The most worshipful Brother, James E. Pierre, 320 Grand Master of Masons, Republic of Liberia, The Deputy Grand Master of Masons Right Worshipful Brother Anthony Deline, II The Acting General Grand Matron and Grand Patron of the Order of Eastern Stars of The Republic of Liberia, The Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, The Rt. Rev. James B. Sellee, Officers and Members of this Church, Officer and members of the Grand Lodge of Mason of Liberia, Worshipful Master, Officer, and Member of the Subordinate lodge, Matron and Patron of Subordinate Chapters of the order of Eastern Stars, Brothers and Sisters.Today we celebrate one of two days in craft Masonry that Masons holds dearest to their hearts.Firstly, we would like to thank The Most Worshipful Brother James E. Pierre, 320 Grand Master of Mason of the Republic of Liberia, The Deputy Grand Master and all officers and member of the Grand Lodge, The Worshipful Masters, Officers, and Members of Subordinate Lodges under the Leadership of King Solomon Lodge #20 headed by Worship Brother Joshua Doe-Smith for the Opportunity given me to serve as orator on this auspicious occasion. This gesture will forever remain embalmed in my heart. I am most grateful and humbled by my selection, and hope this occasion will be commendable to all of us.Brethren and Sisters, guests, one and all. Today we will endeavor to glibly speak to you on the topic, The Role of the Free Masonry in “the new Liberia.” We will give you a narrative of this day with special emphasis on Saint John the Baptist himself. Next we will give you a brief historical analysis of free Masonry in Liberia Past and Present and finally what we envision the role of Free Masonry will be in the New Liberia.Brothers and Sisters,Today is set aside by the Subordinate Lodges in the Liberian Jurisdiction to pay homage to Saint John the Baptist, one of the Patron Saints of the Masonic craft. This day is celebrated worldwide by Masons. Craft Masonry holds St. John the Baptist as well as St. John the Evangelist in extreme high esteem. While researchers have not been able to give any solid explanation as to why St. John the Baptist, a Christian Saints was chosen, researchers are of the shared opinion that the selection of this noble Saint was no mistake but rather a wise decision. Not only was he a saint, but he was wise and imparted knowledge through his teaching, preaching, and most importantly his exemplary life and works which made him a suitable candidate for this honor.This patron Saint along with St. John the Evangelist symbolizes almost everything in Free Masonry. That is from its, history, custom, tradition, to it ritualistic requirement. What we are doing here today is fulfillment of what is requires of true masons, as it indicative of our commitment to the past and our dedication to the tenant of Free Masonry.History tells us that the celebration of this day goes as far back as 1717 when the Mother Grand Lodge was formed. As early as 1717, Masons gathered to hold festival meeting on June 24, honoring the memory of this Noble Saint. We as Masonic Brothers must not search for the history of John the Baptist in Masonic doctrines or writings as very little is found. But rather we must concentrate our effort on the doctrine of Christianity, as St. John the Baptist was firstly a Christian Saint and later as Masonic brother.History tells us that, that in the Middle Ages, it was a common practice for craftsmen to place themselves under the protection of a Saint of the church. Craftsmen of different likings were under the banner of various Saints depending on their crafts. It is rumored that merchants tailors, selected and adopted St. John the Baptist. There cannot be any direct parallel link to Free MasonryHowever, St. John the Baptist was considered a stern, and just man. He was believed to be intolerant of sham, of pretense, or weakness.It is said that he was a man of strength, and fire, uncompromising to evil or expediency but yet he was courageous, humble, sincere, magnanimous. The greatest teacher described him, and I quote “Among them that are born of woman, there has not arisen as greater than John the Baptist.”We must be reminded that there is no historical evidence that clearly state that John the Baptist was a member of the craft. Yet we can say with certainty that he was adopted as one of our Patrons Saints. Lodges and institutions have all been dedicated to this man.By his doing he is mystified today, until we have conceptualized a sacred lodge in honor of John the Baptist. And I quote. “So, naturally, there came the idea or ideal, of a Sacred lodge in the Holy City presided over by the Saints John” No such lodge ever existed in fact, and yet it is not a fiction, it is an ideal, and without such ideals our life would be dim and dark. The taught back of the question and answer, then, is that we come from an ideal or Dream Lodge into this actual work-a-day world wherever ideals are to be tested”.As most of us should be aware Free Masonry came to Liberia abroad he first vessel that brought wise, fee men, seeking greater opportunities and a brighter future. Abroad this vessel were few craftsmen, all from colored Lodged in the United States of America, under the Prince Hall jurisdiction. We must here pay homage to the works and suffering of Prince Hall a Mason and a Preacher of noticeable distinction. As a review the history of Free Masonry in Liberia today we must give homage to those laudable men, Headed by the Rev. Brother Thomas Amos, The Deputy Grand Master, who championed the cause of opening the grand Lodge. Included in this number was the first President of Liberia, Joseph Jenkins Roberts. These men assemble in solemn convention in Monrovia, and establish the Grand Lode in 1867. In September 22, 1867 the most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Liberia was constituted and consecrated with three subordinate Lodges: Oriental Lodge #1, Monrovia, St. Paul’s Lodge #2, Clay Ashland, and St. John Lodge #3 Monrovia. The first code of officers included the following: Rev. Thomas Amos, Grand Master; Ashbury F. Johns, Deputy Grand Master Beverly A. Yates, Senior Grand Warden; Hilary R.W. Johnson, Junior Grand Warden; Gabriel Moore, Grand Treasurer and John N. Lewis, Grand Secretary.These men were honorable men who risked their lives to come back home to build a black nation where free men and women would dwell and govern themselves. They brought free masonry with them and establish the fraternity in Liberia. Free Masonry assisted in building Liberia. Masonic brothers participated in governance as well as in the building of the Republic of Liberia. They labor for Liberia; some gave their lives for Liberia. We must never allow their labor to go in vain nor their bloodshed for null.What we as Masonic brothers and Eastern Star Sisters are plague with today is basically a filthy state with basically a dysfunctional institutions contaminated by and with immoral people.The Golden Tenets and principles of our Noble orders forbids us from living, working or even existing under such conditions. We as Mason are an upright people. The Golden Tenets of our Order must be practiced by us in Liberia. We must stand up for something or we will die for anything. The blood of all our brothers who passed due to the lack of basic Medical Care is flowing near us daily. The thoughts of our sick brothers and sisters who cannot get Medical attention should be plundering our minds daily.We must vindicate ourselves and Craft Masonry. We must do what we should have to do as Patriotic Liberians, Humanitarians, Fathers, Mothers, or True Masonic Brothers or we will be held responsible. Now is the time for all Masons to come together and correct the past, change the present and build the future.Masons are Craftsmen and therefore we must unite ourselves and rededicate ourselves to Building a New Liberia.We must never be perturbed by Senile Visionaries. These uncompromising agonists, who have not taken off time form there unproductive, schedule to really read and learn about free Masonry. They have come up with unsubstantiated statement against Free Masonry, Religious Organization and traditional Societies. They have issued unsubstantiated statements, castigating laudable institution that have existed for centuries. We believe that the time has come for these statements to be challenged. We believed that it is incumbent up our Grand Master, to respond to these statements. We have kept quiet too long and “silent” in most instances means consent. We believe as Masonic Brothers, we must respond to these false allegations and statement. Liberian must be educated on the true principles of the Craft. If not we might find ourselves in another 1980 situation. Out of ignorance, one of the charges against Elected Government officials was that they were Masonic Brothers. Only after the execution of these laudable men did they find out the truth and came begging on their knees for forgiveness and seeking membership into our Noble institution. Yes, it was mere ignorance, but we must ensure that it never happens again. We must embark on a campaign to educate the Liberian people on the true principles of Craft Masonry. Our lives and that of our children depend on this.Misinformation has become an integral part of our society and we must fight as our Masonic obligations says, “my life you may take; my integrity never”. We must fight for our integrity disregarding every situation.Today I stand before you as a member of Most Fraternity in Liberia, The Masonic Craft, The Eastern Star, the UBF Poro, Sande, Malah, ect. All of these fraternities preach brotherhood and sisterhood. Most of them are deeply religious. What differs is the mode of initiation. We as a people must stop making absolute statement about fraternities and traditional institution, when we do not know the facts. We must admit that due to the change in time and technology we believe that there should be some modification in our traditional societies, but never abandon it. All of these institutions are deeply religious. These are institutions that molded the character of great men in the history of our nation. It was good then, is good now and will be good in the future.Most Worshipful Brother, James E. Pierre, Brothers and Sisters, we must build a new Liberia. There is a dying need for a New Liberia. Our Ancestors are crying from their graves. We have destroyed what they worked for. We have shamed them. We have disgraced them. We all participated in the destruction of this country directly or indirectly. Our failure to voice out against the ills of this society makes one as guilty as one who participated directly in the destruction. Our children deserve a better Liberia. We must give them somewhere worthy because they do not have a good enough home to come to. Our Brothers are lingering in jails all around the world, because of petit crimes committed in the process of trying to service. Our relatives have died, because of the lack of Medical Care. We must have a generation that lacks the requisite education to survive in this abhorrent world. The quality of Education is at its lowest ever in the history of Liberia. Dishonesty lying, crime in general has become the order of the day in this country.Brethren, the day we are celebrating in honor of one of the greatest Saint in the Bible, St. John the Baptist. This man was a just and upright man, was a stern man, compromised nothing for right, and good. As said earlier, he was a man of strength and fire, uncompromising with evil or expediency, and yet, courageous, humble, sincere and magnanimous. These characters led to his death. What more meaningful way to die, than to stand up for something. Oh, God Almighty, how much I pray for many St. John the Baptist in this abhorrent country of ours.Finally brethren, as we continue the festivities of this day, and as we remember our Masonic Hero, we must start preparing and thinking about the new Liberian 2018. We must not sit supinely and allow what was not to be, to be. We must get involved in the process to endure that the right people are elected. If we fail to do this, the burden will rest on us. We will have to take the responsibility of the suffering of our people, the sale of our country, the death of our brothers and sisters, etc. and the list goes on and on.The Masonic Craft over the years have played a significant role in the building and governance of Liberia. We have had approximately five Presidents who were grand Masters of Masons of Liberia. Namely: MWB, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, MWB William Coleman, MWB Charles D.B. King, MWB William V.S. Tubman, and MWB William R. Tolbert. These men served their country and craft. We have vice Presidents, Speakers of the House, President Pro-temp and an array of High ranking Government Officials as well as eminent citizens of Liberia, including Head of Political Parties, Ministers, Chief Justices, Senators, Representatives, all serving as grand Masters of Masons.Many problems in Government were settled at the Masonic temple. Good governance decisions were made there; Bad decisions or actions were challenged at the temple. Boys were made men, and girls were made women. This Noble institution was a part of the Governance process. Even though, largely misunderstood, it significantly, impacted the people of Liberia.The New Liberia we envisage will and must be one with a Masonic Head, This New Liberia must have a God fearing Leader, who love and care for his people. The Leader of this New Liberia must be his brother’s keeper. He must be patriotic, honest, and hard-working. He must be and stay in good moral standing.My brothers and Sisters, such a character meets the Tenet of the Free Masonry. All that I have said is covered in the statement “A Master Mason must be upright” once upright he will meet all that is required of a good leader.As we celebrate, this day in commemoration of St. John the Baptist, we must rededicate ourselves to being upright men and women as St. John the Baptist was. We must rededicate ourselves to improving our country, this entails firstly, electing the right leader who valued are as the same as yours. One who have gone where you have been, one who have done what you have done. One who value are similar to yours, and lastly one that have seen the light as you have seen.Most Worshipful Brother James E. Pierre, 320 Grand Master of the Republic of Liberia, Rt. Worshipful Brother Anthony W. Deline, II 32% Deputy Grand Master, RL, Wardens, Officers, and Members of the Grand Lodge, RL, Worshipful Masters and Wardens, and Members of Subordinate Lodges, Acting Grand Matron and Grand Patron of the Orders of Eastern Stars, Matrons and Patrons, Officers and Sisters of the Subordinate Chapter, distinguish ladies and gentlemen, Oh, how good would it be to have the President of Liberia with us on the festive day of the Craft Masonry what joy and admiration will engulf the people of Monrovia to see the President perambulating with us on the streets of Monrovia, Our dreams must come true, our goal we must achieve, this will go a long way in mitigating the woe and increasing the happiness of every Liberian. The choice is ours, God Bless Liberia and Safe Craft Masonry.We thank you!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The death is announced of Mother Annie Kahn Gaye, which sad event occurred on Monday, August 22, 2016 in Grand Gedeh County, following a protracted illness. She was 67.The late Mrs. Gaye was born on June 13, 1949 in Pour Town, Grand Gedeh County to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Kahn. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior in 1970 in the Zayee Town Assembly of God Church, now White Chapel A.G. Church.Mother Gaye was wedded to Mr. Borbor F. Gaye in 1966. This union was blessed with nine children, eight of whom have survived her. They are Esther, Amos, Mrs. Cecelia Gaye Diahn, Mrs. Susannah L. Gaye, Mrs. Evelyn Gaye-Tarn, Mrs. Theresa Gaye-Teah, Julie T. Gaye and Fester N. Gaye. Mother Gaye’s husband predeceased her in the year 2000 in the Ivory Coast. A son, Alfred P. Gaye, also predeceased her.Mother Annie Kahn Gaye is survived by eight children; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three brothers; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives in the Ivory Coast, other parts of Africa and in the United States.The funeral will take place in Grand Gedeh County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In an effort to end the political crisis in his country, the President of Guinea Bissau paid a one-day visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf beseeching her as the Chairperson of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS to help resolve the crisis.President Jose Mario Vaz arrived on Monday and was met upon arrival by his Liberian counterpart and several top government officials, including Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe.President Vaz held a closed-door meeting with President Sirleaf that a government spokesman said was to beseech her – and through her ECOWAS, to increase consultation with the opposition parties to end the 18-month political crisis in his country.Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah said on state radio that “There is a political situation in Guinea Bissau that he (Vaz) might have come to convey some information or to consult with President Sirleaf as head of ECOWAS.”Sirleaf was in Guinea Bissau recently where she met with the parties, and urged them for a peaceful end to the conflict.Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on March 11, demanding the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz for sacking Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira in August 2015.There is an ongoing mediation effort led by President Sirleaf along with two other ECOWAS Heads of State.“Currently, there is an ECOWAS Military Force in Guinea Bissau as a result of the crisis but President Vaz has made an appeal for more direct involvement of ECOWAS Heads of State in finding a resolution for the crisis,” he said on state radio.The United Nations has said any breakthrough in the Guinea-Bissau crisis would be short-lived if the structural causes of instability are not addressed.Modibo Touré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS), called for both sides to demonstrate a more sustained and constitutional manner in their approaches to the situation, while revising both the electoral laws and those governing political parties in preparation for the 2018 legislative elections.Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Lewis G. Brown II, representing President Sirleaf as Head of ECOWAS, said at the UN that the failure to implement the Conakry Agreement and the contentious non-consensual appointment of the Prime Minister were issues of grave concern.To resolve the crisis, Ambassador Brown said President Sirleaf led a mission to Guinea Bissau in November 2016 that resulted in a final communiqué from key stakeholders that focused on the swift and consensual appointment of a Prime Minister and the formation of an all-inclusive government.President Sirleaf, in November last year, lauded the appointment of Prime Minister Umaro El Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo to replace Simoes Pereira.The President reassured Prime Minister Embalo of her commitment to the national reconciliation. “We have been waiting for this appointment and now that it has been made, I told the President he can depend on me as the current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority for the necessary support to promote the development of his country,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Some of the students of the Mary Sharp Mission School.By Jallah AmosonThe principal of Mary Sharp Memorial Mission School in the Water Side community on UN Drive, Monrovia, Rev. Josiah W. Nimely, has pledged to provide a solid education foundation for students at the school.He said the school’s standards will include moral discipline to prepare students to withstand academic challenges and to uphold societal norms.In an exclusive interview at the school’s campus recently, Nimely said Sharp Memorial was established in 1980 in support of government’s effort to provide Liberian children with quality education and moral discipline.He said he is working closely with parents and guardians of the students to ensure that they monitor their children’s performance and behavior at home and make a report to the school for assistance, if necessary.He said with the quality of administrators and teaching staff of the school who are also caring and committed, he is hopeful that his school will be able to produce good and disciplined students.Nimely said such students would in the future meaningfully contribute to Liberia’s development. The school was founded by an American evangelist, Mary Sharp, to help prepare children academically and to support Liberia’s education sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ford Madden Christian Academy FMCA) Class of 2018 Ford Madden Christian Academy over the weekend held its 13th Senior graduation convocation for 23 senior students who obtained a diploma each. The students completed courses prescribed by the institution in line with the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) standard for high school students.The school was founded on February 22, 1996, to promote quality education for “disadvantaged Liberians.”Cllr. G. Moses Paegar, President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) who served as guest speaker, advised the graduates to adopt the right attitude in society, in order to make wise decisions that would positively impact their lives.Cllr. Peagar said if the students do not adopt the right attitude at a crossroad, the decision they would make may eventually cause a disaster in their entire lives. He added that the decision to seek higher education or to feel contented with a high school diploma would define what their future would look like.He told the graduates to make decisions that would have a positive impact on other Liberians, because Liberia is in need of qualified teachers, lawyers, doctors, IT specialists, accountants and agriculturalists.Peagar challenged the graduates to continue their academic sojourn, and not to be content with a high school diploma, but to move in a direction that would make them productive and useful citizens.He urged parents never to relent in ensuring that children are given quality education that would make them hardworking persons in society.In his valedictory address, Ansumana M. Siryon encouraged his colleagues to follow their heart and intuition, seek higher education, and not allow others to define their future.Siryon advised his fellow graduates not to allow people who do not have any significance in their lives to influence them in a way that would affect their future and define their dreams and aspirations.“You are your own biggest critic and true judge. Only you can define your real self; no one has the power to do so. We can use the passion in what we do to find who we are, and we can define ourselves by finding the flow of what excites us,” he cautioned his colleagues.He said it is high time that young people look in the faces of those who feel they can be a judge of their future, in order to acquire a sense of prestige, adding that those who demean others are seeking a false sense of security and identity, because the days are over when people must live the lives of others.The Principal, Isaac Wuor, said he is proud that the school is providing a strong education and spiritual backing for students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Speaker Bhofal Chambers in discussion with Reps. J. Fonati Koffa, Acarous M. Gray and Thomas FallahMembers of the House of Representatives have ‘thrown out’ the Writ of Prohibition filed before Justice-in-Chambers, Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, on the impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh J’anehOn Tuesday, August 14, in its 48th day sitting, the House voted to ‘throw out’ the Writ of Prohibition through a motion proffered by Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon W. Seboe, who is also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to review and investigate the Bill of Impeachment as well as the write-up of the Impeachment Proceedings.This means the House has resolved to continue with impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh and will not attend the August 18 Prohibition Hearing before her Honor Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, prayed for by Justice Ja’neh’s lawyer, Arthur Johnson.The motion of reconsideration put forth by Nimba County District # 5 Representative Samuel Kogar was defeated. Rep. Kogar inplored his colleagues to accept the Writ of Prohibition and honor the August 18th Prohibition Hearing.But one of the campaigners for the Bill of Impeachment against Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh argued that the Writ of Prohibition from the Justice-in-Chamber is a gross insubordination to the Legislature, because the First Branch of Government has the constitutional right and authority to remove the Chief Justice and Associate Justices upon impeachment and conviction based on proven misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of their office, or conviction in a court of law for treason, bribery or other infamous crimes.”The House of Representatives resumed working sessions yesterday, Tuesday, August 14, after a three-week break to observe the country’s 172nd Independence Day celebration, which marked the closure of its first Independence break on Thursday, July 19, giving them leave for 25 days.Timing is Important?With less than 16 days to the Annual Break of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate on the 31st of August, and five working session days, many are wondering if the impeachment proceedings will be concluded and signed by at least 49 Representatives constituting 2/3 majority of the House of Representatives to be forwarded to the Liberian Senate for action.It may be recalled that, last week, Justice-in-Chamber Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh issued a Writ of Prohibition on the impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh.But two consulting lawyers in the offices of the Legal Section and Legal Drafting of the House of Representatives, names withheld, said over the weekend they briefed the lawmakers re-emphasizing that Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh’s decision last week to stay the impeachment process of her colleague Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, until the Supreme Court can fully review its merit is erroneous.The lawyers said the action of Justice Yuoh has created an embarrassing situation because the matter has yet to proceed to the House of Senate for hearing.The House’s lawyers further said the Justice-in-Chamber’s decision would affect Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and the entire Bench, were the House of Representatives to go ahead with Ja’neh’s impeachment proceedings.The lawyers argued that the House of Representatives have the authority to suspend their rules and appoint an Ad Hoc Committee. Their position runs contrary to that of Justice Ja’neh’s lawyers who maintained that House Speaker Bhofal Chambers violated Section 57.3 of the Rules and Procedures of the House of Representatives by constituting a Special Ad Hoc Committee and immediately forwarding Ja’neh’s impeachment bill to the committee.That section, Ja’neh’s lawyers argued, confers exclusive jurisdiction on the House Committee on the Judiciary to hear, among other things, all matters relating to judicial proceedings, civil and criminal.Section 57.3 of the House’s Rules says: “COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY: To which shall be referred all proposed legislations, petitions, memorials and other matters relating to the work of the committee, as follows: a. The administration of justice in the Republic of Liberia; b. Judicial proceedings, civic, and criminal, generally; c. Constitutional amendment (s) and Constitutional matters; d. The Courts and judges of the Republic of Liberia; e. Repeal, amendments, revision and codification of status an d other legal matters; f. Prisoner, prison houses and prison reforms; g. Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; I. Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage and counterfeiting; j. Inter-and intra-country boundary disputes; k. Courts martial law and military law; l. Civic rights and code of ethics and conduct; and m. the Liberia National Police and private security.”It may be recalled, the 8-man ad hoc Committee was appointed on Tuesday, July 17 to review and investigate the Bill of Impeachment as well as the write-up of the Impeachment Proceedings. They are expected to report this week, if by then the Ad Hoc Committee isn’t dissolved.The committee is chaired by Gbarpolu County District# 2 Representative Karnie Wesso and co-chaired by Bong County District #5 Representative Edward Karfiah.Others are Representatives Dickson Seboe of District #16, in Montserrado County; Jeremiah Koung of District #1, Nimba County; Dr. Isaac Roland of District #3, Maryland County; Clarence Gahr of District #5, Margibi County; and Rustonlyn S. Dennis of District#4, Montserrado County.The establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee followed a communication of the Bill of Impeachment from Representatives Thomas Fallah and Acarous Gray. On July 17, 2018, a petition signed by the acting chairman of the CDC in the House of Representatives for Montserrado County, Representatives Thomas P. Fallah of District #5, and Acarous Gray of District #8, a staunch member of the CDC, called for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment.The two CDC lawmakers argued that Justice Ja’neh should be impeached, ousted and removed from the Supreme Court of Liberia on grounds of “proven misconduct, abuse of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion, fraud, misuse of power and corruption.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Scholarship recipients pose for photo with AKA members.The Eta Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has awarded ten women scholarships to study at any university of their choice in Liberia.The society President, Clarine Simpson Vaughn said the women who were chosen after a rigorous competitive process which lasted six months.Madam Vaugh added every New Year’s Eve, since 2015, they hosts an elegant fundraising ball to raise money for scholarships and a year ago, the organization officially launched a competitive process in which Liberian college women of high academic standing were invited to submit applications along with supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation.“Upon meeting the approval of the organization’s Scholarship Committee based on established criteria, eligible young women were invited to be interviewed. During the interview process, the candidates responded in writing to an impromptu essay question and submitted themselves to a personal interview,” she added.The scholarship winners for the academic year are Frances K. Borlay, Anja Ricks, Alberta Tsiquaye, Judith M. Dorwelee, Charlesetta Wiles, and Princess Ekanem. Others are Lovette G. Kromah, Danlette Berrian, Samira Agbator and Mawah Kromah.“These women are majoring in subjects as diverse as nursing, agriculture, economics, development studies and information technology. Notably, two of these young women are alumni of ASCEND – a high school educational enrichment program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,” Madam Vaugh noted.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an organization of college women established on the campus of the historically African American institution, Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1908. Since then, this dynamic, global institution has committed itself to scholarship and service to all humankind.According to the AKA president, the organization remains committed to supporting the scholarship recipients through graduation from their respective programs as long as they maintain their grade point averages and continue to meet the high standards of this noble organization.“We are so pleased to launch this scholarship, and we are excited by the talent and potential demonstrated by our first cohort of scholarship recipients.” She said.For her part, Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Vice President for Academic Support at AMEU, re-quoted a Fanti proverb, “When you educate a man, you educate an individual; but, when you educate a woman, you educate an entire nation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Texas State University students who are in Guyana on a Study Abroad Programme in Respiratory Care, took the opportunity to share with the media their experience over the past two days.More specifically, the team of five respiratory care students, five mass communications students, and two respiratory therapists were attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GHPC) practicing what they have learnt in respiratory care classes. The team has been working in the Accident and Emergency Unit, the Emergency Intensive Care Unit and the Asthma and Spirometry unit of the GPHC.Each student expressed their appreciation for being afforded the opportunity to interface with patients and staff of the GPHC, making reference to their reception into the work environment.The team of respiratory care students along with one of the respiratory therapists from Texas State UniversityPix saved as respiratory teamHeading the team in Guyana, Professor Sharon Armstead, Respiratory Therapist and Clinical Education Professor at the Texas State University said, with this team’s visit to Guyana, they hope to spark enough interest to have the Government move towards implementing such a programme in the country.“We feel we can add to this health care system as respiratory therapists, our goal is for Guyana to see the value of the respiratory profession and in the not too distant future, develop a respiratory care course at UG (University of Guyana),” Professor Armstead explained.The Texas State University at which Professor Armstead lectures, offers a four-year degree programme in respiratory care. Students undertaking this course will learn general practice, with two years to focus on specialising in Pulmonary Care. After that, 1000 clinical hours are dedicated to the career path of respiratory care.One student, Shane Rodgers said that he developed an interest for the programme after working at a fire department and was exposed to training in respiratory care while another, Jaclyn Brewer said she is living with Asthma and “knows what it is like to not be able to breathe.”All the students on the team hope to make a significant impact, not only in giving back to Guyana but in saving lives when they return home. The team is expected to travel to Linden on January 8, where they will conduct asthma screening and the MacKenzie High School and they will also be attached to the Linden Hospital Complex for a period.Meanwhile, as their work in Guyana is expected to contribute in many forms to the local respiratory care offered, Professor Armstead has indicated that spirometry tools will continually be donated to Guyana through the Bridges Global Medical Mission.The Professor is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying, “You can’t diagnose asthma and COPD unless you have the tools… we were able to purchase two of the diagnostic tools, the spirometers and we plan to donate that to Guyana… those are the kind of tools (that are needed) and we plan to donate more”.The mass communications students continue to be a part of the documenting and detailing story of the first respiratory care study abroad programme in Guyana.
…EPA to submit Cabinet memorandumBy Jarryl BryanGovernment is making serious moves towards a ban on the use of plastic bags in Guyana, a move that, while it may have a blow-back effect on businesses, can move Guyana ahead in its environment protection plans.According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon at a post-Cabinet press conference on Friday, the ending of the use of plastic bags across Guyana is on the Government’s agenda. He explained that plastic is a problem across the world and Guyana, for its part, was not exempted from the consequences of this pollution.“Cabinet agreed that the matter had to be addressed if we were truly committed to the tenets of our green state development strategy… It was further agreed that the Government would adapt and institute measures to minimise the use of plastic and propose appropriate legislation to give effect to these measures,” the Minister explained.According to Harmon, a Cabinet memorandum was prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This memorandum, he noted, is slated to be examined by Cabinet within a week. He explained that the memorandum details the phasing out of plastic. Providing a timeline, Harmon was optimistic that the ban could be pulled off by the year 2021.“The intention is not going to be immediate, but they are basically going to get people, over time, to wean themselves off of plastics. There are six supermarkets that have indicated willingness to work with the EPA that they start to reduce… the use of plastic bags.”“The important thing is that it’s these single use plastics, the things that you use one time and then throw it away, it’s the single use plastics that are initially targeted. The six supermarkets that came on board, we want to commend them on their initiative,” he said.It had recently been announced that the EPA would be partnering with supermarkets in Georgetown to minimise the use of plastic bags, as part of Earth Day 2018. Guyana Times was informed of this partnership by the Director within Technical Secretariat, Sharifah Razack.The Director had noted that six major supermarkets in Georgetown, as well as their subsidiaries, have expressed their willingness to participate in the drive to reduce the usage of plastic bags.Those supermarkets include Bounty, Mathais, Survival, Budget, Distribution Services Limited (DSL) and Massy. It is understood that these supermarkets will use boxes, reusable bags and biodegradable bags to pack their customers’ goods. They are also urging persons to walk with their bags, so as to curb the plastic situation in Guyana.PollutionThe implementation of this new initiative comes at a time when Guyana happens to be one of the countries in the Caribbean that is mostly affected by plastic pollutants.In Guyana, plastic articles, specifically plastic bags have been the reason for clogged drains, trenches and canals and often times result in flooding over the years. As though a precursor to banning plastic, the Government took a decision to place a ban on Styrofoam back in 2016, after much contention.
…over leaked info on excessive spending of GM…GM unlawfully issues dismissal letterMere hours after she was abruptly sent a letter of dismissal, Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) Finance Controller Moshamie Maraj-Ramotar has been reinstated to her position following the intervention of her lawyer and the holding of an emergency meeting.Maraj-Ramotar’s lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin, told this publication on Monday that after Maraj-Ramotar had received her letter of dismissal, he took steps as per the Civil Procedures Rules to challenge her dismissal. One of those steps involved the lawyer sending a pre-action protocol letter to the newspaper.“A pre-action protocol letter was sent to them…before we introduce legal proceedings, under the new rules we have to send a letter saying what we intend to do. We sent one to say we feel the termination was unlawful, and if is not corrected, we will be entitled to damages… if they don’t, we’ll file legal proceedings,” Datadin explained.The dismissal letter sent to Maraj-Ramotar and signed by DuncanAnd indeed, GNNL subsequently backed down from the impending legal battle. According to a statement issued later on Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo called an emergency meeting with General Manager Sherod Duncan, Editor-in-Chief Nigel Williams and Chairperson of the gazetted but yet to be sworn in board of Directors, Geeta Chandan-Edmonds.At the meeting, which discussed Maraj-Ramotar’s dismissal and the reports of excessive spending since Duncan took charge as General Manager, it was agreed that the dismissal letter would be rescinded. In addition, the release states, a full investigation was ordered into Duncan’s spending and the circumstances of Maraj-Ramotar’s dismissal. The finance official has been with the company for over twenty years.While the letter has been withdrawn, there has been a barrage of criticism against management of the newspaper for sending the dismissal letter in the first place, without an investigation to determine who actually leaked the information.The dismissal letter, which was seen by this publication, shows that it was signed by Duncan himself. One former board member has already taken to social media to recommend that the newly minted general manager be removed and the application process for the top spot reopened.Excessive spendingIt was reported over the weekend that Duncan, since taking up the role of general manager, had gone on a spending spree, purchasing in June a $190,000 laptop; and in July, an Apple IPad for $100,000. He also paid $159,000 to a consultant to work on the Guyana Chronicles Facebook page, while $191,000 was paid for work on the website and front pages.According to media reports, Duncan also paid $400,000 to an Information Communications Technology Company in August for more work on the company’s website and front pages. A drone was also purchased for the sum of $140,000 in July, while $93,000 was paid for two backdrops. A retractable banner was also purchased for $55,000. This was all done at the request of Duncan.According to local online news agency Demerara Waves, the spending continued into August, with $271,806 being paid for a truss and tablet floor stand; $259,000 for a computer for the Social Media coordinator. According to the report, the Coordinator was also the recipient of headphones, a hard drive and monitor at a cost of $65,000.When it comes to the newspaper’s social media page, some $74,000 and $140,000 were requested to live stream the National Grade Six Assessment and the World Cup respectively. The outlet also reported that in June, Duncan requested $586,000 for a trip to New York.This includes $104,000 for food. Tickets costing $149,000 were also purchased by the newspaper for Duncan. Interestingly enough, $20,000 was requested by Duncan for a prayer ceremony at the newspaper.Then there is $200,000 the GM requested for a trip to Lethem; close to $500,000 spent on servicing the vehicle assigned to Duncan in the month of June alone; another $275,000 on repairs to his vehicle the very next month, and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of furniture being purchased. The outlet reported that a freelance payment of $180,000 was also approved by Duncan.The former Deputy Mayor of Georgetown was appointed the GM of the Guyana Chronicle only in May of this year. Sources have indicated, however, that even before these facts were published, the spending had been a source of concern at the entity.The board is tasked with investigating the spending habits of Duncan, a member of the same political party as Nagamootoo.