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

War Crimes Court Advocates Predict Grave Consequences if Justice Not Served

first_imgThe Temple of JusticeBy Joaquin Sendolo, New Narratives fellowGANTA, Nimba County – No one hearing “rogue! rogue! rogue!” in the middle of the night in a community in the city of Ganta stays asleep long.Instead, people rush out with machetes to find the culprit. When the suspect is caught, there is no thought of turning him over to the police. He is beaten to death and his body is left on the roadside.Reports from the Ganta Police show that four people were killed by vigilante mobs in just one week in August last year.  According to the police, the victims were suspected to be thieves, but one among them was later identified as insane.There have been a number of mob violence incidents in Nimba, especially the populated Ganta area in the last five years. The most infamous of these events happened on September 30, 2015. The mob ransacked a hotel in reaction to the mysterious killing of a motorcyclist whose body was discovered on a roadside with parts reportedly extracted. Authorities imposed a nighttime curfew afterwards.There have been a number of mob violence incidents in Nimba, especially the populated Ganta area in the last five years. The most infamous of these events happened on September 30, 2015. The mob ransacked a hotel in reaction to the mysterious killing of a motorcyclist whose body was discovered on a roadside with parts reportedly extracted. Authorities imposed a nighttime curfew afterwards.“All this boils down to the fact that many a time criminals are set free when taken to the police and evildoers are rewarded with positions in this country,” says Gorgboyee. “Without a war crimes court and an effective justice system to hold people accountable, I can tell you freely that I can participate in a war here in the future to commit crimes so I can get my share of public positions being offered former warlords and generals here.”Since taking over one year ago, pressure has been mounting on the government of President George Weah for the establishment of a war crimes court, and justice advocates in Ganta are warning that unless justice for wartime atrocities is served, mob violence will surely increase.Advocates in Nimba County say the fact that perpetrators of war crimes are now serving in high government positions without any penalty for their crimes sends the message that they were right to kill people and destroy the country.The advocates say people who headed the past administration were implicated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report for their role in the war and therefore could not bring justice against themselves.  They say President Weah is in the best position to bring justice for victims and survivors, and without justice no Liberian including warlords in authority should feel that peace is here.Jasco Davis, County Coordinator of the Catholic Justice of the Peace Commission (JPC), says the crime rate in Nimba and the country as a whole is due to impunity, and the only solution is to hold perpetrators, who committed atrocities in the country, accountable and reform the justice system.Davis, 53, says he and other advocates in Nimba face threats and harassment from those fearing prosecution.“But we strive to move above fear because with justice people will shun evil acts in the society,” Davis says.Aaron Weah, Country Director of Search for Common Ground, says the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Survey (SCORE) conducted in 2017 and 2018, found that a majority of Liberians want to see the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations implemented, including a war crimes court.SCORE is conducted in multi-ethnic societies worldwide.  First conducted in Liberia in 2016, it was created by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), based in Cyprus, where it has been conducted since 2013. The survey has also been conducted in Iraq, Ukraine, Bosnia Herzegovina and Moldova.“About 60-75 percent of Liberians [according to SCORE] hold this view, and they want to see the TRC recommendations and strategic roadmap and national healing implemented, and these are documents that call for justice.  So, these expressions show how strongly Liberians feel about justice,” Weah says.Weah also referenced a survey conducted by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) three years ago on conflict vulnerability in Liberia and it was found that there were many grievances that made people lack trust in the justice system.“About 60-75 percent of Liberians [according to SCORE] hold this view and they want to see the TRC recommendations and strategic roadmap and national healing implemented, and these are documents that call for justice.  So, these expressions show how strongly Liberians feel about justice,” Weah says.Weah also referenced a survey conducted by USAID three years ago on conflict vulnerability in Liberia, and it was found that there were many grievances that made people lack trust in the justice system.That survey found that a staggering 73 percent of Liberians have no trust in the Judiciary, Executive and the Legislature.“Alternatively, these people find trust in the civil society, religious institutions, and traditional leadership,” Weah says.Weah recalls when lawlessness led to the flogging and stripping of police officers and sheriffs in the Barnesville area last year and how many police stations had been vandalized in the country, which he says is the legacy of the war.He says a war crimes court has its limitations and it might not prosecute as many people as many may hope but, he says that establishing a criminal tribunal will pave a way to rewriting Liberia’s history clearly so that everyone is prepared for genuine reconciliation.Nimba County suffered huge casualties during the civil war (1989 – 2003). Many Nimbaians also committed heinous crimes, according to the TRC. Benjamin Yeaten, former Special Security Service Director; Roland Duo, former head of Port Security and Senator Prince Johnson, former head of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) are on the TRC list of “Most notorious perpetrators.”  Johnson is also on the list of warring faction heads to face prosecution.The Nimba Senator opposes the establishment of the court.“Those who are calling for a war crimes court are wasting their time,” he said on Radio Ganta in December last year.  “When Alhaji Kromah is touched, the Mandingoes will rise up against that; when George Boley is touched, the Krahns will rise; and I dare anybody to touch me,” Senator Johnson said earlier.However, the Nimba County Senator and political godfather has somersaulted and welcomed the establishment of a war crimes court to investigate impartially human rights abuses during the war.The story was produced in collaboration with New Narratives as part of the West Africa Justice Reporting Project. 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TRANSFER LATEST! ‘Arsenal closing in on £23m deal for Borussia Dortmund star’

first_imgArsenal have edged ahead of Juventus in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports in Italy.The Gunners are under pressure to splash the cash this summer following a disappointing Premier League campaign and have now firmed up their interest in the Armenian star.According to Tutto Mercato, Arsenal have held preliminary talks with Dortmund and Mkhitaryan’s agent over a £23m deal and look set to stave off competition from Juventus and Chelsea.The 27-year-old has enjoyed another impressive campaign for Dortmund, scoring 18 goals in 45 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side.Dortmund, who have already sealed a place in next season’s Champions League, had hoped to keep hold of the attacking midfielder for one more year but Arsenal’s £23m offer appears to have changed their minds. 1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Borussia Dortmund last_img read more

Arsenal and Man United defensive target will NOT be leaving Roma this summer

first_imgRoma will resist selling Arsenal and Manchester United target Kostas Manolas this summer, sources in Italy have revealed.Both English clubs are long-term admirers of the Greek centre-back, but missed out on him when he swapped Olympiakos for Roma in 2014.They remain in the market for reinforcements in the centre of defence and have both been linked with a summer move for Manolas.However, according to Sky Italia, the terms of his arrival in Italy two years ago will prevent Roma from flogging him to either Premier League side.Roma paid just £12m to sign him from Olympiakos but the Greek club insisted the inclusion of a hefty sell-on clause, which will entitle them to a staggering 50 per cent of the fee from his next move.And it seems as though that will prevent either Arsenal of United prising him away from the Italian capital during the transfer window. 1 Arsenal and Manchester United are long-term admirers of Greek defender Kostas Manolas last_img read more

Miller shut down Yucaipa

first_img Miller shut down Yucaipa on Friday night in a 52-37 Citrus Belt League victory, thanks to an aggressive defensive effort that included forcing the Thunderbirds into a two-point third quarter. “It’s something we always talk about,” Romagnoli said. “We might have trouble scoring sometimes, we might not be able to shoot, but we know we’re going to get it done on the defensive end. Miller has a young team, a fact Romagnoli often references by saying he hopes the Rebels improve “sooner than later.” Lately, the team has worked on its chemistry by participating in several activities as a group. “We appreciate each other more now,” Durant said. As the Citrus Belt League season wears on, Durant said the Rebels’ endurance could be an advantage. Simply put, he said, “We can run up and down the court all day.” Erick Ellis led Miller with 12 points; no other Rebel had more than six. Julian Garcia and Jared Anthony paced Yucaipa with 10 points apiece. Redlands East Valley 69, Eisenhower 42: shooting guard Julian McDonald had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats (15-4, 5-0) to a win over the Eagles (2-3) in league. The Wildcat starters were the only ones to score points in the victory, including four players with double figures. Senior guard Brandon Dowdy netted 16 points, junior forward Darnell Ferguson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore point guard Robert Ellis scored 13 points with six assists. Senior forward Martin Curtis had 13 points for Eisenhower. Redlands East Valley faces crosstown rival Redlands at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Desha Taylor had 19 points and Brad Sorenson added eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Yellowjackets (3-7, 1-4) past the Knights (0-5 in league). Ed Petty scored 10 points to lead Rialto. BASELINE LEAGUE Guard Gary McNellys had 28 points to lead the visiting Cougars (13-6, 1-2) past the Highlanders (12-7, 1-2). Senior guard D.J. Teverbaugh added 11 points for Rancho Cucamonga. Junior guard Willie Trimble led Upland with 32 points. Rancho Cucamonga will play host to Claremont at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Lawrence Etah and Rome Draper scored 10 points apiece as the Eagles (12-5, 3-0) extended its 23-game league win streak. Los Osos (15-3, 2-1) had point guard Curtis Eatmon hobbled by a hip pointer for much of the second half, and hurt its own cause by going 4-for-13 at the free-throw line. The Grizzlies, who host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tournament Monday, were led by Brandon Cunningham’s 12 points. DE ANZA LEAGUE Sophomore Chris Proctor scored 12 points as the Bears (6-7, 1-1) lost to the host Wolfpack. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE BONITA 73, CHARTER OAK 52: Forward Brock Zylstra scored 22 points with eight rebounds and five steals as the visiting Bearcats (13-5, 1-0) defeated the Chargers (0-2 league). Joey Mesropian led the Chargers with 16 points. MT. BALDY LEAGUE Senior point guard Nate Richardson scored 31 points, including five three-pointers, and had nine assists to lead the Cavaliers (11-6, 1-1) past the Tigers (8-9, 0-2) on Friday night. Senior guard Anil Chatarpaul netted all 12 of his points on four three-pointers in the third quarter. Sophomore forward Davie Champagne had a double-double as he scored 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the loss for the Tigers. Montclair hosts Ontario at 6:30 p.m. Friday to continue league play. Chaffey faces Diamond Ranch at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. SIERRA LEAGUE DAMIEN 47, DIAMOND BAR 33: Forward Justin Riley, sophomore forward Austin Napolitano, and senior forward Preston Browne each scored 11 points to lead the visiting Spartans (10-9, 1-1) past the Brahmas (9-9, 1-1). Damien will play host to Chino at 7 p.m. Wednesday. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Eric O’Mahony scored 15 points and Jon Joe added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Saints (12-7, 2-0) to a rout of the Giants (1-15, 0-2). Ganesha was held without a point in the fourth quarter. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Calvary Chapel knocked down 10 three-pointers as a team en route to a Majestic League victory against Grove. Junior guard Spencer Hirsch led Calvary Chapel (3-6, 1-0) with 19 points, 17 rebounds and six steals, while freshman guard Nick Scheer added 16 points and nine steals. Calvary Chapel travels to Cornerstone Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday. MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE Gaines scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half and hit five three-pointers to help Serrano (16-2, 2-0) beat Rim of the World. Rim (2-16, 0-2) was led by senior center Gregg Glenn, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Serrano faces Hesperia at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; Rim plays at Sultana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YUCAIPA – John Romagnoli isn’t always sure if his A.B. Miller boys basketball team will have much of an offense. But there’s one aspect of the Rebels’ game that never leaves: a suffocating, frustrating defense. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “That’s what won the game for us tonight, because it certainly wasn’t our offense.” During one frenzied stretch in the second half, Yucaipa (8-9, 2-3) scored only three baskets in 14 minutes. At times, the Thunderbirds couldn’t get it out of the backcourt. “It gets you pumped, gets you into the game more, gets you enthused,” Miller’s Steven Durant said of the defensive stand. “Once you get on a roll, that roll is hard to stop.” The game could have been summed up by a remarkable sequence in which Miller (10-9, 3-2) forced three turnovers in approximately 10 seconds. During the defensive stand, which began when the score was tied at 18 with three minutes remaining in the first half, Miller outscored Yucaipa 25-6. Finally, with 4:46 remaining in the game, the Thunderbirds’ 8-0 run stopped the ugly stretch. last_img read more


first_imgNORTHWEST GARDEN SHOW 2015: A secondary schools fashion competition was heralded as a fantastic success at this year’s Northwest Garden Show.Schools competed in the glitzy event called  ‘Trash N Fashion’ where students used old exam papers to design dresses. Using old exam papers manipulated by the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes, recognisable or functional forms, and in this case, a very wearable fashion creation –“ Minimal” by The Royal & Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe.They received 1st prize in Trash N’ Fashion at the Northwest Garden Show Castlefinn on Saturday May 23rd.“Minimal” was designed and created by Charlene Rodriguez, Mitchell Goudie, Odhran Shields and Louise Laird. The ancient paper craft of origami was used to create the outfit, with each individual section meticulously folded by the team.The sections that make up the bottom half of the creation were then hand-stitched together while the top half created from recycled cardboard, was folded, glued and spray painted.The students wanted to combine traditional craft with contemporary media to create a modern, edgy look.The outfit has a distinctive, geometric quality and combined with the striking make-up and memorable performance by model Charlene, created a lasting impression on the stage. (Teacher Laura Ferguson).The runner up prizes in this category was Deele College with their creation “The Golden Hero” designed by Sarah-Jane Kelly and Chloe Toner (Teacher Patrice Gallagher) and “Intertwined” Carndonagh Community School (Teacher Pauline Mc Dermott and Michelle Mc Gee).The Trash N Fashion Accessories competition was won by Carndonagh Community School and this creation “Aesthetic Death” was a headpiece designed by Niall Kelly and Hannah Doherty (Teachers Michelle Mc Gee and Pauline Mc Dermott).They wanted to create something that was risky and intriguing. They wanted to make something that was once not pleasing to the eye, beautiful. The runner up prizes in this category was “Chaine de Peches Argent” Deele College designer Ceejay Griffin (Teacher Patrice Gallagher) and “Hair Raiser” Carndonagh Community School (Teachers Michelle Mc Gee and Pauline Mc Dermott).The Trash N Fashion Up Cycling competition was won by “All tied up” Carndonagh Community School, Shauna Murray Gallagher and Michelle Lynch designers. The girls sourced ties from second-hand shops to create their dress. They experimented with over-lapping and folding the ties into an intriguing design.The runner up prizes in this category was “Suited & Booted” Deele College designed by Brittnay Page, Zoe Quinn, Caitlin Ross (Teacher Patrice Gallagher)  and “Ocean Spray” Loreto Convent Letterkenny designed by Chloe Tinney and Sarah Duffy, (Teacher Amelia Sweeney).The Trash N Fashion Team Karen Murphy, Maria Coll, Sarah King, Lauren Mullins, Sabrina Keane & The Northwest Garden Show would like to thank all the teachers and students for participating. They would also like to thank most sincerely all their sponsors without whom this competition would not be feasible. Hegartys Ford  , Four Lanterns, Greenes Shoes R Mc Cullagh Jewellers, Mount Errigal Hotel, Silver Tassie Hotel, Siobhan Boyle Sculpt Studio, Patrick Tinney Teenage Grill, Pine Hill Industrial Estate, Mark Doherty Century Cinema, Les O Donnell & Dessy Ferry, Tara Art Supplies, Safetech Consulting & Training,  Swing Room, Donegal Stationery Company. Tetra Pak Ireland, Embankment plastics, Kelly’s Diner, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, Stateside American Diner, Donegal Cartoons, Kids – b – Artists, Crafty Kids, Rushe Fitness, “Titanic” on the Catwalk LYIT, Pinehill Studio.Our thanks also to Paddy Friel for looking after sound and our MC Larry Doherty. To our wonderful supportive judges, Karen O Kane Kokodesigns,  Liam Grier, Zara Mc Daid, and Sheila Clancy O Donnell.Trash N Fashion 2015 was a huge success bringing together Donegal Schools in a fun and vibrant way.Speaking with Karen Murphy on this the 4th staging of Trash N Fashion, she commented on the fact “Trash N Fashion” is now well established across Donegal and both Teachers and students in September begin their planning and designing and look forward to their annual trip to The Northwest Garden Show each Summer.The weather was kind to our participants on Saturday May 23rd while students not only showcased their designs on the catwalk but walking around the other attractions at the show and enjoyed the attention and admirers as they chatted and explained how they made their pieces.As a Speech & Drama Teacher Karen believes this is a wonderful way of building self-esteem and confidence, and improving communication skills for life and work.‘TRASH N FASHION’ EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS AT NORTHWEST GARDEN SHOW was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesModellingstudentsTrash N Fashionlast_img read more


first_imgA man stalked his ex-girlfriend and left her traumatised after he and his brother followed her by car and trapped her in her own vehicle.Peter and William Gallagher of Drumcairn, Manorcunningham were both sentenced to 200 hours of community service at Letterkenny Circuit Court after they admitted charges of harassment and criminal damage.Peter Gallagher (25) admitted harassment of Amy Heron between May 9th, 2013 and August, 4th 2013 while his brother William (31) admitted criminal damage to her car on August 8th, 2013 at Doorable, Manorcunningham. Sergeant Maurice Doyle told Letterkenny Circuit Court that on August 4th the two men were in a car which passed Ms Heron driving in the opposite direction. They turned around and followed her and attempted to get her to pull over.At one point the men drove alongside and one of them leant out of the car window and attempted to open a door of her car.She turned down a road and pulled into a driveway seeking assistance. The house was vacant and the Gallaghers pulled across the driveway and prevented her from leaving.Peter approached the car and told her he wanted to speak to her but she locked the doors and refused to get out.She made a phonecall to Letterkenny Garda Station that lasted 18 minutes. Sgt Doyle said she was distraught, anxious and emotional during the phonecall.William Gallagher then approached the car and attempted to open the driver’s door with a screwdriver.Peter stood in front of the car preventing her from driving off and also placed himself on the bonnet.William told her nothing was going to happen to her and that Peter just wanted to talk to her.When Peter tried to open the passenger door Ms Heron was able to drive off. Gardaí arrived and both men were arrested.Other incidents relating to the harassment of Ms Herron involving Peter Gallagher were outlined to the court.On June 27th he followed her by car and she pulled into the side of the road. He did a U-turn and drove past but drove on when he saw she was with friends.On June 18th he was seen driving up and down the road outside her home. Her mother told him Amy did not want to speak to him and he left when Amy’s brother arrived.In a victim impact statement Ms Herron said the incident had left her feeling withdrawn, isolated and unsafe. She had to leave her college course due to feelings of anxiety and helplessness. She said she she had improved recently, had returned to college and was better able to deal with the impact.Peter Gallagher had one previous conviction for a minor road traffic offence. William Gallagher had seven previous convictions mostly for theft and burglary for which he received prison sentences.Peter Gallagher told the court he was sorry and apologised to Ms Herron for what had happened.The court heard he is in a new relationship and has a three-month old son.Judge John O’Hagan said that while the Gallaghers may not have intended any physical harm to Ms Herron, “they frightened the life out of her”. He said Peter Gallagher knew what he did was wrong.“People have to grow up. If someone says that is the end of it, that is the end of it. You have to accept it, you may not want to but you have to,” he said.The judge said he was impressed at Peter making an apology in court and added that William’s previous convictions were a long time ago. The court heard that neither man has come to the attention of gardaí since.A probation report said both men were suitable candidates for community service and the judge imposed 200 hours of community service on each in lieu of 12 months in prison.He also ordered William Gallagher to pay €500 in compensation for the damage to the car.Peter Gallagher was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim.BROTHERS GET COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR STALKING WOMAN AND DAMAGING CAR was last modified: February 7th, 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:AMY HERONdamagedonegalharrassmentmanorcunninghamPETER GALLAGHERlast_img read more

Lyon ‘close’ to signing Tottenham wonderkid

first_img predicted ALTERED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update changes gameday cracker BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Griffiths did sign a third year scholarship deal with Spurs this summer but could now depart for France.He had garnered interest from the likes of RB Leipzig, Barcelona and Celtic previously but now it’s Lyon who are leading the chase. Most Popular News Griffiths drew attention from a number of top European clubs earlier this year. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Reo Griffiths in action against Porto. Tottenham Hotspur may be about to lose one of their brightest prospects with Lyon reportedly close to signing Reo Griffiths, according to Radio Scoop.The striker starlet, 18, hit the headlines earlier this year for a four-goal haul against Arsenal’s Under-18s. SORRY center_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings A report from Radio Scoop suggests, despite the club already having Amine Gouiri and Myziane Maolida as talented young attackers on their books, they could finalise a deal for Griffiths in the coming days.Although it is also added the speculation about the Spurs starlet could be used to push Maolida into signing a new deal with with Lyon. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 smart causal revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware 2 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta?last_img read more


first_imgThe Jury panel scheduled to appear at Donegal Town Court House for tomorrow Thursday the 9th October, 2014 are no longer required to attend. NOTICE: DONEGAL TOWN CIRCUIT COURT JURY PANEL was last modified: October 8th, 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)last_img read more

Government moves to revitalise local service delivery

first_img17 June 2014 Special assistance will be provided to a number of struggling municipalities, and at least 100 water and sanitation projects fast-tracked, as the government moves to resolve problems with service delivery across the country, President Jacob Zuma announced on Tuesday. Delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town, Zuma said the government had listened to ordinary South Africans’ complaints and proposals regarding local service delivery over the past five years. “I would like to share with you now our plan of action to revitalise local government,” Zuma said, adding that the government had evaluated all municipalities’ capacity for financial management, rolling out projects and responding to service delivery protests. He said that at least 100 local infrastructure projects, mainly in water and sanitation, would be started and completed over the next 12 months, while special assistance would be provided to a number of municipalities as follows: In Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, the Development Bank of Southern Africa has approved funding for infrastructure development.In Umzinyathi District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, funding will be provided to develop infrastructure projects covering mainly the electrification of households. The local municipalities to be serviced include Msinga, Umvoti and Nqutu.In Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, funding will be provided for infrastructure development projects covering water provision, sanitation and electrification. Local municipalities involved include Mbizana and Ntabankulu, catering for a population of about one-million people.In Lukhanji Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, the government will reorganise the local administration and implement support plans for the provision of water and electricity.In OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, the government will stabilise and restructure the local administration and fast-track the implementation of the Presidential Intervention Plans.In Mbashe Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, the government will implement waste management plans and address ground water contamination issues.In Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in North West province, the government will provide support and work with the Development Bank of Southern Africa to resolve financing for water and sanitation infrastructure.The City of Joburg in Gauteng province will receive assistance with resolving problems with its billing system.In Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State, the government will assist with the eradication of the bucket system and open toilet challenges. Task team to eradicate bucket sanitation system Zuma announced that an inter-ministerial task team on service delivery, led by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan, has been established to eradicate the bucket sanitation system throughout South Africa. The ministers of Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Transport, Home Affairs, Public Enterprises, Energy, Rural Development and Land Reform, Health, and Basic Education will also be part of the task team.Responding to rapid urbanisation Zuma said his new administration would also focus on the country’s response to urbanisation. “South Africa is becoming an urban country. By 2011, almost 63% of our population were residing in towns and cities, and this trend is expected to continue over the coming decade. Our government’s Integrated Urban Development Framework will be finalised by 30 July 2014.” He said the plan would set out a policy framework on how South Africa’s cities and towns could be reorganised to become inclusive, resource-efficient and “good places to live in” over the next 20 to 30 years. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more