‘Overseas Citizens of Liberia,’ not Dual Citizenship

first_imgThe Pastor of the New Water in the Desert Assembly (NWIDA), Reverend Dr. Kortu K. Brown, has called on “ordinary Liberians” to stand up against dual citizenship to avoid what he called “recreating the age-old Americo-Liberian Country divide” that plunged the country into a bloody coup and a devastating civil war to undermine the country.Rev. Brown, who pastors the Apostolic Pentecostal Church (APC), was speaking last Sunday during divine thanksgiving worship service.  He argued that the current dual citizenship drive is not timely nor a priority for reconstruction and development.Dr. Brown, who is also the 1st vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), averred that “there are those who argue that the country will not be developed until it embraces dual citizenship.”The Pentecostal cleric, however, reminded dual citizenship advocates that statistics show that there are more than 65 countries, some very powerful in the world that do not promote dual citizenship and have considerably developed; citing China, Sweden, Japan, Cameroun, Malawi, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe, among others.The APC general overseer noted that the real challenge with the dual citizenship is “divided loyalty”.Dr. Brown argued that more influential Liberians with foreign connections have shown more loyalty to foreign states than their country of birth; saying the question of divided loyalty cannot be ignored in the current debate.“When Liberians who have resided in foreign countries are dismissed, they revert to their new country of residence where they hold greater loyalty and willingness to follow the laws of that country than their country of birth.”Furthering his argument, Dr. Brown suggested that Liberia adopt the Indian model of dual citizenship, dubbed as the “Overseas Citizens of India,” (OCI), not “Dual Citizenship.”The apostolic cleric is therefore suggesting that the country endorses a law creating the “Overseas Citizens of Liberia” for all persons of Liberian birth, provided that OCL status holders are not permitted to carry Liberian passports, vote in local elections, stand as candidates for any elected office, hold constitutional offices of President, Vice President, Lawmaker, Judge, Cabinet Minister, among others and senior level appointments in government.According to Rev. Brown’s anti-dual citizenship debate and his favored OCL suggestion, Overseas Citizens of Liberia, will be entitled to travel documents, dubbed “OCL Booklet” to enable them to freely travel to their motherland and participate in the socio-economic development of the country.The OCL Booklet holders, according to Rev. Brown’s suggestion, may own properties and engage in any lawful business of their choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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In support of CHPA staff, Minister

first_imgDear Editor,I read with both shock and amusement a letter carried in the Friday, June 10 edition of the Kaieteur Newspaper which was purportedly written by staff of the Central Housing and Planning Authority.Firstly, I must point out that while I served as Minister of Housing and Water every level of management and staff had input in the decision-making processes within the sector which in turn impacted our policies.The fact that the current Minister Valrie Patterson-Sharpe is making core decisions in consultation and discourse with Denise Tudor and Mryna Pitt means that the entire organisational structure is being represented. After all Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer while Tudor is the Director of Land Allocation.My advice therefore is that this cannot be a letter from CHPA staff. It sounds more like a letter from a disgruntled person who himself/herself is seeking power and influence as well as control in the entity and Ministry.Housing is too important to the structure of our economy for the Minister not to get involved meaningfully in the decision-making process of the sector. She must continue to demonstrate competency and be visionary as well as dynamic for the sector to progress.I therefore support the minister in any effort that will see the sector developing positively.I also wish to commend the competent and professional technical and non-technical staff within the ministry for the role they play which cannot be viewed as miniscule from any standpoint.No one is fooled by the content in that letter. I urge the alleged writer/writers to remove their masks and stand by their allegations publicly.Irfaan AliFormer HousingMinister, PPP MPlast_img read more

Social ills abound as rice industry challenges in Wakenaam continue

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairEver since the cancellation of the Petro-Caribe rice-for-oil deal in 2015, rice farmers have faced steep challenges continuing in the industry.Before the deal had ended, farmers received premium rates for their paddy, with some earning as much as $9000 per bag. As previously noted, farmers are now coping with decreased rates ranging from $1800 to $2500 per bag of paddy. Apart from the depleted earnings farmers are getting, the time frame in which they could start receiving payment for their crop is being stretched out by millers. This ongoing situation has caused spinoff consequences for many persons whose livelihoods are dependent on the rice industry.Wakenaam is heavily dependent on the rice industryWakenaam, located at the mouth of the mighty Essequibo River, is an island that is heavily dependent on the rice industry. However, in light of the prevailing challenges, farmers have strived to reduce production costs in an effort to remain in the industry. Meanwhile, others who saw the financial challenges as too burdensome opted to halt rice cultivation altogether and instead focused on cattle rearing and cash crop farming.This change, however, has had far-reaching impacts as many youths were left to cope with reduced opportunities for employment, as rice farmers sought to downsize their operations. According to reports that this newspaper has received, a number of social issues have been exacerbated by the lack of employment, with a now heavy dependency on drug use among the ill effects. A resident recently disclosed that alcohol and marijuana use continue to plague the social fabric of the once serene rural community.“One of the major issues we have right now is drug abuse, mainly marijuana and alcohol use. Most of the youngsters abusing the alcohol a lot and we [also] have domestic issues; a lot of married couples are being separated,” the resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity observed.Another noted that the downscaling of the industry has added to the employment deficit.“They don’t have much job opportunities on the island. Of recent, there is a slowdown because of the rice industry; you don’t have much people planting. The persons who used to get jobs with the rice industry [was reduced] as people cut their investment, so obviously jobs would cut,” another resident said.It is thought that more social and counselling programmes are needed on the island. Guyana Times was told that religious groups have begun to craft measures to tackle the issues on the island. To this end, the Belle Plaine Sarah/Friendship Sanatan Dharam Mandir started special Hinduism classes which will include special sessions on dealing with social issues. It was explained that local representatives from the temple will conduct the lectures, while invitations will be extended to other organisations which focus on social activism.It is, however, believed that additional counselling services should be made available on the island as inhabitants may be reluctant to disclose the issues that affect them to persons with whom they are familiar.“It’s a small island; everybody knows what’s happening here and in having discussions, people may not want to reveal all their problems; they are not open-minded. We need more support. People don’t want to talk about their problems. [We need] an agency here where people can sit and tell someone their problems,” a youth leader told this publication.In late 2015 and early 2016, El Niño conditions plagued the country and many Wakenaam farmers suffered many losses as many acres of rice were lost. This was compounded by rice millers taking months to pay farmers for paddy supplied months prior. When this publication visited the island in 2016, residents noted several challenges including rising costs of equipment and spares, a lack of seed paddy and fertiliser subsidies and reduced engagement of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).last_img read more

Wenger’s hopes lifted by fighting spirit

first_imgArsenal were made to work hard for the points, though, after they went down to 10 men following the dismissal of Per Mertesacker for a foul on Shane Long inside the penalty area.James Morrison converted the resulting penalty but despite a sustained period of pressure, the home side were unable to find an equaliser as Arsenal’s players fought hard to secure a victory.And Wenger remains confident his side will win the battle to finish fourth in the Premier League after the determination shown by his team.“I believe we will do it. We are conscious as well we have to give 100 percent commitment in every game and it will be difficult and edgy to the end,” Wenger said.“We know we have one target – to win our games, then we don’t have to look at Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea. If you lose our games, then you have to look at the results of the others. Our attitude is simple: we have to win the games.“I am very pleased, it is three big points. We have 22 points out of the last 27 but we know our target is to continue to do that until the end of the season. We are ready for the fight.“It was a difficult game against a good West Bromwich side, who were really up for it. They fought until the very last second of the game.“We have shown important aspects to our game: control and technical quality, and one that is less known, fighting spirit and battling qualities that reflect well on the spirit in our side.”Rosicky’s performance in particular drew praise from Wenger, who is keen for the player to end his career at the London club.The 32-year-old midfielder, who had only scored one goal this season before the match against West Brom, has just over one year left on his current deal.“He was fantastic. He is an important player for us. Unfortunately he was out injured for a long time but every year he gives us a push at the end of the season,” Wenger said.“Tomas is a quality player and he looked dangerous. I hope he finishes his career with us. I rate him that highly.”Albion manager Steve Clarke insists there is no danger of his players relaxing in the remainder of the campaign despite there being relatively little for them to play for.Clarke’s players showed plenty of pluck against Arsenal and even though they look set to end the season in mid-table, he believes they will continue to push for the maximum number of points available.“I don’t think you can say we took it easy or we didn’t show a determination to get something against Arsenal. At 2-0 down it would have been easy to switch off, but we didn’t,” Clarke said.“We kept going and tried to get back in it, and we created a number of really good chances that fell to people who normally score them. On another day, we could be talking about a good comeback from 2-0 down.“I can’t guarantee results but I can guarantee in every game between now and the end of the season, the team will have a go. We’ll try and reach the next target we’ve set, which is 50 points.“It would be nice to get at least one more league win here at home out of the three we’ve got left, because that then gives us a record here for the number of Premier League home wins.“We’ve got plenty to keep ourselves occupied and keep ourselves ambitious about.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000WEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, April 7 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the battling qualities shown by his side will ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League.Wenger’s side secured a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday thanks to two goals from Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky.last_img read more

Initial writers’ strike estimates ‘grossly inflated’ says UCLA economist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A protracted strike by Hollywood writers would have a $380 million impact on the Los Angeles economy, far less than some early estimates of $1 billion, a UCLA economist reported today. UCLA Anderson Forecast economist Jerry Nickelsburg said initial estimates of the strike’s impact were “grossly inflated.” He said the walkout would have a roughly $380 million economic impact, even if the strike were to last through the end of March — roughly as long as the 1988 WGA strike. “Virtually everywhere in the media, in City Hall and in Sacramento, this greater than $1 billion economic impact is taken as fact,” Nickelsburg said. “But what is behind it and how much faith can we put in this number? Is there a serious public issue for the Los Angeles economy worthy of governmental intervention? “As it turns out, a close examination of the economic dynamics of the 2007 WGA strike suggests a much more modest and transitory impact on the Los Angeles economy,” he said. “The impact, even if the strike runs as long as the record 1988 strike, will be about one-third or less of the currently accepted $1 billion estimate.” Representatives for the WGA and television and film producers were negotiating for a fourth consecutive day today in hopes of ending the strike, which began Nov. 5. The union is pushing for writers to be paid for work distributed via the Internet, video iPods, cellphones and other new media.last_img read more

Artists make valley their own

first_imgThe theater grad’s doubts evaporated quickly. Stears applauds the school – for its dedication to training artists and resisting the temptation to become “just a performing arts facility” – and the city. “It’s amazing the city made the commitment to the arts very early on, which is unique,” he said. “That comes usually in a city’s development.” When Stears, 43, formed the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater, people asked what he was doing in the “cultural wasteland of Los Angeles,” but he shot back that it was a chance to start something fresh. He helped establish the city’s Arts Alliance and introduced a Shakespeare in the Parks series with his buddy Marks. Stears now teaches theater and beginning acting courses at College of the Canyons and directs that school’s New Works Festival. Former New Yorker Dave Bossert snagged his bachelor’s in character animation at Cal Arts in 1983 and began working in Disney feature animation the next year. He now serves as the creative director at Walt Disney Animation Special Projects. An 18-month stint in London and Dublin, Ireland, with his wife – while working on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in the late 1980s – did not dissuade the couple from returning to town. “There is a sense of distance from your office driving up here,” the Bossert said. “There is a sense of not being in the city on the weekends. It’s a better lifestyle for raising our children, we felt.” Once a year, Bossert makes a solo weeklong pilgrimage to Maine, where he takes a “sabbatical” from his everyday life. Bossert’s realistic basswood fish sculptures, embellished with driftwood and found objects, are sold in a Maine gallery. Independent curator Evelyn Serrano, 31, is working on a second show for the new Latino museum in Los Angeles scheduled to open in 2007. The Cuban native studied art at the University of Havana, but when school officials found out her family planned to leave for Uruguay in 1994, when she was 19, they asked her to stay. Relatives in Miami sponsored the family, and Serrano followed her undergraduate degree in Maryland with a master’s at Cal Arts. The single mom of a 3-year-old son, Serrano is a staff member at the institute and is firmly anchored to her Newhall home. “It’s a good city for a family-oriented lifestyle,” she said, praising the sense of community pride. “In Cuba I did feel that, but it was imposed by the government. It was very politically oriented, not built around the true needs of the community.” When Svetlana Rostova, 39, earned her undergraduate degree in nuclear physics in Russia in the late 1980s, few predicted her trajectory would land her at Cal Arts. But it did, and she earned her master’s in the school’s film directing program in 1999. Performances in plays as a kid and some TV work infected her with the acting bug, and she now calls this region home. “I visited Russia about three years ago and after a week I said, `I need to go home,”‘ she said. She hails from Rostov-on-Don, a city of about 2 million. “I like the look and feel of (Santa Clarita). It’s a large community with a hometown feel to it.” Rostova edits and creates special effects and graphics for Adiviz Corp. in Valencia, an advertising and video production company. In her spare time, she creates surrealistic paintings of horses, sharks, butterflies and female figures in oils and acrylics. Her work will be exhibited today at All Corked Up, a wine shop in Valencia. Nashville, Tenn., native Jason Crawford, 31, graduated from Cal Arts’ film acting program in 1999 and now coordinates all of the filming done in Santa Clarita. Officials who started the film office in 2000 wanted to hire someone from the film industry, not a dyed-in-the-wool bureaucrat. They plucked Crawford from a master’s film directing program and refused to let go. “We’re not only getting a lot of filming, we’re getting a lot of really good filming,” Crawford said. “I work regularly with `CSI,’ `24,’ and HBO films up here a lot – `Deadwood,’ `Big Love,’ `Carnivale.”‘ He also works with former schoolmates and with students shooting thesis films, helping them scout locations. Crawford is intent on attracting more studios and sound stages, and visual effects and post-production companies to the region. “A lot of people who live up here do that work and have to go to the Valley to do it,” he said. Not him, though. Crawford and his wife live in Canyon Country surrounded by the fruits of his second love, photography. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Marks, 53, earned his master’s in fine art and design at the school in 1976. And he has spent the past 17 years with the city as its first cultural arts coordinator – after his application, shoved under the door at City Hall just ahead of the deadline, was accepted. Between his tenure as West Coast artist for the Children’s Television Workshop and the city job, Marks has helped kids create giant inflatable sculptures: a 325-foot-long snake, and King Puss, “the world’s largest inflatable octopus,” whose tentacles stretched out for 30 feet. Marks initiated the city’s Concerts in the Parks series, arts and crafts fairs, the Fourth of July festival, Arts in Public Places program, noontime concerts and has spent 11 years toiling on the Cowboy Festival. For David Stears, the grazing cows that greeted him when he arrived in 1986 were not part of that fabled festival and they stirred some doubts. But Stears reminded himself of the stellar faculty installed indoors. “When I first pulled up to Cal Arts I came to the intersection of McBean (Parkway) and Tournament (Road) and a tumbleweed rolled across the street,” he said. “I thought, `What have I done?’ I went from the center of the artistic universe and came to the desert.” SANTA CLARITA – In a ‘burb of master-planned neighborhoods and chain restaurants, individualistic Cal Arts students often stand out. And many who migrated to the renowned institute decades ago, from across the country and the globe, have long since decided Santa Clarita is cool enough to sink their roots in. Their romance with the region, however, has not always been love at first sight. “I was getting ready to drive to Cal Arts and called the school and said … `What’s the temperature out there?’ and the guy said `116 (degrees) today,”‘ said Michael Marks, an arts and events supervisor for the city. “I said, `I never thought the temperature on Earth went up to 116.”‘ last_img

Is this how the Championship table should really look after 11 games?

first_imgBut are things really as they appear in the second tier? Should Stoke City be so low given their overhaul under Jones?To get a better look at how sides are doing, the ‘expected goals’ (xG) metric allows us to get a better picture of just how teams are performing. What is expected goals? 11 11 1. Leeds United – Real position = 5Real points = 20 | Expected points = 30 Getty Images – Getty Stoke defender Danny Batth Brentford manager Thomas Frank applauds the club’s fans Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST Getty Images – Getty 11 Getty Images – Getty targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 11 appointed 16. Derby County – Real position = 13Real points = 15 | Expected points = 1315. Hull City – Real position = 16Real points = 13 | Expected points = 1314. Birmingham City – Real position = 12Real points = 16 | Expected points = 1413. Blackburn Rovers – Real position = 14Real points = 14 | Expected points = 1512. Queens Park Rangers – Real position = 9Real points = 19 | Expected points = 15 11. Reading – Real position = 22Real points = 8 | Expected points = 1510. Millwall – Real position = 15Real points = 14 | Expected points = 159. Swansea City – Real position = 4Real points = 21 | Expected points = 16 Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. latest PEP TALK 6. West Bromwich Albion – Real position = 1Real points = 22 | Expected points = 175. Sheffield Wednesday – Real position = 8Real points = 19 | Expected points = 19 Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 2. Fulham – Real position = 7Real points = 19 | Expected points = 25 11 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. 19. Middlesbrough – Real position = 20Real points = 10 | Expected points = 1118. Luton – Real position = 18Real points = 11 | Expected points = 1117. Nottingham Forest – Real position = 2Real points = 22 | Expected points = 11 stalemate Swansea ace Yan Dhanda Ebere Eze celebrates his goal against Blackburn 21. Wigan Athletic – Real position = 19Real points = 11 | Expected points = 1120. Charlton Athletic – Real position = 10Real points = 18 | Expected points = 11 Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff center_img Massimo Luongo scores for Sheffield Wednesday Marcelo Bielsa stayed with Leeds United and wants to get them into the Premier League Getty Images – Getty Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on the excellent experimental361.com, run by Ben Mayhew, to see how clubs are performing based on their stats.Find out how the stats believe the Championship COULD be shaping up below…24. Huddersfield – Real position = 21Real points = 8 | Expected points = 623. Bristol City – Real position = 6Real points = 20 | Expected points = 622. Barnsley – Real position = 23Real points = 6 | Expected points = 7 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Fulham were dominant against Charlton at the weekend Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 11 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Forest star Joe Worrall celebrates on target 8. Cardiff City – Real position = 11Real points = 16 | Expected points = 167. Stoke City – Real position = 24Real points = 5 | Expected points = 17 update 11 rookie error Getty Images – Getty Stoke City have been shock strugglers this season and still prop up the table but this didn’t stop them beating Swansea City at the weekend.Manager Nathan Jones, who had been under huge pressure, breathed a sigh of relief and credited the club’s owners for keeping faith with him.“This is a very difficult place to manage with well-documented problems that have affected four managers before me, he told talkSPORT. “So I knew this was a tough job but I’m a big believer, I’m not arrogant, I’m confident we do and I like to test myself because it would be quite easy for me to remain at Luton.“It had to be a good project and this was a good project.“If I’m honest, if I didn’t have the owners I have here, I would have gone a long time ago because my results haven’t been good.“But what we have done is we’ve changed everything else underneath.” 11 Conor Gallagher celebrates his goal against Fulham 4. Preston North End – Real position = 3Real points = 21 | Expected points = 203. Brentford – Real position = 17Real points = 12 | Expected points = 20 Getty Images – Getty Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 11 Getty Images – Getty 11 Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel 11 The Premier League may be stealing the headlines in England this year but the Championship is still one of the most exciting leagues in world football.With top-flight riches up for grabs to the three teams who can make it out of the division, either automatically or via the play-offs, it’s no wonder clubs battle for every point with such gusto. Getty Images – Getty Nathan Jones guided Stoke to their first league win of the season on Saturday statement last_img read more

Premiership round-up: a full summary of Sunday’s results

first_imgShortly after the restart, the visitors levelled through Oli Shaw who got on the end of a wonderful cross from Martin Boyle.Both sides showed plenty endeavour as they pushed for a winner in the closing stages. Substitute Florian Kamberi came closest for Hibs with a misguided header from yards out whilst St Johnstone saw a late penalty claim denied after the ball struck Efe Ambrose’s arm.Neither side could find the breakthrough as St Johnstone secured their first point of the season whilst Hibs leave Perth with their focus now firmly on Thursday night’s tie against Molde. Ten-man Rangers scored two first-half goals to overcome St Mirren.Alfredo Morelos opened the scoring at Ibrox, with his low-drive finding its way past Saints keeper Craig Samson.Rangers doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Connor Goldson headed home his first goal for the club.But, for the second Sunday in a row, Steven Gerrard’s were reduced to 10 men inside the first-half after Ross McCrorie took out St Mirren’s debutant striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen, who was clean through on goal. Despite the man advantage, the Saints opportunities were restricted, with their best chance coming when Danny Mullen hit the bar.The home side saw out the victory as they look ahead to their Europa League second leg against Maribor.St Johnstone and Hibernian shared the spoils in Perth.Tony Watt’s deflected shot off Hibs defender Ryan Porteous gave the Saints a first-half lead at McDiarmid Park.last_img read more

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Resistance MRE Review & Taste Test Video

first_imgWould this be something you’d buy? Can you believe Guy didn’t know what French Burnt Peanuts are? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Share This!Can you imagine being stranded on a swamp down in Dagobah without access to snack foods? Have no fear! In a preview of merchandise from Galaxy’s Edge, we’re showing you the contents of the Resistance MRE — and doing a taste test.Fair warning, this video is not safe to watch while sipping on your morning beverage. You will laugh enough to shoot blue milk out of your nose.last_img