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  • Stick to Principles, Journalists, Media Institutions Urged

    first_imgThe director of the Catholic Media Center/CAMCAM, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Dayouga Kroma, has urged Liberian journalists and media institutions to stop being foot-soldiers of propaganda and the promotion of selfish interests.They should instead adhere to principles and the ethics of journalism and better serve the human and national interests.Rev. Fr. Kroma made the statement yesterday at the opening of a one-day training workshop for journalists and editorial staff of Radio VERITAS.The workshop focused on the ethics and standards in journalism.Whenever media institutions are manipulated by self-interests and personal aggrandizement, good journalists will inadvertently, do damage when they report controversial and sensational stories out of context, said Fr. Kroma.According to him, failure to maintain ethical principles in the newsroom and poor understanding of the potential impact of the powerful effect of words and images can lead to acts of journalism that encourage hatred, violence, discrimination as well as social and economic injustice, and the lack of peace.The Catholic Media Center director said: “You will agree with me that the news room in Liberia today, like in any other country, is a very challenging place. For in the competitive world of the modern media, information flies around at lightning speed. There is little time for checking facts and images or confirming information and virtually no space for laid back discussions on the ethics of journalism.” It is within this conviction that management in an effort to rebrand radio VERITAS in terms of content, outlook, and human-centered programming, has embarked on the second of a series of workshops focusing  on journalistic ethics, Rev.Fr. Kroma disclosed.“I hope that through this workshop, a clearer understanding of the station’s  mission statement and editorial policy as laid down by the Catholic Church will be understood and serve as a guiding principle in our effort to  educate the public and promote the social, economic, moral and spiritual well being of our society,” he declared.Despite the scarcity of time, he strongly believes that given the vital role and importance of credible information to peace building in post conflict Liberia, reporters and editors must pause and take a moment to judge the potential impact of offensive, divisive and inflammatory news content.Failure to give due consideration to this delicate act of managing and balancing information in journalism can result to tragic consequences, he warned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Senate Pro-Tempore Threatens Truant Senators

    first_imgFlashback: Senators in one of their well attended sessions early this year.President Pro Tempore of the Senate Albert Chie, in a rather unusual mood on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, issued a stern and threatening comment that he would soon start taking serious and drastic action against senators who only attend sessions through his intervention.“I will soon start taking serious and drastic action; this is not called for, the people’s work must go on. Sergeant, please go and call the senators to come to session,” Pro-Tempore Chie, who was the only lawmaker in the Senate Chamber at about mid-day Tuesday, was heard ordering the sergeant-at-arm.He was at some instances inquiring from some of the senators, who have absented themselves from sessions, by phone as to whether they were not coming to do the people’s work.For many visitors, and even legislative reporters who attend sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Pro-Tempore’s warning was rather belated but very necessary.“When seeking for elected posts, some of these senators are energized to attempt campaign meetings as early as five o’clock, but are too tired to attend session twice a week after winning elections,” a disappointed visitor reacted to the Pro Tempore’s comment.In early January, prior to his election, Senator Chie promised to lead by example as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for the next six years. The Grand Kru County Senator at a well-attended press conference, told his colleagues in attendance that under his leadership committees and their heads would be visited daily, especially during committee hearings, to ensure an effective team.“The level of seriousness I attach to my committee work will double to help yield meaningful results in areas of legislation and oversight,” he said.Chie also promised to ensure that perfect coordination exists among the leadership of the Senate, to assure that effective and stringent scrutiny is done on all bills before passage or ratification, especially the huge workload of legislation that are brought forward from the 53rd Legislature.For several weeks, if not months ago, Pro-Tempore Chie said he has been requesting the summon of senators to attend sessions. That was for the few who visit their respective offices on session day, while a greater number could not appear at the Capitol at all.It is not clear what specific time is stipulated for senators to commence session, but since the 54th Legislature, the earliest for start of sessions has been 11:00 a.m. and the latest 1:00 p.m.Due to this development, observers wondered as to how the Pro-temp will administer drastic action, when some senators attend sessions as late as 3:00 p.m., depending on the workload of that day, and when there is no known pronounced time to start session.Meanwhile, despite frantic efforts by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Good Governance Reconciliation Senator J. Gbleh-bo Brown and Pro-Tempore Chie for the passage of the Local Government Act on Tuesday, Senators resolved that more cleaning needed to be done before possible consideration of the Act.The debatable areas remain elections of paramount, clan, and town chiefs against the continuous appointment of local authorities by the President, while others argue that the number of 10,000 stipulated in the Act to create a city is too much, especially for a county like Grand Kru, which has a population of about 40,000 but with over 40 cities (2008 census).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Theft from Fly Jamaica crash-landed aircraft condemned

    first_imgThe recent theft of several items from the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri on Friday has been described as an act of international notoriety that puts Guyana in a bad light.Investigators and other officials at the crash siteFormer Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has said he is disappointed at having to learn about the “wholesale theft” of personal properties belonging to the crew and passengers of the crash-landed Fly Jamaica aircraft allegedly committed by ranks of the Guyana Fire Service.“What is even (more) appalling is the fact that fire fighters, who are internationally recognised as first responders, are expected to uphold humanitarian goals and practices in life-threatening situations where persons’ lives are at risk or (are) endangered due to natural or man-made disasters,” Rohee said.He made reference to situations currently obtaining in Northern and Southern California, United States of America, where he said firefighters are doing an exemplary job of helping to contain the wildfires. He said there has not been a single report alleging looting or theft committed by those firefighters, even though they are active in an affluent neighbourhood.“Thus for Guyanese first responders under the guise of fire-fighters to act in such an irresponsible and disgraceful manner is to bring the noble service of fire-fighting into disrepute. To steal from crew members and passengers at a time when they had to ‘run for their lives’ from a crashed passenger airplane is a crying shame and a grave embarrassment to our country and people,” Rohee declared.Rohee described it as a despicable act which has once again brought into sharp focus the much debated question of trust and respect for ranks of the disciplined services. “This time it is the Guyana Fire Service that has reignited the public confidence debate, not because of acts of heroism or magnanimity by its ranks, but because of acts by its own ranks that have damaged (its credibility) irreparably,” he stated.The former Minister said that by defaming their badges, which serve as a symbol of public faith, and by sullying the public’s trust in the Fire Service, the ranks involved in petty theft while aboard the crashed aircraft abandoned the lofty ethics of the Guyana Fire Service.“They should be decorated with badges of shame. Common decency and professional conduct were replaced by greed for other people’s property. The crashed aircraft became a target to commit crimes that offered a high reward with little effort and risk. These are called opportunity crimes,” he explained.He recalled that the GFS Stakeholder Consultation Forum held recently at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre to address Emergency Medical Technician services (EMT) was expected to “see all members within the GFS being trained in first-responder skills, in order to save lives in emergency cases”.“However,” he said, “the lectures delivered at that event seem to have fallen on deaf ears, in light of the crimes committed on the aircraft by ranks who would have attended the forum.”Rohee said the incidents of theft perpetrated on the international aircraft by ranks of the Fire Service must have brought home to Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle the need for more intense screening of applicants, and rigorous, on-going training for recruits to the GFS.“Strict supervision of junior ranks by a senior, experienced officer at all times, especially in operational situations as the one involving the Fly Jamaica (aircraft), is of critical utmost importance. Finally, it is imperative that ‘the fire fighter’s prayer’ be drilled into the heads of every new recruit, so that he or she, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, and under the most difficult circumstances, will at all times uphold the noble ideals enshrined in the said prayer,” he concluded.last_img read more

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  • As MP Harry Gill sent to Privileges Committee over letter to editor

    first_imgNational Assembly descends into uproar…Opposition argues freedom of expression at stakeMonday’s sitting of the National Assembly got underway with Opposition parliamentarian Harry Gill being reprimanded for a letter to the editor he wrote which was published in Monday’s edition of sections of the media. The letter alleged bias in the Speaker of the National Assembly’s decisions.According to Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, the letter was brought to his attention by an unnamed person. He pointed out that the Speaker can only be challenged through a motion. Dr Scotland did stop short of sanctioning Gill. But not satisfied with the reprimand, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo rose and pushed for Gill to be referred to the Committee of Privileges.The PM, who was strangely able to make a lengthy statement against Gill and cite specific cases to bolster his argument for sanctions, invoked Standing Order 91, which speaks to referring Members of Parliament to the Committee when theOpposition MP Harry Gill“powers and privileges” of the Assembly are at stake.The House descended into an uproar as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira came to Gill’s defence. Teixeira was fierce in denunciating Nagamootoo’s motion. According to Teixeira, the motion was improperly put over and moreover, threatened the right to freedom of expression.“The privileges motion was not properly put in the first place. We brought a privileges motion in this House. What is happening to the privileges motion against (Social Cohesion Minister) Dr (George) Norton? Freedom of expression is protected outside this House. You are damaging the right of freedom (of expression) in this country,” Teixeira said, to thunderous thuds on the desks from the Opposition side.However, the Speaker ordered that part of her statements be expunged from the records since he did not give her leave to speak. Dr Scotland then took the step ofPPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeirareferring Gill to the Privileges Committee.Set-upSpeaking to Guyana Times afterwards, Gill was of the firm opinion that the Prime Minister’s preparedness pointed to a set-up.“It’s obvious that it was a set-up. The Prime Minister had all the documents; he didn’t just Google and pull them up. He came prepared for it. I invite you to look at the video. I put a link in the letter. I invite you to look at the letter and judge for yourself. I must remind you that Dr George Norton was supposed to have gone before the Committee of Privileges almost a year now and nothing has happened.“But they want to bring me before the Committee of Privileges. What I didPM Moses Nagamootoo, I think, was free speech. I did not condemn the actions of the Speaker of the House. I did it as a private citizen too. I’m entitled to protection of free speech, in our Constitution. This Speaker needs to see how he is perceived, not only by me butother persons.”In the letter titled, “There are inconsistencies in the Speaker’s rulings on sub judice and other matters”, Gill had cited cases in which Opposition parliamentarians were continuously interrupted by the Speaker when they criticised the Government side. He referenced the case of frontbencher Irfaan Ali.“During the recent debate on financial bills, Irfaan Ali, another brilliant mind on the Opposition side, was extremely critical of the borrow-and-spend policy of the [ASpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandPartnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government that is likely to see the economy accelerate into bankruptcy if allowed to go unchecked.“The moment my colleague attempted to expose the dismal statistics to prove the economy was not performing, he was interrupted by the Speaker, who cautioned him continuously to “return to the Bill’,” Gill had also written. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

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  • Salah steers Liverpool into Champions League at Chelsea’s expense

    first_imgGabriel Jesus’s stoppage time winner for Manchester City in a 1-0 victory at Southampton saw the champions set another record landmark by becoming the first side in English top flight history to reach 100 points. At the other end of the table, Swansea’s seven-season stay in the Premier League came to an end as they were relegated to the Championship after a 2-1 defeat by Stoke.Liverpool faced the uncomfortable scenario of travelling to Kiev to face the might of Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26 having to win to qualify for next season’s competition had results gone against them.However, there was little doubt over the outcome once Salah eased any nerves by swivelling to strike his first goal in four games on 26 minutes to take his tally in all competitions this season to 44.“I’m really proud of the boys, a nearly perfect season,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. “We had no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can go for is a Champions League spot. It is a big thing.”Salah’s strike also saw him secure the Premier League Golden Boot to add to his multiple Player of the Year accolades. “He was fantastic,” Klopp added. “I can’t imagine how difficult it must be if everybody tells you every day how brilliant you are but not only that, they give you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident. “It is really difficult to stay focused but he is focused. He now has two weeks to prepare for our biggest game.”Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson were also on target as Klopp could even afford the luxury of substituting Salah in the second-half.Liverpool were under little pressure all afternoon as Chelsea slumped to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season in the north-east.Dwight Gayle and two goals for Ayoze Perez piled ever more pressure on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just six days ahead of what could be the Italian’s final game in charge in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.“Newcastle showed greater desire and fight, and if we play like this in the FA Cup final we don’t have a chance,” said Conte. – City hit 100 –End of the road: Arsene Wenger on his last day as Arsenal manager © AFP / Adrian DENNISCity’s victory also saw them set a record Premier League margin of victory of 19 points from Manchester United, who won 1-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.“When you win for 100 points it’s something special for the club,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. “I think it’s a record that will stay for a long time.”England manager Gareth Southgate will name his World Cup squad later this week, and there was plenty of encouragement for Southgate as three of his strikers were on target.Marcus Rashford scored his first goal since March for United’s winner, whilst Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane both struck twice at Wembley as Tottenham came from 3-1 down to beat Leicester 5-4 and hold off Liverpool to finish third.Kane cancelled out Vardy’s early opener before Riyad Mahrez restored Leicester’s lead and Kelechi Iheanacho’s smashed home a third for the visitors early in the second-half.An Erik Lamela double and Christian Fuchs own goal to put Spurs in front before Vardy levelled with his 20th league goal of the campaign.However, Kane had the final say with his 41st of the season to head to the World Cup in fine form.Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger a parting gift in his final game as manager after 22 years in charge by winning their first points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield.“Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club,” said Wenger. “To enjoy it we had to win it. Winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it.” Club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 10th goal in 13 games since joining in January by finishing off the sort of free-flowing move that Wenger has made his trademark as Gunners boss.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Record breaker: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates winning the Premier League Golden Boot © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, May 13 – Liverpool warmed-up for the Champions League final in style by ensuring they are back in the competition next season as Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 4-0 thrashing of Brighton on Sunday.Victory for Liverpool meant it didn’t matter what fifth-placed Chelsea did at Newcastle, but they failed to put any sort of pressure on the Champions League finalists by succumbing limply to a 3-0 defeat at St. James’s Park.last_img read more

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  • “Karius has had his first Mignolet moment!” – Liverpool fans react to blunder

    first_img[View the story “”Loris Karius has had his first Mignolet moment!” – Liverpool fans react to goalkeeper’s blunder against Wigan” on Storify] Loris Karius recovered well from the error to prevent the goal 1center_img Liverpool fans will hope it is not a sign of things to come from their new goalkeeper as Loris Karius was left red faced after a blunder than nearly led to a goal.The goalkeeper is expected to take over from Simon Mignolet as Jurgen Klopp’s number one this season but the manager may rethink it after Karius’ mistake.Karius failed to trap the ball as it was passed back to him and it rolled across the face of the goal, nearly leading to a goal if not for the German’s fantastic recovery.However, it did not stop Liverpool fans from comparing him to Mignolet and thinking they had signed his clone.See below for the best reactions to Karius’ mistake!last_img read more

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  • Judge overturns Garda Chief Superintendent’s decision to refuse man a taxi-license

    first_imgA Judge has overturned a decision by a Garda Chief Superintendent not to grant a taxi license to a Co Donegal man.Tony Pyper appeared at Falcarragh District Court today appealing a decision by Chief Supt Terry McGinn to refuse him a small PSV license to drive a taxi. The father-of-two was found guilty in January of having no car insurance, after he had originally applied for his taxi license.He was contacted by Gardai to explain that his application for the taxi license was being refused.Chief Supt McGinn met with Mr Pyper on May 24th last and explained to him that her hands were tied on the matter but advised him to get legal advice.She told the court that because Mr Pyper was applying for a license to drive people in a taxi and that he had a conviction for not having insurance she had to refuse his application.She added that she couldn’t give you a license but if the Judge saw fit to grant the license then that is a matter for the court.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told the court that his client already holds a heavy PSV license and this entitled him to drive lorries and coaches which could carry 50 people but was refused a small taxi license.“Where is the logic in that,” asked Mr Dorrian.He said the original insurance breach happened when Mr Piper, of McNeely Villas, Oldtown, Letterkenny, took his mother’s car thinking he was insured on it and that he had no other convictions.Having heard all the applications, Judge Paul Kelly said he was going to allow Mr Piper’s appeal and grant him a license.He said while it seemed to him that the Chief Superintendent was within her rights to refuse the taxi license, it did appear to be disproportionate to the conviction.He added that the court has already felt it appropriate that Mr Piper kept his driving license and that he will no doubt have difficulty getting insurance because of his previous conviction for not having insurance.Judge overturns Garda Chief Superintendent’s decision to refuse man a taxi-license was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:donegallicenserefusaltaxiTerry McGinnTony Pyperlast_img read more

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  • Celtic to reject bids for Everton and Spurs target, Kenny Miller wants Rangers loans

    first_imgHere’s a round-up of all the top Scottish football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Sunday’s newspapers and online…Celtic are ready to reject a bid from Everton for Kieran Tierney, the left-back, who signed a six-year deal in October. The Toffees are reportedly going to offer £25million for the 21-year-old this week. (Daily Record) moving on Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tierny has caught the eye since breaking onto the scene at Celtic RANKED LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets IN DEMAND 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED center_img Tottenham have emerged as rivals to Everton in the race for Tierney. (Liverpool Echo)Brendan Rodgers has spoken to Tierney amid the reported interest in him from the Premier League, telling him to keep his focus. (Scottish Sun)Former Rangers star Kenny Miller will ask the Ibrox club if he can sign some of their young players on loan following his appointment as Livingston manager. (The Scotsman)David Gray returned from a six-month injury lay-off to return in Hibernian’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Linlithgow Rose. (The Scotsman) Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK Jozo Simunovic will not leave Celtic this summer, despite interest in the centre-half from French side Lille. (Daily Record)Steven Gerrard has been backed to lead Rangers into the Europa League group stages by Ibrox legend Barry Ferguson. (Scottish Sun) three-way race Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets last_img read more

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  • A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT NOTHING TO WEAR… ‘STYLEFISH’ CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

    first_imgLadies, wonder why an outfit you bought has been worn only once or twice? Stylefish has the answer.Take a Body Styling class or a Creative Colour Class to change the way you think about shopping and help you develop your personal style. A Stylefish class gives you the confidence you need to put an outfit together – we call it the Stylefish Rule of 3.Find out which Style Personality you are and let Stylefish help you create a wardrobe to suit YOU.To find out more information contact Barbara – barbarajbonner@icloud.com  A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT NOTHING TO WEAR… ‘STYLEFISH’ CAN HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL STYLE was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsStylefishlast_img read more

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