PYJ Promises ‘Democratic Coup d’état’

first_imgPYJ: “I will support Boakai because he is like me, a ‘kontry man’ from the majority bloc”To unseat the minority; Supports Boakai’s presidency on majority basisBy David S. MenjorThe political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR), Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, has promised to stage what he called a ‘democratic coup d’état’ at the ballot box this year to bring an end to minority rule in the country.The Nimba Senator, who emerged third in the 2011 presidential elections, said he is prepared to ‘dance’ with Vice President Joseph Boakai, the standard bearer of the Unity Party, to ensure that a ‘Kountryman’ (non Americo-Liberian) takes the nation’s presidency.“I visited my spiritual friend, brother and father, Prophet T. B. Joshua and he told me, as he did in 2011, that I am a potential winner. But knowing that Joe Boakai, who is from the majority class (non Americo-Liberian) as I am, is in the race and most suited for the post than any of us, I will work with him,” Sen. Johnson said Tuesday at a press conference held at his party headquarters in Congo Town.“Boakai is not the Unity Party. He is in the Unity Party,” Johnson said, adding that the VP is his ‘elder’ and as such he is not prepared to disturb the electoral process by standing for the presidency, while the UP standard bearer is also in the same competition.Recently a war of words ensued between the standard bearer of Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, and supporters of the UP standard bearer, VP Joe N. Boakai, over the ‘congau-kountryman’ rule in the country. This divisive political campaign which is again creeping into Liberia’s political discourse as the country struggles to see the transition of an elected president to another in over 40 years is a dilemma that needs to be tackled.Some pundits have argued that Sen. Johnson’s decision to abandon his political ambition to become the next president of the country is to get protection from the UP should the VP win.The Congress of Democratic Change (now in a coalition called Coalition for Democratic Change) of Sen. George M. Weah, has vowed to turn over all accused war crimes perpetrators to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to face prosecution, should they win the presidency in October.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson said political leaders and their followers who think that purchasing luxurious vehicles for their political campaigns will guarantee them victory are seriously mistaken.“Cars will not vote for them; so they are wasting their own time and dreaming the wrong dreams,” he noted.Concerning the failed coalition between his political party (MDR) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman turned politician Benoni Urey, he said Urey’s refusal to serve as his vice standard bearer brought an end to the proposed coalition.“I have been tested at two main elections in this country but Urey has not been tested at any elections, not even for a city mayor position,” he pointed out.Speaking further, Sen. Johnson accused Mr. Urey of a plot to kill him and his counterparts when Urey surreptitiously planned a coalition meeting with him in Accra, Ghana a few months ago.“A few months ago, I received a communication from the ALP through one Alex Whapoe asking me and a few of my party executives to honor an invitation to Ghana for some political discussion. When we accepted, Mr. Whapoe, who was at that time in the United States, sent us our plane tickets. But in short, there came more than three changes in the plane tickets,” he said, noting that after Birdview, the last ticket that came for him and his three counterparts, Moses Ziah, Cllr. Cocker and Moses Bangura, were from Air Maroc, which always depart late in the evening.The lawmaker said while in Ghana, he and his colleagues were not lodged at a hotel as expected but at a house surrounded by gangsters.“After following all security measures, mainly with our information at the Kotoka Airport that Airport West is our place of lodging, but now found ourselves in a strange place, we called the driver who dropped us earlier in a small vehicle and he thinking we may have left something in the vehicle, returned and I ordered him to take us to a hotel I know in Accra. Alex Whapoe denied booking the previous place for us but I demanded that he pay for our lodging since it was he who invited us,” he said.Sen. Johnson said a meeting which he and his fellow delegates attended was also attended by former BBC reporter Robin White and a colleague only identified as Jeff.“It shocked me to see not Urey or Alex but the two white guys only, even though we were told that Urey’s business partners were there to meet with us to discuss political matters,” he said.Johnson added that Urey was present the following day for the next meeting; and at that meeting, Robin White told him (PYJ) that Washington (USA) wants Urey for president in Liberia because Donald Trump is a businessman, as Urey is.“White was forcing us to sign papers in an agreement to be sent to Urey on a merger but we refused and told him that anything considering coalition discussions should be done in Liberia,” he said.Of late Sen. Johnson said he got to know that the car that picked them up from the Kotoka Airport to the strange location in Accra was one of Mr. Urey’s daughter’s vehicles, when Senator Sando Johnson introduced him “to a young girl.”Speaking on the speculation that there are officials of the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the country to arrest him for allegedly killing somebody (unnamed) during the 1990 war, he said it is completely untrue.“If the FBI wants to extradite anyone for investigation and subsequent prosecution, they liaise with the government of the country of the person who might have committed a crime. In fact, their work is never in the news until it is accomplished,” he said, adding that he is a statesman and as such, no one can just walk in and take him away for any reason.“To say a few words, Dr. Robin White told me in Ghana at our failed meeting that if I accepted to work with Urey as his deputy the war crimes court to be established will only look into cases that occurred from 1995 to 2003 but I told him that there should be no need to exclude unless I am the only one who committed atrocities in this country,” he said.PYJ said his decision to support Boakai’s presidency is not for financial gain, as Urey did by trying to lure him into a “dubious deal,” to which he disagreed.“Now it is about the future of our country. We need to decide for ourselves how we will manage our own resources rather than mortgaging them as this regime and others did. We are conscious that our people are suffering and there must come a permanent change beginning with the October elections,” he said.He emphasized that the country’s leadership, the Presidency, must not continue with those he called “the very few.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: EILEEN WILLIAMSON WINS THE LADIES COMPETITION AT BARNHILL

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News:On Tuesday 31 March Lady Captain. Margo held her first prize-giving of 2015. Congratulations to all ladies who received prizes for the Spring competitions.The only winners not previously published were those who played on St Patrick’s Day 18hole competition. This was generously sponsored by Maura Cavanagh, Eileen Bannan, and Marian Keating. The winner Eileen Williamson,(21) 36 pts runner-up Bridget. Mc Clafferty (25) 33 pts bot, third Marian O Sullivan (10) 33pts.On the same evening the draw for the Masters Sweepstake took place. This was ably directed by Brid Mc Donagh aided by Jackie Ireland. The Korean players names proved challenging for Brid and her valiant attempts and great humour gave us all a good laugh. The coveted Rory Mc Ilroy spot was bagged by Mary Mc Bride, good luck Mary and Rory.The Easter cake sale was a resounding success, what a superb and colourful display of cakes,buns and Easter goodies. Thanks to everyone who baked,bought and turned up to support this very enjoyable event. The hamper was won by Phil Grieve, enjoy Phil. Congratulations again to the ladies for a very successful fund-raising effort.The Easter weekend 18 hole re/ entry results just in. Winner Marian O Sullivan (10) 36 pts Runner-up Kay Kelly (27) 34 pts, Third Eileen Williamson (21) 31pts. Congratulations ladies. GOLF NEWS: EILEEN WILLIAMSON WINS THE LADIES COMPETITION AT BARNHILL was last modified: April 7th, 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:BarnhillgolfLetterkenny ladiesNoticesSportlast_img read more

DDTV: FLOOD WATERS HIT ROADS AROUND LETTERKENNY

first_imgDDTV: The sheer volume of flood waters in and around Letterkenny took many people by surprise. This short video gives you an idea of what it was like, just outside the town. DDTV: FLOOD WATERS HIT ROADS AROUND LETTERKENNY was last modified: August 5th, 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) Tags:AUGUST 2014DDTVDonegal Daily TVfloodslast_img read more

Oncology Specialist visits the Turks Caicos Islands

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr. Armando Sardi to the TCI this week.   Dr. Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist.   Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation.   Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI.  Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer.   The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented.  This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes.   The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.   Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.   Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:Avoiding the use of tobacco containing productsMaintaining a healthy weightEating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetablesEngaging in regular physical activity at least three times a weekReducing alcohol use Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally.  The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action planPromoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier livesDevelopment of National Cancer Screening GuidelinesDeveloped the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing

first_imgCalifornia responds?? pic.twitter.com/8HCXoGXc87— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) April 11, 2018 Updated: 1:39 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing April 11, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Responding to President Donald Trump’s call for deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, a defiant Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he will commit 400 troops to the state’s effort to “combat transnational crime.”In a letter to federal authorities, Brown said the National Guard troops would be added “statewide,” so it was unclear exactly how many of those 400 troops would actually be sent to the border. He said the state’s transnational-crime effort currently includes 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” Brown wrote. “This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”Republican governors in the border states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have already deployed a combined 1,600 National Guard troops to the Mexican border in response to Trump’s call for added staffing. Trump made the request last week, with the federal government paying the cost of the troop deployment. He said the troops were needed because of “lawlessness thatcontinues at our southern border,” and he wanted increased security while he continues his push to build a wall along the entire border.Until Wednesday, California was the only border state that hadn’t responded to Trump’s request.In his letter, Brown took issue with suggestions of chaos at the border.“Here are the facts: There is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California,” he wrote. “Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years, and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California.”He said the federal government funding of 400 National Guard troops will allow the Guard “to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state.”“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans –Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote. “That’s why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.” Posted: April 11, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Jerry Brown FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shazam writer Henry Gayden roped in to pen down script for sequel

first_imgShazam! in your nearest theatres!TwitterThere’s some good news for Shazam! fans as the writers have confirmed a sequel is in the making. And for the sequel, Warner Bros. is reportedly bringing back the original scriptwriter, Henry Gayden. The studio also plans to bring back David F. Sandberg to direct the sequel.As per an exclusive report on The Wrap, Warner Bros, New Line and DC Comics are set to bring back a sequel to the magic created by Shazam with Shazam! 2. For Shazam!, Gayden received sole screenplay credit in the film. Apart from Gayden and Sandberg, producer Peter Safran is also supposed to return for the sequel. For the uninitiated, Shazam! tells the story of a teenager Billy (Asher Angel) who is chosen as a vessel for Shazam’s (Zachary Levi) return. Shazam is basically an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. What follows further is how the super cool school boy turned into a superhero tries to stop the evil billionaire industrialist Sivana (Mark Strong) from acquiring Shazam’s powers for himself.#Shazam sequel in the works with screenplay writer Henry Gayden tapped to write the script, director David F. Sandberg expected to return(via @TheWrap | https://t.co/96RQyFKQs8) pic.twitter.com/xBx8JEIWcx— Fandom (@getFANDOM) April 8, 2019Shazam! sequel in the makingTwitterThe film released last week but has already managed to score big money at the box office. The film has managed to become #1 worldwide with its overperformance. Exceeding the expectations of trade experts, the North American collection has rounded up to $56.8 million with a gross $102.3 million collection at the international box office. This has brought the total of Shazam to a whopping $159.1 million. The world seems to be in DC Comics superhero’s favour as fans are flocking over to the cinema to uplift the box office scores and success of the films. Previously, Aquaman and Wonder Woman were the ones who managed to achieve such a feat after the momentary setback caused by a series of Warner Bros and DC Comics films.Henry Gayden, a relatively new writer to the studio movies is currently basking in the success of Shazam. Of course, though, the possibility of Shazam 2 completely depends on the script by Gayden. If the script is good enough, the studio will give the sequel a green light to continue. Will the film bring Black Adam as the antagonist? Since the first film did not introduce Black Adam over Dwayne Johnson’s request, which he revealed in his Instagram video. It would be interesting to learn how Gayden plans to go about with the script for the sequel.last_img read more

Meghan Markle sidelined at Trooping of Colour 2019 Duchess of Sussex snubbed

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle made her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie at Trooping the Colour 2019. But it looks like fans are not pleased with where the couple Sussex were made to stand during the Trooping the Colour balcony photos. Were Meghan and Harry sidelined during the celebrations?Reportedly last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen standing behind Prince Charles and the Queen for the iconic pictures. But during this year’s celebrations, the new parents were less visible, tucked to one side and behind Prince Andrew. This did not sit well with Royal fans who took to social media to express their outrage. Most of the complains ranged from how shameful it was that the couple Sussex was relegated to the background and how there weren’t many pictures of Meghan.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSeveral royal fans apparently wanted to know why they were positioned at the back of the balcony, and asked whether there is a “royal order” in place for the official photographs. Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.”The pecking order is very important for the Royal Family, but even so, Meghan and Harry could have been placed more strategically, so that they could have been a little more visible. It was Meghan’s first public appearance after her maternity leave after all. However, some fans were overjoyed to catch any glimpse of the Duchess of Sussex, no matter how small the glimpse was. Meghan Markle may soon be resuming her Royal duties now that it looks she is done with her maternity leave. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

UN battles mounting illness in Rohingya camps

first_imgA doctor checks a three-day old baby as Rohingya refugees gather at a relief point for babies and pregnant women at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 2 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersRelief agencies on Tuesday fought to contain a diarrhoea outbreak around camps in Bangladesh where more than 500,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in the past five weeks.The United Nations said meanwhile it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.A 20-bed treatment clinic was opened at Kutupalong refugee camp Monday to treat diarrhoea victims and another 60-bed facility would be set up this week, a UN spokesman said.UN staff and volunteers were touring Kutupalong and nearby makeshift camps to identify those who have not sought treatment, UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said.”We have seen an increasing trend of diarrhoeal disease cases, including cases of diarrhoea with severe dehydration,” he said.Bangladesh authorities were not aware of diarrhoea-related deaths in the camps, but the health department said more than 10,500 Rohingya had been treated since the influx began on August 25.Last week the World Health Organisation warned of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift camps as they lacked safe drinking and hygiene facilities. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group also said the camps were on the brink of a public health disaster.The camps face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has become one of the world’s largest refugee settlements.The overwhelmed camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar already had 300,000 people who fled earlier violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, a UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said the world body would be seeking “something like $430 million to enable us to scale up the relief operation.””Conditions in the camps at the moment are terrible,” Lowcock told reporters in Cox’s Bazar.The UN has already given an extra $12 million from its emergency response fund.”What we want to do is to make sure that the tragedy of the Rohingya is not magnified and amplified by a human catastrophe and health catastrophe,” the UN official declared.last_img

New Construction Continues To Slow Down In Greater Houston

first_imgListen Florian MartinConstruction in Greater Houston is down 19 percent compared to last year.Developers in Greater Houston started just under $1.5 billion worth of new buildings in September.That’s a 24 percent drop from the same month a year ago, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.Overall this year, new construction is down 19 percent compared to the first nine months of 2015.Patrick Jankowski, an economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, said the construction industry is feeling the effects of the oil downturn.“Construction is always the last to pick up when the economy starts to boom, it’s always the last to see the downturn when the economy starts to weaken,” he said. “So it’s not surprising.”You wouldn’t know driving through downtown Houston. It seems like a new building is going up on every other block.But construction on those started a few years ago and needs to be finished.Houston won’t need any new office buildings for the next several years, Jankowski said.And as for apartments, “Right now we have close to 18,000 apartment units under construction,” he said. “We’re going to get down to a pace where we may have maybe 3,000 or 4,000 on an annual basis being constructed.”He said we should be seeing a lot fewer cranes 12 to 18 months from now. 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Are Tolls Coming to the BWParkway

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROTraveling along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and I-270 could come with a toll if President Donald Trump and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have their way.The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Governor have signed an agreement to consider transferring ownership of the BW-Parkway from Uncle Sam to the state of Maryland or install toll lanes but such an agreement would have to be approved by Congress.A photo for the exit to the Baltimore Washington Parkway. (Courtesy Photo)Completed in 1954, the 29-mile federal highway is a road, park and monument all in one. The parkway, which is lined with trees and prohibits big trucks, is dedicated to former Prince George’s County lawmaker and Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman and it ferries thousands of cars between Washington D.C. and Baltimore daily. But in recent years, the aging roadway is better known for its many accidents and interminable backups.Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke signed the agreement earlier this month to consider the transfer to Maryland.  Governor Hogan signed the document June 22 that calls for a study to determine if installing tolls or transferring the roadway would be “an appropriate use of this Federal resource.”While Hogan has enjoyed support from Democrats, this move couldn’t have come at a worst time. He is certain to be challenged on the proposal by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Hogan administration has promised to work with Maryland’s Congressional delegation on a bill that would transfer control of the parkway to the state either as part of a sale or trade of property to the Maryland Transportation Authority.The Baltimore-Washington Parkway is part of a $9 billion effort proposed by Governor Hogan to install toll lanes around the state. He also wants to install tolls on the Capital Beltway in Maryland and on Interstate 270 up to Gaithersburg. The tolls would pay for the multi-billion dollar expansion.In what could be a traffic nightmare on a corridor often plagued by accidents, Hogan also wants to widen the road with additional lanes in each direction. Maryland officials have crafted plans to add privately operated toll lanes on the parkway and 270.The public has several opportunities to weigh in on the BW Parkway and I-270 proposals:July 17Eleanor Roosevelt High School.7601 Hanover ParkwayGreenbelt, MD 20770.*************************************************July 24Central High School200 Cabin Branch RoadCapitol Heights, MD 20743.*************************************************July 25Thomas W. Pyle Middle School6311 Wilson LaneBethesda, MD 20817last_img read more