‘Ratify African Pro-Democracy Chapter’, AU Diplomat Admonishes Lawmakers

first_imgAn executive of the African Union (AU) Commission to Liberia has admonished members of the National Legislature to ratify the Union’s Chapter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), currently before that August body.Liberia signed the ACDEG on June 18, 2008, but has not ratified or acceded to the convention.The Charter was adopted by the 8th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, held in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2007.It was developed as part of the AU’s stated emphasis on promoting democracy and good governance in member states. It came into force on 15 February 2012.The charter contains some provisions allow the AU to intervene in the respective states to restore democracy.Addressing a news conference on Thursday, June 5 Ambassador Oluwatoyin Solaja noted that the chapter  reaffirmed the collective will of  African Leaders to work relentlessly in order to deepen and consolidate the rule of law , peace , security and development on the continent.More importantly, the AU envoy added, “the chapter frowns at unconstitutional changes of government which had resulted into insecurity, instability and violent conflicts across the continent.”He maintained that “it also expresses the determination to strengthen good governance through the institutionalization of transparency, accountability and participatory democracy.”He said the chapter is an opportunity that should not be missed, adding that this steps means African leaders have begun reform by themselves, mentioning that if Arab leaders took the same step, they could have prevented the eruption of the Arab Spring.He stressed that signing the chapter into law would ensure the holding of free and fair elections, rejection and condemnation of unconstitutional change in government.“Upholding the freedom of the press, citizen’s participation, the promotion and protection of the independence of the judiciary, as well as, accountability in the management of public affairs become legally on these states.”However, the AU executive hailed the country for signing the charter, noting its ratification could be the right move, calling upon the parliament to ratify it and follow up its implementation with laws on good governance and democracy.“I’m aware of efforts being made by the government to get the chapter ratified in this year’s Annual Message of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, where she announced the submission of 15 AU legal instruments to the National Legislature for consideration and possible ratification. ACDEG was part of these documents,” Ambassador Solaja assumed.He continued, “I am  equally aware of on-going efforts within the Legislature to ratify the Chapter , which I add my voice to the call for the urgent consideration and ratification of the legal instruments,” adding  “It will guaranteed human and state security, respect for the rule of law, peace, stability and development among others.”For his part, International Alert project manager, Michael Slewon Doe disclosed that in 2013, at the request of the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the AUC, his institution started work on strengthening the capacity of two African Union Liaison Offices (AULOs) in Liberia and South Sudan to deliver on their stated objectives, and country specifiedHe further disclosed that the project entitled “Partnership for Effective and Sustainable, AULOs” was designed to address some of the concerns raised during various assessment conducted on the African Union Liaison Offices (AULO) and their recommendations.He said, the project is a three years (2013 to 2015) initiatives  founded by SIDA and implemented by International Alert, in partnership with the PSD.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teenager granted bail for cocaine trafficking

first_imgA 17-year-old minibus conductor was on Wednesday released on ,000 bail for allegedly having one gramRobert Imrancocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.It is alleged that on June 6, at Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, Robert Imran had the illegal substance in his possession.The teen who resides at Lot 53 Fourth Street, Alberttown, pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was represented by Attorney Charlene Fung-a-Fat who made an application for bail.However, Imran told the court that he lives alone and is supported by a friend since his mother died and he does not know his father.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers stated that an analyst report is still outstanding. Imran was granted bail and was instructed to report to the Alberttown Police Station every Friday until the completion of his trial.last_img read more

Cop, pregnant woman escape unhurt in Linden accident

first_imgInvestigations are ongoing into an accident at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) involving the motor vehicle assigned to ‘E’ Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Fazil Karimbaksh and a car driven by a pregnant woman.The two vehicles – PPP 4930, driven by Police Constable Bascom, and PKK 3484, driven by pregnant Stacy Peters – collided at the intersection at IndependenceThe damaged Police vehicleAvenue and Greenheart Street, Mackenzie, and both vehicles sustained damage.The pregnant Peters, of Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, was hospitalised briefly at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).According to reports, the Police Constable had just left the Mackenzie Police Station, and was proceeding along the right of way in the direction of south to north when Peters, who allegedly failed to stop at a marked sign, travelling from west to east along Greenheart Street, turned into his path and the collision ensued.The impact of the collision caused the Police vehicle to skid off the roadway. Peters’s car, which spun around, reportedly hit the Police vehicle both to the front and back before ending up on an empty plot of land.The matter is currently under investigation, and according to the Divisional Commander, legal advice has been sought.last_img read more

Airfare increases may be on hold

first_imgAmerican Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier, had matched Continental’s increase but also retreated on most routes. US Airways Group Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. did the same, and Southwest Airlines Co. never started increases, officials who track airfares said. Neil Bainton of FareCompare.com predicted that the fare increases would all be rolled back. Jamie Baker, an analyst for J.P. Morgan, said the refusal of discounters such as Southwest to match even the smaller increases suggested that fares might quickly fall back to last week’s levels. The sputtering attempts to raise prices come just before the peak summer travel season but also as carriers are battling slower growth in demand for travel and a larger supply of available airline seats. United, a unit of UAL Corp., needed to raise fares to cover the high cost of fuel, a spokeswoman said. A spokesman for AMR Corp.’s American Airlines said the same thing. DALLAS – Major airlines Monday were at risk of losing ground on fare hikes they just initiated last week, caught between twin pressures of rising fuel costs and weakening demand. United Airlines was sticking by its increase of up to $100 per round trip for tickets often bought by business travelers and increases of up to $20 per round trip for tickets on other routes, a spokeswoman said. But other airlines were mostly declining to match the increases, putting pressure on United to retreat. Continental Airlines Inc. started separate increases of $10 per round trip last week, but by Monday it had pulled back on many routes, especially where it competes with low-cost carriers. United last week raised prices on walk-up and fully refundable tickets by $100 per round trip and bumped discounted first-class fares by $50 per round trip. Those tickets are typically bought by business travelers. Most other carriers declined to go along, preferring instead to test smaller increases. U.S. carriers have raised fares about 20 times over the past two years, but strong demand for air travel kept occupancy rates high. 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

ICBC road safety tour coming to Fort St. John

first_img“Greg Drew draws from a 33-year career in fire services and having lived through every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of his 17-year-old son in a single-vehicle crash,” the crown corporation writes.On average, two youth are killed and 72 injured in crashes from April to June every year in North Central B.C., according to ICBC.Drew’s presentation is being held April 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m., at North Peace Secondary School.- Advertisement –last_img

PVLA in Supreme Court next week to appeal July 2015 decision

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Valley Landowners Association will be back in court next week to appeal the BC Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss their court challenge of the environmental assessment certificate of the Site C dam.PVLA president Ken Boon, with the rest of the association, argued in the July 2015 case that the government ignored the recommendations of the joint review panel.- Advertisement -He, his wife Arlene, and many other protesters at the Rocky Mountain Fort Site were in court against BC Hydro in February to argue against an injunction application – which the judge ultimately granted to the power utility.Going into this appeal, Boon says they feel as if they have nothing left to lose.While on the coast to fight for an appeal, Boon says he intends to visit the group of hunger strikers outside of BC Hydro’s Vancouver office and thank them for their protests.The $9-billion dam project, which would flood over 5,000 hectares of land in the Peace River Valley, was approved for an environmental assessment certificate in October 2014.Advertisementlast_img read more

Messi to miss Morocco friendly after injury on international return

first_imgThe Argentine Football Federation tweeted the injury update following the loss at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.Gonzalo Martinez has also been ruled out of the fixture in Tangier with a thigh problem.Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo gave Venezuela a two-goal advantage at the break.Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez halved the deficit before Josef Martinez scored from the spot to claim the spoils in the friendly.Messi’s 129th cap started poorly as Newcastle forward Rondon controlled a long ball before hammering home a half-volley past Argentine goalkeeper Franco Armani.The pick of the goals came as 23-year-old Murillo scored for only a third time in 17 internationals.He received the ball on the corner of the box, was given plenty of space by the Albiceleste defence and the winger fired home powerfully past Armani with a minute left of the first halfArgentina’s Martinez gave his side some hope on the hour mark as Messi found Giovanni Lo Celso who played in the Inter forward to finish.Rafael Dudamel’s side, ranked 32nd in the world, claimed a third after Martinez was tripped in the box.The Atlanta United attacker skipped up to take the penalty, sending Armani the wrong way to score with 15 minutes remaining.The friendly against Morocco on Tuesday comes as they prepare for this year’s Copa America, held in Brazil between June-July.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi lost on his 129th appearance for Argentina © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 23 – Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Morocco next week after picking up a groin injury in the shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday as he made his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup.Barcelona star Messi started the fixture following a self-imposed eight-month exile in which he missed six friendlies since the tournament in Russia, which they exited in the last 16 at the hands of eventual champions France.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY ROAD RACE OPEN TO ALL TODAY

first_imgLocal runners will have the first opportunity to race in 2012 today when Letterkenny AC stages its New Year “Flat Five Mile” Road Race- Fun Run.Registrations will be taken at the Aura Leisure Centre from 10am, with the presentation of prizes also taking place immediately afterward at Aura.Entry fee is €8 and the race will start at 11.30am close to the entrance to Ballymacool Town park and will finish in the grounds of Aura.   LETTERKENNY ROAD RACE OPEN TO ALL TODAY was last modified: January 8th, 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:Letterkenny Road Racelast_img read more

MORE WATER CUT-OFFS AS COUNCIL APPEALS TO PEOPLE NOT TO WASTE SUPPLY

first_imgDonegal County Council has appealed to the public not to waste water as it announced MORE water restrictions during the hot weather.Overnight water cut-offs were first announced earlier this week in a number of places across the county.Now the water services has added a number of new restrictions in a bid to conserve water supplies needed for peak hours. A spokesman for the council told Donegal Daily “We are appealing to people to think before needless wasting water.“We appreciate this is great weather but people cannot be filling up paddling pools or allowing taps to flow freely.“We have to give our reservoirs a chance to fill up and that will not happen if there is an over-demand during this dry period,” he said.The new restrictions announced by the council include Lifford Reservoir (Lifford Town) and distribution mains serving from Rossgier/ Porthall/ to Swilly Burn and Newrow/ Tironeil area and Letterkenny Road (N14) Cavan Hill junction/ Glencash/ Drumleen/ Creaghadoos/ Gillystown and Drumearn. Houses in these areas will be without mains water from tonight 10th July2013 @ 11.30pm until 06.00am each night until further notice.In addition there are already existing restrictions to supplies between 11.00pm till 07.00am in place also within the Trievebrack, Gleenely and Ballynacor areas.The spokesman added that Donegal is a large county which has major demands on its water supply“As well as householders people must appreciate that Donegal is a major farming county and there is a huge demand form farmers to feed animals.“If we use water wisely then the supply will be okay but if it is needlessly wasted then we will encounter problems,” he added. MORE WATER CUT-OFFS AS COUNCIL APPEALS TO PEOPLE NOT TO WASTE SUPPLY was last modified: July 11th, 2013 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:Donegal County Councilnew restrictionswaterlast_img read more

Sea Monsters Were For Real

first_imgA large fossil crocodile-like sea monster with a bullet-shaped snout has been reported in Science.1  See MSNBC News for a summary.  For an artistic rendering of what Dakosaurus andiniensis might have looked like, see National Geographic News, which states that the discovery will be the December cover story of their magazine.  Dubbed “Godzilla” by its discoverers, it would have looked pretty scary to seafaring sailors, but according to the evolutionary scheme of things, of course, the two would never have met.  The creature died out 135 million years ago on the evolutionary timeline.  So, then, what did ancient mariners see at sea?1News reports said this discovery was to be reported in the Nov. 11 issue of Science, but it does not appear in the Table of Contents.  Perhaps publication was delayed.We get excited about the big finds, but the fossil record is full of extinct creatures of all sizes and shapes.  Our world is species-poor compared to the diversity of creatures that have inhabited this planet’s lands and seas, as revealed in the fossil record.  Was this a missing link?  Apparently not; one researcher said, “This [animal] forms a very distinct lineage that appears early on in the evolutionary history of crocodiles—invading the sea and showing outstanding adaptation to the marine environment.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  He also said that it represents “the most drastic evolutionary change in the history of marine crocodiles.”  They are not even quite sure how to classify the creature.  There appear to be more questions than answers: NG News said, “The researchers don’t yet know what events triggered the relatively sudden emergence of Dakosaurus, nor do they know what caused it to go extinct.”  Like ichthyosaurs, then, the creature appeared suddenly in the record, flourished for a time, and just as suddenly vanished (see 04/20/2005 story).  What a world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more