Stephen Curry’s PGA Tour event scrapped

first_imgHAYWARD, CA – AUGUST 10: NBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tees off on the seventh hole during Round Two of the Ellie Mae Classic at TBC Stonebrae on August 10, 2018 in Hayward, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSAN FRANCISCO — The PGA Tour has pulled the plug on a new tournament hosted by Stephen Curry with time running short and details ranging from the golf course to sponsorship that could not be pulled together.“Due to a combination of factors, we are unable to bring a proposed event to San Francisco at this time,” the tour said Tuesday in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “The bottom line is the short timeframe for creating an event in early fall of 2019 created the biggest obstacle,” the tour said.The Golden State Warriors guard has played in a Web.com Tour event the last two years, missing the cut both times. Curry was not planning to play in the PGA Tour event he was to host.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Kevin Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the development, and Curry told the newspaper he isn’t giving up on the idea.“We are still committed to bringing an event to San Francisco,” Curry said. “It just won’t be this year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Chronicle said talks with Pleasanton-based Workday, a finance and human resources software company that has endorsement deals with some PGA Tour players, unexpectedly broke off. Curry’s tournament was to be played Sept. 19-22, but it still didn’t have a tournament director and there were concerns that work to Lake Merced Golf Club could not be completed in time.Members at Lake Merced, which hosts an LPGA Tour stop in May, had approved spending more than $3.6 million on upgrades. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Devin Booker, Suns snap miserable 17-game slide, slip past reeling Heat

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments “Ball didn’t go in the hole, bruh,” Adebayo said of the missed tip. “Not going to sleep over that one tonight.”Johnson got the return to Miami he wanted — a win against his former club.Now, he can resume rooting for the Heat, even after he helped deal their quest for an Eastern Conference playoff berth a serious blow.“These are my guys,” said Johnson, who was traded earlier this month. “Obviously, I want to see them be successful. I would never wish for anything negative on their careers. Luckily I’m in the opposite conference, so it is a little bit easier to cheer for them. I hope they figure it out. I know they will.”TIP-INSSuns: Amid all the losing, it’s perhaps difficult to remember that Phoenix has beaten Milwaukee, Denver, Boston and San Antonio this season. … The Suns shot 51 percent for the game and 62 percent in the second half.Heat: This is now the second season in franchise history with multiple home losing streaks of six or more games. The 2007-08 Heat had a six-game and two seven-game home slides. … Miami lost despite scoring 70 points in the paint. … The Heat were without James Johnson (shoulder), Rodney McGruder (knee), Justise Winslow (knee) and Derrick Jones Jr. (flu).MISERY HAS COMPANYPhoenix avoided joining New York as the second team to have an 18-game losing streak this season. This would have been the first NBA season since 1981-82 in which multiple franchises have lost at least 18 consecutive games; that season, Utah (18), Cleveland (19) and the San Diego Clippers (19) endured such a streak.WADE VS. SUNS Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, exchange jerseys after an NBA basketball game on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI— Devin Booker came into his final matchup against Dwyane Wade looking to be the next player on the list of those who have snared a retirement-season jersey from the Miami star.Turns out, the jersey wasn’t even the biggest prize.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Hassan Whiteside scored 29 points and Kelly Olynyk added 28 for the Heat, who have dropped six straight at home for the second time this season. Missing four often-starters or regular rotation players, Miami went largely with an eight-man rotation and could barely get any stops in the final quarter.“It went back and forth until we ran out of time,” said Wade, who scored 13. “It’s obviously unfortunate. This game hurts.”Phoenix improved to 2-42 this season when trailing after three quarters, and snapped a 42-game losing streak in road games when trailing entering the final period.“We played desperate, we played with a sense of urgency and we came here not just to play — we came to win a game,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “And I’m glad we did.”After the Booker free throws, the next Miami possession saw Wade miss a turnaround jumper even after getting a good look over the 7-foot Ayton. Bam Adebayo had a chance at the tip-in, couldn’t get it to fall, and Oubre went to the line with 2.1 seconds left. He made both, Miami had no time-out left to call, and Wade’s desperation 55-footer wasn’t close.ADVERTISEMENT Booker scored 20 points, Phoenix played a nearly flawless fourth quarter and the Suns snapped their club-record 17-game losing streak by topping the reeling Heat 124-121 on Monday night. The Suns shot 78 percent in the final period, and scored 72 points after halftime to stun a Heat team that dropped its sixth straight home game.“It feels like we’re out,” Booker said. “It feels like we were in prison.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDeandre Ayton offered an even more-succinct analysis: “Hallelujah,” said the Suns’ rookie and No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.Former Heat guard Tyler Johnson scored 18 points for Phoenix, which hadn’t won since Jan. 12. Jamal Crawford and Kelly Oubre Jr. each had 16 and were huge down the stretch for Phoenix, while Ayton and Troy Daniels each had 14 and Josh Jackson scored 11 for the Suns. LATEST STORIES Wade played against the Suns for the 23rd and final time. The Heat were 17-5 with him against Phoenix, and Chicago went 1-1 against the Suns in Wade’s one season as a member of the Bulls. He averaged 22.9 points in the 23 games against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: Host New Orleans on Friday. The Suns are starting a four-game homestand.Heat: Host Golden State on Wednesday. The Heat lost 120-118 to the Warriors on Feb. 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Chelsea goalie apologizes for refusing to leave field Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Remembering 9/11: Can Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Compare?

first_imgToday, September 11, Americans and people all around the world will commemorate the 2,977 innocent lives that were lost 13 years ago, in what has gone down in history as one of the most daring and unusual terrorists attacks ever. The tragedy not only changed the lives of the people directly affected by the attacks but also that of future, yet-to-be born generations. However, can this be compared to the Ebola Crisis where thousands of people have succumbed to this deadly disease?The Ebola virus has not only caused tragedy and changed the lives of people affected, but it has also drastically affected our life style. Liberians are so used to greeting each other by touch – a hand shake here, an embrace there, even a kiss. Where we used to share cups, bowls and spoons; beds, clothes and shoes; we now think thrice about potential threats of infection from our closest friends and relatives. Instead, we wash hands religiously at every door post, keep a distance beyond arm’s length and sometimes bow to greet each other like the Chinese. Some women have even put their male partners “on dryer” – a moratorium on sexual activity until the Ebola Season is over. And many men have admitted that, fearing for their own lives, they have decided to “abide by the rules of the game” – fidelity.There are also direct and indirect psychological effects: where members of households and families are infected with Ebola, the dichotomy of care vs. neglect persists, because of the fear of infection being transmitted. Where armed government forces go shooting at unarmed people contesting an imposed quarantine; or where family revenue streams get dried up because of epidemic-preventive regulations imposed by government or private employers; it gets really disturbing and forces people to find new ways to adapt to the situation. Then, there is the sight of dead bodies lying all over, in the streets; and the depression of thinking you could be next and the stigma it leaves you with.And as people around the world remember this day in history, LIB life asked some of your reflections on that time vis-à-vis the current Ebola crisis in Liberia. Can that terrible day at all be compared to that of our deadly crisis we’re facing? Here’s what some of you said:Nvasekie Konneh, poet and author: “Though both September 11 and the current Ebola crisis are disastrous, but we have to understand the difference. September 11 was a manmade disaster with a clear political agenda on the part of the perpetrators. The Ebola crisis in our sub-region is a natural disaster that can be compared to Hurricane Katrina, which affected the U.S. State of Louisiana. With both Katrina and Ebola being natural disasters, the question is how did the US manage its disaster and how we are managing ours? The US was in far better position to deal with theirs.  For us, it’s different ball game altogether because we are a poor country and we have no technical capability to combat this disease. We are living by the mercy of God and those whose help we are seeking to combat the disease”.On the other hand, Mrs. Maisha “Mama” Shabu, from Shabuta Cultural Arts Center had a total different perspective about September 11 and the Ebola crisis in Liberia. She blamed both governments for being careless in handling their respective crises and accused them of dishonesty and sending out the wrong message to their citizens.  “Both the Liberian government and the American government had, for many years, cultivated distrust in significant segments of their populations before September 11 and before this Ebola crisis occurred, respectively. They both continued to send out confused and unreasonable descriptions of events as the disasters unfolded and in the aftermath or, in the case of Liberia, as the disastrous events continued. The people of both nations were, therefore, thrown into hysteria and many innocent lives were and are being lost. The American government then used the Sept 11 tragedy as a cause to institute oppressive international restrictions on the whole world’s nations, especially international travel. It is now horrifying to see the same American government using the Ebola crisis in Liberia to again institute their hegemony in West Africa by pushing to send American troops to ‘handle’ the situation. And, again, the people will bear the brunt of a foreign nation, on the ground, controlling their lives.”Stanford Peabody, Journalist: “I was in America during the September 11 attacks. I worked at Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis. It was a one-time strike, the enemy was identified and the US went after the enemy with all its might. I am currently in Liberia. Ebola is waging a psychological and biological war on West Africa. It intimidates, divides, sickens and then kills. It hides and strikes and people are ashamed when it attacks so they hide the weapon and become weapons themselves. Unless people are assured that there is a place to get treatment, a place that is caring and not a place that you can get Ebola, there will continue to be deaths instead of treatment.“The attack [on the USA] was a one-time incident that killed 2966. The total deaths from Ebola are about to pass that mark. Besides, the deaths at 911 were random. Ebola wipes away entire families from households, villages and towns and people are scared to visit their sick relatives and there are stories of relatives left to die while the healthy run away. What can be so dehumanizing and terrible? A bomb?”Meanwhile not everybody believes that Liberia’s Ebola crisis can in any way be compared to that of the U.S. September 11 attack.Israel Newberry, a Rotary Peace Activist, seems to disagree because, according to his explanation, Ebola is attacking several countries whereas the terrorist attack was on America only.  “Whenever you leave the zones of Ebola not being infected, you have a sense of safety.  But for the U.S. citizens, they feel very much unsafe in other countries where they are known as U.S. citizens. They were attacked by terrorists everywhere. Not like Ebola at all.”The debate could go on and on, we are sure.  Like Stanford said in the case of 9/11, the culprit, a known enemy, was identified and America went after them. However, this is Liberia’s first experience with Ebola, an enemy whose symptoms are difficult to identify.And while it is true that Liberia needs all the help she can get to eradicate this disease from our nation, it does not mean that our people are willing or want to be controlled by foreign nations. All Liberia needs, at this time, is a helping hand.For those who have so far survived both 9/11 and the Ebola epidemic and are still alive to witness the Ebola epidemic unfolding, these are experiences that will forever be remembered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mortimer Mingo should resign from LGC

first_imgDear Editor,The chairman of any constitutional service commission should possess the following qualities:1. Be able to uphold the integrity and independence of that commission2. Be able to perform the duties of the office fairly, impartially and diligently3. Be able to refrain from political activity.To be more specific, and in step with the spirit of the Constitution, a Chairman of any of the constitutional service commissions should not:•    act as a leader or hold any office in a political organisation;•    make speeches for a political organisation or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for public office; or•    solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution to a political organisation or candidate; or attend or purchase a ticket for a dinner or other event sponsored by a political organisation or candidate.If such a situation arises, then such a chairman must resign and vacate their office forthwith in order to protect the integrity of that constitutional service commission.As Head of the Local Government Commission, whose main function is to deal with all matters relating to the local government system, Mr Mortimer Mingo is expected to be free of party affiliation, and is certainly expected not to hold a leadership position in a political party if the perception is to be preserved that he is independent, without bias, and is fit to carry out his functions professionally and objectively.In this regard, I am calling upon Mr Mingo to immediately resign and immediately vacate the office of the Chairman of the Local Government Commission.  Why?  He was elected to the executive of the People’s National Congress Reform at its August 2018 Congress.  His engagement in such public political activity prevents him from being a fair actor on the Local Government Commission.  You cannot be the regulator and the regulated at the same time.This situation will be the test of Mr Mingo’s integrity, and by extension his appointer, His Excellency President David Granger.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Republic bank concludes 8th Youth Apprenticeship programme

first_imgThe Republic Bank (Guyana) Ltd on Monday evening highlighted the excellent work done by the 31 participants in their Youth Apprenticeship programme at the Savanah Suite, Pegasus Hotel.Among those in attendance were Minister within the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry and Deputy Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson.Even though every participant was awarded for their efforts a few of them stood out. Shamira Ramsuchit copped both the best all-rounder and most effective presentation prizes while the best business proposal prize was won by Treshana Vancooten. Jada Mclennan walked away with the most improved apprentice, while Ashana Lakenarine won the most disciplined apprentice and Lancelot Barker gained the most congenial apprentice.The other apprentices were Bobby Vaughn, Chetwantie Ramdayal, Chidanand Ragobar, Christina Kanden, Collis Trotman, David Alexis, Devon Powley, Harish Desouza, Jasmattie Lall, Jason Singh, Jenica Allicock, Kaila Joseph, Katijah Dundas, Kevin Dias, Kinisia Porte, Leah Dodson, Mesha Singh, Monesha Forsythe, Nigel Grenville, Odeshwar Mobin, Saudia Nurmahamad, Shailendia Mallaya, Shania Stuart, Shechem Williams and Stephanie Jones.All 31 apprentices walked away with the National Vocational Qualification Certificate Banking Operation Level one.The graduating class of Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited Youth Apprenticeship ProgrammeManaging director of Republic Bank Richard Sammy thanked the apprentices for their commitment and dedication in upholding the principles of the programme, which he highlighted as “professionalism, dedication and integrity.” Sammy said he is confident that with the experience gained from October, 2015, to the completion of the programme, these 31 apprentices are now capable of working in any professional environment in Guyana and even the Caribbean.The valedictorian Shamira Ramsuchit gave an emotional speech, thanking her new friends and role-models that she would have gained over the months the programme ran for. She highlighted her enthusiasm for participating in the programme and welcomed the knowledge she would have developed and experiences gained. Most notably, a trip to the Baganara Resort to build team cohesion, in addition to a visit to a specialty hospital for disabled children.This is the eighth time Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited has conducted training of this nature and magnitude which continues to add to the development of youth in Guyana.last_img read more

2015 Tiger Bay stabbing

first_img− accused to stand trial in the High CourtChristopher Stanley, 20, of Rosemary Lane, Tiger Bay, Georgetown, who allegedly stabbed Owen Browne to death on August 29, 2015, was on Friday sentenced by Magistrate Judy Latchman to stand trial in the highDead: Owen Brownecourt.This was the ruling when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Debby Chase and William Boyd were the two final witnesses to testify in the ongoing trial. It was after their testimonies were heard that the Magistrate declared that a prima facie case was made out against the defendant and as such he will stand trial in the high court for the offence of murder. On August 29 last year, he stabbed Browne, also called “Rasta man” while he was asleep in his bed. Prior to the stabbing, he attacked another resident with a knife and killed a cat, and just hours before he committed that act he was seen sharpening a knife. It was reported that the man started acting in a strange manner and accused persons of supplying his mother with drugs.At around 18:15h on the day in question, he reportedly entered the shack of the victim and stabbed him. The victim awoke and screamed for assistance.His daughter, Tawana Clark, came to his assistance but found the man, who she described as “possessed”, stabbing at her father.Stanley then leaped off of the man and tried to escape but was caught and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.He was subsequently sent to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Hospital as he was said to have sustained injuries in the process of killing Bowne.last_img read more

Lindener on threatening behaviour charge granted bail

first_imgA Lindener who was charged with making use of threatening behaviour, was granted bail in the sum of ,000 by Magistrate Clive Nurse.The accused, Marvin Louison, of 121 Half Mile, Wismar, Linden, appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer the charge.It is alleged that on Wednesday 24 August , he made use of threatening behaviour to Latoya Jacobis.The defendant was found guilty of unlawful wounding in 2001.For this charge he will return to court at a later date.last_img

Government Cries Foul

first_img“While we appreciate the assistance from governments and other partners from across the world in our fight against Ebola, it should be noted that no amount of external assistance can be more appreciated by the Liberian people in these trying times than to be treated with respect and dignity.” A Foreign Ministry press statement read, by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the daily news briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICAT) last Wednesday, expressed deep concern over a rising trend of measures and reactions on the part of some members of the global community that can only be described as disproportionate and panic-driven. The Foreign Ministry, as a way of averting and promptly responding to travel and other complications that may be experienced by Liberians due to stigmatization, disclosed a series of local and international phone numbers, and email addresses as well as the Ministry’s FaceBook address. These measures, the Statement noted, are inconsistent with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other experts. Of recent, Morocco has expressed skepticism about hosting the African Cup of Nations in Rabat fearing that people from Ebola-affected countries may spread the disease in that north African country. “Blanket visa suspensions and other extremely harsh actions do not necessarily isolate Ebola; they only isolate countries affected by Ebola; and by so doing, they do not only undermine the ability of affected countries to effectively and expeditiously fight the disease but also compound the long-term socio-economic impacts of the Ebola crisis”, the statement said. Also citing another reference to the UN, the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the UN Security Council, in its unanimous Resolution 2177 “expressed concern about the detrimental effect of the isolation of the affected countries as a result of trade and travel restrictions imposed on the affected countries”, and called on “Member States, including of the region, to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted that these harsh measures also run counter to the September 18, 2014 UN Security Council Resolution 2177, sponsored by over 130 countries, and the decision of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) held on September 8, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Ministry, meanwhile paid tribute to the many countries, whether big or small, that have rendered exemplary assistance and empathy to Liberia since the outset of the Ebola epidemic in the country, adding that those countries deserve tremendous credit for the progress Liberia is beginning to register in its fight against Ebola. Minister Ngafuan termed this situation as the height of unfairness and blanket stigmatization attitudes by some countries to treat every Liberian who constitutes a part of the country’s 4 million population as though he or she is an Ebola carrier because over 6,000 persons have been infected with the virus in Liberia since March 2014. The statement also noted that countries perpetrating these harsh measures do not take into consideration such particularities as to whether or not the Liberian passport holder had in fact been in Liberia over the past one month or so or whether or not the passport holder had come in close contact with any infected person. The Liberian Government, the Statement noted, has protested against these unnecessary restrictions and stigmatization through a variety of channels, including direct diplomatic contacts to the countries involved and advocacy at multilateral fora, including the AU and the United Nations.  The contact channels will afford Liberians facing these stigmatizing circumstances the opportunity to alert the Ministry of the specifics of their case: “While we cannot guarantee that acceptable redress will be found in every case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the general Liberian public that it will exhaust all available diplomatic options to bring relief to Liberians or groups of Liberians facing such embarrassment.” The Foreign Minister referenced the ordeal of a young Liberian lady named A. Boffah Kollie, who was denied entry at the airport of a country (name withheld) in which she had gone to begin graduate studies in Medicine.  This, said the Minister, is just one of many heart-rending stories that the Foreign Ministry receives daily.  Cote d’Ivoire was the first neighboring country to close its border to Liberia and halt movements of people, ships and flights. The Ministry then disclosed that in order to improve the safety of travel and enhance confidence internationally, the Government of Liberia, with capacity support from partners including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been implementing robust and strict exit and entry screening procedures at all our air, land and sea ports.CONTACT DETAILSDirect Contact to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia:CELL NO: +231 770 262 756 and + 231 886 002 728Email: foreignaffairslib1847@yahoo.comFacebook: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of LiberiaLiberians may choose to also contact the following hotlines at the following Liberian missions abroad:United States of America:Hotlines:+1 646-287-9755 and +1240-396-7246United Kingdom (UK):Hotlines:+44-7459704031 and +44-7438516153Belgium:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Statement particularly hailed the Government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for the resumption of flights by its national carrier, Air Cote d’Ivoire, to Liberia and other Ebola affected countries: “We hope that others will soon follow suit in line with commitments made over a month ago.” Foreign Minister Ngafuan noted that citizens and residents of Ebola affected countries have already been victimized by the deadly virus and that it is unfair and unconscionable for them to be doubly victimized by actions that are not necessarily aimed at attacking the disease, but rather attacking the fact that they hold a particular type of passport.  The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has reiterated its concern over the manner in which Liberian citizens are being stigmatized due to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country. The Foreign Ministry stressed that the current Ebola outbreak is not only a problem for Liberia and other worst-hit countries: “It is also a test of human solidarity amidst human adversity”.      The Foreign Ministry further narrated that in order to forestall such difficulties, it advises officials of government and ordinary Liberian citizens, to the extent they feel comfortable to do so, to apprize the Ministry via email of their travel itineraries at least two days before their date of travel out of Liberia: “This will enable the Ministry to contact the Liberian mission(s) accredited to the country (ies) of travel to take proactive actions and be on the alert to assist whenever travel complications arise.” South Africa was the second to announce stopping its citizens from entering Liberia and Liberians from entering South Africa. The Ministry asserted that the Liberian Government does not contest the right of any Government to protect, first and foremost, the interest and well-being of its own citizens and residents; but strongly urges leaders of the world – heads of state and government, parliamentarians, ministers, etc., to take measures that achieve the double objective of protecting their own citizens and at the same time assisting countries battling with Ebola to quickly contain the disease. last_img read more

Cartoon: February 4, 2015

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To Control Proliferation of Arms, Defense Ministry, Small Arms Commission Sign MOU

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, both parties have recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-making, recordkeeping for tracing regime. In the MOU, the LiNCSA and the MOD/ Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both members of the Peace, Justice, Security and Rule of Law Pillar recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-marking, recordkeeping and tracing regime. The parties also recognized the obligation of Liberia to adhere to Article 77 of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Treaty relating to sanctions applicable in cases where a member state fails to fulfill its obligation to the country. Another point is that the parties recognized the need to ensure full compliance of Article 9 of the Treaty to create a National Database and Registry of Small Arms and light weapons. At yesterday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy and Acting Defense Ministers, Joseph F. Johnson signed on behalf of the Ministry, LiNSCSA Chairman; James M. Fromayan signed for the institution. The exercise, according to Mr. Fromayan, requires that state-owned arms such as the ones assigned to security personnel including the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are mark within the Mano River Basin.For his part, Minister Johnson expressed gratitude for the occasion, because it aims to uncover several would be hidden small arms around the country and at the same time, to curtail the proliferation of arms.  The signing ceremony was witnessed by top brass of the AFL headed by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more