Prez. Sirleaf Bemoans MOJ’s Prosecutorial Capacity

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, January 28, admitted that the prosecutorial ability of her government currently lacks sufficient strength to provide an effective and efficient justice system. “The prosecutorial capacity of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) remains weak, although greatly enhanced by the appointment of a new Solicitor General,” President Sirleaf admitted when she delivered her annual message before the joint session of the 53rd Legislature.She was swift to remind her audience that the MOJ has made progress in the prosecution of gender-based violence, bank fraud, murder, armed robbery and corruption cases.According to her, a total of 172 cases were tried throughout the country, with the government winning guilty verdicts in 144 of them.To buttress the MOJ’s capacity, she said, her government with assistance from the United Nations Peacekeeping Department managed to establish a regional justice and security hub.The hub, she noted, helped to decentralize and strengthen the Criminal Justice System. The first hub, established in Gbarnga to serve Bong, Lofa and Nimba, was inaugurated in February 2013, and is currently at 95 percent completion.She said the hub facilitated successful management of disruptions in the three counties in that region over the past year.“The new Circuit Courthouses will open within a month,” she said adding, “They will be buttressed by construction of three Magisterial Courts in each of the other two hub counties.”“It would further strengthen and make the justice system more accessible to our citizens in the leeward counties,” the President explained.According to President Sirleaf, the inclusion of immigration services, starting in the Gbarnga hub region, would pre-empt the need to travel to Monrovia to regularize immigration status..Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CSO Asks Legislature to Reject President Sirleaf’s Request

first_imgHon. J. Alex TylerSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesCapitol BuildingCapitol Hill, MonroviaDear Speaker Tyler:The Civil Society in Liberia writes to express its deepest concerns of a letter addressed to the Legislature from the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf seeking extra-constitutional powers to respond to the ebola outbreak in Liberia.We are of the opinion that no one has the power or authority to suspend Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution regardless of the circumstances. When the framers of the Constitution fashioned Article 1 in the way they framed it, they were making clear that Constitutional power lies only in the people of the country:“All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.”We fear that a move like this has the propensity to set a dangerous precedence for future governance of the country as unscrupulous persons can easily abuse it and plunge the country into chaos. Even now, there is a possibility of such a power being abused by the president.In regards to Article 12, Civil Society argues that The President does not need extra powers over this provision of the Constitution, and we are quite sure that Liberians do not have to be made slaves in order to end the scourge of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.While we accept the necessity of restricting the movement of people in and out of the country on legitimate public health grounds, the power to do this should rest with the courts and not solely in the hands of the President. As before, concentrating such a power in the hands of one person can lead to the wanton abuse of the rights of the people of this country.Honorable Speaker, Article 14 is one of the bedrocks of our democracy and system of government. The Constitution has already indicated at this article how religious freedoms can be curtailed and the process through which it may be done. There is nowhere in this provision or anywhere else in the Constitution that any one individual is given the right to place restrictions on religion. That power is the sole preserve of the Liberian Legislature and the article clearly says that, “All persons shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment thereof except as may be required by law to protect public safety, order, health. or morals or in the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.”On the President’s request to continue exercising powers restricting Article 15 rights, it is once more our considered opinion that such powers are best exercised through the Judiciary or the Legislature. There are already statutes which stop people from exercising this right irresponsibly. Even the Constitution provides safeguards. We agree that no one should be allowed to cause a state of panic in the country regardless of the reason. What we do not agree with is the power to restrict Article 15 rights should be left to one person’s discretion.As regards Article 17, it is well understood that public assemblies of large groups may not be a wise thing to do in the current health crisis especially as it relates to a disease like Ebola which spreads through close bodily contact. In spite of that fact, we still do not think that the power to restrict this right should be held by any one person. The government already exercises the people to stop people from demonstrating on grounds of a statute. The restriction on this right may continue to be enjoined in this manner.Mr. Speaker, we think it is an absolute violation of the Constitution to allow the President the right to continue exercising the powers she has requested you to endorse under Article 24. The Constitution, at this article, has already given the government the right to expropriate private property in a situation like this. What the Constitution has clearly not allowed is for such expropriation to be done without just compensation as the President has asked. The Constitution also does not give the President the power to remove the right of any such property owner except through a recourse to the courts.Finally Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members of the House of Representatives, the Emergency Powers provisions of the Constitution have been misconstrued in many corners of this country. Clearly Article 86b states that “A state of emergency may be declared only where there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or wellbeing of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger.” While the EVD presents a danger to Liberia, it does not meet the critical legal test (threat or outbreak of war or…civil unrest) to serve as the basis for declaring a state of emergency.Further, Articles 86a and 87 clearly state restrictions on the exercise of legislative powers. Article 88 makes it clear that at the time you voted to impose the state of emergency, included in your joint resolution with the Liberian Senate, there should have been all the justifications and restrictions necessary and justified for making the declarations. The constitution is clear when it says “…The Legislature shall within seventy two hours, by joint resolution voted by two thirds of the membership of each house, decide whether the proclamation of a state of emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate.”Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members of the House of Representatives,  In addition to the acknowledged facts that the letter seeks to limit basic freedoms, the Civil Society the following reasons for which the request should not be accepted.The circumstance in our country is now more in terms of health services, and the issues being proposed could not provide any more response to the ebola situation now in the country than the health services being provided.In addition, the proposal suggests the suspension of rights provided for under the state of emergency, but the time frame provided by the constitution has been exhausted, so we request that these measures be ignored.Mr Speaker,In conclusion, Civil Society like to note that the issues raised by the president do not seem to be considerate of the due respect for the constitution. It is our expectation that you would take the prudent decision of rejecting this request of President Sirleaf and remain on the path of promoting democracy in our country.Sincerely yours,Civil Society in LiberiaLancedell J. MatthewsOn Behalf of the OrganizationsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA mechanic of Fourth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown was on Thursday slapped with a fraud charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Adrian Cole, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge stating that he was willing to refund the Virtual Complainant (VC) in full if he was given the opportunity.It is alleged that between September 29 and October 6, 2017 at Campbellville, Georgetown, while being solely entrusted by Harvey Suddand with $325,000 to purchase a vehicle transmission, Cole converted the same to his own use and benefit.According to Police facts, the VC is the owner of a pick-up and had given a total of $325,000 over time to purchase the transmission to fix his vehicle.Cole allegedly collected the money, but failed to purchase the transmission. As such, the matter was reported to the Kitty Police Station where an investigation was carried out, and the mechanic was subsequently arrested and charged.In court on Thursday, the defendant told the court that he had already begun to repay the money, but this was denied by the VC, who indicated that they were negotiating when the suspect disappeared. He was placed on $20,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, providing he makes payment arrangements with the victim.Cole will return to court on March 28, 2019.last_img read more

Kenai blanks Rage in first game

first_imgFriday night the Rage started the two game series with a 4-0 loss to Kenai.  There was no scoring in the first period and then Kenai turned it on in the second scoring two goals, one each from Zac Lazzaro and Keil Zornow.In the third, the Bears scored two more times to give the game a final score of 4-0.- Advertisement -The Rage will play Kenai again tonight.last_img

January 16th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe Regional Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge was one of the many ice carving competitions at Centennial Park for the High on Ice Festival.                                                                    Picture: Amber DavyChildren enjoy the 5-slide hill at Centennial Park. The hill was built by the City of Fort St. John for the High on Ice Festival.                                                                                      Picture: Amber DavyMany people gather at the Toboggan Hill beside the North Peace Secondary School to enjoy sleigh rides around the hill.                                                                                   Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –FSJ Mukluk Independent Plumbing held a Mixed Bonspiel at the Fort St. John Curling Club.                                                                                                             Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Man tried to bite other man’s ear off in row over rent money

first_imgA man tried to bite the ear off his housemate after claiming he had spent the rent money.Mark Patton appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with a vicious assault on former house-mate Peter Maughan. The pair had been drinking at their home at Gort na Greine in Letterkenny on February 10th last when a row broke out.Patton accused Maughan of stealing €40 in rent money but Maughan said the money had been collected by the landlord.The accused man attacked Maughan but he managed to flee outside.However, Patton pursued him and bit his ear and then kicked him in the head and body after he had fallen to the ground.Maughan needed stitching to his ear as a result of the ear bite by Patton.The court heard how Patton, who works in construction, had since signed himself in for therapy for alcohol addiction.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was deeply apologetic and that at the time he was in the depts of his addiction.The court heard that he has previous convictions for drugs offences, criminal damage, assault and traffic.A letter of apology was handed into court on Patton’s behalf.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 10th and ordered a probation report on the accused.Man tried to bite other man’s ear off in row over rent money was last modified: September 6th, 2018 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:bitecourtearGardailetterkennyMArk Pattonlast_img read more

REVENGE! DONEGAL GAA FANS CHARGE DUBS €500 FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS!

first_imgDONEGAL GAA fans are harvesting the benefits of being beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final – by charging Dublin fans up to €500 for tickets to All-Ireland final on Sunday week!Various websites are offering the tickets – with one Donegal fan even offering to personally deliver his tickets to the capital in time for the big game.And no wonder, he’d make a whopping €880 profit! Dubs are going mad for tickets for the Championship showdown with Kerry.They are furious with the allocation they have been given for the game.With so many fans wanting to see the game, and so few tickets available in the capital, a campaign has been launched to put up big screens around Dublin for fans!Councillor Deirdre Heney called on council officials to “provide a big screen in one of our public spaces or city parks so as many fans as possible can enjoy the All-Ireland Football Final in the company of fellow GAA supporters”. She said the issue of tickets has proven “too difficult” for fans to obtain.Cllr Heney identified public spaces such as College Green and Dawson Street to accommodate large crowds.She said both areas have been used in the past for sport homecoming events.“Either of these spaces, or some other public central public space, would accommodate GAA supporters from across the city who are otherwise unable to get tickets,” she said.“This is hugely important to the public. Tickets are scarce and it would provide a great opportunity for people to watch the game in the city.” REVENGE! DONEGAL GAA FANS CHARGE DUBS €500 FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS! was last modified: September 9th, 2011 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 dublin gaatickets toutslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgNOTICE TO ALL ADULT FOOTBALLERS FROM THE CHAIRMANThere will be a meeting of ALL adult footballers in the clubhouse on Sat 19th Nov to discuss plans for the coming season. It is important that players with an interest in Sean Mac Cumhaill’s should attend. The meeting will start at 8.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. Thank you. Terry O Reilly. 1987 UNDER 21 ALL IRELAND WINNING TEAM.Congratulations to Luke Gavigan and the 1987 Under 21 All Ireland winning team. They were honoured on Sunday at the County Final in Mac Cumhaill Park. Luke is still as young looking now as he was then.3G ASTRO TURF PITCH State of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMINI STRICTLY COME DANCINGThe Mini Strictly will be held in The Villa Rose on Dec7th. Please come along and support the boys and girls as they strut their stuff.MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThe numbers this week were 4,5,15 and 23There were no winners of the lotto this week.There were 2 match 3 winners. Jean Mc Kelvey and Muriel Kelly each receive €75.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for details The jackpot will be €2100 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!TRAINING UNDERAGETraining for underage teams is as follows.Under 6 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8 Wed 6.30pm -7.30pm Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys.Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls.Training for the girls has now finished for the season.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00.All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls football 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pmNew players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in Vi this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS GAA CLUB NOTES 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:Sean MacCumhaills GAA Club noteslast_img read more

Martin O’Neill makes surprise admission about Roy Keane in spite of player spats

first_img“You also know that he has that capacity to yeah … he has that ­capacity [to have arguments with players] but sometimes that’s why I like him.”Never one to shy away from controversy, Keane also jointly holds the record for the most red cards received in English football, being dismissed a total of 13 times in his career.Ireland will face Wales on Thursday evening in Cardiff, before travelling to Wroclaw to face Robert Lewandowki’s Poland side on Tuesday. tense predicted Martin O’Neill has admitted he ‘likes’ Roy Keane’s ability to fall out with members of his Republic of Ireland squad.Harry Arter may well have played his last game for his country after a fall-out with Keane back in June. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF Top Football Stories Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won SORRY 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Keane and O’Neill have been in charge of the Ireland team for five years latest Keane has always been a contentious character silverware gameday cracker Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 O’Neill has played down reports Declan Rice is considering his international future because of the altercation between his assistant manager, Arter and Jonathon Walters.Although Walters is back in the squad to face Wales in the Nations League clash, Arter has chosen not to participate.Despite the deteriorating relations within the Ireland camp, former Aston Villa boss O’Neill claimed he was happy with the work of the former Manchester United captain during their tenure together.“I suppose I didn’t really want to be in a position where I’m offering support to Roy,” said O’Neill. “Because he is more than capable of supporting himself. “But what I will say is that he has been excellent since he came in [as assistant manager] and the captain Seamus Coleman would agree with me. He has been very positive, very strong and you know what you are going to get with Roy alongside you.last_img read more

A.V. star ready to return to lineup

first_imgAntelope Valley High running back Andre Crenshaw is expected to be back in the starting lineup Friday when the Golden League-leading Antelopes play at second-place Lancaster. Crenshaw has missed two games with a calf injury, but he said he’ll be ready to go as Antelope Valley aims to avenge two straight losses to the Eagles. “We were just being real careful,” said Crenshaw, who has been offered scholarships by UCLA, Oregon State and Washington. “It was real tight in the Loyola game and the Palmdale game, and it swelled up real bad after that. “I’m good to go now.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Crenshaw said he could have played in the Antelopes’ past two games, against Highland and Quartz Hill, but his history of nagging injuries convinced him to rest. Crenshaw was hampered much of last season by a high ankle sprain, limiting his speed and lateral movement. “You can only do so much with an ankle injury – it was really painful,” he said. “Everybody would always say, ‘Andre, you don’t look like yourself. Your cuts aren’t as good.’ So that’s why this year I felt like if I would take these two games off, I would give it time to heal up.” He found it difficult to stand idly by when neither game was decided until the end. A.V. beat Highland 28-20 and had to dodge a Quartz Hill rally in a 14-9 victory. “Coach had to take my helmet away at the end of the game,” Crenshaw said. “If they scored on that last drive, I was going to go into the game. “I was pacing up and down the sidelines all second half. But I had faith in my teammates that they’d get it done.” Book those seats together: Perhaps it’s just coincidence, but the recruiting lists of four of Antelope Valley High’s top college prospects look very similar. Crenshaw, defensive back D’Andre Goodwin, linebacker Allan Mohan and wide receiver/defensive end Randy Burton are considering the same schools: UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan State, Fresno State and Boise State. “Me, Allan, Randy and D’Andre will probably be taking a lot of trips together,” Crenshaw said. “Me and Allan might take a trip to Oregon State together. D’Andre and I might go to Michigan State together. And D’Andre, C.J. Gable (Sylmar High) and John Austin (Sylmar High) have been talking about going to Arizona together.” Recruiters wonder if they’ll make their college decisions together. “No,” Crenshaw said. “We might talk about different trips with each other, but we’re each going to make our own decision.” Haunting past: Much was made about Marc Tyler and Tommy Grillo – Oaks Christian of Westlake Village players who live in Lancaster but play for the Lions – facing their childhood friends last Friday when Palmdale played at Oaks Christian. There were two other important reunions Friday night that played to mixed results. Former Lancaster High head coach Troy Jackson returned to Lou Bozigan Field as Highland defensive coordinator and helped engineer one of the biggest upsets in the Golden League this year, the Bulldogs’ 28-27 victory over Lancaster. At Littlerock High, former Lobos coach Jim Bauer returned to the sidelines as Knight head coach, but he didn’t have as positive a result. Littlerock won 50-3. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 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