‘Economic Genocide’

first_imgThe new Third Party Insurance policy and vehicles registration scheme embarked upon by national government is being seen as a “serious economic genocide of the masses,” said the deputy secretary general of the National Patriotic Party of Liberia.Addressing a news conference Monday, March 10, in Monrovia, NPP deputy secretary general Marvin Cole described the process as a calculated plan to unleash untold suffering on the common people who are affected by government regulations and policy.He maintained that forcing private, commercial and business vehicles to get insurance registration while all government-owned vehicles are not covered is unfair.“Government vehicles should be the first category to be covered under this policy,” Mr. Cole declared.“Suppose a government vehicle hits me and is in the wrong, who takes responsibility for the damage? Attempting to enforce the law but not abiding by it is ridiculous. You who preach equity must come forward with clean hands. Laws should be created to help citizens, but it seems this new insurance policy is meant to cripple the economy. I realized that Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah, and other security officers are in streets enforcing the law, yet their vehicles are not insured.“We think this action on the part of the police amounts to an economic crime. This exercise prevents vehicles in Monrovia from transporting food to other parts of the country while vehicles from the opposite direction are denied entry into Monrovia,” Cole pointed out.“If the government who have all the resources in this country cannot be covered under this scheme; how can private cars owners go about said regulations?”The party wants government to halt and redesign the process to ensure that all government cars are signed up under this arrangement.The NPP further called on the National Road Transport Union of Liberia to stage a sit-in action demanding a restructuring of the plan.Meanwhile, many commercial drivers interviewed by the Daily Observer have expressed dismay over the US$300 fee required to sign up for the insurance scheme.One driver, Mr. Eugene Allison, described it as “extremely expensive and to the disadvantage of struggling drivers.”“Imposing such a high cost in a short period without the aid of a massive awareness campaign is counterproductive. I appeal, on behalf of Monrovia’s drivers, that more time be provided in order to allow us to generate said amount,” Allison declared.The Liberian National Police and the Ministry of Transport on March 1 began enforcing the nationwide Compulsory Third Party Insurance policy intended to have all business, private and commercial vehicles covered under the scheme. Since then, hundreds of vehicles have been grounded, leading to a major transportation crisis in the country. Commuters can be seen standing on the side of the road waiting for transportation for hours.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mental Health Service User Commends Lawmakers

first_imgReverend Bill Jallah, president, Cultivation Users HopeCultivation for Users’ Hope, Liberia’s only mental health service organization, has commended members of the House of Representatives for concurring with the Senate on the passage of the Mental Health Act.“The passage is a milestone, which has come out of long and concerted efforts to ensure that persons with mental illnesses in the country enjoy the best attainable health as all persons under the law,” Cultivation for Users’ Hope said in a press release yesterday.“While we applaud the passage of the Act, we call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to sign the Act into Law, and urge the Executive to ensure that the law is fully implemented; and where required, resources be put at the disposal of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and relevant health institutions to cater for the needs of persons with mental illnesses in the country,” Cultivation said.The entity also applauded The Carter Center and all relevant stakeholders, “whose push has made this possible.”The House of Representatives concurred with the Senate on May 23 to pass the Mental Health Act about eight months after the Senate’s action.The Act, which is itself an amendment to the Public Health Law, will protect the rights of persons with mental illnesses in Liberia against the abuse and violation of their rights, and further impress on national government to fulfill its obligation to these citizens.Cultivation believes that health has no boundary and healthcare is a fundamental human right recognized universally, and Liberians with mental illnesses should be of no exception in the enjoyment of their health rights.The entity said it remains hopeful that the passage of the Act will inject new life in “our mental health advocacy; and duty bearers will fulfill their legal obligations to persons with mental illness throughout the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. Latinos leaving church

first_img Catholic exodus The Roman Catholic Church, the religious home of most Hispanics, is experiencing the greatest exodus. While many former Catholics join evangelical or Pentecostal churches, the recent research shows that many of them stop attending church altogether. “Migrating to the U.S. means you have the freedom to create your own identity,” said Keo Cavalcanti, a sociologist at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and a co-author of a recent study that found a trend toward secularization among Hispanics in Richmond. “When people get here, they realize that maintaining that pro forma display of religiosity is not essential to doing well.” A separate study of 4,000 Hispanics to be released this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center found that 8 percent of them said they had “no religion” – similar to the 11 percent in the general public. Of the Hispanics who claimed no religion, two-thirds said they had once been religious. Thirty-nine percent of the Hispanics who said they had no religion were former Catholics. RICHMOND, Va. – On Sunday afternoons, when the local Roman Catholic church holds Mass for Spanish-speaking Catholics, Edgar Chilin is playing soccer in a league with hundreds of Hispanic players. As a child in Guatemala, Chilin attended Mass every Sunday. But after immigrating to the United States 25 years ago, he and his family lost the churchgoing habit. “We pray to God when we feel the need to,” he said, “but when we come here to America we don’t feel the need.” A wave of research shows that increasing percentages of Hispanics are abandoning church, suggesting to researchers that along with assimilation comes a measure of secularization. Several studies show that Hispanics are just as likely as other Americans to identify themselves as having “no religion,” and to not affiliate with a church. Those who describe themselves as secular are, without question, a small minority among Hispanics – as they are among Americans at large. But, in contrast to many of the non-Hispanic Americans who identify themselves as secular, most of the Hispanics say they were once religious. Hispanics from Cuba were the most secular national group, at 14 percent, followed by Central Americans at 12 percent, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans at 9 percent, and South Americans at 8 percent, the Pew poll found. Mexicans in this country were the least likely to say they had no religion, at 7 percent. A larger survey, called the American Religious Identification Survey, a study of 50,000 adults, including 3,000 Hispanics, found that the percentage of Hispanics who identified themselves as having no religion more than doubled from 1990 to 2001, from 6 percent to 13 percent. Resolution not kept This change is happening even though many Hispanics emigrated from countries steeped in religion, where saints’ days and festivals mark the passage of time, and grandmothers round up their progeny each Sunday to go to Mass. “They come, they adopt the American way, and part of the American way is moving towards no religion,” said Ariela Keysar, associate director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Each year, Diana Lemus – a real estate agent and owner of Happy Mart, a busy Latino market in Richmond – makes New Year’s resolutions that include working out more, getting out of debt, being a better mother and attending church once a week. Lemus, a first-generation immigrant, said that this year she had kept all of them, except going to church. In fact, she spends Sunday mornings at the gym. She thinks her faith is important, but said that perhaps she has grown “too materialistic.” “I need God in my life, but I told the pastor, I get sleepy,” she said. “You have to stay in church from 1:30 to 5. I think if services were shorter, more entertaining.” Like Lemus, many Hispanics in Richmond said that even though they no longer attended church, their religion remained important to them. This confirms research findings that Hispanics who said they had no religion represent a small subset; many more Hispanics are living rather secular lives but still identify themselves as Catholics or Christians.last_img read more


first_imgThis mystery is just one aspect of the fascinating story of this town that is explored in a new book called ‘Visions of the Past: Scowders, Stirabout and Slipping Bogs’.Produced by the Castlefinn and District History Group, who bring together a myriad of captivating historical nuggets of information about the area in a new book.This unique book will be unveiled at the start of a week-end extravaganza to celebrate the publication of the town’s first-ever local history study. With over 120 pages and packed with an incredible collection of photographs, articles and interviews which bring the past vividly to life, the book-launch will take place in the beautiful setting of the White House Garden venue at the Castlefinn Partnership Initiative Centre at 7.00pm, Friday November 8th with Special Guest – Aussie Bryson doing the honours.Don’t panic if you can’t make it on the night because the focus then shifts to St Mary’s Hall, Main St, Castlefin, where an Exhibition of Old Photographs with Coffee and Cake refreshments will be held on Saturday-Sunday, November 9th -10th between 11am-5pm.Copies of the book will also be on sale. Priced at a very modest €10 it is great value and the ideal Christmas present for your loved ones at home or abroad and guaranteed to create many a fond memory around the world and, no doubt, the odd tear as well!If you would like a little taste of what’s in ‘Scowders, Stirabout and Slipping Bogs’ then visit the Castlefinn and District History Group website: www.castlefinndistrictshistoryclub@weebly.com. For more information contact Mary Catterson. Tel. 0876327189 email castlefinnistoryproject@gmail.com HOW DO YOU SPELL ‘CASTLEFIN’ – ONE ‘N’ OR TWO?! was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:castlefinhistorical societylast_img read more


first_imgPioneer DanceThere will be a Pioneer dance in St. Patrick’s hall this Fri 02nd May from 10 pm-1 am. Music by Tory Sound and admission including refreshments is only €7. All welcome. Titanic DanceA love story set on the Titanic’s first and final fateful voyage.The locally produced show is coming to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Sat 10th of May. The show was created by Drumkeen’s Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, both former Lord of the Dance principle dancers.We are hoping to take a bus to the show in Belfast leaving early on the Sat morning to allow for a little shopping/sightseeing in the city centre before attending the show at 8 pm. The bus will return home immediately after the event. (Bus only, concert ticket not included) Phone Bridget on 074 9134069 or Maeve on 086 3940761 for further details. Drumkeen Youth ClubNo youth club this Fri 02nd May. Business as usual on Fri 09th May. Thanks to Sarah the R.Y.O. from Foroige who paid us a visit last week.AB FitnessBoot camp starting Mon 05th May. 3 mornings a week for 4 weeks, cost is €50, 6:30 am start with loads of exercises and fun activities for everyone and all types of fitness.Spinning classes also continue mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details or check out our Facebook page AB Fitness.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 23rd Apr 05,15,22,23. No jackpot winner. 1 winner €100 Eileen Doherty Buncrana. Next week’s jackpot €2,300. Go raibh maith agat.Jiving ClassesJiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.Parish Hall Anyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – PIONEER DANCE SET FOR DRUMKEEN was last modified: April 26th, 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Lambert eyes new signings after first Wolves win

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesPaul Lambert is hopeful Wolves have turned the corner following their victory at QPR but believes they need to improve their squad when the transfer window reopens in January.Wolves’ 2-1 triumph at Loftus Road was their first win in 10 matches – and their first since Lambert took over as manager.“I still think we need a bit of help come January,” Lambert said.“We need a few in and we also need to get rid of a few – the squad is far too big.“The club has had a really hard start, losing a manager, and you’ve got to come in and try to give it a better feeling. It’s a decent start.”Dave Edwards opened the scoring on the hour mark against 10-man Rangers, who had James Perch sent off in the first half.Helder Costa doubled their lead and R’s keeper Alex Smithies produced several saves to prevent a Wolves third before Joel Lynch pulled a goal back in the 90th minute.Lambert said: “I’ll take 2-1 but if I’m being critical we should have won by more. We had three one-on-ones. It could have been five.“It’s great for the supporters. It’s been hard for them and I’m glad they’ll go back home with a smile on their face.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New Planet Discovered Beyond Pluto; Another Has a Moon

first_imgA 10th planet, the biggest since Pluto was found 75 years ago, has been discovered.  Late Friday, a JPL press release announced the find made in January by Dr. Mike Brown of Caltech in research partly funded by NASA.  The planet, temporarily designated 2003 UB313 until a name is approved, is three times farther than Pluto and is estimated to be 1.5 times as big, though its actual size is uncertain.  Brown is confident it is bigger than Pluto.  The object is currently 97 times farther from the sun than Earth.  It has a highly-inclined orbit in a region known as the Kuiper Belt.  See also the Space.com, Spacedaily.com, BBC and Planetary Society reports.    Another smaller Kuiper Belt object (KBO) announced the same day, though smaller than Pluto, has a moon.  Designated 2003 EL61, it was actually discovered in 2003 but took awhile for its orbit to be determined.  The discovery of both these objects will probably revive the debate over the definition of a planet.  There seems to be a continuum of sizes of KBOs out there; it is even possible larger ones than the new one remain to be discovered.  Alan Boss is not sure tiny Pluto and its kin deserve to be in the same class as Jupiter and Saturn.Since so many Kuiper Belt objects have been discovered in the last couple of decades, this is not quite the big news it might have been; still, new planets have historically been considered spectacular discoveries.  Uranus launched William Herschel to fame in the late 18th century, and Neptune led to a well-known priority dispute between Adams and Leverrier in the the 19th.  Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto in 1930 was a monumental task of searching through photographic plates.  Now, we know there are many other rocky bodies out there beyond Neptune and far past Pluto.  Having a 10th planet will certainly change the textbooks and might turn out to be one of those historical announcements you will tell your grandchildren about.  Just hope they don’t name it Darwin or Huxley or something.  (After Pluto, is another Disney character in the lineup?)    The intriguing thing about the other object is, why does it still have a moon?  One would think that, after four billion years, a tiny object 1% the size of its parent, in orbit around a small object having low gravity to begin with, would have been swept away long ago.  The shortage of objects to form it by collisions and the unlikelihood of its being captured contribute to the puzzle.  Yet it is one of several (including Pluto) to have a satellite, according to Space.com.  We’ll have to scrutinize their explanations for this unexpected pairing (see also 10/05/2003 and 05/14/2003 entries).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Three Opposition MLCs resign in U.P.

first_imgIn a fresh blow to the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh, three MLCs from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) resigned on Saturday.The resignations, announced just minutes after BJP national president Amit Shah landed in Lucknow for a three-day organisational visit, fuelled speculations of further political changes.Barely had BJP leaders and workers welcomed Mr. Shah at the airport that Samajwadi Party MLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh individually resigned from their posts, while BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh also submitted his resignation letter. There were speculations that a third SP MLC, Madhukar Jetley, was also on the verge of resigning but he returned without putting in his papers.The resignations not only dent Opposition morale but are also likely to ensure the smooth entry of senior BJP ministers, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two Deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, into the Legislative Council and thence the Assembly. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his deputies Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and two other BJP ministers Mohsin Raza and Swatantra Dev Singh , require to get elected to the State Assembly or Council as they are not members of either House in the State at the moment.They are required to be elected as members of the State Assembly or State Legislative Council within six months in this case by September 2017.There are hints that the Opposition rebels could head to the BJP or support it, as they lavished praise on the party after their resignations. ”I dedicate this seat to UP CM Yogiji,” said Mr. Yashwant Singh, making it clear that he was vacating the seat for Mr. Adityanath.Mr. Singh, a close aide of Thakur leader Raja Bhaiya, used the nationalism plank to justify abandoning the SP, saying he was offended by Mr. Yadav’s recent comments in the House where he glorified China.”Since that day I developed a feeling that it would not be morally right for me to continue in the party whose national president called India weak, and does not have desh prem (patriotism), but love for China,” he said.Mr. Singh, however, told The Hindu that he had not been approached by any BJP leader yet and dismissed the idea that his resignation was timed to sync with Mr. Shah’s visit. But if the BJP came asking, he would not say no. Mr. Bukkal Nawab said he had resigned as he was feeling “suffocated” in the SP over the last one year. Criticising the functioning of the party in recent times, he said the SP reflected an arena more than a party with an organization. “They should not call it the Samajwadi Party but the Samajwadi Akhara,” he said.Interestingly, Mr. Nawab, a Shia leader, heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Adityanath for their sabka saath sabka vikaas slogan and and “good work,” respectively.He also said he had no qualms in joining hands with the BJP if such an offer came. “If they invite me, then I will go. All options are open,” Mr Nawab said, who had recently launched the Rashtriya Shia Samaj.He was elected as to the Legislative Council, for his second term last year.Reacting to the developments, SP president Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of pressurising Opposition legislators to defect through “political corruption.”Mr. Yadav said the BJP leaders were afraid of fighting direct elections and were seeking a safer route through the Legislative Council.“BJP people can’t muster courage to go to the people. I dare them to go to the people and get elected. But not cheat like you did with the machines [EVM],” Mr. Yadav said, terming the BJP “undemocratic.”BSP chief Mayawati also cried foul and blamed the BJP for misusing power and State machinery to target Opposition parties and their legislators.She said the BJP’s “hunger for power” had now transformed into a “lust.”After Goa and Manipur, and mostly recently in Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP was now trying the same manipulative tactics in UP through misuse of State agencies like CBI and Income Tax department to run a campaign to paint its opponents as corrupt, Ms. Mayawati alleged.She urged Opposition party legislators to not surrender before the BJP but resist its “dictatorial, arrogant and oppressive” stance.”Instead of kneeling before the BJP, they should have have fought back against the terror and oppression of the BJP government,” Ms. Mayawati said.”If you don’t fight back, the BJP will get emboldened as they have now tasted blood,” she said.Mr. Yadav resorted to sarcasm to taunt Nawab, saying not many days had passed since the Shia leader had treated him with sewai on Eid. ” Bahut mithi thi sewai. Abhi Eid gaye kitne din guzre,” the SP chief said.Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said the resignations were the “personal matter” of the SP leaders.Meanwhile, Mr. Shah addressed a meeting of UP BJP office bearers, including district presidents & legislators, before meeting leaders of the BJP’s allies.His visit to Lucknow is said to clear out the BJP’s next move in the State regarding the strategy of getting its ministers elected to the House.last_img read more

Mutual fund AUMs to cross Rs 20-trn mark by 2018: Report

first_imgTotal assets under management (AUMs) of Mutual Fund industry are expected to cross Rs 20 trillion mark by 2018 from the existing Rs 12 trillion, according to a report. Faster growth is backed by factors like sound macro-economic environment and favourable demographics, according to a joint report by EY and Cafemutual. While the domestic MF industry has outpaced global mutual funds in terms of AUM growth, there lies a significant opportunity to channelise household savings, which are only at Rs 11.7 trillion, into capital markets, it said. Since 2008, mutual funds AUMs have grown at a CAGR of 16.84 per cent, outpacing the global average of around 8.80 per cent by double the rate. Basing its optimism on the favourable demographics, the report said a growing young population is expected to increase the number of MF investors. “There is a lot of positive feeling about the domestic mutual fund industry and we are on the right trajectory from a long term perspective,” EY partner Murali Balaraman told PTI. However, he cautioned that despite a high savings rate of 30.6 per cent of GDP, the percentage of mutual funds is a mere 7, which is very low. Citing the reasons for this, the report said there is a preference for less risky investment products which was coupled with lack of financial literacy among households and limited development of various distribution channels. “Going by the low share of households investing in MFs, the industry is still waiting for its takeoff,” Cafemutual founder Prem Khatri said.last_img read more

Serena Williams to make comeback at Fed Cup

first_img COMMENT Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open January 24, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL TENNIS-SERENA   –  Reuters RELATED TENNIS-SERENA   –  Reuters ×center_img COMMENTS Serena aims for ‘outrageous’ Australian Open comeback tennis Serena Williams, who has not played a competitive match since capturing last year’s Australian Open, will return to the court next month at a Fed Cup tie, the US Tennis Association announced.Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd major crown last January in Melbourne. She gave birth to a girl, Alexis Olympia, last September and married father Alexis Ohanian in November.The defending Fed Cup champion Americans will play host to the Netherlands in a first-round tie February 10-11 on an indoor hardcourt at Asheville, North Carolina.Joining 22nd-ranked Williams on the US squad will be her sister seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus, and ninth-ranked CoCo Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist at last year’s US and Australian Opens in her best major results.This will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the US Fed Cup squad. The US women have never lost in eight ties when both Williams sisters have been named to the squad, the most recent of those wins in 2015. Serena last played Fed Cup in April 2015, when she won two singles matches in a World Group playoff loss to Italy in Brindisi. Venus, ranked fifth, won two singles matches in her most recent Fed Cup appearance in a 2016 tie against Poland in Hawaii.Vandeweghe went a combined 8–0 in singles and doubles for the US Fed Cup team last year, the first player with eight wins in the same year in more than 20 seasons.The final member of the US squad and the Dutch lineup will be announced next week, the USTA announcement said. The Americans are 6-2 against the Dutch in their all-time rivalry, but the most recent meeting was a 5-0 US home sweep in 1998. The only Dutch wins came in 1968 and 1997. Published on SHARElast_img read more