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  • Gongloe Recommends Media Commission to License Journalists

    first_imgThe constitutional and human rights lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, has recommended that if journalists should be licensed, the National Legislature must create an independent media commission to do so.Cllr. Gongloe’s comment comes in the wake of decision government has made to license journalists beginning  January next year before they can practice in Liberia.This is an entirely new development in Liberia.  Not even during the Tubman administration, on which was often hard on the press, did the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (now Ministry) or any other government entity attempt to license journalists.The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) that is an advocacy umbrella for journalists has reacted to this decision and described it as an attempt to curtail freedom of speech and of the press.Counselor Gongloe admitted that with the idea of licensing journalists is not wrong.  He mentioned lawyers and medical doctors and nurses as among professionals who are licensed before they can practice.He said it existed as a law in Liberia that the Ministry of Information regulated the media, but a memorandum of understanding was reached during the interim administration of Dr. Amos Sawyer and that of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor, that the Press Union of Liberia polices its members.Cllr. Gongloe said the PUL had not fulfilled that role, neither had the Union come down hard on its members who behave in an unprofessional matter. So while agreeing that the policy needs to be maintained, that is not the role of government; rather it is the National Legislature who should create a independent  media commission to regulate the media.Taking into account the current Ebola crisis in the midst of which the President is seeking more powers, the move by the Information Ministry to license journalists  creates suspicion, the counselor averred.“The timing for this regulation is wrong,” he declared, adding, “Whether the government has a good intent for licensing journalists in order to promote excellence in Journalism, the intent will not be felt now considering the prevailing situation.”The closure of National Chronicle newspaper during the current state of emergency makes the licensing of journalists even more suspect, Cllr. Gonglore said.He said the government of President Ellen Johnson Sireleaf, since her ascendancy, has been encouraging press freedom, and has gone as far as signing the Table Mountain Declaration.The government needs not to reverse this policy now, but should wait and find an  appropriate time after the Ebola state of emergency to ask the Legislature to create a media commission, similar to the Independent National Human Rights Commission.Cllr. Gongloe noted that while freedom of press is good for an open society, it also has its bad side that makes it necessary for regulations to be in place.Making reference to Rwanda, he said prior to the 1994 genocide there was free press that propagated hate messages which caused millions of people of one group to be killed.“Licensing journalists is not a violation if there is a law that calls for that.  One needs to be licensed before practicing Journalism as Law is.  The only problem is the timing, and if government can do it without the existing MOU, the Legislature, after the state of emergency, must create a media commission that will carry on such regulations,” the counselor maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Too-late primary kills state’s clout

    first_imgThere is no mystery why urban issues (freeway congestion, mass transit, air pollution, housing, big-city schools) are all but ignored in the early contests. There are no urban voters in those early primary and caucus states. Other issues that count for Californians – such as intellectual property and offshore oil drilling – are all but ignored as presidential candidates cater to the concerns of Iowa caucusgoers and New Hampshire voters. True, we tried moving up our California primary before.The lesson from March, 2004, was that we didn’t set the date early enough. Because the nominations already were clinched, voters stayed away from the polls in droves. Next time, let’s make California count. Let’s give voters here a chance to have a real say in selecting the next president of the United States of America. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, is a member of the United States House of Representatives.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT has been decades since California voters had any meaningful say in the selection of the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. It’s time for that to change. We haven’t been totally ignored. Presidential candidates know that this is the Golden State because they swarm here like ’49ers to tap into the rich vein of wealthy Californians to help bankroll their campaigns. But they don’t give California voters the attention we deserve because nominations are long-since sewed up by the time our June primary rolls around. We should make our ballots count more than our bank accounts. We should move the California primary as close as permissible to the New Hampshire primary, now scheduled for Jan. 22, 2008. The latest reform in the presidential nominating process by the Democratic National Committee will crowd South Carolina and Nevada into an exclusive club with Iowa and New Hampshire. But tinkering at the margins in the way we pick our presidents will frontload the nomination process even more, while making California voters, and issues important to us, count for even less. For now, party rules dictate a calendar of caucuses and primaries in 2008 that will begin in Iowa on Jan. 14. Nevada Democrats will caucus the following Saturday, Jan. 19. New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary will get its customary moment in the spotlight on Jan. 22. One week later, South Carolina voters will go to the polls on Jan. 29. The window will open on Feb. 5 for the rest of the country to schedule elections. Several other western states – Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – already are laying the groundwork to move up their primary election dates to Feb. 5, 2008, and some eastern states also are contemplating the same move. The nomination may virtually be determined on that day, with or without Californians having a say. That being the case, we should move the California primary to the earliest date possible under the rules – Feb. 5, 2008. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Otherwise, issues that are important to Californians will continue to get overlooked when the table is tilted in favor of small, rural states. last_img read more

  • Ogden: Ashley Young is thriving in the wing-back role for Man United

    first_imgAshley Young could reignite his Manchester United career this season having thrived in the wing-back role handed to him by new manager Louis van Gaal.That’s the view of Daily Telegraph football journalist Mark Ogden, who is covering the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of the United States this summer.The England winger struggled to impose himself in the United team towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary reign, and failed to impress David Moyes during the Scot’s short tenure at Old Trafford.But it’s been a different story this summer having been told by his new boss that he must transform into a wing-back to fit into the Dutchman’s system.“Ashley Young has been a bit of a success story in Manchester United’s pre-season campaign,” Ogden told Sunday Scoreboard.“He was a player who went into the summer with an uncertain future at the club, but he’s been given this wing-back role by Van Gaal and has done really well.“He’s an athletic player and he scored a couple of great goals against Real Madrid [during United’s pre-season trip to America].”The sports writer added: “United look like a team again now.“Last season they looked like a collection of individuals, but Van Gaal has come in and is already making a real difference.”last_img read more

  • Brazilian winger set for medical with Premier League side ahead of short-term deal

    first_img Nene in action for Paris Saint-Germain 1 Brazilian winger Nene is expected to undergo a medical at West Ham on Tuesday and sign a short-term deal until the end of the season.Sam Allardyce was keen to bring in another forward after club record signing Andy Carroll was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.talkSPORT told you on Monday that Nene had arrived in England for talks with the east London club and was keen to get his career back on track in the Premier League.The former Paris Saint-Germain winger cancelled his contract with Al-Gharafa at the end of January following an impressive spell in Qatar when he scored 20 goals in just 43 games.Allardyce will be hoping Nene can make an immediate impact and restore some much needed confidence to the club following their crushing defeat against West Brom in the FA Cup last weekend.last_img read more

  • LETTERKENNY YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROMOTE WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

    first_imgFEATURES: A celebration event was held in Letterkenny Youth and Family Services (LYFS) on World No Tobacco Day, Tuesday 31st May to celebrate the results of a joint project between LYFS and HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service.The pilot project “Cleaner Air for the Family to Share” ran in Letterkenny over four weeks in April. The aim of the project was to increase the awareness of the impact of passive smoking on children and babies health, and to encourage people in the project area to have tobacco restrictions in their home.Thirty households took part in the pilot project and there are completed results from 24 of the participating homesBefore the project         After the project           %reductionSmoke in the home           21 (88%)                     3 (12%)                        86% Smoke in the car               15 (65%)                     5 (21%)                        66%This now means that adults in the pilot project area are more aware of the impact of passive smoking on children and babies health and they have reduced this harm by voluntarily placing tobacco restrictions in their home and car.This project was not about telling people to quit tobacco but as a result of being involved in the project 4 people have now quit tobacco. One of those participants is Maureen Mc Laughlin who has been quit tobacco since 29th April after 31 years and she is delighted and feels better both physically and mentally.One of her main reasons for quitting is to protect the health of her 2 grandchildren and to be around and in good health to enjoy spending time with them.She is also feeling more confident generally and is planning to do the West Highland Walkway next year which she never thought she would have the energy to do.Maureen found the pilot project to be of great support from both the LYFS staff and the Smoking Cessation Service and she feels very supported with quitting tobacco and doesn’t feel alone. She paid particular thanks to Louise Glennon and the other girls from LYFS Leigh Mc Geever, Gemma Hume, Louise Dempsey, Patricia Ferry and Kirsty Nugent for all their support.Fiona Boyle, Smoking Cessation Advisor, Donegal Community commented that ‘we are delighted with the pilot project results where exposure to second hand smoke has reduced by 86% in the home and 66% in the car for both children and adults. This was the aim of the project and the fact that 4 people used the pilot project as an opportunity to quit tobacco has shown us how making tobacco restrictions in your home and car can really support people who are trying to quit or who have already quit tobacco’.The final results of the pilot project were available at the celebration event and all participants and those present were entered into a draw. The draw 4 winners were Bridget Gibbons, Michelle Bonner, Shane Mc Farland and Maureen Mc Laughlin.LETTERKENNY YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES PROMOTE WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY was last modified: June 2nd, 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:FeatureshealthLetterkenny Youth Servicesnewslast_img read more

  • EARLY McGLYNN GOAL THE DIFFERENCE AS DONEGAL OVERCOME DOWN IN McKENNA CUP

    first_imgAction from today’s game between Donegal and Down at MacCumhaill Park.A Frank McGlynn goal after just a minute of this Dr McKenna Cup game at MacCumhaill Park kept daylight between Donegal and Down this afternoon.With six debutants in their starting line-up, the home side always managed to keep their nose in front in a game which attracted a strong crowd at Ballybofey and which ended on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-11 in favour of Donegal.Rory Gallagher gave starts to Jack O’Brien, Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Danny Rodgers, Ciaran Thompson, Michael Carroll and Stephen McBrearty (brother of Patrick).Michael Murphy got a huge cheer when he arrived to mark his 100th appearance.Glenfin man McGlynn gave the crowd something to cheer about after just 68 second when he latched on to an Odrhan MacNiallais pass to rate the back of the Down net. Down manager Eamonn Burns, in charge of his first outing, must have thought it was going to be a long down.But in fairness to his side they managed to match Donegal point for point after that while never going in front at any stage.Eoghan Ban Gallagher should perhaps have marked his debut with a goal in the 15th minute but shot wide after a lovely palm-down to him by veteran Leo McLoone.Two first half points from Ciaran Thompson and another Marty O’Reilly saw Donegal go in ahead at the break 1-3 to 0-4. Further second half points by Ciaran Thompson, Paddy McGrath MacNiallais and Caolan Ward kept Donegal ahead while Jack O’Brien’s effort off the Down crossbar would have put a lot more between the sides.The biggest cheer of the day fell to one of the wonders of the modern game, Michael Murphy, who was introduced in the 54th minute.Marking his 100th senior game in a Donegal jersey, the Glenswilly made scored one of his trademark points in the 59th minute.Gallagher’s men eventually ran out 1-11 to 0-11 winners.Rory Gallagher will be happy with the win but more importantly the chance to see the metal of some of his debutants who will sure feature in the coming seasons at senior level. EARLY McGLYNN GOAL THE DIFFERENCE AS DONEGAL OVERCOME DOWN IN McKENNA CUP was last modified: January 4th, 2016 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:DerrydonegalMCKENNA CUPlast_img read more

  • COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVES €1.5M FOR EIGHT UNFINISHED HOUSING ESTATES

    first_imgDonegal County Council has secured €1.5M from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Special Resolution Fund Initiative for unfinished housing estates.The total amount of funding received in respect of the eight developments is €851,101 and this will in turn leverage additional private investment of €680,288, resulting in a total investment in these Unfinished Estates of €1,531,389.These funds will be targeted to principally address infrastructural deficiencies within the developments such as roads and footpaths, water and sewer services, public lighting and amenity or open space areas, which will provide for the improvement of conditions for residents. All works funded under this initiative must be fully completed and all monies drawn down from the Department before the end of 2014. Details of the approvals are as follows.Development Location Approved FundingProjected Leveraged Private SpendArd na Greine Ardara €86,980 €35,546 Cathedral Hill Raphoe €178,215 €70,000Cois na hAbhainn Malin €59,372 €39,645Crest of the Wave Bundoran €194,400 €129,000Doran Close Bundoran €97,000 €97,000Gerards Way Carndonagh €31,366 €55,858 Monreagh Burnfoot €150,000 €147,239Radharc an Chuian Ramelton €53,768 €106,000COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVES €1.5M FOR EIGHT UNFINISHED HOUSING ESTATES was last modified: May 6th, 2014 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 Councilhousinglast_img read more

  • RUGBY COACH BREAKS ANKLE IN DONEGAL BUS CRASH

    first_imgThe scene of the bus crash in Pettigo yesterday carrying teen rugby playersA school teacher is being treated in hospital following a bus crash in Co Donegal yesterday.The 40-year-old man, who is also a rugby coach, was taken from Pettigo to Derry’s Altnagelvin after breaking his ankle during the early morning single vehicle accident.A number of children were also taken to hospital for treatment. The bus was carrying the Carrickfergus Rugby Club’s Under-14 team and their coaches.It is understood the bus overturned on the Laghey to Pettigo Road just before 3pm yesterday afternoon.The team had travelled to Donegal town to play a league match earlier yesterday morning.A spokesman for the club said nine people on the all boys team were treated in Enniskillen Hospital. Fire crews said the bus turned over onto its side in a ditch before they returned it to its four wheels.RUGBY COACH BREAKS ANKLE IN DONEGAL BUS CRASH was last modified: March 29th, 2015 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:Altnagelvin HospitalPettigoRUGBY COACH BREAKS ANKLE IN DONEGAL BUS CRASHlast_img read more

  • NBA Finals: Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy cherish Oracle Arena

    first_imgNo matter what happens in this year’s NBA Finals, the Warriors will host their final games at Oracle Arena as they bid farewell to 47 years of great and and not-so-great memories, some wow-worthy performances and a raucous, high-decibel collection of fans.The series pitting the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors kicks off May 30 at Oracle Arena. Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, who will again serve as analysts for ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals, are uniquely qualified to speak about the Arena. …last_img

  • Ben Klick, May 22

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We could be better. We had another overnight rain. We finally got dry enough to plant last week and we got several hundred acres of corn and beans in the ground. Then it rained Friday night, Saturday and last night. We got close to an inch of rain and we are back to a standstill for now. We are about 70% done with corn and about 40% done with the beans. We have a fair amount in, but it is getting close to June and we want to get more corn in.In the first corn we planted that went through the cold weather we got good emergence and good stands. The color wasn’t there at first, but the last week really perked that corn up and it is actually looking pretty good. There is a 30-acre piece we are watching. It lays kind of wet in the bottom and it is on the borderline to replant or not.The first beans I planted on May 10 are coming up and looking pretty good. With the way things have been I am pretty grateful with how things look.I hopped out of the air seeder last week to make 15 acres of hay. We got it baled on Wednesday. It was pretty good hay and when it is in the upper 80s it doesn’t take long for hay to dry. There was a lot of hay mowing and baling in this area last week.If the sun comes out and we get warm weather we could maybe go again sometime tomorrow. They have a chance of rain for us on Wednesday. For what we have had I am grateful we haven’t had to replant. There is a lot of replanting going on in some places. At this stage of the game, replanting is almost not an option.We have two groups of calves on pasture rotationally grazing now. They are doing really well, but between the Cavs losing the game last night and the rain this morning, it has kind of put a damper on things.last_img read more