Judges, Magistrates Warned against Slackness

first_imgChief Justice Francis KorkporChief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has warned judges and magistrates against slackness in the discharge of their duties or else they would be penalized.He made the assertion on Monday when he spoke at the opening of the October Term of the Supreme Court of Liberia.Justice Korkpor said magistrates and judges report late for work in the morning and leave early. “Some are teaching at higher institutions of learning during primetime when their courts should be in session,” he added.Chief Justice Korkpor said it is wrong and amounts to a conflict of interest.“Judges involved in such unwholesome acts should desist now or they will face penalty,” the High Court head warned.Meanwhile, Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, when he spoke at a dedicatory ceremony of a new office building for the National Association of Trial Judges (NATJ), said, if a judge is operating without an office, that individual is considered as a “handbag judge,” and must be referred to the NATJ, because they have been working without a genuine office.The ceremony held at the Temple of Justice was attended by three of the five judges of the Supreme Court as well as magistrates.Justice Banks also told members of the NATJ that for over a decade, they have been working as “handbag judges.” “For the past years, you have been seen as handbag or briefcase judges, because you have not had the opportunity to secure an office space at the Temple of Justice, but for now, you will no more be called handbag judges because you now have offices where you will gather to discuss issues affecting your institution,” the Supreme Court Justice told his audience.Justice Banks also used the occasion to encourage members of the association to see the office as a place where they can meet and discuss issues relating to the association and the deposition of justice.He, however, assured the judges that they should consider themselves as an “integrated part of the judiciary.”In his remarks, the president of the NATJ, Judge James Jones of the Debt Court, lauded the Justice for the office space.Judge Jones said since the establishment of the association they have been finding it difficult to operate in their own office.“For the past years, we have organized ourselves as NATJ, we have been finding it hard to obtain our own office, but thank God that we can now have a place to be called our own office,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2019 North Peace Horticultural Society Garden Tour

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 North Peace Horticultural Society Garden Tour will be taking place this weekend.This self-guided tour of 10 gardens in the Fort St. John and surrounding area takes place Saturday, July 20th,2019, from 10 am – 4 pm.Local vendors will be featured along the tour including door prizes, a Paverpol demonstration, and refreshments at the tea location.- Advertisement -Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum, which includes a map and description of each garden as well as your entry into the door prize draws.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img

No pressure ahead of Everton tie-Shakava

first_img0Shares0000Despite the cold, Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava seems to be enjoying training at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on November 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 6 – Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava says the team is under no pressure as they prepare to face English Premier League side Everton FC in the SportPesa Trophy friendly game in Liverpool on Tuesday evening.Shakava notes the boys are calm and relaxed ahead of the tie and know what they need to do to make a better representation of themselves. “It is all about character. We have no pressure despite the expectations from the fans and the demands that come with playing for Gor. This is our job and we have to focus on the game and what we do on the pitch as a team,” the defender said.He says tactically, they have done their homework well and top on their agenda is ensuring Everton don’t see more of the ball than them.“We have to play the ball and not lose possession. We need to have that confidence to play and everyone must be ready to give their all. It is a huge test for us. We haven’t played in this kind of stadium or atmosphere before and we need to be at our best,” further stated Shakava.Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 as Gor Mahia watched Everton play against Brighton in an EPL game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHaving watched Everton play Brighton last Saturday, Shakava says the team knows their hosts strengths and weaknesses and will be ready to sting.“Everton play well compared to us because they control the game very well and attack in numbers realy quick, But, we also have our way of play and the coach has told us to play with no pressure and enjoy the game. I hope we can do that then the results will come,” he opined.The defender was part of the squad that travelled to Hull City in 2016 as part of the SportPesa All Star team that faced the hosts in a friendly match which ended 2-1 out of their favor.Gor Mahia head skipper Harun Shakava in training at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on November 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe hopes the experience he picked back then will be vital for his side as they play the game, and more so, the calming effect that comes with an experienced head.The skipper also notes they have adjusted to the weather having struggled in training for the past two days and says they are ready to warm up the Goodison Park with some exciting football.“At least it is not as bad as when we played in Tunisia and Algeria for the Champions League. We have adjusted to it and I know we will be ready to play well,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Quiet life for `Baby Jessica’

first_imgBy Betsy Blaney THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIDLAND, Texas – The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother – one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 million or more. The anniversary of Jessica McClure’s rescue passed Tuesday like almost every other day in the 21-year-old’s life, with no public comment from her about the event that once captivated viewers around the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The young wife and mother is living quietly in this West Texas oil patch city, the same one where she fell into the backyard well. “Jessica’s just been a wonderful, wonderful mother,” said her father, Chip McClure. “That’s always been Jessica’s dream, to be a stay-at-home mom.” In 3 years, however, her quiet existence might change when all the donations sent to her when she was a baby mature into a payment of $1 million or more. Many of the sympathetic strangers who remained glued to television coverage until Jessica was freed from 22 feet below the ground showered her family with teddy bears, homemade gifts, cards and cash. It will remain in a trust fund until she turns 25. Her father says Jessica is a happy and active woman, and doing “all the normal stuff” with her year-old son, Simon. A woman who answered the phone at a listing for Jessica McClure’s husband, Daniel Morales, identified herself as Jessica but told an Associated Press reporter she had reached a wrong number. Richardo Morales, Simon’s uncle, said Jessica has talked about the windfall and has plans “to put it into a fund for Simon.” In 1987, Chip and Cissy McClure were poor teenagers struggling to make ends meet during the depths of the oil bust. Cissy McClure left Jessica in her sister’s yard while she went to answer the phone. Moments later, Jessica happened upon an 8-inch hole and innocently touched off a global event. When rescuers brought her to the surface 2 days later, her head was bandaged, she was covered with dirt and bruises and her right palm was immobilized to her face. The image was ingrained in millions of people’s memories and won a Pulitzer Prize for Odessa American photographer Scott Shaw. Chip McClure remembers being “absolutely floored” by the media coverage once the family got to the hospital with Jessica. Vice President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, former Midland residents, visited. President Ronald Reagan called. “At the end of the day, she went through a lot, and was loved by millions and millions,” said Chip McClure, 38, who sells real estate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jessica has no memory of the ordeal, the loss of part of one foot, and the 15 operations that followed the 2 days she spent wedged all alone in the well, singing about Winnie the Pooh. Jessica talks often about having another child, Chip McClure said. “We encourage her to wait a little while,” he said.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgAfter what was a very tense affair on Sunday afternoon the lads came out on top in their battle with St.Marys Rochfortbridge in their Celebrity Bainisteoir quarter final. A goal from full-back Clint Walsh with a few minutes remaining give the lads the lead for the first time and they managed to hold out to claim the victory and keep Pippa in the club for another while.On Friday night, the lads didn’t have as much luck as they were defeated away to Killybegs on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-3.Good luck to David and the county team this Sunday as they take on Kerry in the All-Ireland Quarter Final. There was no winner of this weeks lotto. The jackpot now stands at €11,950. This weeks numbers were; 6,7,15,22,23. Winners of €25 were; Jackie Carron, N.K Chester, Geraldine Walsh and Cathie Gallagher. Next weeks draw will take place in O’Carolans Bar Laghey on Tuesday 7th August.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 31st, 2012 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Report: Immigration reaches record high

first_imgWASHINGTON – The number of immigrants in the United States reached a new high this year after the biggest five-year increase in American history, according to a study released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies. Nearly 7.9 million immigrants – about half of them believed to be illegal – settled in the U.S. between January 2000 and 2005, boosting the total number of immigrants in the nation to 35.1 million, the study said. About 1.8 million immigrants during that period entered California, more than any other state, according to the study by the D.C.-based think tank that favors immigration control and analyzed Census Bureau data. The report comes as the House prepares to pass Republican legislation reinforcing U.S. borders, easing deportations and creating a nationwide system whereby employers must check workers’ immigration status. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals And providing ammunition to both sides armed for an immigration showdown in Congress this week, the study found that immigrants in California and across the nation are more likely to receive public assistance than their American-born counterparts. The study said nearly half of all California households receiving food stamps, subsidized housing or other public assistance are headed by an immigrant. And it said immigrants and their children in California are twice as likely to be uninsured, with more than half of all immigrants in the state receiving Medicaid. Nationally, the study found, 28.6 percent of immigrant households use a welfare program compared to 18.2 percent of U.S.-born households, while 47 percent of all immigrants are either uninsured or have insurance provided through Medicaid. “Legalization will probably not solve the problem of welfare use or low income associated with illegal immigration,” wrote Steven Camarota, the center’s director of research and author of the report. “In fact, with regard to welfare use, legalization will almost certainly make the problem worse,” he wrote. Democrats and immigration advocates had mixed reactions. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who is at the forefront of trying to enact a guest-worker program and plans to try to attach one to the legislation this week, said he is concerned by high numbers of legal immigrants using public assistance. “I don’t think we should bring people into this country to go on the welfare system,” Berman said. As for illegal immigrants’ affect on public systems, he said, “There’s no doubt illegal immigration has an impact on health services. It’s disruptive. It costs money.” Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, pointed out that while higher numbers of immigrants may receive public assistance, they get less from the system than Americans. At the same time, she said, they contribute more in Social Security and other taxes. The average U.S.-born Californian receives $1,212 annually from public assistance programs while non-citizens receive $474, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Meanwhile, Shamasunder said, the average immigrant-headed household in the state contributes $2,679 to Social Security, about $530 more than the average U.S.-born household. “You’re really talking about a highly productive and employed population. These are not people who are sitting at home waiting to get welfare,” she said. “Immigrant or not, there is no easy access to health care. There’s other parts of our system that are broken, and it has nothing to do with whether a person is an immigrant or not.” Camarota noted in the report that high rates of uninsured and use of public assistance “is not caused by an unwillingness to work,” particularly among illegal immigrants. But, he said, “The use of welfare programs by immigrants does raise the question of why we have an immigration policy that admits so many individuals who are not self-sufficient.” The report also found that more immigrants lack high school educations than native-born American adults. One of the largest gaps is in California, where four times as many immigrants as natives are high school dropouts. “This huge gap has enormous implications for the social and economic integration of immigrants, because there is no single better predictor of one’s economic and social status in modern America than education,” Camerota noted. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, said he does not believe legal immigrants should receive public assistance. “You should not have a system where people come here from another country and benefit from current American taxpayers.”— Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com160Want 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

SA in tough Davis Cup loss to Lithuania

first_img7 April 2014 South Africa suffered a heart-breaking 2-3 loss to Lithuania in their Euro Africa Group 2 second round Davis Cup tie at the Irene Country club outside of Centurion on Sunday, having led 2-1 heading into the final day’s play. The advantage was with the home team after Jean Andersen and Raven Klaasen won the doubles on Saturday to give them the lead, and an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to cheer them on, but it wasn’t enough as the Lithuanians staged a strong fightback. Friday’s reverse singles had been shared, with Ricardas Berankis beating Jean Andersen 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and Rik de Voest running out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) winner over Laurynas Grigelis.Thriller In Sunday’s first match, Berankis defeated De Voest 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in a three- and-a-half hour thriller. Berankis, who was ranked 67th in the world last year in May before suffering an injury, worked the South African number one hard on his way to a crucial victory. De Voest put up a big fight, in what was his 20th and last Davis Cup rubber for his country. He will be retiring from tennis later this year.‘Emotional’ “Berankis was the quality player out there today,” De Voest said afterwards. “Walking onto court, I really felt emotional, knowing that this was my last match for my country, but with the unbelievable support from the crowd, I was able to put my nerves behind me and focus on the task. Unfortunately the win wasn’t to be and Ricardas was just too good and solid today.” De Voest had a big chance to get ahead in the tenth game of the fourth set when he held three break points, but he failed to capitalise on them. “Things may have been different if I had broken in that tenth game,” he admitted.Tactical change After the Berankis victory, the tie was level at 2-2. South African captain, John- Laffnie de Jager then made a tactical change and named Ruan Roelofse for the final rubber instead of the originally nominated Jean Andersen. Although Roelofse has limited Davis Cup experience, De Jager felt his big game could upset the rhythm of the Lithuanians. Unfortunately it did not go well for the 24-year-old South African, and although the powerfully-built Roelofse put up a gallant effort, he went down to Laurynas Grigelis 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 in just over three hours.Chances Roelofse certainly had his chances. He was up a break in the third set at 4-2 and had he capitalised on that advantage, it could have been a different ball game. “Yes I had my chances and when I look back it upsets me I didn’t take them, but overall I felt I played a good game and did myself and South Africa proud,” he said afterwards.Credit to Lithuania A disappointed De Jager said that all credit should go to Lithuania for coming to South Africa and taming the altitude and putting up a really good performance. “The Lithuanians must be applauded for their effort. It is never easy playing away from home but they arrived early, worked hard, and adapted well by the time the tie started,” De Jager said. He also praised for his team, saying: “My team and squad overall gave their best and put in a real good week. I am proud of them. Now we need to regroup and work hard for 2015.” After the defeat, South Africa will remain in Euro/Africa Group 2 for 2015. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

BMW 3 Series sedan launch successful in India

first_imgThe BMW 3 Series officially launched in the last week of July in India by Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has received a tremendous response. BMW has reportedly revealed that the campaign has been so successful that the company received more than 500 booking orders for the new 3 Series sedan even before it was launched on July 27.The luxury car maker company launched an Indiacentric advertisement campaign through TV, newspapers and hoardings. 3 Series first generation was launched in 1975 and since then five generations of the 3er have evolved. This is the sixth edition and its campaign has been the handiwork of Liquid Campaign’s India office. Ever since BMW began its operations in India five years ago, this is the first Indian ad campaign to introduce a car in the country in a novel way.The TV Commercial is based on history and evolution of the new BMW 3 Series the whole concept was reportedly produced by Contra and Weareflink in Germany.The all-new BMW 3 series sedan in petrol and diesel variants are priced between Rs 28.90 lakh and Rs 37.90 lakh (All India ex-showroom). The new 3 Series is reportedly available in two exclusive design schemes- Sport Line and Luxury Line.Stating that BMW cars have been one of his passions from early days, Tendulkar said, “I drove this car this month in London. It felt incredible.””To me above all being a car enthusiast, safety is also equally important. I am really impressed. It is absolutely stunning and the interiors are unbelievable. It has got a lot of space. Compared to the earlier ones, this is far more spacious,” Tendulkar added.During the launch, BMW Group India president Andreas Schaaf said, “The all-new BMW 3 Series is a vehicle that has an unbeatable profile and is born from pioneering technology, a beautiful design and a lot of passion.”With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Sports Ministry Throws Open Four Delhi Stadia Free of Cost to Federations, Athletes

first_img badmintonFootball DelhiIndira Gandhi stadiumJawaharlal Nehru stadium First Published: October 13, 2019, 2:52 PM IST New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Sports Ministry has decided to provide access to four of its sporting infrastructure, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting range, free of cost to federations and athletes from November 1.The decision was made in an effort to promote the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country, the ministry said in a statement. The first phase will see stadiums in the capital, including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN), Indira Gandhi Stadium (IG), Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range being opened for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines.Each stadium has been earmarked for a specific sport. JLN will host football leagues, training and competitions organised by federations, while IG stadium will be earmarked for wrestling, boxing, judo and badminton. Shooting competitions will be hosted at KSSR and hockey and swimming at National Stadium.Talking about the move, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the government is trying its best to provide aspiring athletes with enough playfields to children and those interested in fitness and sports.”The Ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructure of the country, and needs to be utilised for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country,” Rijiju said.”The intention of the ministry is to increase use of existing sports infrastructure by 3 times in the next 3 months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness, but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sport and help us identify more talent for the country,” he added.However according to a ministry source, the electricity charges will have to be borne by the federations as per usage.”But in case the competition is of national level, Sports Authority of India may bear that cost on case-to-case basis,” the source said.The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadia without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her tutelage.Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1 and the coach can charge a reasonable training fee from his or her trainees.Youngsters, who aren’t training for any sport professionally, will also have access to these stadia and can play a game of their choice by advance online booking against available slots.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Hockey India have already charted out a roadmap for conducting a number of leagues and competitions in the next three months, the statement said.The first league in the calendar is the Khelo India Golden League, underway at JLN, which will see football being played by U-7, U-9 and U-11 boys and girls.”This step taken by the Sports Ministry will help popularise the game of football in the Delhi-NCR region in a big way. We are starting with the Khelo India Golden League, and will soon be hosting the Khelo India Group A and Group B division leagues for clubs in Delhi,” said Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Football Delhi .”We would further initiate a holistic coaching programme for children in the age group of five years and above at JLN in which, over the next three months, we expect more than 400 youngsters to participate,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more