Musa Bility Is Undermining Media Integrity

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,I could not withhold the grief Musa Bility’s action by exposing the media to public ridicule is causing me.  While we all have our individual interests and biases, the ethics of Journalism and the media dictate that we suppress them for the sake of balance, truth, clarity and accuracy. Contrary to these ethical values, Mr. Bility has turned Truth FM into “Lie FM” by sacking Liberian Journalist Mamadee Diaketeh for publishing on his Facebook page statements allegedly made by George Weah. I don’t know if Mr. Bility carefully investigated the matter to know whether George Weah made the statement or not.  I believe Bility, considering all he claims to be, is aware of the heinous grammatical mistakes this self-style politician, George Weah, makes while speaking publicly. “First female women President,” My mother was a market women,” Move the children from among me,” “I done my part of part,” and many others are what Liberians,  including the very supporters of this man,  have taken note of since he came to public life. Is Mr. Bility telling the public that these statements, including the ones (We must go to meet with the Legislator, and the executive order is unconstitution), are false for which he sacked Mr. Diaketeh? Of all that Mr. Bility claims to be, is he telling Liberians that this character that has infected Liberian politics with political Ebola is the one to represent this country?Anyway, it does not surprise me much for Musa Bility to take this action for the sake of George Weah.  Many people have used Weah’s empty skull to ascend to recognizable positions to the detriment of the ignorant youths following him. In like manner, I believe Mr. Bility as a businessman, has interest in George Weah’s senatorial bid for what he (Bility) can get out of him and not for the sake of Liberia.  But what I can frankly tell Bility is that he means nothing good for Liberia; rather, he just wants to be strategically placed in a position that will allow him to apply Calicle’s principle by extorting Liberia’s resources without moral thought.  Woe unto him for this decision; for we have truly known him as one of the viruses in Liberia.  The gap of inefficiency and ineffectiveness leaves with Truth FM turned Lie FM forever.Thanks for the space.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden commercial business vehicles to pay biennial cost

first_imgReturn of Kara Kara toll boothVehicles carrying commercial goods attached to businesses registered in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) may have to pay an agreed biennial cost to the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) when the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie becomes operational again. This was discussed during deliberations at an extraordinary meeting of the Council which was recently held.The extraordinary meeting that was recently heldWhile a cost has not yet been set, a majority of Councillors at the meeting voted in favour of the decision to have the necessary vehicles, such as those carrying lumber, pay twice a year at a reduced cost.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland indicated that a cost is expected to be arrived at following consultations with the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development (LCICD) and businesses within the community. Some categories of vehicles subjected to toll are timber trucks, haulers with machinery, trailers with logs and vehicles with goods for sale, among others.Another aspect which was discussed by the Council recently was the penalties for assaulting a toll collector which carries a $10,000 fine or an alternative of three months in prison.The Kara Kara toll booth had been the centre of controversy in the past due to the Council’s by-laws which were govern it, not being in force. A move to have it up and running again by the previous Council, after years, resulted in its abrupt closure by the previous Government in 2013. However, recently, the present Council succeeded in having the toll booth gazetted, with a claims and objections period being put in place for citizens.Just last week, the Mayor sought to clear up some misconceptions being peddled around the community, where some residents were reportedly of the belief that all vehicles traversing the route would be subjected to pay tolls. He noted that businesses which are coming from out of town would be subjected to the toll, while stating that it creates for a level playing field. Holland said however that there’s no cost for private vehicles and taxis.He added that there has been some changes, however, as it relates to costs as he outlined that the previous costs were age old. This, he said, had been discussed during a meeting with the LCICD and was agreed to by the parties involved.last_img read more

Ellen, Joe Absence Causes Insecurity

first_imgThe coinciding absence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai from the country is raising eyebrows.Human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe, says the absence of both the President and her Vice President “demonstrates a lack of coordination and makes the country vulnerable and insecure.”“This is a very important governance issue, because the Constitution provides for the president to work in consultation with the vice president, but if both of them left the country simultaneously, then where is the coordination between them,” Cllr. Gongloe wondered.President Sirleaf is currently visiting India and later China, while her Vice President, Joe Boakai, is in the United States of America.Gongloe raised the concern yesterday at a press conference held at his law office in Monrovia.“What is the compelling national issue that she could not wait for her vice president to come back home before making her trip?” the rights lawyer asked. “Is it that her Vice President did not contact her or what’s going on? How can our leaders treat us like this? They need to stop that immediately,”Gongloe chided.“What is so important that she could not designate somebody else to go to China or India since her vice president was not in the country? They left us vulnerable but we are fortunate because we have friendly neighbours,” added Cllr Gongloe.“Their decision is totally wrong. Even that cannot happen in the US for the President and Vice President to leave their people and the country at the same time. Nobody should play with our security because we are a fragile state,” Gongloe warned.He said though President Sirleaf left the country in the care of her Defence Minister, the minister cannot make any important decision in case of an aggression.He said, “While they are away, if anything happens, who does she expect to take action? Is it the person she leaves in charge who has no authority to make appointments or sack anyone?”According to him, Liberia is considered a “fragile state” and there is a need for both the President and Vice President to coordinate their activities before they leave the country in order to prevent the country from slipping into chaos.He said with the 2017 elections at hand, the leaders need to do everything possible to protect the peace. “The 2017 election is very important because it would be the first time for one party to turn over to another party,” Gongloe pointed out.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Convicted thief slapped with additional 3 years

first_imgTwenty-three-year-old Romel Bollers of Lot 120 Luthers Street, Agricola, Greater Georgetown, who is no stranger to the court has again been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, on Wednesday, by Magistrate Dylon Bess at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was found guilty of stealing a gold chain.The charge detailed that on August 22, 2018 at Agricola, Bollers snatched Tanya Drakes’s gold chain and pendant valued $80,000.Bollers had denied the charge and had been remanded to prison.According to reports, on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant was standing on the Agricola Public Road when Bollers approached her, snatched the chain, and made good his escape.The accused was previously convicted on multiple charges of robbery, serving a three-year sentence for one, while being on bail for another. During the brief trial, Bollers was unrepresented. Tracy-Ann Gittens prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Former Arsenal starlet joins Aberdeen on loan

first_img Jeffrey Monakana in action for MK Dons Former Arsenal starlet Jeffrey Monakana has joined Aberdeen on loan until January.The Brighton winger is yet to make his senior debut since arriving on the south coast six months ago, but did make four appearances on loan at Crawley during the second half of last season.Monakana, 20, who joined Arsenal as a nine-year-old before leaving in 2012, will now get the chance to test himself in the SPL with the Dons. 1last_img

Morales execution delayed after anesthesiologists withdraw

first_imgSAN QUENTIN – The planned execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl was delayed until Tuesday night after two anesthesiologists refused to participate because of ethical concerns. With the execution scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, defense lawyers requested a stay from the federal judge who last week ordered San Quentin State Prison to have an anesthesiologist on hand to minimize Michael Angelo Morales’ pain as he was put to death by lethal injection. A second anesthesiologist was retained as a backup. Although U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel denied the motion, both anesthesiologists withdrew, citing ethical concerns raised by his ruling. The exact wording of the judge’s order was not immediately available, but the anesthesiologists issued a statement through the prison saying they were concerned about a requirement that they intervene in the event that Morales woke up or appeared to be in pain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Any such intervention would clearly be medically unethical,” said the doctors, who have not been identified. “As a result, we have withdrawn from participation in this current process.” The American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association all opposed the anesthesiologists’ participation as unethical and unprofessional. Prison officials rescheduled the execution for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and said they would employ a different technique: administering a fatal overdose of barbiturate in lieu of the three-drug cocktail typically used in lethal injections. Morales’ attorneys had argued that the three-part lethal injection cocktail used in California and 35 other states violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. They said a prisoner would feel excruciating pain from the last two chemicals if he were not fully sedated. Fogel refused to derail the execution, but he gave prison officials two options: retain the doctors to ensure Morales would be properly anesthetized, or forgo the paralyzing and heart-stopping drugs and overdose him on a sedative. With the anesthesiologists withdrawing, prison officials said they would use the second option. Prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon said the prison has until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to execute Morales. After that, the “death warrant” expires and officials would have to go back to the trial judge who imposed the death sentence in 1983 for another warrant. Seeking another warrant could prove difficult for the state, however, since the original sentencing judge, Charles McGrath, joined Morales this month in asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for clemency in the case. McGrath said he no longer believed the credibility of a jailhouse informant whose testimony helped land Morales on death row. Morales has admitted to the crime that put him on death row. In a petition for clemency that Schwarzenegger first turned down on Friday, Morales claimed that he killed Terri Winchell 25 years ago because he was high on PCP and alcohol. Morales was told of the delay and was “nonchalant,” Crittendon said. But Winchell’s relatives were visibly upset, he said. “There was a great deal of concern on their faces under the circumstances of some people that Michael Morales would not suffer,” Crittendon said. “They find that to be very disturbing.” Earlier Monday, Morales appeared to have exhausted his options for a reprieve after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider his claim and the governor for the second time denied a request for clemency. ___ Associated Press Writers David Kravets and Michelle Locke contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has again called on the government to halt Garda station closures and to increase Garda recruitment.Speaking on the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015, Deputy Mac Lochlainn welcomed its targeting of serial offenders.But he pointed out that the structural causes that give rise to the problem of burglaries are a result of the direct decisions made by this government, particularly the closure of rural Garda stations. Speaking in the Dáil today, the Donegal Deputy said:“It is this government’s austerity agenda that creates the environment in which crime is increasing: a lack of resources available to people is well known to increase cases of theft and burglary. Similarly misguided decisions to close Garda stations in order to make small savings to the exchequer merely increase the opportunity for criminal activity and add to the uncertainty and fear that the citizens in this state are already experiencing under seven years of austerity.“As always, it is the poor, the isolated and the vulnerable that suffer most under this government and this Bill, while welcome, does not address the root causes of the increase in criminal activity and the negative social consequences of austerity.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn also called for an increase in Garda numbers back over the safe threshold of 14,000 and keep the numbers there with ongoing recruitment.MACLOCHLAINN: HALT STATION CLOSURES AND INCREASE GARDA RECRUITMENT was last modified: October 1st, 2015 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:MACLOCHLAINN: HALT STATION CLOSURES AND INCREASE GARDA RECRUITMENTlast_img read more


first_imgMICKEY Harte’s Tyrone have dumped Ulster Champions Monaghan out the All-Ireland Championship.Tyrone will now play the winners of the Donegal/Mayo match in the semi-final.In a tightly-fought game at Croke Park this evening, Tyrone edged the match by 14 points to 12. Each side saw a player sent off in a grinding game.Tyrone’s experience won out in the end. BREAKING NEWS: TYRONE DUMP MONAGHAN OUT OF ALL-IRELAND was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 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:all-irelandMonaghanTyronelast_img read more


first_imgThe Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy today with above average numbers of very ill patients requiring admission to the hospital, manager Sean Murphy has admitted.Readers have told us the department is ‘jammed’ with patients waiting to be seen.The public are asked to avoid attending the Emergency Department if possible and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance. “Non-emergency cases attending the Emergency Department will experience lengthy delays,” said Mr Murphy.“The hospital regrets any inconvenience to patients and their families and is taking all steps to deal with the situation.”There have been complaints in the hospital of a lack of staff to cope with the number of patients.It’s the fourth time in the past few weeks that the department has had to issue a warning.  NEW CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AS EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ‘JAMMED WITH PATIENTS’ was last modified: June 11th, 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:crisisletterkenny hospitallast_img read more


first_imgDDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: Irish Daily Star chief sports writer Kieran Cunningham is backing Donegal to win on Sunday but feels as is the general consensus that it will be a very, very close game.Cunningham, a native of Glencolmcille feels that Monaghan will take heart from their historical record against Donegal in the championship.Monaghan defeated Donegal in 2013 to end a 25-year wait for the Anglo Celt and when Donegal won back the Anglo Celt from Malachy O’Rourke’s side last year it was the first time since 1979 that Donegal bat Monaghan in the championship. In the league clash between the two sides at O’Donnell Park in February Monaghan edged Donegal out in what was a dreadful game.While it may not be a classic encounter on Sunday, Cunningham feels it will be enthralling to watch and with nothing between the two sides it will go right down to the wire.To watch the full interview with Charlie Collins for Donegal TV simply click play on the video above.DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: CUNNINGHAM – “I’M BACKING DONEGAL TO WIN THE ULSTER TITLE, BUT IT’LL BE CLOSE was last modified: July 15th, 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:donegaldonegal tvGAAKieran CunninghamMonaghannewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more