“Journalists Must Go to School”, INHRC Chairperson, Cllr. Gongloe Recommend

first_imgTwo legal minded Liberians are calling on practicing journalists in Liberia to educate themselves and be conscious of making follow-ups to stories.Former Associate Justice and Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission, Counselor  Gladys Johnson, and Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe made the recommendation on Monday  when they participated in a program marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.Taking the first turn as one of the panelists during the occasion, INHRC Chairperson Gladys Johnson recounted that today is unlike the days of President William V.S. Tubman, when no journalist,  except the brave Albert Porte, could write or say anything they wished to say today.The environment has improved for press freedom and impunity reduced.However, former Associate Justice Johnson emphasized that Liberian journalists need to go to school to improve their writing and speaking skills.She said most journalists of today poorly write and speak English, and they do not make follow-up to stories.On the basis of reporting skills, Justice Johnson said most journalists castigate others and put out stories that have no substantial proof.  This, she said, poses negative reflections on an individual’s character.Human rights lawyer, Cllr.  Tiawon Gongloe, making  remarks at the end of the program also emphasized that journalists must seek education and improve their knowledge, noting, “Knowledge is power, seek knowledge and improve yourselves.”He acknowledged that the society cannot operate without security and security cannot operate without the journalists.He said journalists being people who are relied on for accurate information, need to improve their skills to put out accurate information that readers and listeners can trust.Cllr. Gongloe also stressed that Liberian journalists have to give serious attention to education in order to speak and write proper English that others who are not Liberians will understand.Reacting to the recommendation, Liberian practicing Journalist and president of the Reporters Association, Keith Morris,  consented and said Liberian journalists need concrete training that will improve their skills.He added that instead of international organization like IREX using millions of United States dollars to facilitate three days workshop, it should draw a long range plan and liaise with the University of Liberia to arrange Journalism training that would take about 8 to 10 months.Challenges facing the media landscape of Liberia are enormous.  Dialectical English speaking, incomprehensible writing and photo misplacement are among the many errors counted.Audiences have overly complained against sensational headlines based on fallacies while majority who listen to radio have also complained about.People also complain that one person will commit a crime and the head of an institution will be used under the headline as if he/she is the one that committed the crime.There is no standard in Liberia to guide people entering the media to practice Journalism, but people enter therein either by passion or through the influence of a person who wants to establish a radio station or newspaper.By this, managers seek people who will undergo a few days workshop and given recorders to get voices to gather actuality for processing by editors many of who are also facing grammatical challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We have more experts than we can handle” – Trotman

first_imgOil and gas developmentNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that Guyana is getting the help in needs to welcome the oil and gas sector when it expectedly takes fullNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmansteam in 2020, but Government has recently been criticised for its unpreparedness in dealing with this sector.Trotman told Guyana Times that while he does not have the specific details of the arguments made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana has partnered with several upright international agencies to assist with building capacity in the new sector, and these exercises will continue.The minister listed a number of agencies which are currently lending support to Guyana. These include: Chatham House, Metric and Petroleum Institute, Commonwealth Secretariat, U.S. Government Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among several others.“We have experts of every kind in-country. The IMF team is advising on the Sovereign Wealth Fund. Last week the IDB had a team here. We have more experts than we can handle,” he added.Trotman has additionally reminded that the Government has hired Dr Jan Mangal, an expert in offshore and civil engineering, as Petroleum Advisor in the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP), and he made it clear that there is no rush to pass the Petroleum Commission Bill.Jagdeo told a recent press conference that the Government has made little to no attempt to acquire the necessary skills in preparation for the oil sector. He also expressed fear that, because of its lack of capacity, Government could be outmanoeuvred by US oil giant ExxonMobil.The Opposition Leader has said that Trinidad and Tobago had received a raw deal from this US company, but if Guyana prepares itself well before oil drilling begins, it stands to benefit substantially. He reminded that Government has the responsibility to protect the country’s national interest, and declared that his lack of confidence in the current administration lies in its inability to lead technical negotiations with the US oil giant and/or other major oil companies.While information in regard to the oil and gas sector has not been forthcoming, Jagdeo has said that, in the name of transparency, Government should reveal to the Opposition who Guyana’s lead negotiators are, and what the negotiation briefs are about, so that the opposition can share its views.Although Guyana is set to begin producing commercial quantities of oil in 2020, the Opposition believes Government is placing too much focus on that emerging sector, and forgetting about the other productive sectors in the local economy that continue to provide hundreds of jobs to Guyanese.Jagdeo is of the firm belief that if this trend continues, Guyana’s future will be squandered. He said this is the main reason why he has referred to Government as having a “banana republic” mentality — where heavy focus is placed on one single sector to the neglect of all other industries, similar to what happened in Central America, where the term was coined.ExxonMobil had, earlier this year, discovered a massive oil field measuring about 6.6 million acres, with reserves estimated at up to two billion barrels. When production begins in 2020, some 100,000 barrels of oil will be produce per day.last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP seek public assistance in locating missing male

first_imgUPDATE – Augustt “Sean” Rowe has been located safe. Beaverlodge RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Augustt “Sean” Rowe.According to RCMP, Rowe was last seen at his home in Hythe on the night of July 4 at 10:00 p.m.- Advertisement -He is believed to be driving a white 2010 Ford Ranger with an Alberta license plate number ZZM 794.Rowe is described as:Metis6’2″, 180 lbBrown hair, grey/blue eyesWearing jeans, likely a black hoodie and short black leather bootsIf you have any information about Rowe’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img

Fan fury: Chelsea, Man United and Spurs fans ask ‘why didn’t we sign him?’ after £4m move

first_img Charlie Austin has joined Southampton in a £4m deal from QPR 1 Southampton have announced the signing of Charlie Austin in a £4m deal from Queens Park Rangers.And the Saints’ Premier League rivals are devastated to have missed out on the striker.The 26-year-old was out of contract at Loftus Road in the summer, and Ronald Koeman acted quick in the January transfer window to secure what could be the best deal of the current window.Austin had been linked with an array of clubs from England’s top flight, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.So predictably, the above sides, and more, are not pleased by the deal.Have a read of the reaction, on Twitter, from the Saints’ domestic rivals below.last_img

‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ STEP UP ACTION WITH SERIES OF MEETINGS

first_imgThe Donegal ‘Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!’ campaign says figures released by government show that the campaign of non registration for the household charge and septic tank charge is capturing the hearts and minds of the people.“We have found a massive anger to these stealth taxes all across the county at the meetings we have held.“Our message is simple: Don’t register, don’t pay, and as the governments own figures show this message is sticking with people” said spokesman Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said. As the government finalises plans to deliver a booklet explaining the household charge this week to the 1.85m homes that are liable, Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig explained the national and local campaign is responding by producing its own leaflet which will be delivered to as many homes as possible over the coming weeks.“The campaign is up and running in all counties across the state, we have produced half a million leaflets and tens of thousands of copies of a county newsletter which will dismiss the propaganda and lies that the governments booklet contains around the funding of local services” he continued.“We all know the money is going to pay off the gambling debts of bankers, bondholders and dodgy developers. Not one penny of this tax will improve local roads, libraries, water or housing. Not one penny will stay in this state.”The coming weeks will see a massive increase in activity from the campaign Mac Giolla Easbuig claims. “We have information stalls planned for the major towns around the county, the printing of our second county newsletter and in response to what we have been hearing at our meetings we are having a protest rally on March 24th at 3pm at the Market Square Letterkenny. The governments tactics of fear and misinformation have been met head on this time, we have told the people the truth and we have the government on the ropes.”The campaign has meetings organised in Ballintra, Buncrana, Rathmullan, Fanavolty, Kerrykeel, St. Johnston, Manorhamilton over the next fortnight and Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig says the momentum continues to build.“Every time we hold a meeting people come up to us at the end asking can we help them organise in their area so it is clear that opposition to the governments plans for unfair taxes is growing. If people want to get in contact and involved they can also call the campaign LoCall hotline number on 1890 98 98 00.” ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ STEP UP ACTION WITH SERIES OF MEETINGS was last modified: February 16th, 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:Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Campaignlast_img read more

Karen Murphy to host Speech and Drama summer camps at Shandon Hotel

first_imgKaren Murphy Speech & Drama are launching two summer camps running from 7th – 11th August, and 14th to 18th August 2017.A fun filled week of drama activities including games, drama, improvisation, mime, puppetry, shadow puppetry, arts and crafts & mindfulness.Children will be encouraged to use their imaginations, their voices, and their bodies in many of the Speech & Drama Activities designed. Activities are designed to build confidence and develop communication skills whilst having lots and lots of fun.Classes will take place from August 7-11th 2017, and possibly 14-18th August 2017. The classes will run from 10am-2pm daily, and it is only €80.00 per week per child.Discount available to hotel residents for the week. To go per the day, it is €20 per child subject to availability or €30 for two children of the same family. It’s a WIN-WIN situation, check the kids into our summer camp while you (the adults) enjoy a little slice of the Shandon Spa!Karen has been teaching Speech and Drama for the past eleven years, running her own school and also teaching students privately on an individual and small group basis. Karen also works on a freelance basis delivering Drama workshops through the community, Donegal, Northern Ireland and Dublin. Her work includes facilitating workshops with Youth Theatre Groups, Transition Year Students, Post Primary Students, Third Level Students, Women’s Groups, (In service days for Early Years Educators and is a member of The Institute of Drama and communication Teachers (IDAC).QualificationsDiploma of Licentiate, Irish Board of Speech & Drama LIBSDDiploma of Associate, Irish Board of Speech & Drama AIBSDJEB Teacher’s Diploma in Education Practice – ICT SkillsDiploma in Training & Education NUI GalwayFor more infomration or to book, please contact Karen on 086 604 3040 or email info@karenmurphyspeechanddrama.ieKaren Murphy to host Speech and Drama summer camps at Shandon Hotel was last modified: June 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Karen Murphyshandon hotelspeech and dramalast_img read more

VICA honors area business concerns

first_imgIn black tie and ball gowns, business leaders saluted hard work, long hours and people who speak their minds on Thursday night. At the annual Valley Industry and Commerce Association gala, entrepreneurs and employers came together at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City for a night off after many long ones working. The 57-year-old business group feted firms ranging from a mall to a bank, hosting more than 300 members. In a departure from its past practice, the organization chose to honor businesses across the city rather than limiting itself to Valley companies. As such, Playa Vista won the award for real estate leadership and Cerrell Inc. took home the prize for advocacy. “We’re very excited that Steve Soboroff is going to be here, the CEO of Bobrick (Washroom Equipment Inc.), that Joe Cerrell is going to be here,” said Brendan Huffman, VICA’s president. “Some of the top CEOS in L.A. see this as an important thing and we’re proud to be honoring them.” 818-713-3738160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The 100-year-old, North Hollywood-based Bobrick, which makes towel dispensers and toilet partitions, earned recognition in the manufacturing category, joining the Sherman Oaks Galleria (retail), Clay Lacy Aviation (transportation), L.A. Inc. (tourism) and Los Angeles Valley College (education). Jerry Otchis, Bobrick’s vice president of finance and a VICA board member, said the award served as vindication of its efforts to change the state’s historically challenging business climate. “It’s certainly an honor,” he said. “It’s difficult to compete here, but we feel a loyalty to our employees to stay here. It’s nice to get recognition for that.” The California State University, Northridge, Performing Arts Center (entertainment), Telesis Community Credit Union (finance), CalNet Technology Group (technology) all earned awards, along with Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. The hospital’s affiliation with the business group goes back more than a decade, with the two working on issues that included health care reform. “We see ourselves as a hospital, but also as a resource to the entire community,” said Dale Surowitz, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “We don’t want to just participate, we want to be an involved partner.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com last_img read more

Monsoons’ D up to challenge

first_img Senior Treymayne Barra led Gahr with 81 rushing yards and Tavoy Moore added 62. — David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk about zero tolerance. A week after allowing 42 points to Artesia High, Mayfair’s defense answered the challenge of its coaching staff Friday night, posting a 33-0 nonleague victory over Gahr at Bellflower High’s Ron Yary Stadium. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 One adjustment coach Mike Fitch made was to move Grant Fitch, his son, from linebacker to defensive end, where he was an All-Suburban League performer a year ago. The Gladiators were forced to run inside, negating much of their team speed. “They couldn’t really get outside,” Mike Fitch said. “Gahr’s got really good speed and we matched them.” Offensively, Mayfair was led by sophomore running back Cory Norman, who filled in for the injured Curtis Bedgood. Norman scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 1 and 11 yards and finished with 86 yards on 16 carries. Bedgood, a junior, suffered a broken leg last week. “He’s been waiting for his chance to play,” said Fitch. “When one door closes, another opens up.” The Gladiators had some success with screen passes in the first half quarterback Jesse Figueroa completed 7-of-12 passes for 75 yards but never put together any sustained drives. Their only scoring chance came on the first drive of the game when they reached Mayfair’s 14. But three consecutive plays lost yardage and Edson Portillo’s 43-yard field-goal attempt fell short. center_img “We wanted to play as tough as we can,” said senior Cameron Carter, who combined with fellow defensive end Grant Fitch for three sacks and several tackles for losses. “We took (this game) as a challenge. Forty-two points (allowed in a 49-42 victory last week) was unacceptable. This shutout is something to build on.” The Monsoons (4-1) allowed the Gladiators (4-1) just 203 total yards and added two defensive touchdowns on interceptions returns by Alterraun Verner (102 yards) and Charles Monsalvatge (62 yards). last_img read more

Mandela’s Gun: The story of the first weapon against apartheid

first_img2 November 2016The film Mandela’s Gun tells the story of a young Nelson Mandela and the symbolism of his side-arm weapon. A semiautomatic Makarov pistol given to him by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, the gun came to represent his revolutionary awakening and the start of the armed struggle against apartheid.On his clandestine return to South Africa in 1962, Mandela feared imminent capture by the apartheid government. So he wrapped his gun in foil and heavy-duty military material and buried it under a tin plate on Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia, Johannesburg.The new film, directed by Bafta-winning British director John Irvin (The Dogs of War and Hamburger Hill), uses a mix of documentary footage, interviews with South African anti-apartheid activists, and dramatisations of Mandela’s journey. Mandela’s Gun was filmed in Algeria, Ethiopia, Botswana and South Africa.Mandela is played by renowned local actor Tumisho Masha. After more than 20 major film and TV productions on Mandela, it is the first time a South African actor portrays the iconic leader.Countdown to the opening movie for the inuagural #JoburgFilmFestival Mandela’s Gun happening tonight. 1 city. 20 venues #WeLoveFilm pic.twitter.com/1Thr4cxpDw— Joburg Film Festival (@JoburgFilmFest) October 28, 2016Producer Moroba Nkawe told Variety that the long process of bringing the story to screen was similar to the remarkable, pan-African trip Mandela made as a young freedom fighter in exile. “As we uncovered more information through research, the story grew and…led us to film across the African continent, as we tried to bring to life this amazing, untold journey.”Mandela’s Gun to open on 28th October at #JoburgFilmFestival. Check out the latest scoop on @ScreenAfrica pic.twitter.com/SOXHJaZsc9— Joburg Film Festival (@JoburgFilmFest) October 17, 2016Intent on building an army against the apartheid government, the young Mandela had yet to even shoot a gun, let alone own one. So in exile, travelling across Africa on false passports, he got military training in Algeria and Ethiopia. It was here that he received the Selassie gift. He then moved south to Tanzania and later Botswana, building up tactical and political support from governments and individuals.Returning to South Africa, Mandela gathered together anti-apartheid activists, ANC members and other supporters at Liliesleaf to plan the armed struggle.“Not only were we rediscovering Mandela’s journey and a part of our history that is seldom spoken about,” said Nkawe, “but also learning what a huge debt South Africa owes to the African continent for the support they gave in our liberation struggle.”Interviews in the film include first-hand accounts of that time from Mandela’s comrades, such as Dennis Goldberg and Ronnie Kasrils.The all-South African cast includes Zethu Dlomo, Nick Boraine and Meren Reddy. Desmond Dube plays ANC stalwart Govan Mbeki.The soundtrack by Abdullah Ibrahim includes classic South African music of the period, and new material written for the film.Guns buried 20 paces from the kitchenThe story of the hidden weapon was only revealed after Mandela was released from prison in 1990, during his first visit to Liliesleaf in 30 years. The late veteran journalist Allister Sparks recalled being with Mandela at the time. He told the Mail & Guardian in 2011: “He was reminiscing about all the things that had gone on while he was there. He asked the house maid, ‘Where’s the kitchen? I buried some weapons here 20 paces from the kitchen.“We went to the kitchen and he stepped out his paces but by the time he got to 10 he hit the garden wall. So it was over in the neighbour’s property. We never found it and Nick Wolpe (Liliesleaf Trust chief executive)has been digging ever since.“Negotiations for the sale of the neighbouring property have been underway for over five years. But the gun has still not been found.The film will be on at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in November and December 2016.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

BMW hit & run case: 2 yr RI to Haryana industrialist’s son

first_imgA city court on Saturday awarded two years of rigorous imprisonment to Utsav Bhasin, the son of a Haryana—based industrialist, convicted of ramming his BMW car into a motorcycle and killing a man in 2008.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar also asked Bhasin to pay ₹ 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased and ₹ 2 lakh to a journalist who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler and was injured.The court had on May 5 held Bhasin guilty of offences under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving rashly which could endanger human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.The court had while convicting him dropped the charges of 304(II)(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC.Bhasin was driving his BMW car when he had hit the two— wheeler on Moolchand flyover in South Delhi, killing Anuj Singh on September 11, 2008. A journalist of a TV channel was also injured in the incident.last_img read more