first_imgThe state-run University of Liberia is an academic home to about 30,000 Liberians studying in various disciplines. The majority of us there are low income earners with ambition to study and explore ways to see what life has for us.When we were taking the entrance and placement examinations to enroll, we realized that we would be spending four years as prescribed by the university authorities to earn our undergraduate degrees.Contrary to the perception that the university has caused us to accept, we are instead compelled to spend at least seven years because of delays that arise not only due to a student’s fault, but to a greater degree by disruptions and violent demonstrations by a group of renegade students with a number far below the nonviolent ones.As images in my possession of this renegade group can depict, they are always less than 500 students that stage the violence which stalls all academic activities at the university, sometimes causing it to close for months.The infamous and recalcitrant (stubborn) campus based Student Unification Party (SUP) “militants” are always sure of staging violent protests every semester since we enrolled, and peaceful students who fear getting injured have no option but to run out of their classes and go home.This situation then creates room for relaxation, for instructors to attend to other needs, while at the end of the month they receive salaries to the disadvantage of students who should receive an education in return.What remains surprising is that as these men and a few women begin their rebellious activities, the UL Administration sits and watches them with this comment, “They are exercising their rights.”Yes, I agree that in Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution, “All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good.” However, there is no provision that assembling in an orderly and peaceable manner results in disturbing the peace of others.But for the “SUP ‘militants’ and the University of Liberia’s student leadership, violence is a way of solving any problem, and without their approval no academic activities can go on.”Where are the rights of nonviolent students, too? Is the UL administration saying that violence is the rule and therefore all should be violent? Is it wrong to be law abiding and humble at the UL?In recent days, the Board of Trustees and the administration announced an increment in credit fees from LRD$175 to LRD$360, backing the decision that it will enable the administration to provide some services not available at the university.Instead of looking up to the administration to fulfill the vow or fail, the militants are on the rampage again, disrupting activities and claiming that they are poor and cannot afford the new fees.While at the Capitol on May 26 insulting lawmakers, the renegade group was threatening to disrupt every activity on campus this week.Are these people the only Liberians with a right to education in this country? What becomes of thousands of students who have paid their fees and prepared to sit in class for lessons?As a result of the opportunity given SUP ‘militants’ to constantly stage violent protests on campus, they extended it to government early this year when they stoned officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) over the arrest of Vandalark Patrick.This too, obstructed our test schedule, and we had to extend the allocated timeframe. Although the UL administration and Liberian government are watching these deviants obstructing, impeding and infringing on the rights of the majority peace loving students of the university, there are some ethical values they (government and UL administration) have to take into consideration.From the Judeo-Christian perspective, Proverbs one of the books of wisdom, says: “Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house (17:13). He that justifieth the wicked and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord (17:15).”The Liberian government and UL Administration should also realize that attribution of rights to law breakers has the propensity to undermine God’s command and to entrench evil in society.In Romans13:3, Paul the Apostle said rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. The opportunity given a minute group of people to always stage violence on the campus then brings this question to mind: Is authority at the University of Liberia a terror to evil, or good?As UL Administration and government observe this ongoing chaos at the university with inaction, they must also note that they are encouraging others to join the violent group since the perpetrators go with impunity.In the absence of social control remember, disastrous collective behavior is enhanced, and this is what the UL administration and government’s reluctance to take action against perpetrators of violence on campus is teaching others.Do not be surprised to see more people joining these unruly students whose actions are considered human rights; while keeping calm, and being law abiding and respectful to leaders are considered human weaknesses.About the author: Joaquin M. Sendolo is a senior student of the University of Liberia pursuing his second bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. 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first_imgDear EditorI refer to the GAWU General Secretary’s letter to the press which takes me to task for complimenting the Government for its decision to confront the sugar problem. In the process, Mr Narine reiterated his union’s narrative of the sugar workers’ plight against the backdrop of the Government’s decisions in that regard. As the labour representative of the sugar workers, I expect nothing less from GAWU.But after reading Mr Narine’s letter, I am even more convinced that Guyana has a long way to go as far as political and ethnic reconciliation is concerned. The General Secretary isolates for denunciation the part of my comment that is favourable to the Government, but completely ignores the other part that is consistent with his union’s perspective.The truth is that I complimented the Government for its decision to tackle the problem, but criticized its implementation of the plan that GuySuCo put forward. Why can’t GAWU and the PPP acknowledge that this Government took the brave decision to confront the sugar problem that everybody knows could not continue forever — a decision that made economic sense and that, if handled properly, would in the long run benefit the sugar industry, sugar workers and the rest of Guyana?As soon as the Government came into office, it set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the problem. A “rightsizing” plan aimed at making the industry viable ensued. Compensation for affected workers was included. While all of this is going on, the Government has pumped billions of dollars’ worth of subsidy in the industry, and recently committed another $30 billion towards upgrading the closed estates in preparation for their privatization. In fact, the Government’s action on the sugar industry is the closest it has come to a clear policy on anything.Yet Mr Narine, his union, and by extension the PPP, say the Government lacks compassion for sugar workers. Yes, the Government has done a terrible job at executing the plan, and in the process many workers have been negatively affected. But how does that amount to lack of compassion?Since GAWU is an experienced union, it cannot be accused of ignorance. One is left to conclude that GAWU’s narrative is inspired less by compassion for its members and more by the PPP’s project of demonization of the Government.One of Guyana’s greatest enemies is its zero-sum politics and political culture. It is counterproductive and takes our country further and further to the edge. It is not my way; I try, as I did in the comments referred to by Mr. Narine, to be as evenhanded as I can. Mr Narine and GAWU should know that the very comments for which they find me guilty of “showering plaudits” on the Government have been hammered by Government supporters, who have called me all the bad names usually set aside for Satan. Zero-sum politics and political conversation in Guyana are out of control.Sincerely,David Hindslast_img read more

first_imgLocal law schoolAs the Guyana Government moves to establish a law school here, two committees will be established to have oversight to ensure that the project is being pursued in accordance with the necessary requirements.According to Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, this decision was taken during the recently concluded meeting of Council of Legal Education’s (CLE) Executive Committee held in Kingston, Jamaica, last week.“The Executive Committee agreed that two committees would be set up to collaborate on the proposal to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of theLegal Affairs MinisterBasil WilliamsAmericas in Guyana, in keeping with the criteria required for law schools under the auspices of the CLE,” he stated.According to the Legal Affairs Minister, the Government will establish one of the committees which will include representatives of its joint venture partners and the Attorneys General of Jamaica and Guyana. Meanwhile, CLE’s committee will comprise of its Chairman, Reginald Armour, SC; the Principals of Hugh Wooding, Norman Manley and Eugene Dupuch Law Schools; and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Dean for the Faculty of Law, Dr Leighton Jackson.Moreover, the Legal Affairs Minister outlined that the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Guyana Government and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and the Law College of the Americas (LCA) will see a feasibility study being conducted to ensure that all the requirements of the Council are met.“The CLE’s requirements for the establishment of its law schools include matters such as physical plant, staffing, library facilities and infrastructures. The feasibility study to be undertaken pursuant to the MoU… will encompass those criteria,” Williams noted.Government’s move to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas in Guyana comes on the heels of law students from the University of Guyana (UG) continuing to face challenges in finding spots at the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS) in Trinidad to pursue their Legal Education Certificate. The agreement between the Guyana Government and HWLS to facilitate this arrangement comes to an end next year and so Government is hoping to have the law school up and running here by 2018.However, before any physical construction gets underway, a feasibility study will have to be conducted to determine the best route of implementing this project.The project will be undertaken in the form of a public private partnership, with Government holding 30 per cent interest and the private partners 70 per cent.Government’s contribution will be to provide the land needed for the development of the school, which is anticipated to accommodate up to 400 students.With the law school operating under the Council of Legal Education, it will therefore be open to students all across the region.last_img read more

first_imgHis comments come despite Benzema being sidelined by the French Football Federation after being charged with complicity to blackmail and conspiring to commit a criminal act involving a sex tape featuring Valbuena.The charges carry a possible prison sentence of five years. He was also banned from meeting 31-year-old Valbuena, a midfielder for Lyon, where Benzema began his career.Valbuena’s form has recently dipped to such an extent that he may struggle to win his place back in Didier Deschamps’ France side and he admitted that “this affair will come up again with the Euros approaching and two France players implicated.”He added: “The Euros have been our objective for the last two years. We are preparing for them and I don’t imagine myself for a second not being involved.“There is no guarantee. I have had a chat with the coach but I am not going to discuss what was said. We talked about a lot of things that made me feel better.”Currently sidelined with a thigh injury, Valbuena last played for Les Bleus in a 2-1 friendly win in Denmark in October.He was left out of the squad for the November friendly matches against Germany and England with Deschamps saying he wanted to “protect” his player in the wake of the blackmail affair.“It was hard to accept. At the time I was angry because I was the victim and was penalised twice…Looking back, I now understand his decision. 2015 is behind me now. It’s time to move on,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathieu Valbuena (left) and Karim Benzema listen to the French national anthem before the 2014 World Cup match against Nigeria in Brasilia. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, January 10- France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena indicated on Sunday that he would be willing to play alongside Karim Benzema in the national team at Euro 2016 despite the ongoing blackmail case involving the Real Madrid striker.“We will see how it goes, but yes, no problem, anything is possible. It wasn’t like it was a murder,” the Lyon midfielder told television station TF1.last_img read more

first_imgThe price of the average three-bed semi in Co Donegal has risen 2.9% to €87,500 in the last three months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide for the first three months of the year.“There is a continued shortage of stock and the price of semis in Letterkenny is higher than the rest of the county, but still not at level yet to generate any new development,” said Paul McElhinney of REA McElhinney in Milford. “We have noticed reduced demand due to Brexit and the sterling exchange rate,” said Michael McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Bundoran. “This could result in a potential decrease in prices going forward.”The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €209,944, the Q1 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 3.5% on the Q4 2016 figure of €202,926.Overall, the average house price across the country has risen by 10.9% over the past 12 months – a marked increase on the 7.7% rise registered to the end of December 2016.The average three-bed semi-detached in Dublin city now costs €404,167, a rise of €15,000 (3.9%) in the last three months and an increase of 12.8% over the past year, the Q1 REA Average House Price Index has found. The easing of the Central Bank restriction on lending for first-time buyers has had an immediate effect on the market with a large rise in numbers at viewings and potential buyers with mortgage financing.The biggest percentage increases over the past year came in the country’s smaller rural towns situated outside of Dublin, the commuter belt and the major cities.Prices here rose by an average of 12.9% over the year, with a three-bed semi now costing €136,194 – an increase of 3% in the past three months.The commuter counties of Louth, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow and Laois rebounded after a relatively static end to 2016 to rise by 2.9% in the past three months, with the average house appreciating by over €6,000 in the quarter.Ireland’s major cities outside the capital experienced a 2.3% rise in the first quarter and 7.7% on the year, with the average semi now costing €305,000 in Cork (+3.4%), €132,000 in Galway (+2.1%) and €178,000 in Limerick (+0.6%). “There has been a recovery in bank lending, which has been reflected in the purchasing end, but the accelerated figures in the Dublin market particularly, show that we are moving into a vendors’ marketplace,” said REA spokesperson Healy Hynes.“However, we need to look at these figures in relation to the market where stock levels are at their lowest nationwide since January 2007.“At a current average price of €136,194, and an annual compound rise of 12.9%, it will be 2021 at the earliest before it becomes economic to build outside the cities.”Average Donegal house-price rises by 2.9% was last modified: March 27th, 2017 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)last_img read more

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is possible leading scorer Sadio Mane’s season could be over.The Senegal international was forced off with a knee injury during Saturday’s Merseyside derby win over Everton, but the club’s medical staff have not yet been able to properly assess the problem.Further examinations will take place but Klopp admits he could be without the 13-goal winger for their final eight matches as they seek to secure Champions League qualification.Asked whether the injury could be season-ending, the Reds boss said: “Unfortunately that is possible but why should I say it now when I don’t know?“The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment. It is not 100 per cent clear.“The only thing I can say for sure is that he will not be available for tomorrow.“It is not very positive when it is like this. I cannot say at this exact time so we have to wait.”The last time Mane was absent for a long period, when he was at the African Nations’ Cup in January, coincided with Liverpool’s worst run of the season, winning just once – against League Two Plymouth – in seven matches.Klopp insists it was not just the forward’s absence which derailed their title bid as playmaker Philippe Coutinho was also making his way back from six weeks out with an ankle problem.However, the German will hope the same effect is not felt as they seek to keep their place in the top four.“Everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Red Bull Salzburg miss him,” he said.“The big problem in January was not only Sadio missing. It was such a hard moment in January. We had all these games, it was not the freshest moment of the season.“Then missing Sadio in the shape he was, plus missing Phil, was not perfect.”Liverpool will also be without midfielders Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson for Wednesday’s visit of Bournemouth as Klopp’s squad begins to get stretched.Striker Daniel Sturridge is likely to be in the squad for the first time in two months after he returned to team training on Monday, but Klopp accepts his job is to find solutions to get past the teams who have caused his side problems this season – namely all those outside the top seven.Third-placed Liverpool have a one-point advantage over Manchester City, who have a match in hand, six over Manchester United, who have played two fewer, and eight over Arsenal, who have also played 28 matches.It means they cannot afford any slips between now and the end of the season.“As a manager I can’t really remember the last time I had all the players available and the decisions to make were really difficult,” he said.“There are a lot of different things but do we miss Sadio? Yes. Do we miss Adam? Yes. Do we miss Hendo? Yes. But they are not for this game because they are not here.“We don’t think what we miss, we only think what we can do to win this football game.“My job is to find solutions. This is a good situation: we have 59 points, we are in a nice position – yes a few teams have played less games than we have but they cannot win them all because they have to play each other.“The whole season is to prepare the finish and this is the finishing part of the season. Eight games to go. We expect results from ourselves.“A few players, key players, are not available at the moment but as long as we have 11 players to start and a few to bring on everything is fine.“It is not about thinking ‘How can we play perfect football?’. We need to get results, and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend (against) Bournemouth not how can we create 27 chances?“If we are strong and perfectly organised in defence then Bournemouth cannot get confidence in the game.” Liverpool’s Sadio Mane reacts after picking up an injury against Everton last_img read more

first_img Troy Deeney netted the equalising goal from the penalty spot, before Tom Cleverley scored an injury time winner for Watford Arsenal’s heart for the battle has been questioned once more after Watford’s Troy Deeney explained his side’s come-from-behind win against them.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was left blaming a penalty – converted by Deeney – after Watford came from 1-0 down to triumph 2-1 at Vicarage Road.But Deeney did not subscribe to Wenger’s view and felt basic physicality had spurred his side – something Arsenal are often accused of being unable to deal with.Speaking to BT Sport, Deeney said: “I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming (the decision) as the reason why they lost.“I’m not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason why they lost and it wasn’t because of one penalty.“I’ll have to watch what I say. It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts.”Deeney went on to say that by making his presence felt amongst the Arsenal players, he is able to work out which of them are committed to the battle.He added: “Whenever I play Arsenal, I’ll go up and think, ‘Let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.“I came on today (Saturday) and jumped with (Per) Mertesacker. I didn’t even have to jump, actually – I nodded it down. The crowd gets up – ‘Yeah, we’ve got somebody who can win it’ – and they all just backed off.“For me as a player I just think, ‘Happy days’. That’s my strength. I know I’m not technically gifted like they are, not as quick, but if you want to fight with me, I’m gonna beat you all day.”Martin Keown, interviewing Deeney and a former Arsenal defender noted for his commitment, said his “blood would be boiling” if he were a current player listening to Deeney’s analysis.Deeney is not the first person to question Arsenal. Earlier this season, former England defender and current pundit Gary Neville said they “deserved a battering” during a dismal loss at Liverpool, calling the attitude of a number of key players “disgraceful”. 1last_img read more

first_img Davis found life hard against Jonathan Kodjia and Yannick Bolasie Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Leif Davis made his professional football debut on Sunday afternoon as Leeds visited Aston Villa.Davis, the teenage full-back, was named on the bench for the clash at Villa Park, but was drafted into the starting line-up just before kick-off as Barry Douglas was struck by illness in the warm-up. Davis out of his depth at the moment. Needs a good spell to increase his confidence. #LUFC— Parma (@Parma__D) December 23, 2018 Lied Davis scares me ……and not in a good way #lufc— Mary Christmas 🤶🏼🎄 (@Mazzaleeds) December 23, 2018 #lufc piss poor. An awful 20 mins. Kodjia has too much time and space every time he gets the ball. The young lad Davis hasn’t got the strength to compete with him and Harrison has offered diddly squat support on the left flank.— Toby Bilton (@TobyBilton1) December 23, 2018 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Jonathan Kodjia is ending Leif Davis’ career before it’s even started #AVFC— Arthur Christmas (@WanDilliams) December 23, 2018 Aston Villa’s defence looks nothing special, just unfortunate losing Douglas in warm up. A game we could do with Bamford coming on too but hey ho. Harrison is just god awful and that poor Davis looking lost but what do you expect🤣Long way back for us but it doable. #leedsunited— Danny (@Danny96328777) December 23, 2018 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ We look shocking. Young Davis like a rabbit in headlights. Could be a demolition! #lufc— Cam King (@Cammmyk) December 23, 2018 REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions shining no dice While he looked okay moving forward with the ball as Leeds were on the attack, Davis was given the run around by Aston Villa’s forwards – especially Yannick Bolasie and Jonathan Kodjia.Though there were calls for Davis to be withdrawn at half-time, he was eventually substituted with about a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.And Leeds completed their comeback with Davis off the pitch, as Kemar Roofe scored in the fifth minute of injury time to secure the Whites a 3-2 defeat of their opponents that guarantees they will top the Championship table on Christmas Day. RANKED Roofe struck at the death to claim all three points for Leeds ADVICE REVEALED Latest Football News It was surely a big moment for the 18-year-old, who had never before made a professional football appearance, either for Leeds, or for Morecambe – the club from which he was signed earlier this year.Davis would have hoped his debut went better, however.Leeds were 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes, and Davis showed he was clearly not ready for this level of football. MONEY Davis must be annoyed he wasn’t on the pitch to celebrate the amazing winning goal, and he will certainly be grateful his blushes were spared after his shaky showing.The youngster’s performance was rightfully criticised on social media, but the majority of supporters were understanding of his struggles given Davis was making his debut against one of the best teams in the Championship.You can see some of the best reaction to Davis’ performance below… huge blow REVEALED Can’t see us getting anything today Davis the poor kid is out of his depth Harrison is the most frustrating player to watch, I just don’t rate ! #lufc #mot— James LUFC (@jameslufcmot) December 23, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Any reason why he put Leif Davis in instead of Allioski in LB and Clarke on the right? Seems strange to me, Davis looks poor.— jord (@jordangray21) December 23, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

first_imgFormer Kerry star Tomas O Se has revealed how fellow legend Colm Cooper helped Kerry beat Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland Final – despite being on the bench.Cooper, better known as Gooch, called time on his inter-county career earlier today.But fellow Kerryman and RTE panelist O Se revealed how Cooper helped him overcome the threat of Donegal star Colm McFadden. Cooper didn’t make the starting fifteen but that didn’t stop him helping O Se to stave off the threat of McFadden.O Se said “I remember when we played in the 2014 All-Ireland, Colm wasn’t named in the starting the line-up.“But that didn’t stop him coming to me and helping me watch videos of McFadden and work out how to stop him. He was very much a team player.“I have no doubt he was the greatest Kerry forward of all-time and that puts him ahead of a lot of big names.”  How Gooch helped Kerry beat Donegal despite being All-Ireland Final sub was last modified: April 5th, 2017 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:all-irelandColm CooperColm McFaddendonegalGoochlast_img read more

first_imgAfter preserving a sacred Cherokee site in Franklin, known as the Nikwasi Mound, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a local conservation group are now developing a 60-mile cultural corridor. The corridor will run between Nikwasi Mound and another heritage site called Cowee. Juanita Wilson is co-chair of the Nikwasi Initiative, the organization behind the project, which she says was sparked by the effort to protect Nikwasi Mound.  Once completed, the Cherokee Cultural Corridor will follow the Little Tennessee River and include historical information on Cherokee settlements, trade relationships and traditional knowledge of plants and agriculture.last_img read more