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Live Thru Ebola

first_img“Live Thru Ebola” Is a very touchy melodic Message Johantz Wilson and his partner Ash Monique (a 14yr-old aspiring singer from London who now lives in Mount Vernon, the United States); is sending out to everyone that is affected one way or another by this deadly Ebola disease.  In the song, Ash Monique sings while Wilson raps praying for better days to come.This song, which is now making some serious international airwaves and getting a lot of media attention, came as an inspiration to Johantz after he got a phone call from his mother in Liberia telling him he had lost one of his Favorite Cousins to Ebola.  Johantz told LIB Life that his cousin recently died from Ebola and he urges the public not to lose sight of the dangers posed by the virus, in as much as there’s news that the virus is slowing down a little.  He said when he heard his cousin had died from the disease, he became more determined to return to West Africa sooner than he had planned to help those suffering from the Virus.  “It was terrible because when I got the news that Ebola had hit one of my very own, it just kind of shook and tore me up,” said Johantz when he got the call from his mother who still lives in Liberia. “When mom called me that night, all I heard in her voice was, ‘Ebola is killing us, Ebola is killing us.’ She kept repeating that over and over and I was like mom, take it easy, everything is going to be alright.”Wilson says his cousin, 38 year-old Betty Nabgah, left two of her daughters behind after contracting the illness.  “It was disturbing.  It was very hard to take in, you know, and all I kept on doing was hoping and praying that there was going to be better days.”  His main concern now like everyone else is that he prays to see no new cases in the three most affected countries especially his home, Liberia.  He also aims to help create awareness about the problem worldwide. This is why Wilson says he’s working with the American Red Cross to promote a song he wrote and produced.  “The song is basically a message from my heart.”  He added that the song is dedicated to his cousin and hopes it will soothe the hearts of other families that are suffering from all the pain the virus has caused.  “I just knew that what I wrote would make a difference”.Meanwhile, according to Wilson, all of the money the song will raise will go to the America Red Cross, which they’ll use to for the purpose towards the fight against Ebola by checking the spread of the disease in West Africa and worldwide; and help support families who are being affected by the disease.Also speaking on News 12, Paul Shipman of the American Red Cross says, “the song is going to raise awareness about the need to fight Ebola and it’s also going to raise funds.”Wilson is a native of Liberia, born in Buchanan and attended Cathedral Catholic School up till age 12, when he left for the United States in 1982. He still has his mother and other family members who are facing the crisis here in Liberia, not knowing what the outcome will be. He’s a music producer, songwriter, performer and owner of an independent record label Lasmouve Records based in Bridgeport, where he presently lives. Wilson’s record label has been established since 2001.Wilson hopes to be in Liberia within the next year or two after being away for so long. His music, Live Thru Ebola can be found on Youtube via the QR code or on this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Make Integrity Commission a matter of national urgency

first_imgAs time marches on without a functioning Integrity Commission in place, even the governing coalition’s minority partner, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has grown impatient with the slow pace of change.At the conclusion of the National Executive Council (NEC) over the weekend, the minority party demanded, in a statement, that the Integrity Commission be treated as a matter of national priority.For years, the Integrity Commission has been in limboNoting that it remained fully committed to its role in the advancement of constitutional reform in Guyana, the AFC called for the establishment of the Integrity Commission by the Government – of which a number of its own members are a part.Guyana Times made contact with AFC executive and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes. However, she declined to comment on the AFC’s role in the process. Calls to other AFC Ministers went unanswered.The history of the Integrity Commission is a tempestuous one. In 1999, the previous Government had sworn in members to the Commission. But since the 2006 resignation of the Commission’s Chairman, Bishop Randolph George, the body has been headless.In January 2016, Government used its one-seat parliamentary majority to turn down a motion tabled by the Opposition that would provide for all Members of Parliament (MPs) making public declarations of taxable income and all assets over the last 10 years to the Integrity Commission which would be released to the public.The coalition had noted that it was not in favour of the public declaration, and would prefer to make such disclosures to the Integrity Commission instead. It had said that such a move would violate the privacy of members.In defeating the motion, the Government MPs had proposed amendments to the motion for the National Assembly to support the enforcement of the legal requirement for all MPs to file their Income Tax returns and make declarations to the Integrity Commission.However, that proposal was protested by the Opposition and eventually resulted in MP Juan Edghill calling for his motion to be withdrawn, arguing that the amendments significantly changed the intent of the original motion. But the coalition MPs declined the withdrawal request and at the end of the debate, succeeded in passing the amended motion.While there is no functioning Integrity Commission, a ministerial Code of Conduct was gazetted in June of this year. The Code of Conduct is made up of 11 Articles. Article One prohibits public officials from taking bribes, while Article Two focuses on discrimination.Article Three prohibits public officials from accepting “any gift, benefit or advantage from anyone, (except) personal gifts from a relative or friend”. This provision, it states, does not apply to gifts received on behalf of the State.Article Five states: “No public (official) shall use his or her official influence in support of any scheme or in furtherance of any contract or proposed contract or other matter in regard to which he or she has an interest.”Article Six has provisions for ensuring confidentiality. It prohibits public officials from disclosing any information that is classified as privileged or confidential, to any unauthorised person. Article Seven prohibits officials from using public property such as money, equipment, supplies or services for unapproved purposes.Article Nine prohibits public officials from accepting “lavish or frequent entertainment” from any person or entity that the Government has or may have dealings with. This, the Article notes, includes invitations to sporting events and concerts.Article 10 prohibits officials from using their office in an improper manner for personal gain, while the final article forbids anyone in public life from having outside employment “except with the written consent of the relevant authority”.last_img read more

Local library gets ‘friendly’ donation

first_imgPhoto: (L-R) President of the Friends of the Library, Sheena Lillico, Cheechako Branch of the Foresters President, Roger Francoeur and Fort St. John Programme Coordinator, Janice Closson – photo submitted.The Fort St. John Public Library made some close friends last week.At Saturday’s Friends of the Library Book Sale, the Foresters organization donated $2,000 to the Library. The group also provided complimentary popcorn and juice that day. – Advertisement -The funds will be used to help support the Library’s annual Summer Reading Club for children, held during July and August.last_img read more

Cop arrested in moonlighting scam

first_img“While it is important to know all the facts in this case and not rush to judgment, we recognize that Los Angeles residents place their trust in law enforcement to uphold the law.” Last year, three LAPD employees were fired over benefits-abuse related charges and another was suspended for 15 days. One of those employees, an officer assigned to Internal Affairs, was working as an armed security guard in the parking lot at Staples Center and at a concession area at Dodger Stadium in summer 2003. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A veteran LAPD detective was arrested Tuesday after a 16-month investigation showed he was moonlighting as a security guard while collecting thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation, authorities said. Gil Barrow, 37, who works out of the Rampart Community Police Station and makes at least $75,000 a year, was supposed to be recuperating from an on-duty knee injury. But for six of the nine months he was off, police said, Barrow made extra cash working for a private security firm. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and attempted perjury and is the fifth Los Angeles Police Department employee accused of benefits-abuse in the last two years. “The taxpayers of Los Angeles provide excellent benefits for police officers,” Police Chief William Bratton said in a statement. “We take seriously any misuse of those benefits and pursue criminal charges when appropriate.” After supervisors became suspicious that Barrow might have prolonged his off-duty recovery time, investigators from the LAPD’s Professional Standards Bureau secretly watched him several times as he worked as a guard while he was supposed to be recovering from his injury. The perjury charge stems from Barrow’s testimony during an April 31, 2006, deposition related to his injuries. He is charged with grand theft, accused of receiving salary benefits under false pretenses. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison. His bail has been set at $30,000. “Like all community members, we find it disturbing when an officer is accused of abusing this public trust and commits a crime against those he is sworn to protect,” said Hank Hernandez, an attorney for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents more than 9,000 officers. last_img read more

Real Madrid set to beat Man United and Arsenal to Germany star

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Marco Reus Arsenal and Manchester United target Marco Reus has set his sights on a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.talkSPORT told you yesterday that the winger’s contract talks had stalled with Borussia Dortmund as he ponders a move away from the Bundesliga.And now, according to Marca, Reus has identified Real Madrid as his destination for next season.The Germany international has a £28million release-clause in his current contract, which can be activated next summer.With that in mind it is expected that their will be a bidding frenzy as Europe’s biggest clubs fight it out to secure Reus’ signature.The 25-year-old has been linked with a number of sides in the past 12 months, including Premier League giants Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.last_img read more

Jorginho grabs point for Italy in Nations League opener

first_imgAnd the former Manchester City boss admitted there was work to do.“It’s the first important game, so a few errors can happen, but overall the boys did well,” said Mancini.“I knew it was going to be difficult. They are a team that, at this moment, have more assurance than us.“But in the second half we made less technical mistakes and I’m happy with those 45 minutes. Before we made many mistakes, too many.”Italy struggled in all areas, Zielinski opening for Poland five minutes before the break to angry whistles from the crowd at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.Federico Chiesa came off the bench in the 71st minute to replace Lorenzo Insigne, and when he was brought down in the box minutes later Brazilian-born Jorginho stepped up to beat Lukasz Fabianski.Striker Mario Balotelli played for an hour before being substituted by Mancini along with Insigne who spearheaded the early Azzurri attack along with Federico Bernardeschi.Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski were in the front line for the Poles.Mancini handed 26-year-old Fiorentina left-back Cristiano Biraghi his first cap.But Poland piled on the pressure with two early scoring opportunities.Gianluigi Donnarumma — between the posts after the retirement of Italy icon Gianluigi Buffon — blocked a point blank Zielinski shot on six minutes.And the 19-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper dived to clear off Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski after 27 minutes.Juventus winger Bernardeschi had the best chance to get Italy off the mark but rattled the post after 37 minutes.But three minutes later a defensive blunder by Chelsea midfielder Jorginho gifted Poland the breakthrough they needed.Jorginho lost possession to Lewandowski who crossed from the left for Zielinski to whip a powerful volley past the helpless Donnarumma.– ‘Important point’ –Balotelli was replaced by Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Chiesa came off the bench and immediately had an impact.The son of former international striker Enrico Chiesa, the 20-year-old forced a save from Fabianski and was then brought down by Bartosz Blaszczykowski for a penalty.Italy midfielder Jorginho celebrates after scoring the equaliser in their Nations League opener against Poland. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOJorginho converted to equalise and score his first goal for Italy.Italy pushed for the winner but had to settle for a point before their trip to Lisbon where they will be playing a Portugal side missing Cristiano Ronaldo.“I’m happy with the performance and we came close to the victory,” said Jerzy Brzeczek, who took over after Poland crashed out in the group stage of the World Cup.“It’s an important point in a difficult stadium and it’s just a pity we were unable to make more of our chances.”Poland will play their next matches in the Nations League at home on October 11 against Portugal and on October 14 against Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“We made too many mistakes,” says Italy’s coach Roberto Mancini after a 1-1 draw with Poland in their Champions League opener in Bologna. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOBOLOGNA, Italy, Sep 8 – Roberto Mancini’s first competitive game as Italy coach ended in a 1-1 Nations League draw with Poland, midfielder Jorginho saving Azzurri blushes with a second-half penalty to level Piotr Zielinski’s first-half opener in Bologna on Friday.Mancini, 58, was appointed after the four-time winners’ shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1958.last_img read more

Job cuts fuel fear of new recession

first_imgA: After a heady five-year boom, the housing market went bust more than a year ago. Sales cooled, and so did home prices. The housing slump – the worst in roughly 16 years – has been the biggest weight on the national economy. Its fallout has hit some people and companies. Q: How have people been affected? A: Weaker home prices have made it harder for people to treat their homes as piggy banks – extracting cash from them to support spending sprees. Spending by individuals is a main shaper of overall economic activity. In April through June, the most recent quarter for which data are available, consumer spending grew at its weakest pace in 1 years. During the same period, many businesses ramped up spending and investment. However, the credit crisis, which took a turn for the worse in August, threatens to chill spending and investment by both businesses and individuals. WASHINGTON – The first significant crack in the economy’s foundation appeared when a government report last week showed that employers cut jobs for the first time in four years. But what’s going to happen next? As the housing pain drags on and a painful credit crunch tests the country’s economic resiliency, will the employment crack widen? Will other fractures appear? And will they cause the economy to crumble into a recession? Here are some pertinent questions and answers: Q: What happened with housing? Q: What’s the danger of a credit crisis? A: Credit is the economy’s lifeblood. If it becomes increasingly harder to obtain, it can crimp spending and investing by people and businesses. That would slow overall economic growth. In a worst-case scenario, the economy could slide into a recession. People depend on credit to finance big-ticket items, such as cars and homes. Companies rely on it to finance expansions, new ventures and other activities that affect hiring. Q: What happened to jobs in August? A: The government reported last week that the economy lost 4,000 jobs in August, the first such decline in four years. Mostly healthy employment – up until last week’s report – has acted as a shock absorber for the economy. Job and wage growth have helped to cushion the ill effects of the sour housing market on consumers. If the employment climate continues to weaken in the months ahead, wage growth probably will slow, too. People could cut spending, dealing a major blow to the economy. Similarly, if businesses slice jobs and capital spending at the same time consumers pull back, the plug would be pulled on a six-year-old economic expansion. Q: How do we know if we’re in a recession? A: By one rough rule of thumb, a recession occurs when there are two consecutive quarters when the economy shrinks. The size of the economy is measured by gross domestic product – the value of all goods and services produced within the United States. The economy barely grew in the first quarter of this year, but rebounded in the second quarter. The rate in the current July-to-September period is expected to be smaller – but still positive. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the recognized arbiters for dating recessions, uses a more complicated formula that takes into account such things as employment and income growth. The country’s last recession started in March 2001 and ended in November 2001.160Want 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

West Brom plan to replace Lescott with Man United outcast

first_img Jonny Evans 1 West Brom are willing to let Joleon Lescott go – and plan to replace him with Jonny Evans.Lescott impressed for the Baggies after joining from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer.But Baggies boss Tony Pulis is now ready to offload the 33-year-old, who has a year left on his contract.Aston Villa are keen on taking the former Wolves defender back to his hometown and have tabled a £1million bid.That has been rejected by West Brom but they will do business once they bring in another central defender.Evans is Pulis’ top target and he is hopeful of convincing the 27-year-old to follow his former teammate Darren Fletcher to the Hawthorns.The Northern Irishman has not featured at all for United this season and Louis van Gaal is happy for him to move on.Evans’ signing would then allow Lescott to leave, with Sunderland, as well as Villa, showing an interest in the ex-England international.last_img read more


first_imgThe HSE has denied claims that management at Letterkenny General Hospital refused a request from staff to celebrate mass on Ash Wednesday. Letterkenny HospitalHowever it has emerged that the times allocated for the Mass in the conference room at the hospital were not found to be suitable.Instead of receiving ashes at mass, the Chaplaincy team distributed them throughout the hospital. Setanta Communications Ltd Dublin, speaking on behalf of the HSE  said: “Management at Letterkenny General Hospital wish to confirm they did not reject any request for the celebration of mass on Ash Wednesday made either by the Chaplaincy Team or by any individual member or members of staff.”The PR Company was responding to the Tirconail Tribune who received complaints from members at the hospital who claimed their request for the Celebration of Mass on Ash Wednesday was rejected by hospital management.The newspaper tried to confirm what exactly is the HSE policy on the celebration of Mass within the hospital since the complaints also related to alleged religious discrimination against Catholics being a new practice within the Letterkenny General Hospital.The reply on behalf of the HSE said: “This year there was no chapel available as it presently out of commission due to the flood. The Chaplaincy Team contacted Hospital Management to enquire about availability of the Conference Room to celebrate mass as had occurred at Christmas. This room is used for clinical multi-disciplinary team case conferences with other hospitals (e.g. video link with Galway). “The Conference Room was offered to the Chaplaincy Team but times were unsuitable. Ashes were distributed to staff and patients throughout the hospital by the Chaplaincy Team.“Ash Wednesday Mass will continue to be celebrated each year at the hospital as has been the tradition, when the chapel is operational again following the flood.“Two new chapels have been designed in a partnership between Hospital Management, the Chaplaincy Team and the Hospital Design Team. Building works are scheduled to commence shortly. One chapel has been designed for Catholic worship and the other for other Christian denominations.“This reflects Letterkenny General Hospital’s ongoing commitment to respecting the religious traditions of staff, patients and their families.”HSE DENIES CLAIMS IT REFUSED STAFF MASS ON ASH WEDNESDAY was last modified: March 13th, 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:Ash WednesdayLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgThe Finn Valley Leisure Centre is moving closer to getting the final green light. Plans for the centre have been underway for a number of years. But now Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has revealed the project is almost on the home straight.Senator O’Domhnaiil told the Seanad that the project is now moving closer to the construction stage.“The Finn Valley Leisure Centre project which comprises of a 25 Metre – five lane pool together with other leisure facilities will when constructed provide an excellent family facility to the entire Finn Valley Area.“The estimated overall cost of the project is in the region of €8.7 million of which €3.8 from the Department and approximately €5m from Donegal County Council sources. “The contract documents for the project were approved in January 2009, leaving Donegal County Council to proceed to the next stage, which is the preparation of the tender report. ““The tender process has been completed by Donegal County Council and the tender report was submitted to the Department of Tourism & Sport on May 30th 2011 and immediately forwarded to the Office of Public Works for technical examination.“The tender report was approved by the OPW earlier this month and returned to the Department for consideration.”“Minister of State at the Department of Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD informed me in the Seanad last night that before the tender report is submitted to the Minister for approval the Department was awaiting further information from Donegal County Council in relation to the project.”SUBMISSION EXAMINEDThe Senator revealed: “The Minister has confirmed that this information arrived in the Department on Tuesday of this week and is currently being examined with a view to preparing a submission to the Minister.” “Minister Ring expects to receive the submission from his Department in the coming days and he has assured me that a decision on the project will be made very shortly after that.”Local Cllr Patrick McGowan, who has been working on this project for many years, said he is hopeful the centre will finally get the go ahead.“I now hope that Minister Ring will live up to the approval given by the previous Government so that this essential project can go to construction.”TELL US YOUR VIEW….LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW FINN VALLEY POOL MOVES A STEP CLOSER, SENATOR REVEALS was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:finn valley poolSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more