The National Election Commission (NEC) has called on media institutions in the country to be factual and nonpartisan in the 2017 legislative and presidential elections.Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day inter–party consultative workshop in Ganta recently, the co-chairman of NEC, Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, said the media has a great responsibility to inform the population factually and in a nonpartisan manner and must refrain from making statements that have the propensity to bring the electoral process into question.“The media is so powerful that it can set the tone for the election and it can also base election issues on personalities,” she said.Cllr. Toe urged the media to help the National Election Commission to achieve its goal in the conduct of the elections.Even though, the media was not the topic under discussion, owing to the significance of the topic, which called for peace and nonviolence among the various political parties, many of the speakers felt that the media’s role is also crucial in building peace.The workshop was held under the theme: “Enhancing Tolerance, Mutual Understanding, Consensus Building and Cooperation for Peace and National Unity.” It brought together representatives of registered political parties, calling on them to commit to peace and nonviolence in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Mrs. Frances Greaves, National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council (NCSC), earlier in her remarks, called on political leaders to meticulously take their messages to the airwaves to avoid violence.She also added later in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer that the media needs to carry messages of peace and nonviolence and review messages carefully before broadcasting or publishing them.She further urged the political parties to stop using the media as a weapon and ensure that they respect each other’s views.Cllr Sarah Toe reiterated in her message that “political parties, your role in the conduct of a peaceful election cannot be over emphasized, and that is why we are happy that you are leading the discussion for a peaceful 2017 election.“Your commitment to play by the rules of the game and your willingness to always discuss issues that you perceive to be in contravention of the procedures can go a long way in creating a peaceful environment for the election.“Because the commission (NEC) is the institution that confers legitimacy on elected officials in our democracy, it is not in the interest of any political party to be in confrontation with it,” she added.Ganta was where representatives of 20 opposition parties recently converged and reached a collaborative agreement for victory in the coming general elections.The ongoing consultative committee workshop was attended by scores of dignitaries, including partners, civil society organizations, EU Ambassador to Liberia, the USAID, IFES and the UNDP.The security sector was represented by the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The workshop was organized by NEC, with assistance from the EU, UNDP, IFES and the USAID.Jeremy Meadows, USAID Representative at the program, said violence and intimidation are threats to free and fair elections and urged the political parties to remain committed to peace.The workshop covered topics, including experience sharing of inter–party collaboration; organizational capacity building; and structuring of political parties’ commitment to peaceful resolution, and ended with the signing of a resolution by all the political parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The music industry does not have anything in ‘particular’ it admires, except talent, which is without a doubt a must have. But some artists come with a mix of characteristics like style, swag and undisputable skills that overshadows some of the things about them that their fans don’t know. Their talent is so overwhelming it leaves them with a trail of followers and fans wherever they go.More people know Eugene Herring, stage name ‘Geno the God,’ for his role in politics as the special assistant to the President Sirleaf’s Chief of Staff. But we were greatly surprised to find out that he is also one of Liberia’s ‘grounded’ singer/songwriter/rapper with a good musical head on his shoulder.He has finally decided to join the bandwagon by releasing songs for his fans based on his experiences and interest in the industry, and rightfully basking in the limelight that has suddenly shone his way.“I’m happy I took the long route and I don’t regret anything” he said.Although he has been making music since he was young and “left home to study classical music in the US” when he was 10, Geno the God started his career right in the mix of the Ebola epidemic. With all his access to music, he said that he “spent most of my life putting music on the backburner a little bit for different reasons, school, sports, etc.” What was bad about Ebola for the region became the catalyst for Geno the God to take an active role in his first love.“I had a little bit of time on my hands to get in the studio. Shout out to Coz and Liberty for allowing me to use the studio and put myself back together to put out my first single, which was ‘Baddie’ with Teddy Ride, which was a big record for me breaking into the Liberian market…that’s how my whole music career started,” he said. After DJ Blue spun the record, Geno said it “exploded from there.” Geno is first to admit that balancing two acts, his professional and musical careers, is worth the ride.“When I started, I was like Batman; I am running the errands of the executive mansion by day and recording by night,” he said via WhatsApp. “It was recently that the president got to know that I was making music, and accepted that for what it was. It has given me the green light and leeway to go ahead and explore that.”After dropping ‘Baddie’ he collaborated with Cypha D King on a remix of the song “Panda” by the artist Desiigner.“Because I’m working at the president’s office, a lot of people didn’t want to take me serious as a musician. It kinda hurt and I had to build over that and show people that I was serious about putting records out and making quality records. Now that these records are out these are the same people coming back saying ‘this is amazing’ and I am happy I took the long route in coming out and I don’t regret anything,” he added.At the start of the year, Geno the God dropped one of Liberia’s dopest songs, “Bah.” The unique and eccentric music video for the song has a global touch that will surprise music lovers this year.“You know you have to step out and I decided to release this song to put my homies on notice that I’m here. The record was produced by 3FS Productions in Accra, Ghana. A guy named Franky G, who also produces Liberian artist Irene Logan, a big success in Ghana, produced the song. The song is like, ‘here I am; I’m ready to move the ship off your shoulder. I’m ready to emerge,’” he said.“Bah” can be viewed on YouTube and elsewhere for free downloads. Geno can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as officialGenoLib.“Bah is a way to reintroduce myself and letting everyone know that I am here, there’s a new sheriff in town Bah/ I’m here to take over Bah/I’ve been patient and I think the wait is over Bah…”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A farmer and shopper in discussionAn elated farmer showcasing items made from her produceFarmers, agro-processors and entrepreneurs from across Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were given an opportunity to showcase and sell their produce as the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) presented its first monthly farmers’ market on Friday last.The initiative, which was hosted at the Wismar market tarmac, allowed for the farmers and agro-processors to sell at reduced prices to members of the public.Over 32 businesses and farmers participated in the event which was a collaborative effort by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC).Farmers from the community have for years been calling for the implementation of a farmers’ market event in an effort to showcase their produce.Regional Agriculture Officer Derek Collins said the Council’s Agriculture Department hosted the activity in an effort to give participants a fair opportunity to compete without competition from retailers.He explained that in Linden, it is evident that third parties come into the community to purchase produce, hence some of the farmers do not even have an opportunity to reach to the local market.“We’re going to do this every month, whereby we give the farmers the space to vend their produce at farm gate prices…you come directly to the farmers and get fresh, organic produce…We’re also giving the craft makers an opportunity to vend their produce. We had a crowd this morning and most of the vendors are all sold out. So, next month they’re saying that they’re coming with far more produce so they can stay an entire day and make maximum profits from what they have.”Collins, who was actively engaged in the planning of the event, said he was satisfied with the turnout, but noted that he expects to see more farmers in the coming months. Farmers from riverine communities such as Hururu and Kwakwani also participated in the event. The next farmers’ market day initiative is slated to be hosted on Saturday, June 29.
Tite has been appointed as the new coach of Brazil, the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol has announced.The 55-year-old replaces former boss Dunga, who was sacked last week following the Selecao’s failure to progress from the group stage at the Copa America.The veteran coach leaves a third spell at Corinthians to take charge of the national team after guiding the Sao Paulo club to a second Campeonato Brasileiro title in 2015.“It’s official! Tite is the coach of the Brazilian national team,” read a statement on the CFB’s website.“On Monday afternoon, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi was officially presented as the new commander of Canarinho.”Assistant coach Cleber Xavier, technical and technological coordinator Matheus Bacchi, and football coordinator Edu Gaspar have also joined the management staff of the five time World Cup winners.“Now the time has come, I understood that I should accept being coach of the Brazilian national team and that should be part of my career,” he said.“It’s a personal goal and perhaps my best professional moment.”Tite began his managerial career in 1990 but enjoyed his greatest success in his second spell at Corinthians between 2010 and 2013 as he guided them to the Brazilian title, the Copa Libertadores and the World Club Cup.He then spent time out of management, travelling the world to study coaching, before returning to Corinthians in 2014. 1 Tite [left] is unveiled as Brazil’s new boss
LANCASTER – The city will hold a series of public sessions this week to get residents involved in the revitalization of downtown. On Thursday, the city will host a 5-kilometer downtown walk from noon to 2 p.m. to kick off what Lancaster officials are calling the “downtown immersion.” The walk is the first in a series of public opportunities to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday to provide input to the redevelopment of downtown. “We want to use this series of encounters to raise the awareness of downtown, to have citizens learn the history and identity of this area,” City Manager Bob LaSala said. “This isn’t just about getting ideas, although that’s what it looks like on the surface. This is about civic responsibility and ownership of their downtown.” During the downtown walking tour, participants will have a chance to point out areas of concern and ideas for improvement. Particular attention will be given to unique features of downtown public spaces, pedestrian patterns, circulation, parking, neighborhood interfaces and architectural styles, city officials said. On Friday, the city will be meeting with business and property owners from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lancaster room of the Essex House and Convention Center, 44916 10th St. West. Business and property owners will have a chance to meet the project team and to discuss their ideas, issues, and expectations for the plan, city officials said. Also on Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in council chambers will be a workshop called “Main Street 101 and Virtual Tour of Downtowns.” The workshop will go over the approach to downtown revitalization and will include a virtual tour of other downtown projects. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a Downtown Design Charrette will be held in the Emergency Operations Center, EOC, of City Hall. The session will include a recap of information gleamed from the week’s previous events and an opportunity for participants to work in small groups to develop various land use and design alternatives for downtown. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. A “Youth Visioning Activity” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the EOC. Local youths are invited to share their visions for the future of downtown. The youth designs and visions will be displayed at the open house that will follow the design event. The open house, also to be held in the EOC, will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Concepts and designs created by participants will be on display. Information about the public outreach effort can be found on the Web at celebratedowntownlancaster.info. The city is investing $571,000 to prepare a plan and conduct the necessary environmental studies to revitalize Lancaster Boulevard and its surrounding areas between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway. It is expected to take about a year to prepare the plan. The city hired RBF Consulting to lead the effort. The company is working on other planning efforts for the city, including the project to revitalize the areas immediately to the north and to the northeast of the downtown business district. In decades past, Lancaster Boulevard was the focal point of the city. For most of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s it was about the only place to shop. But in the 1980s, the boulevard began losing businesses to new shopping centers and a couple of economic downturns. The city invested millions in Lancaster Boulevard in the 1990s, building the Lancaster Performing Arts Center and Metrolink train station and facilitating the construction of a new county library and sheriff’s station. Those buildings, along with the banks that have arrived in recent years, will be among the assets the plan can use in helping reshape the area, city officials said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsComfortable shoes and sunscreen are recommended. Water will be provided. Participants are asked to gather outside City Hall at 44933 Fern Ave. Two other events are scheduled for Thursday. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., a community workshop titled “Understanding Downtown Lancaster” will be held in the council chambers at City Hall. The session is intended to give residents a brief overview of the downtown project and will include a variety of interactive exercises that will help uncover the history of the area and identify the many assets and opportunities of downtown. Capping Thursday’s activities will be a downtown flashlight walk from 8 to 9 p.m., immediately after the workshop. Residents can join the downtown project team and sheriff’s deputies on a walk through downtown to identify issues such as areas with poor lighting. Walkers will gather outside council chambers. Flashlights will be provided.
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester United welcome Celta Vigo to Old Trafford on Thursday night looking to book their spot in the Europa League final.Having won the first leg of the semi-final 1-0, United are 8/15 to win the second leg in 90 minutes and are 8/13 to go on and lift and the trophy.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
What a fantastic Halloween weekend we had at Voodoo Venue!!The venue was packed all weekend as the crowds flocked to Voodoo Venue – No.1 night-spot in the North-West!As usual top class entertainment was provided throughout the Halloween weekend, which catered for all our revellers. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past.The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize. Don’t forget it’s HIJACKED TUESDAYS tonight for all you students. Check out the Voodoo Venue Facebook page (below) for our line-up throughout the week and for the forthcoming weekend.If you’re partying make sure you choose Voodoo Venue, Donegal’s No.1 Entertainment venue.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE ‘HALLOWEEN WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL’ – HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR? was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesnewsnightclubpicture specialVoodoo Venue
Two Donegal businesses have gone to war with eachother over a recycling centre which one claims is over-run with rats and flies.Recycled waste is on open display at the Inishowen siteHaulage boss Paul Bradley says he is outraged at the Inishowen Recycling Centre on the outskirts of Buncrana.He claims the site is not operating under the proper planning laws. Donegal County Council has confirmed it has started a new enforcement action against the centre.It also expressed surprise that the company obtained a household waste permit when it does not have the relevant planning permission.The owner Paul McLaughlin was given planning permission for a ‘materials recycling centre’ 12 years ago.The permission came with strict guidelines that it be fenced off by trees and that no materials be stacked outside. There are no tress planted and mounds of recycled waste is clearly in display at the site, says Mr Bradley.The haulage company boss claims the site is a serious health hazard, is an eye-sore and that it is infested with rats.A Donegal County Council spoekswoman said Mr McLaughlin had been fined before the district courts in 2006 for operating his premises outsides of its conditions.However Mr McLaughlin has maintained he is doing nothing wrong and said he does not need planning permission.He also claims he was visited by the Environmental Protection Agency and that they found nothing wrong with his operation. DONEGAL BUSINESSES GO TO WAR OVER ‘ILLEGAL’ RECYCLING CENTRE was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 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:buncranafliesInishowen Recycling CentrePaul BradleyPaul McLaughlinrats
SAN JOSE — Only a handful of tickets remain available for the Sharks’ playoff game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at SAP Center.The Sharks on Tuesday morning released more tickets to the general public and a team spokesman said as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, less than 300 tickets remained available. Seating capacity at the downtown arena is 17,562. Game 1 of the first-round series is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.A few more tickets for Game 1 will likely be released Wednesday morning, the …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Third Session of the 88th Ohio FFA Convention was all about never giving up, and amplifying your actions. After a lip sync battle and inspirational video of a mouse in a trap, we enjoyed opening ceremonies and the start of the session. We began with awarding the Gold Medal chapters in Ohio and gave awards for the Top 10 Chapters for Student, Chapter, and Community Development. The Top 10 Chapters Overall was also awarded.The keynote speaker for this session was past 1986-87 National Officer, Jones Loflin. He spoke on what motivates/electrifies you, and also how you will show your impact on the world. We ended the morning with proficiency awards and the talent show. Awards from the talent show will be posted after the next session recap. The top chapters in Ohio were recognized. Mary Buehler State vice president Former national FFA officer Jones Loflin was the keynote speaker.