In Nimba, J. J. Roberts’ Day Snubbed

first_imgEven though the commemoration of President Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ birthday as a holiday was observed with all business places closed, little is known of the importance of the occasion in Nimba County.On local radio talk shows, many citizens advised the government to abolish the celebration of this holiday, because they said it lacks importance to society as J. J. Roberts did not do anything that can be talked about. There were no special events held in his memory in towns and villages around Nimba County. Business places were partially open during the morning hours, but by afternoon, Gompa City Inspectors were seen going around closing the partially opened businesses.Some of the callers said the government should not celebrate the birthdays of the individual presidents (J. J. Roberts and William V. S. Tubman) separately, but instead create one memorial day for all the presidents of Liberia.“I am not interested in any of these celebrations, especially like J. J. Roberts or William V. S. Tubman, because they hinder the movement of business,” Saye Lakpor, a caller said on Radio Saclepea.“Why are we celebrating J. J. Roberts’ birthday?” inquired Paul, a businessman. “What really did he do that’s worth remembering?”Every business activity in the county was stalled, with even commercial motorcycle riders complaining of lack of passengers. As one rider put it, “this holiday is too hard compared to other holidays. People are not moving like on other holidays when people go around visiting friends and loved ones, so then why are we celebrating it?” he asked.Despite the complaints, in Saclepea, the Old Timers of Saclapea held a friendly soccer encounter with officers of the Liberia National Police to commemorate the birthday of Liberia’s first President, who was also the first President of an African nation.The key reason for people downplaying the celebration of this day is because the government failed to organize a national occasion that could be symbolically celebrated in every provincial capital, one of the callers said.“Our people are not informed about the important role our first president played; even who he really was; what he did during and after the declaration of independence in 1847,”the caller added.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1809. He came to Liberia at the age of 20 in 1829, along with his mother and brothers.Before becoming a politician, upon their arrival in Liberia he became a merchant, involved in exporting ivory, palm products and camwood. In 1838, he became a sheriff in charge of the militia to collect taxes from the indigenous people and to resist the rebellion that originated from that exercise.He was later appointed as deputy governor to Governor Thomas Buchanan, who was then governor of the American Colonization Society (ACS), and upon his death, Roberts succeeded him as Governor of Buchanan.Roberts advocated intensely for Liberia’s independence, and in 1847 Liberia gained her independence. On October 5, 1847, Governor Roberts was elected the first President of Liberia and was sworn into office on January 3, 1848.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was again elected as President, when Edwin James Roye was deposed from office, owing to cancelation of elections and during this time also Liberia was facing a financial crisis.Prior to his death on February 24, 1876, President Roberts turned over US$10,000 and an estate to the Liberia Education System for the education of the poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rep VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img08Sep Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Pictured with Rep. VerHeulen are (from left) Kentwood Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, a guest of state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland; Walker; Bolen; and Plainfield Fire Chief Steve McKellar, a guest of Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids.#####last_img

Hughes bill requiring offenders to hear victim impact statements scheduled for committee

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 02Feb Hughes’ bill requiring offenders to hear victim impact statements scheduled for committee hearing Rep. Holly Hughes today announced the House Law and Justice Committee will have a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6 on her legislation requiring anyone convicted of a crime to hear the impact statements by victims or their families.The bill is inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted offender, Jeffrey Willis, requested to leave his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing before the victim’s family made their statements.“This bill is my top priority this year, so I’m moving forward rapidly with the committee chairman, who has agreed to take it up quickly, “ said Hughes, “Rebekah Bletsch’s family deserved to be heard on Dec. 18, so I appreciate my House colleagues will hear from this family on Tuesday.”The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in House Office Building, Room 327, 124 North Capitol Ave., in Lansing.“In recent weeks, we’ve seen the importance of victims and their families speaking in court,” said Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “As a former prosecutor, supporting victims is a priority. I look forward to hearing from the Bletsch family on Tuesday and working to make certain the victims are heard.”###last_img read more

Analysts have welcomed last weeks deal between TV

first_imgAnalysts have welcomed last week’s deal between TVN and Canal Plus in Poland. The pair agreed to merge their pay TV platforms, ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus, and Canal Plus took a minority stake in TVN’s parent company.
“These moves are credit positive for TVN as the merger strengthens its competitive position and brings the potential for integration synergies,” credit ratings agency Moody’s said in a note. “The entry of Vivendi (via Canal Plus) into the TVN ownership structure is also credit positive for TVN given Vivendi’s strong business and financial profile.”The final ownership structure of the combined pay TV platform is not yet clear, but Moody’s said that it expects TVN to ultimately hold less than 50% of the new service. “However, we believe that the combined business is likely to deliver more stable cash flows to TVN following integration of the two operations,” Moody’s noted. “We note also that TVN would continue to benefit from 100% of the cash flows of its TV and internet activities, which are not affected by the transaction.”last_img read more

The Global BBC iPlayer has secured the rights to t

first_imgThe Global BBC iPlayer has secured the rights to two UK sporting events, the Grand National and the London Marathon.This follows the recent signing of rights to the University Boat Race.This month, coverage of the Grand National horse racing event and the London Marathon will be made available to international subscribers within days of their original broadcast in the UK.A package of highlights from the Grand National will be available on the Global BBC iPlayer in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. Coverage from the London Marathon will be available in Australia, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.Matthew Littleford, general manager, Global BBC iPlayer said: “Our subscribers wanted iconic British sport, and here they have it. The Grand National and London Marathon are packed with action, heritage and some of the sporting year’s biggest talking points, and I’m glad that we can bring them to our users around the world.”last_img read more