This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta which England’s autocratic and wicked King John was forced to sign in 1215, giving up many of his powers as an absolute monarch. The document’s actual name in English is “the Great Charter.” Webster defines it as “a charter of liberties which the English barons (lords or noblemen and women) forced King John to sign guaranteeing them fundamental rights and privileges. That began the decline of absolute monarchy, which allowed the king or queen to exercise personal rule—arresting, jailing, even killing people and seizing their properties, at will.The Charter was initiated during a civil war that tore England apart. The document, according to Linda Morgan writing for Sydney, Australia’s ABC News, “had a shaky start, but the 1297 version became the foundation document for legal systems everywhere.” There is no modern constitution that does not include some elements of the Magna Carta.It led to the House of Commons becoming Britain’s principal decision making body, led by an elected prime minister. The next great constitution influenced by the Magna Carta was that of the United States and all its 52 states. All the constitutions of Europe and other parts of the world, including Liberia (1847, 1986), based their democratic principles and the rule of law on the Magna Carta.But a constitution by itself is nothing more than a piece of paper, if its makers do not take it seriously. On Monday we wrote editorially that though Eritrea has a constitution, its autocratic and dictatorial leader, President Isaias Afwerki, in power since 1993, has never called an election, and has consistently denied the people’s basic rights, jailing and killing them at will. This has led to the mass exodus of Eritreans back into exile. Liberia’s 1847 Constitution, too, was based on the Magna Carta, but its leaders, for over a century, ran an oligarchy (government by the few) from that date until a military coup d’etat overthrew the ruling True Whig Party that had consistently ruled the country since 1883.The Liberian Constitution of 1986 was also based on the Great Charter. It was drafted under the leadership of Dr. Amos Sawyer, but seriously interfered with by the then military dictator, Samuel K. Doe, who coerced the Gbarnga-held Constitutional Advisory Assembly to do his bidding. So many of the Constitution’s key democratic elements were seriously compromised. Moreover, Doe never accepted the basic personal freedoms the Constitution guaranteed, and after being inaugurated as the “elected” civilian President in January, 1986, continued to rule the country as a military-police state, denying freedom of speech and press and engaging in widespread extra-judicial killings. Towards the end of his regime, death squads were the order of the day.Just as we are seeing in Eritrea today, Doe’s excesses exacerbated (worsened) the brain drain, leading to the mass exodus of talented and well educated Liberians and their children to foreign parts, particularly the USA and Europe, most of them never to return.The same thing happened in Zimbabwe under the autocratic rule of President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled ruthlessly since independence in 1980, driving millions of Zimbabweans into exile in South Africa and elsewhere.Liberians are enjoying their fundamental freedoms under the current administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected woman President; but rampant corruption and the bankrupting of some of the nation’s most lucrative state enterprises, such as the petroleum company NOCAL, threatens this enviable legacy.On the other hand, Western European countries have striven to run their countries in accordance with guarantees of civil liberties and the rule of law. This has led to continued peace, stability and prosperity for most of these nations. That is precisely why they are in the position to give aid to most African countries. Conversely, millions of citizens of so many African countries are being driven into exile in Europe, the very European nations from which these same citizens and their forebears gallantly fought and joyously won their “independence.”What happened to all the passion for independence and self-determination? Alas, the same Africans who wanted a chance to help in the building of their own countries find themselves in many instances fleeing for their very lives—not from those who once colonized them, but from their own leaders.With so many of us fleeing tyranny and despotism, who will build our countries? Who will build Africa?The South African Government allowed the tyrannical Sudanese President Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur, to escape arrest on Monday in Johannesburg. It seems many African governments are determined to live and operate by their own whims, not by the rules of law and justice. There is absolutely no need to reinvent the wheel. We need to teach the Magna Carta and our Constitution beginning in our elementary schools, to instill in the minds of our young the ideals of freedom, liberty, justice, peace and stability in Africa that will set the stage for most of us to stay at home and rebuild our countries. That is what the Europeans and Americans have done and are doing, and that is what makes them so attractive to peoples the world over.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The victorious Nathan E. Gibson High School teamIn continuation of the 2019 World Water Day Football and Kickball Championship and the essay competition under the auspices of WaterAid Liberia yesterday, Worldwide Mission and Nathan E. Gibson won their respective games at the Right To Play soccer field in Paynesville.Worldwide Mission defeated Logan Town Central High 6-1 in kickball and, in football, Nathan E. Gibson beat A. T. Warner 1-0.Worldwide Mission took control of the game and managed to deny their opponents any attempt to secure points during the game. Worldwide Mission had good catchers and each of their players could kick better than their opponents.The 6-1 was a deserving one.In the football match, Nathan E. Gibson took advantage of their numerical advantage to slot in the only goal in the match in the early minutes of the game, a striker lopped the ball over their opponents’ advancing goalkeeper (he was a striker who had to be asked to be in the goal).Nathan E. Gibson held on to their lead till the end of the first half. Later when A. T. Warner received additional players who resumed the second session hope, their opponents could not be intimidated.The see-saw battle favored both teams whose goalkeepers made good saves. However, it was Nathan E. Gibson that managed to hold on to their 1-0 till the end of the game.The tournament continues today in the finals and there is a protest that the tournament’s technical committee needs to handle at 11 am before the finals are announced to be held at 1 pm today.The schools that are participating in the championships are World Wide Mission, St. Simon Baptist, Logan Town Central High, James Doe Young, Careysburg Public High School, Amos T. Warner, A.M. Fofana Islamic High School, Nathan E. Gibson, First Assembly of God, Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute (ETMI), E.J. Goodridge, Victory Chapel, Kendeja High, Muslim Congress, Voker Mission, and Future Leaders Preparatory Academy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Last night, the bike club took part in another long-lap Cactus Trials Mountain Bike race, and once again a familiar name was the first to cross the finish line.Stephen Ferris placed first in the race, completing the long-lap with a time of 27 minutes and 51 seconds. Pat Ferris finished second with a time of 32:03 and George Gamble placed third at 38:06.The bike club will hold its next race tonight, as members will race in another Toony Cross, beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the club’s official website.
Television Guyana is set to debut what promises to be an electrifying new programme titled “The K-Pop World”, featuring the music, videos, fashion and personalities of “Korean Pop” or “K-Pop”.K-Pop is the fastest growing genre of music worldwide, with songs presently on major charts in the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.Psy, with his most popular hit “Gangnam Style”, made significant inroads on charts throughout the Caribbean and worldwide, enjoying major airplay on almost every radio station and in local clubs. This was K-Pop’s introduction to most Guyanese.The most popular K-Pop group by far is the all-boy band BTS aka “Bangtan Boys” which was formed in early 2010.The group’s must current hits include “Boy with love”, “Save me”, “Idol”, among others.The K-Pop Idols, as they are widely called, are considered some of the hardest working people in show biz and we intend to delve into their lifestyles, bringing you every possible detail on their rise to stardom and what it takes to stay there.So whether you’re already a fan or you are now learning about this amazing music style, here is an invitation to tune in every Sunday from 16:30h on TVG channel 28.
COMPETITION: To celebrate International Day of Families this Sunday 15th May, Florence Food Co. is giving away brunch to the value of €40 for one lucky family.Entry is via a Share and Tag competition on the Florence Food Co. Facebook page and the winner will be announced on Saturday evening (14th May) at 6pm. Since opening its doors sixth months ago, Florence Food Co has established itself as one of Letterkenny’s finest cafés.Located at 63, Main St, Letterkenny, the café has built up a strong following among coffee lovers, in particular. The café prides itself on offering great-tasting, locally sourced food, coffee and bakes in beautiful surroundings.The brunch menu has something for everyone with delicious breakfasts, pancakes, omelettes, homemade burgers, fries and chicken wings. There’s also a great range of healthy and tasty options for children.Offering quality food, top-class service and excellent value, Florence Food Co is at the forefront of an exciting time for the food scene in Donegal. Nothing is ever frozen and everything on the menu is made from scratch and in-house, using the freshest local ingredients.The café opens Monday – Fri from 08.30-18.00, Saturday from 09.30-18.00 and Sunday from 11.00-17.00The closing date for entry to the competition is Saturday, 14th May at 5pm. For more information visit Florence Food Co. FacebookLINK:https://www.facebook.com/Florencefoodco/info/?tab=overviewCOMPETITION: WIN A DELICIOUS FAMILY BRUNCH AT THE FABULOUS FLORENCE FOOD CO. was last modified: May 13th, 2016 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:BusinessFeaturesFlorence Food Conews
Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnResponding to reports this evening that the Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has appointed two Acting Deputy Commissioners, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to clarify if she had knowledge of the appointments.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the appointments fly in the face of the Government’s commitment that no senior posts in An Garda Siochána would be appointed by the Government or senior gardaí but by the new Garda Authority which is set to be established in the coming months.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “These reported appointments are quite alarming given that the new garda authority, which will have responsibility for appointments of senior gardaí through the Public Appointments Service, is to be established in the coming months. “These appointments fly in the face of the Government’s commitment that no senior posts in An Garda Siochána would be appointed by the Government or senior gardaí.“Minister Fitzgerald should clarify if these appointments have actually been made, if she was consulted about them and, if she was consulted she should clarify whether or not she approved of them.“All senior positions in An Garda Síochána should be appointed through the Public Appointments Service with the Garda Authority making the final decisions to hire.“The fact that the Acting Commissioner felt it would be acceptable to appoint two acting Deputy Commissioners just a short time ahead of the establishment of the Garda Authority is an alarming development and I would urge the Minister to outline her position in relation to this.” The Donegal TD added: “It may well be the case that the two appointees are the best people for the job but it would be much better if they were appointed in the proper manner with transparent procedures.” DEPUTY Mac LOCHLAINN UNHAPPY AS ACTING GARDA COMISSIONER APPOINTS ACTING DEPUTIES was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Padraig Mac Lochlainn
Joe Brolly has said that in bringing success to his own team Jim McGuinness has destroyed the game.Joe Brolly has claimed that in bringing success to his own team, Jim McGuinness has destroyed the game, and says the evidence of this is currently on show in the Donegal SFC.Brolly was an interested spectator in the Donegal SFC clash between two of the best club sides in the county, St Michael’s and Glenswilly last weekend. With star forwards Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on opposite teams, it had all the ingredients of being a fantastic game.But the game finished on a score-line of 1-04 to 1-02 in favour of Glenswilly with neither side scoring a single point from play throughout the entire match.According to Brolly this is the legacy McGuinness has left behind in Donegal, but states that blanket defences aren’t just immune to Donegal.Brolly believes that the defensive system implemented by McGuinness is being replicated all over Ireland by club and county sides alike. He says the only two counties not effected by what he describes as ‘Footebola’ are Dublin and Mayo.In his column with the Gaelic Life, Brolly penned, ” When Jimmy McGuinness introduced Footebola into Ireland in 2011, it initially caused shock and nationwide anger, not to say panic.“But we were powerless to stop it, since as even black lads from Senegal quickly realised, it wins matches.“Footebola is now a pandemic, rampaging through a defenceless nation. It rendered most of the 2014 championship unwatchable, including the All-Ireland final which was the worst since the advent of the television era.“At the weekend, Glenswilly met St Michael’s. In the old days before the plague, a game between teams spearheaded by Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden would have guaranteed excitement and pleasure.“Not in the post Jimmy era. The bald scoreline of 1-4 to 1-2 simply does not do justice to this sad affair. “Not a single point was scored from play (described nowadays as “a defensive triumph”). Glenswilly didn’t score for 44 minutes, after Murphy had pointed a free in the first minute.Brolly adds that employing such systems as effective as they might be, ruin some of the crucial components of the GAA, which are creativity, imagination and freedom.He feels the continued use of such systems will continue to have a detrimental effect on the game and damage it beyond repair.“What is wrong with this approach? Well, it defeats the human spirit and is destroying crucial components of the game: Happiness, freedom, creativity, imagination. “I suppose we shouldn’t complain. Gaelic football had a great run of it, for almost 130 years.“Sooner or later a Jimmy McGuinness was bound to come along. But in bringing success to his own team, he has destroyed the game.BROLLY -“IN BRINGING SUCCESS TO HIS OWN TEAM, MCGUINNESS HAS DESTROYED THE GAME” was last modified: October 20th, 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:FootebolaGAAJim McGuinnessJOE BROLLYnewsSport
Tornadoes spun off ahead off Wilma had already damaged a restaurant in Cocoa Beach and an orchid nursery on Merritt Island, near Kennedy Space Center. Water was running in the streets of Key West. “I cannot emphasize enough to the folks that live in the Florida Keys: A hurricane is coming,” Gov. Jeb Bush told state residents Sunday afternoon. The entire southern Florida peninsula has been under a hurricane warning since Saturday, with an estimated 160,000 residents told to evacuate, but many in the low-lying Keys island chain stayed. Fewer than 10 percent of the Keys’ 78,000 residents evacuated, Monroe County Sheriff Richard Roth said. “I’m disappointed, but I understand it,” Roth said. “They’re tired of leaving because of the limited damage they sustained during the last three hurricanes.” Wilma was Florida’s eighth hurricane since August 2004 and the fourth evacuation of the Keys this year. But Wilma had already proved its damaging potential as it battered the Mexican coastline with howling winds and torrential rains, killing at least three people. Thirteen others died in Jamaica and Haiti, and four bodies were found off Cozumel, though it wasn’t clear if they were killed by the storm. In Florida, the National Guard was on alert, and state and federal officials had trucks of ice and food ready to deploy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to send in dozens of military helicopters and 13.2 million ready-to-eat meals if needed. Gov. Bush also wrote his brother, President George W. Bush, asking that Florida be granted a major disaster declaration for 14 counties. Many of the areas bracing for Wilma were hit by hurricanes in the past two years. At 2 a.m. EDT today, Wilma was centered about 70 miles west-northwest of Key West, 95 miles southwest of Naples and moving northeast at about 18 mph. Sustained winds of 67 mph, with gusts of 75 mph, were measured in Key West. It was markedly different than conditions Sunday morning in the Keys, when sunshine beckoned boaters onto the water and many residents went about their normal routines. “We were born and raised with storms, so we never leave,” Ann Ferguson said from her front porch in Key West. “What happens, happens. If you believe in the Lord, you don’t have no fear.” Some 100 Key West parishioners attended Mass at a Catholic church where a grotto built in the 1920s is said to provide protection from dangerous storms. Ray Price took his usual stroll down Duval Street to check out the ocean. “Another day in paradise,” Price said. Some people shared that attitude on the mainland. At a park for recreational vehicles in Fort Myers Beach, Leonard Hasbrouck stood bare-chested as a fire truck rolled by blaring a warning. “Mandatory evacuation,” a firefighter shouted into a loudspeaker. “You are hereby ordered to leave your residence by the board of county commissioners of Lee County, Fla.” “They came by yesterday,” Hasbrouck said. “I told them, ‘I’m not going to ask you to rescue me.”‘ George Delgado of Miami was still covering the windows of his house with plywood Sunday. He said he waited until the last minute to make sure the hours of work were necessary. “I was hoping it would turn some other way,” Delgado said. In Palm Beach County, a 12-year-old girl was in critical condition after her skull was fractured as she and her mother tried to help a neighbor install hurricane shutters, sheriff’s spokesman Paul Miller said. At least four tornadoes and a waterspout were spotted as the massive storm system moved in, and half the state’s population was under a tornado watch this morning. On Florida’s Gulf Coast, evacuation orders covered barrier islands and coastal areas in Collier and Lee counties, such as Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Sanibel and parts of Naples. Visitors crossing the bridge into Marco Island were greeted by an electric sign that flashed, “EVACUATE, EVACUATE.” More than 22,600 people were in shelters across the state, including roughly 850 people at the Germain Arena near Fort Myers, where evacuees pitched tents and placed mats on the ice rink where a minor-league hockey team plays. Cots and sleeping bags lined hallways outside the rink. David Bright sat nearby on a chair, a Bible beside him. He’s old enough to remember plenty of other hurricanes, including destructive Donna in 1960. “I’m just doing a lot of praying that things will work out,” he said. “I’m born and raised right here in Fort Myers, Fla., and just know you don’t play with them.” 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week KEY WEST, Fla. – Rain pounded Key West early today as Hurricane Wilma accelerated toward storm-weary Florida, threatening residents with 115-mph winds, tornadoes and a surge of seawater that could flood the Keys and the state’s southwest coast. The Category 3 hurricane was expected to weaken slightly before making landfall around dawn in the state’s southwest corner, likely near Naples and Marco Island, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said. He warned that the storm surge in the area south of Marco Island could reach 17 feet. “This is a very dangerous hurricane,” Mayfield said. “People need to stay hunkered down.” Once ashore, the fast-moving hurricane was expected to slice northeast across the state at up to 25 mph, with the Atlantic Coast likely to get winds nearly as strong as those hitting the Gulf Coast.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Mac did it all,” said Vicente Perez’s son, Dave, who is the president of Industry Disposal’s parent company, Valley Vista Services, and is also the mayor of Industry. Lomeli, a native of Mexico, met Vicente Perez in 1954 in a cigar shop on Valley Boulevard. Perez told Lomeli he hoped to start a disposal company and was looking for a hard worker. The two men exchanged contact information and parted ways. Lomeli was working at a farm in La Puente at the time, but he left for a better-paying job at the borax mines near Needles at the California/Arizona border. Perez, it turned out, had once mined borax and thought anyone willing to do hard labor in the middle of the desert had to be tough. So when he got the disposal contract in Industry, he immediately wrote Lomeli and offered him better money than he was making at the mines. INDUSTRY — Point to almost any street corner in this city, and 77-year-old Macario Lomeli can tell you all about it. Because almost nobody in Industry has more history than old “Mac,” as everyone here calls him. Lomeli was the first non-family employee hired in 1957 by Industry Disposal, the private company the city has used since its 1957 incorporation to collect garbage and do odd jobs. Working with Industry Disposal founder Vicente Perez and Perez’s three young sons, Lomeli took out the city’s garbage, painted its curbs and hung its street signs until he retired in 1998. Because Industry’s founders decided to keep a small staff and contract most city work to outside companies, Industry Disposal was hired to do demolition, weed control, sign installation and many other small jobs in the city. One of Lomeli’s first jobs for Industry Disposal was ripping down an old train depot near Old Valley Boulevard. Lomeli remembered having no idea how to drive the big dump truck loaded with depot debris. “Vicente, he just sat down in the passenger seat and told me to do exactly what he said,” Lomeli remembered. “On the way up to the dump, it was a little rough, but, by the time we were coming back, I had it.” Dave Perez said his father had little patience for workers who could not think on their feet, which made Lomeli’s willingness to give anything a try an asset. “Mac took the initiative,” Perez said. “My dad needed someone who with a head on his shoulders, someone to show a little leadership.” To this day, Lomeli talks glowingly of Vicente Perez, how Perez counted on his young employee to get things done, even though Lomeli often did not have the expertise or the proper equipment. “Un hombre de los hombres,” or a man’s man, Lomeli said of Perez recently, while looking at a commemorative plaque installed in front of Industry City Hall when Perez died in 1979. “(The Perezes) bought my dad 18 pairs of pants and 12 shirts to make sure he always had something clean to wear,” said Lomeli’s son, Ray. These days, Lomeli enjoys traveling with his wife, gardening and hanging out with his four children and their families. He still drives around Industry from time to time to visit some of the old-timers, he said. For Dave Perez, Lomeli is a connection to his childhood. During a recent visit, Perez remembered working with Lomeli when he was about 11. A load of sawdust and wood were stuck in a sawdust catcher on a trash truck, so Perez climbed into the belly of the truck and jabbed the trash with a stick to loosen it up. The sawdust and wood poured out, covering the little boy. Perez remembered feeling Lomeli’s arm grabbing him and pulling him out of the garbage. “I guess you could say he saved my life,” Perez said. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But Howard added that Australia would not take diplomatic action against the city-state. “The government itself is not going to take punitive measures against the government of Singapore,” he said. Vigils were held in cities around Australia, with bells and gongs sounding 25 times at the hour of Nguyen’s execution. “The sentence was carried out this morning at Changi Prison,” the Home Affairs Ministry said in an e-mailed statement. Nguyen received a mandatory death sentence after he was caught in 2002 at Singapore’s airport on his way home to Melbourne carrying about 14 ounces of heroin. Singapore has executed more than 100 people for drug-related offenses since 1999, saying its tough laws and penalties are an effective deterrent against a crime that ruins lives. By contrast, Australia scrapped the death penalty in 1973 and hanged its last criminal in 1967. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SINGAPORE – Singapore executed a 25-year-old Australian on Friday for drug trafficking after he had a “beautiful last visit” with his family. Australia’s leader protested the sentence, saying it would damage ties. Nguyen Tuong Van was hanged before dawn as a dozen friends and supporters, dressed in black, kept an overnight vigil outside the maximum-security prison. His twin brother, Nguyen Khoa, was dressed in white. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Nguyen’s execution would damage relations between the two countries. “I have told the prime minister of Singapore that I believe it will have an effect on the relationship on a people-to-people, population-to-population basis,” Howard told Melbourne radio station 3AW shortly before Singapore confirmed it carried out the execution.