The U. S. Department of State has released its 2013 International Religious Freedom report on Liberia. The report says Liberia’s Constitution, laws and policies protect religious freedom, and, in practice, the government generally respected religious freedom in the past year.There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. The report discusses the unsuccessful March petition by the “Liberian Restoration to Christian Heritage Committee” to make Liberia a Christian state and a response demonstration organized by Muslims urging the legislature to reject the demand. The petition was submitted to the legislature but not acted upon.The U. S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy representatives engaged with the Government of Liberia and civil society on religious freedom and tolerance issues. These engagements included an inter-faith dinner, visits to religious institutions, and meetings with religious leaders. During Ramadan, the embassy led outreach programs focused on Muslim youth, including a discussion on peace building and religious tolerance. In September, the U. S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom visited Liberia and discussed religious freedom with government officials and leaders of all religious groups, including the Traditional Council. The Ambassador-at-Large solicited ideas on how to promote Liberia as a model of religious freedom and tolerance for other African countries.The International Religious Freedom report is an annual review required by U. S. law to ensure U. S. policy makers take into account abuses of religious freedom. It reflects the expectation that all countries should protect religious freedom, consistent with the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights and, for most countries, including Liberia, their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report supplements the most recent Human Rights Report by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2 nabbed with Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree straps2 nabbed with Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree straps
Swift investigations by Police ranks in the Georgetown area have led to the capture of two men accused of stealing the ratchet straps that held the Rahaman’s Park Christmas tree in place.At about 11:00hrs on Saturday, during a period of heavy winds, the structure came crashing down, and it was subsequently discovered that the straps were purposefully removed.According to information reaching Guyana Times on Sunday, Police swooped down on a nearby location and reportedly caught the suspected bandits red-handed with some of the stolen straps. They were arrested and taken into custody as Police continue their investigations into the matter.Speaking on the sidelines of the re-directed Christmas tree light-up on Sunday afternoon, the Park’s proprietor, Ray Rahaman, told this publication that he was pleased that suspects have been arrested for the theft, and that some of the materials were recovered.Rahaman, however, noted that he is eager to retrieve the missing straps, and is hopeful that Police would be able to ascertain if any other person is involved in the theft of his property.He highlighted that the act could have ruined the event, which went ahead despite the setback.After the artificial tree had fallen on Saturday, the Police were alerted, and traffic ranks were quickly deployed to re-direct traffic as workmen removed the 70-foot tree, which Rahaman contended could not be fixed due to the damage it sustained. An evergreen Christmas tree, also standing at 70 feet, was selected to illuminate the area.The businessman had observed the danger that surrounded the artificial tree’s falling, as one of the workmen was atop the structure just moments before it had collapsed. Rahaman has vowed that the destroyed tree would be replaced in less than two weeks.
…causes disturbance to taxi drivers, vendorsThe dumping of garbage, plant matter and other items on the side of Regent Street, opposite the Bourda Market, has mounted several complaints by persons who ply their trade in the vicinity. Guyana Times visited the area on Saturday, where a pile of unwanted items was heaped onto the corner of the busy street, which also houses taxi drivers. It was placed there by workers attached to the Mayor and City Council who were employed to clean the Bourda Cemetery.As the lawns were cleared, wheelbarrows of waste were transported to the street, with two cones strategically placed to caution citizens.The area is primarily occupied by taxi-drivers who would collect passengers as they wrapped up their shopping at the nearby Bourda Market. Since they could not occupy the area, many were forced to cease work until the debris is removed.However, one man sought to comment on the situation, labelling it as “unacceptable”. He said during this time where there is increased shopping, many are dependent on the drivers. It is also disappointing since their day’s earning is stymied.“This is the time that we does catch some work and you have this unacceptable behaviour. City Hall should know better. Why don’t they get a big bin and place it in the cemetery for the people to put everything in,” he lamented.Meanwhile, the situation was also an eyesore to vendors, since it was placed right in front of their stalls. Some complained about the unpleasant scent while others were seemingly upset about the aesthetics.“I just want to say that this is not right,” said one of the vendors.As it relates to the works, the workers were contracted to clear the entire cemetery by removing the overgrown bushes around the tombs.Bourda Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Georgetown and the only surviving plantation cemetery in the city. It is considered a national landmark and has been listed as a national monument by the National Trust of Guyana.Similar works were carried out at the Le Repentir Cemetery last year as part of a $150-million-dollar restoration exercise. This was the first time that a contractor had been hired to assist in the maintenance of the premises. In fact, it was revealed that the fences and gates would be restored, and interest would shift to constructing another crematorium. The development of roads in the cemetery was also part of the package.However, months later, the former Town Clerk Royston King had expressed that despite these works, the area was “still in a bad shape”.
Grande Prairie Athletics claim 2018-2019 NPHL TitleGrande Prairie Athletics claim 2018-2019 NPHL Title
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPHL finals wrapped up on Thursday night in Grande Prairie with the Athletics claiming the title on home ice over the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.It was an intense battle as both the Athletics and Canucks were neck-and-neck throughout the game, eventually heading into overtime with a tied score of two apiece.It was at 6:19 into overtime when the Athletics would score the victory goal, winning the game 3-2 over the Canucks.- Advertisement -According to NPHL.com, this is now the second time the Athletics has claimed the title and this was the 10th time in the 66-year league history that the final was decided in overtime.
After reviewing more than 1,000 Los Angeles Unified School District audits conducted in recent years, City Controller Laura Chick issued a report Thursday blasting district officials for a “disturbing lack of transparency and accountability.” Chick said the truckload of audits did little or nothing to improve the education of the 700,000 students in the nation’s second most populous school district, and she reiterated her offer to conduct a comprehensive, independent audit that would provide recommendations for improvements and measure results. “How could the school district make sense of these mounds of paper?” Chick asked, standing behind the mountain of reports evaluating LAUSD since the 2000-01 school year. “Audits and reports are intended to bring transparency. LAUSD has used them to hide from the public, to obstruct and to delay. How have the children benefited from these reports?” 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 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa immediately seized on the findings, saying he would ask the state Legislature to order an independent audit if district officials continue to reject Chick’s efforts. “I think we have every right to audit, and if the district doesn’t agree to an audit, I’m going to ask the Legislature to do it,” said Villaraigosa, who has proposed a mayoral takeover as one of the ways to reform and improve the city’s public schools. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer scheduled a news conference of his own in which he stood firm in his refusal to allow the city to interfere, once again rejecting Chick’s offer to conduct an audit that would cost $800,000 to $1 million. “We’re not going to spend our dollars for Laura Chick to do an additional audit,” he said. “We are the most audited entity in this town.” District officials said they spend $1.5 million a year on a state-required audit. And it is exactly because the district closely audits its educational performances that students’ standardized test scores – the ultimate measure of academic performance – have been rising steadily over the past five years, Romer said. “This is the kind of specific work that we do to hold ourselves accountable,” he said. “Eight hundred thousand dollars is a big thing in this district. It’s money that’ll buy a lot of textbooks, and I don’t want to spend it on anything that’s not going to give us something added.” Chick faulted the district’s previous audits for not focusing on improving education – specifically instruction and learning – and noted that nearly three-quarters of the reports had dealt with administrative issues such as petty cash, budget analysis and contract reviews. While Romer and school board members would not speculate on Chick’s motives for offering to audit the district, many have questioned her timing, citing Villaraigosa’s efforts to take control of the school system. Villaraigosa said he did not believe that Chick was politically motivated in seeking an independent LAUSD audit and that he did not collaborate with her on the request. And Chick – considered a Villaraigosa ally – said she has not taken a position on mayoral takeover, but believes Los Angeles Unified is badly in need of reform. “At this point, after what I’ve seen, after the experiences that I’ve had, I’ll say this: The current form of school governance, in my opinion, is not working, and there’s no transparency and no accountability.” Allan Hoffenblum, a Los Angeles-based political analyst, said statements and actions by Chick and Villaraigosa are a classic political strategy aimed at appealing to voters. “The mayor wants greater political control over L.A. Unified, and the majority right now of the school board and teachers union are pushing back on that, so what they’re trying to do is a sell job to the broader electorate,” Hoffenblum said. “He can’t do anything unless it’s put on the ballot and the voters change the laws. This is basically part of a P.R. campaign to inform the electorate to try to get them to concur that the mayor should have more power over the district.” In her review of previous district audits, Chick offered no specific recommendations. But she said she would like to analyze whether the district is using the best recruiting, training and retention strategies; whether teachers have adequate resources; and whether some administrative funds could be transferred to classroom uses. But Romer said that, as part of the last union contract, district officials agreed to conduct an additional performance audit. He said officials have contracted with Educational Resource Strategies, a national specialist on educational performance, for a $200,000 study to recommend methods to increase short- and long-term savings. Staff Writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. 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GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 8/3/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €3,140.00 numbers drawn were 7,15,18,24 the €15 consolation prizes went to Helen Toland Gaddyduff, Geraldine Devlin Tullagh, Bernard O’Connor c/o Ballymun Ltd F.C,Philip & Noeleen Porter Rooskey, Allan Gracie Tullagh.Cardiac Screening- Any club member interested aged 14 to 35yrs contact David Hession 0860538537 for details or visit club website. Inishowen Board Level 1 coaching course taking place over two weekends the 23rd,24th & 30th & 31st March contact John Friel 086 0523550 for information.Underage Training Times -Under 14s Fridays at 5.30pm Straid David Hession. Under 16s Tuesdays 5pm Straid John Friel. U12s Friday 4pm Straid John Canny.U8 Boys & Girls Saturday at 11am Straid Susan McCarron & Sandra McGonigle.Club Merchandise – Contact Alan 0879029672.New Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie. Any items for the notes please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES
GAA RESERVE MATCH REPORT: FOUR MASTER 2-14, GLENFIN 0-05GAA RESERVE MATCH REPORT: FOUR MASTER 2-14, GLENFIN 0-05
Four Masters 2- 14. Glenfin 0-05 (From Jim McLaughlin, Four Masters)Four Masters Reserves Completely Overwhelm GlenfinIn a very one sided affair, the Four Masters men were much too strong for Glenfin Reserves. Four Masters ran out very comfortable winners in this encounter, with eight Masters men getting on the score sheet. Four Masters: Sean Martin; Enda Bonner, Damien Cassidy, Barry O’Donnell (0-1); Daire Quinn (0-1), Leo McHugh (0-1), Pauric Harvey; Charlie Gallagher, Ciaran Cassidy; Dillon Muldoon (0-4), Gareth Britton, Emmett Doogan (0-1); Brendan Cassidy (0-4), Darren Doherty (2-0), Gary McGinty (0-2). Sub used: Declan BushellGlenfin: Ryan Dorrian; Shane McGinty, Finian McGlinchey, Martin O’ Donnell; Damian Doherty, Stephen Dorrian, Paul McGlynn; Barry McMonagle, Luke Keane; Ross McDermott (0-2), Packie Moy, Jason Marley; Ethan O’Donnell (0-1), PJ Scanlon (0-1), Ronan Carlin (0-1). GAA RESERVE MATCH REPORT: FOUR MASTER 2-14, GLENFIN 0-05 was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA RESERVE MATCH REPORT: FOUR MASTER 2-14GLENFIN 0-05
EXCLUSIVE: SANTA REGISTERS FOR ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5KEXCLUSIVE: SANTA REGISTERS FOR ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K
PICTURE Exclusive: Here’s Santa – getting ready for the St Stephen’s Day 5k at the Finn Valley Centre.We understand he had already registered for the race by the time this picture was snapped.There’s still time to pre enter by emailing email@example.com to avoid the queue. Or you can register on the day – with a start time of 2pm. EXCLUSIVE: SANTA REGISTERS FOR ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K was last modified: December 23rd, 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:Finn Valley ACSt Stephen’s Day 5k
3. Herder, Tess/Kozulic, Lea (DU) def. Haight, Lindsay/Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) 6-1 Match Notes Drake will close out the regular season tomorrow, Sunday Apr. 24 at 10 a.m. before traveling to the MVC Championships on Apr. 29th. Bradley 11-12 2. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Dechter, Ariel/Manfredo, Aimee (BRAD) 5-4 5. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Manfredo, Aimee (BRAD) 6-2, 6-1 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team defeated Bradley 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 3. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Thai, Ashley (BRAD) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) Drake 13-11 4. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Brandt, Alexa (BRAD) 6-3, 6-1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,2,1,6,3) The Bulldogs cruised to victory after winning the first three single matches. Sophomore Summer Brills and freshman Joely Lomas posted quick victories. Brills had a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot while Lomas had a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the No. 5 spot. Johnson clinched the team win with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 2 spot over Alejandra de Lasa. Herder also won with a 6-4, 7-6 victory in the No. 3 spot. Doubles competition Drake 5, Bradley 2Apr 23, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Drake jumped out to an early lead by winning the doubles points. Tess Herder and Lea Kozulic cruised past Lindsay Haight and Malini Wijesinghe at the No. 3 spot with a 6-1 victory. Seniors Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory. 1. Dechter, Ariel (BRAD) def. Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-3, 7-6 (6-3) 6. Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) def. Kozulic, Lea (DU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 Singles competition 2. Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. de Lasa, Alejandra (BRAD) 6-2, 6-1 1. Ante, Mariel/Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Thai, Ashley/Brandt, Alexa (BRAD) 6-3 Print Friendly Version