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Witchcraft Activity Resurfaces in Nimba

first_imgAnother episode of witchcraft activity is said to have resurfaced in Nimba County, this time involving a 13 year-old boy and several others around the LPRC Community in Ganta.In this latest witchcraft activity, the teenage boy confessed of bewitching many young ladies and obstructing several development initiatives in their community.The 13 year-old boy (name withheld) told the gathering that in performing witchcraft, he sometimes placed a spell at a neighbor’s  doorstep or in their yard and whenever someone steps on it, it causes serious foot problems that may lead to the person’s death.He appealed to their landlord, one Mrs. Gbarpoe, for pardon because, according to him, he was responsible for the landlord’s daughters not getting married.He confessed to having taken the ladies’ underwear (panties) into the dark world, where their futures were transformed, causing them to appear dull to any men that came across them. Last year, witchcraft activities flared up across Nimba County involving several younger and older people.Most of those involved were transferred to the zoes, where they were given oaths of disinitiation or discontinuance of the practices for the rest of their lives.In April last year, dozens of citizens of Blunh Town on the Saclapea Road were taken to the Buu–Yao town called Dahnplay to take oath for their alleged involvement in witchcraft activities.Although, trial by ordeal is no longer practiced in Nimba, yet witch doctors are busy arresting people accused of being witches.In this latest case in Ganta, it was one Papa who arrested the 13 year-old and some other elderly women accused of being witches.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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House Passed ‘79 Laws’ in 2016

first_imgStatistics from the offices of the Chief Clerk showed that a total of 79 proposed laws were acted upon by the House of Representatives during its 5th Sitting, including Extraordinary Sittings.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf sponsored and ensured that 73 of the laws submitted were endorsed by the Lower House, while the remaining six laws were sponsored by lawmakers.The 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature started on the second working Monday, January 11, and ended on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. In order to discuss and act upon matters of national concern, the Legislature was recalled twice from their annual constituency break. The Legislature’s 1st ExtraordinarySession started on Thursday, September 1 and ended on Wednesday, October 5; while the 2nd Extraordinary Session ran from Tuesday, November 8 to Thursday, December 8.The 79 laws represent the highest number of laws approved by the House of Representatives (or ratified by the Lower House) in a year since the advent of the first Sirleaf administration in 2006.According to research, in the 52nd Legislature, the House of Representatives enacted 194 laws in six Sessions (2006 – 2011): 10 lawsin 2006; 24 in 2007; 51 in 2008; 39 in 2009; 38 in 2010 and 20 in 2011. Many believe that the low number of laws passed by the House of Representatives from 2006 – 2007 was because of the unpleasant situation between the then House Speaker Edwin M. Snowe and President Sirleaf – Speaker Snowe was removed in April 2007 and replaced with J. Alex Tyler, who was unanimously elected to take his place. As of the 53rd Legislature, less than 40 laws were passed during 2012 and 2013; but in 2014 and 2015, 50 and 43 laws were approved by the House of Representatives respectively.As it was in 2007, the just ended 5th Session of 2016 that resulted in the ousting of Speaker Tyler saw the highest number of laws being approved – a year which also saw an unprecedented two sessions and change of leadership.In 2016, however, about 55 laws were approved under the Speakership of J. Alex Tyler (January thru August) while 24 laws were endorsed under Pro Tempore Hans Barchue (Deputy Speaker) and the current Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay (September – December).Some of the laws passed during Tyler’s tenure included the Police and Immigration Acts; An Act to Ratify the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Liberia to the World Trade Organization; An Act to Ratify the Loan Agreement Development of “Gbarnga-Salayea” road project between the Republic ofLiberia and The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa; and about 13 protocols adopting the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, among others.Some of the laws approved under Speaker Nuquay were the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC); An Act to Repeal Decree No. 14 of the People’s Redemption Council of the Armed Forces of Liberia; and to create a new chapter 89 of the Executive Law establishing the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation of the Republic of Liberia; An Act to Amend the Liberia Revenue Code of 2011 and to Repeal the Economic Stimulus Tax Amendment Act of 2016 to provide for the Economic Empowerment Tax Amendment Act of 2016; and the Affirmative Action For Equitable Participation And Representation Act, among others.Meanwhile, members of the 53rd Legislature in compliance with their constitutional mandate are expected to return to Capitol Hill on Monday, January 16, 2017 to officially begin the 6th and last session of the 53rd Legislature. The mandate, as provided for in Article 32 (a) of the 1986 Constitution states that the Legislature shall assemble in regular session once a year on the second working Monday in January. The official ceremony is expected to be graced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, members of the Cabinet and Foreign Missions accredited near Monrovia. Others expected to be in attendance include heads of political parties, the Clergy, heads of Civil Society Groups, local and international NGOs, eminent citizens, among others.Accordingly, the lawmakers will host their County flags and later gather at the main entrance of the Capitol Building; the Vice President and Speaker will lead the procession to the respective Chambers for the formal opening of the 6th session at their respective Chambers to be climaxed by refreshment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Imus suspended for 2 weeks

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) – Don Imus’ morning talk show will be suspended from CBS Radio and MSNBC for two weeks following protests about his reference to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ”nappy-headed hos,” both networks said Monday. MSNBC, which telecasts the radio show, said Imus’ expressions of regret and embarrassment, coupled with his stated dedication to changing the show’s discourse, made it believe suspension was the appropriate response. ”Our future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word,” the network said. The suspension begins next Monday. Imus, who has made a career of cranky insults in the morning, was fighting for his job following the joke that by his own admission went ”way too far.” He continued to apologize Monday, both on his show and on a syndicated radio program hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is among several black leaders demanding his ouster. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said that Imus’ suspensions would not halt the protests. ”This is a two-week cooling off period,” Jackson said. ”It does not challenge the character of the show, its political impact, or the impact that these comments have had on our society.” Imus could be in real danger if the outcry causes advertisers to shy away from him, said Tom Taylor, editor of the trade publication Inside Radio. The National Organization for Women is also seeking Imus’ ouster. Imus isn’t the most popular radio talk-show host – the trade publication Talkers ranks him the 14th most influential – but his audience is heavy on the political and media elite that advertisers pay a premium to reach. Authors, journalists and politicians are frequent guests – and targets for insults. He has urged critics to recognize that his show is a comedy that spreads insults broadly. Imus or his cast have called Colin Powell a ”weasel,” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson a ”fat sissy” and referred to Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, an American Indian, as ”the guy from ‘F Troop.”’ He and his colleagues also called the New York Knicks a group of ”chest-thumping pimps.” On Sharpton’s program Monday, Imus said that ”our agenda is to be funny and sometimes we go too far. And this time we went way too far.” Imus made his remark the day after the Rutgers team, which includes eight black women, lost the NCAA women’s championship game to Tennessee. He was speaking with producer Bernard McGuirk and said ”that’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos …” ”Some hardcore hos,” McGuirk said. ”That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that,” Imus said. The Rutgers comment has struck a chord, in part, because it was aimed at a group of young women at the pinnacle of athletic success. It also came in a different public atmosphere following the Michael Richards and Mel Gibson comments, said Eric Deggans, columnist for the St. Petersburg Times and chairman of the media monitoring committee of the National Association of Black Journalists. The NABJ’s governing board, which doesn’t include Deggans, wants Imus canned. ”This may be the first time where he’s done something like this in the YouTube era,” Deggans said. Viewers can quickly see clips of Imus’ remarks, not allowing him to redefine their context, he said. On his show Monday, Imus called himself ”a good person” who made a bad mistake. ”Here’s what I’ve learned: that you can’t make fun of everybody, because some people don’t deserve it,” he said. ”And because the climate on this program has been what it’s been for 30 years doesn’t mean that it has to be that way for the next five years or whatever because that has to change, and I understand that.” New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine spoke to Rutgers players Monday and said later that he strongly condemned Imus’ words. Only the Rutgers players can decide to accept his apology, Corzine said. Rutgers players said they planned to make a public statement on Tuesday. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, whose presidential candidacy has been backed by Imus on the air, said he would still appear on Imus’ program. ”He has apologized,” McCain said. ”He said that he is deeply sorry. I’m a great believer in redemption.” Baseball star Cal Ripken Jr., who was to appear on Imus’ show later this week to promote a book, has canceled his appearance, according to the Washington Times. Imus’ radio show originates from WFAN in New York City and is syndicated nationally by Westwood One, both of which are managed by CBS. The show reached an estimated 361,000 viewers on MSNBC in the first three months of the year, up 39 percent from last year. That’s the best competitive position it has ever achieved against CNN (372,000 viewers). Imus’ fate could ultimately rest with two of the nation’s most prominent media executives: CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves and Jeff Zucker, head of NBC Universal. ”He will survive it if he stops apologizing so much,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers. Imus clearly seems under corporate pressure to make amends, but he’s nearly reached the point where he is alienating the fans who appreciate his grumpy outrageousness. Even if he were to be fired, he’s likely to land elsewhere in radio, Harrison said. Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP board of directors, said it is ”past time his employers took him off the air.” Imus was mostly contrite in his appearance with Sharpton, although the activist did not change his opinion that Imus should lose his job. At one point Imus seemed incredulous at Sharpton’s suggestion that he might walk away from the incident unscathed. ”Unscathed?” Imus said. ”How do you think I’m unscathed by this? Don’t you think I’m humiliated?” AP writers Deepti Hajela and Jacques Billeaud contributed to this account. 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

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first_imgManchester United have paid the price for their hesitance in the transfer market this summer after losing out on two big-name stars to Premier League rivals, claims Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.Last week the Red Devils were thought to be leading the race for the signings of Barcelona forward Pedro and Valencia’s “warrior” centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.But Louis van Gaal missed out on both players in what has been a disastrous few days for the Red Devils, with Spain international Pedro choosing Chelsea and Manchester City beating their fierce local rivals to sign Argentina defender Otamendi.Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman who travelled to Barcelona last week to supposedly wrap up the Pedro deal, has come under fire from fans for his recent failures, though Van Gaal has since come to his defence, claiming United pulled the plug on the move.But a “baffled” Hunter accused United of “sitting on their hands”, insisting they were in pole position to sign both players.Speaking to the Sports Bar, Hunter said: “Chelsea enquired about Pedro at the start of the summer, but Mourinho thought the deal had got away from him as Manchester United were significantly in the lead – and that has to tell you something about their dithering and their decision making.“There is no question whatsoever that United could have sealed the deal before Chelsea came back in for him.“United needed to make Pedro feel wanted. They could have said, ‘right, Barcelona want €30million and won’t budge, so we’ll pay it. We’ll pay it upfront because we want you’. But they didn’t do that.“Pedro increasingly felt that if they wouldn’t pay the money and he goes there, that he maybe wouldn’t be playing.“Look at Ander Herrera, and he went the United for more money – that was playing on Pedro’s mind. United didn’t make him feel wanted and that was their choice.“And with Otamendi – when United went in for him last Christmas I thought they would get him, so when City got him it’s just another trumping of the planning or decision making at Old Trafford.“It baffles me. We knew for months that he was going to the city of Manchester, and it baffles me that United have sat on their hands again and allowed their close rivals to go and do that deal.“It’s a shrewd signing for City, fantastic business for the right price, but why were they allowed to sail in for him at the very last minute?”last_img read more

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Arsenal and Man United blow! Top target Aubameyang to pen new Dortmund deal

first_imgAtletico Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United are set to lose out on signing Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports in Spain.The Gabon striker, who hit an incredible 36 goals for the German side last season, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga this summer with heavyweight clubs across Europe eager to land him.However, according to AS, Dortmund are preparing a new contract for the 27-year-old and are determined to keep hold of him for at least another year having already lost star duo Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.Aubameyang’s contract is set to be extended until 2020, with a significant pay rise also included in the offer.Dortmund had braced themselves for a plethora of bids from Premier League clubs, as well as Atletico, but it now appears they have secured the in-form striker’s services for at least another season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an incredible 36 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season 1last_img read more

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South African songstress Lira lends her voice to Disney movie

first_imgA local touch has been added to the latest Disney movie, Moana. Famed songbird Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, which plays at the end of the film.South African singer Lira has recorded a version of the song How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s offering, Moana, released in South Africa on 2 December 2016. (Image: Lira, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African singer-songwriter Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s latest animated film, Moana.Lira’s song features as the first song to play during the credits in the South African version of the movie. It is also available in the South African iTunes store.It was an honour to be involved, said the singer. She felt it was truly exciting that Disney was able to incorporate and feature voices from Africa in its projects.“How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me: to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you.”See the video below:Go behind-the-scenes:“We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go,” said Christine Service, country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.“Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”#Moana is no 1 at the box office for the second week. You can hear me sing ” How far ill go” in the end credits… https://t.co/I9GNowCWZe— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) December 6, 2016So so cool to hear your voice on Disney’s Moana @Miss_LIRA ?? my boys so excited. Beautiful song too, well done done Ms ?#LiraMoana— Lebo Madiba (@Lebonator) December 4, 2016We are so excited! @Miss_LIRA has recorded her own version of “How Far I’ll Go” for @Disney @DisneyMoana https://t.co/9uW65nRDex #LiraMoana pic.twitter.com/yS65zYcseX— Helen Desbois (@helendesbois) November 28, 2016About the movieMoana is Disney’s 56th animated feature film. It tells the story of Moana, an adventurous teenager who leaves her home island so she can save her people. Voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, Moana is joined on her mission by a demigod, Maui, voiced by American actor Dwayne Johnson.Together they embark on a quest across the ocean, encountering various monsters and other challenges. Along the way, Moana finds something else – her own identity.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Mytoptrendz ® Long Thin Stretchy Elastics Headband – A little disappointed

first_img I carefully checked the photo of the product to see if i could see metal. There is metal in these bands. But it can’t been seen in the picture. These are absolutely perfect for dreadlocks. Would be good also for very thick hair. Use instead of a normal hair band, its the only thing that works on mine without breaking. Reviews from purchasers :A little disappointed Ideal for the price SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-24 06:39:25Reviewed Item Mytoptrendz® Long Thin Stretchy Elastics HeadbandRating 4.6 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviews I have really thick hair and most band either snap as i try to get them around my pony tail or some just dont come anywhere near my head but these band are great they hold my hair in place and hard during great product. come anywhere near my head but these band are great they hold my hair in place and hard during These are great but no anti slip so they tend to slide off especially when first wearing them. I find plenty of uses for this size elastic band. Arrived quickly, they are basic black head bands which is just what i wanted, nothing fancy, ideal for the price. Here are the specifications for the Mytoptrendz ® Long Thin Stretchy Elastics Headband:3 Animal print and 3 plain black long elastic headbandElastic approx measure 1cm wide Width 17.5-18cm long without stretch(contain 6 pcs)Elasticated materialLong stretchy thin elastics headband can be use as alice band, Forehead Band or for any sport activities To keep hair away from the faceEndless Thin Hair Elastic Headbands Hair band Unisex Hair Accessory Unisex Elastic Headband HairbandAnimal print 10mm and Plain black 5mm width Posted on October 24, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HeadbandsTags Mytoptrendzlast_img read more

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NAFTA debate continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a new round of NAFTA talks begins, public support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is growing. According to a Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans (56%) now support the NAFTA, an increase from 33% based on previous surveys.A bipartisan group of 76 House members challenged a Trump administration proposal to create a new U.S. content requirement for automobiles to qualify for tariff cuts. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the members said the proposal would “eliminate the competitive advantages provided to the U.S. auto industry under the current NAFTA rules” and hamper the sector’s ability to compete globally.There were 150 food and agriculture organizations that signed a letter to U.S. governors, urging them to express their support for NAFTA to President Trump. The letter detailed the economic benefits of NAFTA realized by livestock agriculture, crops, dairy, spirits, beverages and a wide range of other products. Ag groups also joined a letter to Lighthizer encouraging him to maintain current trucking provisions that facilitate agriculture trade between the United States and Mexico.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a public speaking appearance made comments reflecting the administration’s stance on the NAFTA renegotiation. He characterized the president’s position by saying, “His general point of view is no deal is better than a terrible deal.” Ross also asserted that aggressive public advocacy from industry sectors, such as agriculture, is complicating the renegotiation discussions.Mexico’s Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said that Mexico will propose a review of NAFTA every five years. Unlike the Trump administration “sunset” proposal, the five-year review proposed by Mexico would not lead to an automatic withdrawal of the agreement if the countries don’t explicitly agree to extend it. He cited the importance of providing more investor certainty as the rationale for Mexico’s proposal.last_img read more

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Barack Obama Loves Startups: New Federal Office for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

first_imgTags:#start#startups The office is being announced by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, who has a track record of supporting entrepreneurship. Earlier this month, he examined a backlog at the U.S. Patent Office that was holding up many applications for years. “This has a direct, negative impact on America’s economic competitiveness, creating uncertainty for entrepreneurs and inventors,” he said.And in light of America’s current economic crisis, he echoed remarks made by Obama in a speech given on September 21st. The President cited a need for more federal support of innovation and entrepreneurship at a time when the country is reelying from “cycles of boom and bust.” Lock said, “Instead of working to build a great company or discover a new invention, too many of our brightest minds were busy engineering credit-default swaps.”Locke will direct the new office in supporting entrepreneurs and startups through the coordinated efforts of many government programs and entities.We look forward to reporting more on this office as news becomes available; however, we also acknowledge that not everyone agrees with the President’s economic initiatives. As members of the American startup community, how do you feel about the likelihood of more federal involvement in our sphere? Is the government’s help, including possible grants or loans, welcome?Let us know your opinions in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts According to a Bloomberg report this morning, early-stage startups have a new friend in very high places.The U.S. Commerce Department is establishing a new Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation specifically to help entrepreneurs develop great ideas into workable business plans by giving them training, funding, advisement, access to data, and a big pair of federal-sized scissors for cutting through the red tape of starting a new business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING AGENCY CONDUCTS RAID IN BHOPAL

first_imgThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Saturday raided the Sports Authority of India facility in Bhopal.The NADA team searched the rooms and toilets used by athletes and coaches in the facility.This is the third raid conducted by NADA ever since Indian athletes have tested positive for banned drugs. Last week, raids were conducted in Patiala and Bangalore.The NADA action comes following the Union sports ministry’s strict stand against doping scandal in Indian athletics.Eight track and field athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids recently following which Sports Minister Ajay Maken ordered an inquiry by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.last_img read more

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