– Advertisement – Trust, according to the English dictionary, is the act of believing in the honesty and reliability of others. There are two key words in this definition, and they are honesty and reliability. Honesty is that quality that will make you to be trusted; while reliability is the quality of being dependable. These definitions lead one to believe that one cannot be trusted until he/she builds trust.This brings us to a recent statement by Swedish envoy Yaser Abd EL Hamid urging graduating magistrates of the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute to build trust by being transparent and credible because “Trust Builds Peace.” According to the Swedish envoy, trust can only be built if lawyers and judges abide by the constitution and uphold their ethics. He said, “Trust can only be built when you allow dialogue with the people you serve, when you are transparent and open, and when corruption-free access to justice is realized.”We do not know from what standpoint the Swedish envoy made the selection to speak to the graduating magistrates, on building trust by avoiding corruption and living by ethics in their adjudication of legal matters. Nevertheless, it is well known to Liberians and foreigners in this country that getting justice comes with a price, which involves bribing the judge to either disregard a case in favor of the offender, or delay the case to frustrate the offended party. It may be recalled that during observance of International Human Rights Day in 2013, a Liberian Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, stated in the auditorium of the University of Liberia that justice is given to people who have money, and any poor man or woman in the hinterland wishing to get justice must be prepared to cover long distances to get to the court.In support of the aforementioned, the 2016 US State Department’s Human Rights Report revealed that judges in Liberia accept bribes to award damages in civil cases. Admitting to this allegation, the late Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn once said, “We as judges have allowed our fraternal relationships and love for our brothers and sisters who are lawyers to influence our decisions, which have invariably led to various disciplinary actions being taken against us.” These unethical and unwholesome practices on the part of Liberian judges in the judicial system recently led the Supreme Court to recently suspend Judge Emery Paye.Judges are to be impartial and to always step aside in any case involving conflict of interest in accordance with the natural law of justice, which states that, “A man cannot be a judge in his own cause.”John Stuart Mills, an English philosopher, said in his theory of Egalitarianism that a decision is ethical when one covers his head with a veil of ignorance to impartially make a decision, allowing all parties to equally have the benefit and harm where necessary. It is predicated upon this, we believe, that Chief Justice Francis Korkpor warned ‘partisan judges’ to desist, admonishing them to either be independent, or be chastised.Liberia is not ignorant to the consequences of injustice. When some groups of the Liberian population were denied economic justice, we saw a bloody coup in 1980. We have also witnessed bloody civil wars because of the same injustice; yet judges continue to deprive people of justice thus leaving them discontented and agitated. Knowing the consequences of bribery and cheating in a justice system, the good Lord told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 16:18-20: “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”The advice from Swedish envoy Yaser Abd EL Hamid and other references provided in this editorial should be seriously considered by Liberian judges. The Judicial Branch by constitution has the highest decision-making power in the land. All constitutional and other issues that are arising today including those regarding the pending elections can be decided by no other branch than the Judiciary. Perhaps the judges of our courts are not aware, but with all the hurdles Liberia is facing, people will always refer to the court as the only arbiter of justice; trusting that there the issue can be resolved, and everyone will be satisfied. But in a counterproductive reaction to citizens, judges have been influenced by money and higher-ups; and thwarting justice thus influencing mob justice.Besides the resolve of Liberians to keep the peace despite the frustration they continue to encounter, judges must know that the peace of this country heavily hangs on justice and the Judiciary is the key actor. It is not so much the impression of trust, but the expression of trustworthiness by the deliberations of our judges. Judges and justices must do all they can to live by their ethics and build trust in the citizens as we all strive to nurture the peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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The redneck handymen will be judged both on speed and performance. Organizer Kim Gallinger says the idea started out as an idea over coffee, but after the success of last year’s challenge, it was an easy decision to bring it back. “The whole idea basically grew and bloomed from there,” she explains. “It’s a day for everyone to come together. It’s something fun for everyone’s who’s involved and for everyone who comes down, and of course it benefits the community.” – Advertisement -Nails will start getting hammered Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m., and there will be activities throughout the day for the rest of the family. The Fort St. John Fire Department will be bringing its blow up slide, and the Northern Environmental Action Team will be demonstrating how to make recyclable birdhouses at 1 p.m. There will also be “redneck” games like 2×4 races and a toilet seat toss, as well as the chance to paint flower pots. The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society will also be holding a barbecue. Anyone interested in signing up can contact Kim Gallinger at 250-787-0371.Advertisement
2/ “The project is now at construction phase and B.C. Hydro must meet the requirements set out in the environmental assessment decision.”— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) February 23, 2016Advertisement Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen criticized Carr for his statement.“Perhaps the minister’s problem is that he doesn’t realize that Site C isn’t in Manitoba, it’s in British Columbia,” he said. “Consultations have in inadequate, letters have been ignored. When is the Liberal government going to actually commit to its sacred policy to respect First Nations rights and titles?”Carr fired back, saying it’s been more than a decade since Aboriginal communities have been properly consulted and the Liberal government is committed to thorough consultations with First Nations. – Advertisement -3/ It appears that the Libs are not going to stop Site C as mentioned in the HoC by @cathmckenna today.— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) February 23, 2016Since Trudeau’s election, First Nation groups have called for the Prime Minister to step in and stop Site C construction. While the government itself has been fairly quiet on the subject since the election, there has been speculation why that is. Keith Baldrey with Global BC wrote last month that, ‘there is no way a federal government will override a provincial government decision that is constitutionally protected.’Yesterday in the House of Commons, Site C came up in the question period. Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr said the Liberal government has undergone a series of consultations with First Nations across the country since their election.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. — According to social media posts from Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, the Liberal Government does not seem to be stepping in to put an end to Site C construction any time soon.According to Zimmer’s tweets from the House of Commons, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the former Conservative government approved Site C, and there are ‘legally binding conditions’ that have to be complied with now.1/Enviro Min ” in the fall of 2014, the fmr govt approved the project & set legally binding conditions with which the proponent must comply”— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) February 23, 2016
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to have a tough time convincing homeowners in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in the city that more than doubling trash-collection fees is a good idea. For decades, free trash collection was a sacred cow in Los Angeles – the one benefit ordinary people got while city officials and their pals looted the treasury. Streets, sidewalks and sewers were allowed to rot and police services to deteriorate even as city employees, developers and contractors got rich. Then, at the first sign reform was taking hold, City Hall imposed a small “equipment” charge for the new trash cans for recycling. Next, officials raised the fee sharply. And now the mayor wants to jack up the $11-a-month fee by $17 over four years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVillaraigosa swears every cent raised will go for the one thing just about everybody wants: more cops; 1,000 more. But even this popular mayor is going to have a tough time convincing the Valley. Look at it this way: More than half of those Valley residents voted to secede from the city. The primary reason was that for all the tax revenue the middle-class Valley sent to City Hall, it received a disproportionately low share of services. To many, it seemed like all the Valley got out of the deal was “free” trash hauling. Now Villaraigosa wants to take that away and make homeowners pay dearly for hauling away their trash. He swears he’s going to resist city unions’ demands for whopping pay increases. He insists he’s going to be a fiscal conservative, demand efficiency and accountability throughout City Hall and deliver “a more responsive government.” And he promises that the Valley will get a fair share of the extra cops, especially in the higher crime areas. At the moment, Villaraigosa offers no guarantee other than his word. That’s not good enough, because political promises too often are broken, and there are plenty of people who have access to the ultimate $127.5 million siphoned into the general fund. Most notably, the 15 members of the City Council. If this plan seems terribly familiar, that’s because it is. Three years ago, Mayor James Hahn proposed raising the trash fee from $6 to $11 a month to hire 320 new cops. After a protracted fight, the full council soundly rejected Hahn’s plan. But members kept that $5-a-month fee hike all the same, and squandered it in their usual manner. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton makes a strong case for more cops and the need for a dedicated revenue stream to get them. Crime is down and his credibility is up, so he’s worth listening to. The problem is City Hall has betrayed the people time and again. The same people who have thrived at the public trough for so long are circling City Hall again. So for the mayor to even stand a chance for serious consideration of his plan, he needs to provide firm benchmarks on city spending, on employee salary and benefits costs, on adding officers. And he needs to firm up his commitment to end the use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and make every community, including downtown, pay its fair share for city services. Without those guarantees, it will be a tough sell indeed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Patsy gets his award from Mayor McBreartyDONEGAL’S Mr Sport has been honoured with the Freedom of Donegal this afternoon.Patsy McGonagle, the Ireland Olympic team manager, said he was ‘humbled’ by the honour, only the sixth person to be given the award.The Donegal native, the son of Inishowen parents, has become synonymous with sport in Donegal, running the successful Finn Valley Sports Centre. Mayor Frank McBrearty led to tributes to Patsy in front of close family and friends.The Voice of Sport, former Highland radio man, Charlie Collins was also there with All-Ireland winner Martin McHugh.European Boxing Champion Jason Quigley was also at the event.Mayor McBrearty said it was fitting that Patsy received the honour. “We are very lucky to have someone of Patsy’s stature and nature here in Co Donegal,” he said.“The fact he managed the Ireland team for the past three Olympics speaks for itself.“Ballybofey and Stranorlar are the capitals of sport in Donegal.”County manager Seamus Neely also acknowledged Patsy’s role in managing GAA teams as well as Mac Cumhaills and Glenfin.He said the county schools athletics championships were a testament to his work at grassroots level by a man who had given so much to sport at a national level. Councillors paid glowing tributes to Patsy for his work over the years.“When he hung up his own spikes, he put on the boots to bring other people forward,” said Cllr Cora Harvey.She said that the Twin Towns man and former St Columb’s College student had helped raised untolled thousands for charity by helping to organise and run road races.Charlie Collins said it had been a privilege to work with Patsy on Donegal Community Radio and Highland Radio. Lifelong friend Neil Martin from Finn Valley AC paid a glowing tribute to his friend of 45 years.“He first set his eyes on me in 1968 and he hasn’t left me alone since,” he laughed.“The day always starts with a phone call, an email or a text from Patsy with something to do.”Cllr Patrick McGowan paid tribute to the entire McGonagle family for their dedication and service to the local community.Earlier Patsy confirmed Donegal Daily’s story from three months ago that Usain Bolt will visit Stranorlar early next year.Patsy joins an elite group of recipients of the award – Shay Given, Phil Coulter, Daniel O’Donnell and Clannad being the other five to have been honoured in a similar way.In his address to the chamber Patsy thanked the county council for the honour.“My life has been a treadmill all my life and I was thinking how did I end up sitting here on a Friday afternoon,” he said.“My parents would have been very proud.”He recalled fond memories working on his grandmother’s farm in Inishowen and the encouragement he received at St Columb’s College.He said Cranford AC was key to his life as a young man after leaving the boarding school.Patsy paid tribute to Highland Radio because “they allowed me to tell my story” over the years.“We built athletics through all the media,” he said.He paid tribute to athletes like Danny McDaid and Patsy Hegarty – great friends who had enthused him.And he said he wouldn’t have been able to all he had done without the support of his wife and his family.He was given a standing ovation for his speech.DONEGAL’S MR SPORT PATSY McGONAGLE HONOURED WITH FREEDOM OF THE COUNTY was last modified: June 15th, 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:DONEGAL’S MR SPORT PATSY McGONAGLE HONOURED WITH FREEDOM OF THE COUNTY
CALABASAS – It started 27 years ago as a means to sell off excess sweets from the Overton family’s bakery in Beverly Hills and took five years before it mustered a second location. A third came another five years after that, giving The Cheesecake Factory a taste of a growth plan. It would be years before the concept caught on beyond its loyal local following around Los Angeles. On Monday, that pokey little company will open its 100th location in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Its locations bring in more than $11 million apiece on average each year and the company has never shuttered a restaurant. By far, it is the highest unit volume in the restaurant industry. “There are very few competitors that have the quality, brand and culture that Cheesecake has,” said Dean Haskell, a director and analyst with JMP Securities in San Francisco. “There’s no one else like them on a national scale.” And after it hits that 100th location, the company has no plans to slow down. It opened 18 spots in the last year and plans to proceed at a similar clip until it gets in the 200 range. For its upscale Grand Luxe Cafe, the Calabasas-based company aims to grow from its current five restaurants to as many as 150. And there’s plenty of people who need that strength; each restaurant opens with 10-14 managers and an hourly staff of as many as 200 employees. The company has advised investors that finding enough quality workers to run the new sites has been the only drag on even more growth. With as many as 250 more restaurants planned between its two concepts, that’s more than 50,000 people the company would have to recruit just to run its stores. “We’re growing rapidly, but it’s in the same way we always have,” Dixon said. “We still deliver the same taste and the same experience as we always have. . . In a country of this size, 100 restaurants isn’t that many, so we’re a long way from being saturated.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re in a great position where with the success we’ve had, we can pick and choose the sites we think are best,” said Mike Dixon, the company’s chief financial officer. “We’ve got landlords who want us in their projects and they’ll actually build a new structure just for us.” In the early expansion days, the company generally went into premier food towns like Miami, Las Vegas and Chicago. Now, it’s become large enough that they company can pull off openings in Des Moines and the Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire. Its main concern finding locations is a population density of 250,000 people within five miles with an above-average income. Once found, it won’t build another Cheesecake Factory within five miles, though it has found Grand Luxes won’t cannibalize sales from the flagship concept. But even with an empire that spans Hawaii to New York, it’s still run with elements of the philosophy from it’s beginning as a one-spot joint. Founder David Overton, who’s both chairman and chief executive officer, still visits each restaurant before opening with a team of executives. Even with an 18-page menu with 200 offerings, the company still reviews its cuisine twice a year, swapping out 10 items at a time for something new. Nearly every item’s still made from scratch. “When the founder of the company cares that much for every single detail in the restaurant, it really strengthens every single person who works for us,” said Howard Gordon, senior vice president of business development and marketing.
A man who pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography had his case adjourned to the next sitting of Dungloe District Court because his solicitor was ill.Judge Paul Kelly was told at Dungloe District Court that defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey was ill and unable to be present to represent Neil McBride.McBride, 44, was convicted at an earlier court when he admitted having 43 child pornography images on his Dell lap-top computer. He also admitted having a further 51 images of children under 17 years of age who were either fully or partially clothed. The earlier court that key words used by McBride in google searches included “kids in bath”, “12-year-old boys”, “nude boys”, “nude teens”, and “cute boys.”Unemployed McBride, originally from Gweedore, but with an address at Fortwell Apartments, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to possession of the child pornography images on his laptop in August 2011.In court today Inspector David Kelly said he reluctantly agreed to a postponement of sentence earlier when Ms Sharkey said she was seeking a medical report for the purpose of arguing for mitigation.He accepted that Ms Sharkey was ill today but if the case was being further adjourned he wanted it to be dealt with peremptorily – finally – at the next sitting;The judge adjourned sentence to January 13.CASE OF MAN WITH CHILD PORN IS ADJOURNED AFTER HIS SOLICITOR TAKES ILL was last modified: December 10th, 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:child pornographycourtdungloeJudge Paul Kelly
Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to give a clear commitment that all victims of this week’s devastating floods will be entitled to emergency funding to help them get back on their feet.The funding announced excludes businesses and community organisations which have been flooded, and which are facing major clean-ups and repair work.Deputy McConalogue says he has spent the past two days visiting homes, businesses, community/sporting organisations and farmers across the Inishowen peninsula, and talking to people struggling to cope with the aftermath of these devastating floods. He said “It is soul destroying to see people’s livelihoods completely destroyed and community facilities washed away in a night.“The immediate priority is to cater for those who have had their homes flooded. The announcement of an emergency fund to which they can apply for help is welcome and I would encourage those affected to immediately make contact with their community welfare officer.“However, I am extremely concerned about the lack of support for the many businesses, which have been ravaged. The funding announcement this morning does not include business owners – many of whom have no insurance. These people need to get their shops and businesses back up and running again. The past few days have been extremely traumatic and they are anxious to get confirmation that they will get assistance from the Government to help them get back on their feet. The Government needs to clarify immediately that there will be supports for them.Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue“Minister Moran on his visit to the Peninsula has given a commitment that the Government will come through with funding support for bridges and roads. It is important that this funding is delivered in the coming days and weeks in a manner that ensures all transport infrastructure is fully repaired. “Many community halls, sports facilities and tourism amenities have been badly damaged by the flood waters and will need Government aid to help them rebuild and reopen. The progress, which has been made over the past number of years developing many of the facilities in the affected areas, was washed away in a matter of hours. It is crucial that the Government comes forward with an assurance that money will be made available to repair the damage that has been done. I have sought assurances from Minister Moran, that he will clarify the situation in relation to funding, once he reports back to his Government colleagues on the extent of the damage.“Many farmers have also experienced significant damage in relation to crops, stock and farm land and it is important that the Minister for Agriculture becomes engaged in the response and ensures that financial supports are provided in these cases.“Ministers Moran and Ross visits to the area are welcome but it is now essential that the Government recognises the extent of the devastation in Inishowen and ensures that funding is provided to families, businesses and community organisations to repair the damage that has been caused”.Govt must give commitment that ALL flood victims will get emergency funding – McConalogue was last modified: August 25th, 2017 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:Charlie McConalogueCommitmentdonegalFLOODINGGovernmentInishowen
Gulf aviation group Etihad is pressing ahead with plans with travel group TUI AG to create a new European leisure airline operating a fleet of about 60 aircraft and offering 15 million seats annually.The move, which is still subject to approval by aviation regulatory and anti-trust authorities, is also part of a restructure by financially struggling Etihad joint venture partner airberlin to improve its bottom line.The new Vienna-based leisure airline is expected to begin operation in April to take advantage of the norther summer season and will service key holiday markets such as Balearics, Canaries, mainland Spain and Greece.It aims to take advantage of Etihad’s aviation experience and TUI’s tourism expertise to keep overheads low. Ports in Austria, Germany and Switzerland will include Hanover, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Basel and Vienna.Under the deal, Etihad Aviation Group’s board agreed to pay 300 million euros for a 49.8 per cent stake indirectly held by airberlin in subsidiary airline NIKI.Etihad’s holding company will contribute its share in NIKI to the new leisure airline while TUI will convert its subsidiary TUIfly to the joint venture. This includes 14 aircraft operated by TUIfly for airberlin under a wet lease agreement (where both the aircraft and the crew are leased).The deal will see TUI holding 24.8 per cent of the shares in the new company, Etihad with 25 per cent and the remaining 50.2 per cent by the existing NIKI private foundation.It will also see airberlin, which has a market value of 68.9 euros but has made losses of 1.27 billion euros over three years, adjust its European city network to concentrate on year-round business travel in the German, Nordic and Eastern European markets.The German carrier will from next year’s northern summer transfer slots for “certain touristic destinations’’ in Southern Europe, North Africa and Turkey to NIKI. This exclude slots in Italy but include the Canary Islands and Madeira.Long-haul destinations in the US, the Caribbean and Etihad’s home base of Abu Dhabi will remain with airberlin.Airberlin chief executive Stefan Pichler said airberlin would invest further in its business travel offering, network connectivity and the expansion of profitable long-haul routes, particularly to the US.“We are delivering a decisive step towards our new strategy. This transaction simplifies our business, reduces our exposure to seasonal destinations and improves our financial position,’’ he said. “Step by step, we are transforming airberlin into a network carrier focused on domestic and European traffic to feed our two long-haul hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf.”Airberlin said its current schedule remains valid and available for booking and it would inform customers should scheduled flights be operated by NIKI.The German carrier, a member of the oneworld alliance and 29.21 per cent owned Etihad, flew more than 30.2 million passengers in 2015 and operates hubs at Berlin-Tegel and Dusseldorf.