under the Newcastle goalkeeper’s body.last_img read more

By getting free 411 services, you may sacrifice quality for savings

first_imgBy Verne Kopytoff SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Getting telephone directory assistance doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, or at least that’s how many emerging services are pitching themselves. They’re offering consumers free 411, which on its face seems to be an attractive alternative to paying nearly $2, in some cases, for calling a traditional information line. The San Francisco Chronicle recently tested several services to see how they worked. What was found through a combination of landline and mobile phone calls was a wide range in quality. Generally, the services work as follows: You call the number, listen to a short advertisement and then get prompted by an automated voice for a business or residential listing. After listening to a second advertisement, you’re – in theory – told the number you’re seeking or connected to the number directly. Although the services are billed as free, roaming charges and other fees still may apply for mobile phone users. Based on the Chronicle’s test results, I probably would use Google’s service for business and AT&T’s for residential listings for free 411 service.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But with the savings come some major trade-offs. Instead of talking to a human, callers must deal with a computer that uses voice recognition technology to field requests. Also count on having to listen to advertisements before getting the telephone number you want. Many companies, including AT&T Corp., have entered the field. Google Inc., the Mountain View search engine, has perhaps the most celebrity, after introducing its version this year and more recently aggressively marketing the service on billboards across the San Francisco area. Although the free directory assistance can be used on landline phones, it is also targeted at mobile phone users, who face some of the steepest charges for traditional directory assistance, and who usually have no access to old-fashioned telephone books while out and about. last_img read more

EPA rejects state’s bid for tighter climate rules

first_img“The champagne is flowing very freely in Detroit this evening,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said she will join a lawsuit fighting the decision and also will work to overturn it legislatively in Congress next year. She ridiculed the administration for linking the decision to passage of the energy bill, which is focused on reducing oil use. California’s law, on the other hand, is more broadly designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016. Under the California law, cutbacks would have begun in 2009, and ultimately passenger cars and some light trucks would have to achieve a 43.7 mile-per-gallon average. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the decision “disgraceful” while Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles – who earlier this year uncovered e-mail evidence that the Department of Transportation was lobbying lawmakers on behalf of the auto industry against the waiver – vowed to investigate. “EPA’s decision ignores the law, science and commonsense. This is a policy dictated by politics and ideology, not facts,” he said. California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez called the administration’s rationale for denying the waiver “as gaseous as the tailpipe emissions they seem hell-bent on protecting.” Auto industry officials, meanwhile, praised the decision “Enhancing energy security and improving fuel economy are priorities to all automakers, but a patchwork quilt of inconsistent and competing fuel economy programs at the state level would only have created confusion, inefficiency and uncertainty for automakers and consumers,” added Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers CEO Dave McCurdy. The denial marks the first time in at least 40 years that the EPA rejected California a waiver. Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard contributed. 202-662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Bush administration shot down California’s first-in-the-nation effort to limit tailpipe emissions Wednesday, igniting outrage from state officials who vowed to overturn the decision either through legislation or a bitter court battle. The Environmental Protection Agency denied California’s two-year-old request to exceed federal clean-air requirements as members of Congress prepared to leave town for the holidays. The announcement also came just hours after President Bush signed into law the first major increase in fuel economy standards in 30 years – a bill that EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said made California’s own global warming plan unnecessary. Johnson also maintained that “California is not exclusive” in fighting climate change, and so does not meet the “extraordinary and compelling conditions” required under the Clean Air Act. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to sue to overturn the decision. “It is disappointing that the federal government is standing in our way and ignoring the will of tens of millions of people across the nation,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement, referring to 16 other states that also want to adopt California’s standards. And Attorney General Jerry Brown indicated he is prepared to file legal action. “It is completely absurd to assert that California does not have a compelling need to fight global warming by curbing greenhouse gas emissions from cars,” he said in a statement. Democrats in Congress and environmental activists blasted the decision as a Christmas gift from the White House to the auto industry. last_img read more

Failing kids

first_imgIT’S a sad day when a student’s hopes for graduating from high school rest not on hard work or learning, but on a judge’s fiat. Yet thanks to Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman, as many as 47,000 high-school seniors in California will soon get a diploma, even though they haven’t been able to master 10th-grade English or ninth-grade math. According to Freedman, requiring kids to pass the High School Exit Exam before collecting a diploma would do them harm, as it could keep them from attending colleges to which they may have already been accepted. But it’s far more harmful to let kids move on to do work for which they’re unprepared. And it’s unfair to tell students who have worked hard to pass the exam that their efforts were for nothing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt’s true – and a travesty – that not all California students are educated equally, or even minimally. But it’s hard to see how this injustice is resolved by simply letting them pass through the system uneducated. What failing students need is remediation, not worthless diplomas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL take on Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final at Clones on Sunday.Watch interviews with manager Jim McGuinness ahead of the big match right here on Video by jacksonmediatv.DDTV: WATCH FULL VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE ULSTER FINAL was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal v Derrydonegaldaily.comGAAjacksonmediatvJim McGuinnessUlster SFC Finallast_img read more


first_imgBY JOHN O’DONNELL: This is a short poem that I wrote for my baby sister Mary Bernadette.She was sadly taken from this world on the 9th day of August 1957 at the tender age of 7 months. Some day we will meet again and I will tell you Mary B all about my life,until then  sleep soundly, I hope the man above is looking after you baby,thanks to DONEGALDAILY.COM for publishing this poem.More on John’s story here: DONEGAL MAN’S MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE INFANT SISTER WHO DIED AGED 7 MONTHS was last modified: March 12th, 2012 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:DONEGAL MAN’S MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE INFANT SISTER WHO DIED AGED 7 MONTHSDONEGAL MAN’S MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE SISTER HE NEVER KNEWJohn O’Donnelllast_img read more