House Probes NTAL Protests

first_imgThe Plenary of the House of Representatives has empowered the Committees on Education and Judiciary to investigate complaints from the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), including the stalemate between the NTAL and the Ministry of Education. The two committees, chaired by Representatives Dr. Isaac Roland and Worlea Saywah Dunah of Maryland and Nimba, respectively, are expected to jointly probe and report to Plenary, on or before Tuesday, Nov. 15.The decision was reached yesterday, Tuesday, November 8, on the first day of the 2nd Extraordinary Session.The longstanding conflict between the NTAL and the Education Ministry emerged when the Ministry decided to outsource a portion of the country’s Public Primary School system to Bridge International Academies and other private providers.The NTAL accused Education Minister George Werner and other Ministry officials of constant violations of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, the Education Law and human rights by privatizing the education system and dismissing teachers and the leaderships of teachers’ unions in Margibi and Montserrado counties, among others.The Ministry of Education, on the other hand, accused the dismissed teachers and education workers of violating the country’s labor law and the Civil Service Standing Orders.In the NTAL’s formal complaint to the House of Representatives, which was read yesterday, it spoke of provocations and violations of their rights that need urgent intervention in order to maintain the country’s fragile peace.“As a matter of information, the differences between the Education Ministry and the NTAL started when the Ministry decided to outsource portion of our Public Primary School system to profit-making providers such as Bridge International Academies and other private providers including BRAC, an agricultural NGO, Omega, a Ghanaian firm, and many others,” the NTAL noted.The House’s Plenary also mandated the Committees on Rules, Order and Administration and Youth and Sports to investigate the complaints from the ECOWAS Civil Society Movement of Liberia (ECSOMOL) against the Ministry of Youth and Sports for allegedly sabotaging ECOWAS programs and projects in the country. The youth group accused Youth and Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow and Deputy Minister for Youth Development Lance Gonyon.The Committee on Rules, Order and Administration is chaired Grand Bassa lawmaker J. Byron Brown, while the Youth and Sports Committee is headed by J. Gabriel Nyenkan. There was no timeline attached for the Committee to report to Plenary. This is the first task by each of the four committees since they were overhauled by the new leadership of Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay and Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool fan fighting for his life after assault by Roma fans

first_img0Shares0000Mounted police escort a coach carrying the Liverpool team to the Champions League first leg semi-final against Roma at Anfield stadium © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – A Liverpool fan was fighting for his life on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with the Italian club.The man is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said. Two men — aged 25 and 26 — have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking the 53-year-old man, who had reportedly travelled from Ireland for the match.“We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7:35 pm (1835 GMT),” said detective inspector Paul Speight.“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.“Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton neurological centre, where he is being treated for a head injury.“His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.”Liverpool, who won the match 5-2, said they were “shocked and appalled” by the incident.“Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. We will be offering them our full support,” the club added in a statement.Serie A side Roma said there was no room in football for the “vile behaviour”.“AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behaviour of a small minority of traveling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma’s well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night’s fixture,” the club said.European football’s governing body UEFA said it was “deeply shocked by the vile attack”, adding it was waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.The alleged assailants were among a total of nine men, aged between 20 and 43, who were arrested for various offences before and after the match.The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA Division One round-up: Wins for Kilcar, St Eunan’s and Gaoth Dobhair

first_imgGAA: The Donegal GAA club scene swung back into action this weekend, and with the Donegal SFC set to resume in a fortnight, clubs were targeting positive results across the board. Glenswilly, currently bottom of Division One, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a rampant Kilcar side.Martin McHugh’s side host St Michael’s in the Donegal SFC in a fortnight’s time, and they continued their fine run of form with an impressive win. Donegal star Patrick McBrearty helped himself to 2-04, while Eoin McHugh scored three points in a fantastic display by the men from Towney.St Eunan’s edged past Termon, who were level with their local rivals with just five minutes left to play, but David McGinley’s side reeled off three scores in-a-row to get the two points.Gaoth Dobhair defeated relegation threatened Ardara by six points in an entertaining clash at Magheragallon this afternoon. Donegal star Kieran Gillespie got one of Gaoth Dobhair’s goal, while Odhran MacNiallais enjoyed a sensational game landing eight points in total, five of which came from play.St Michael’s and Bundoran shared the spoils, Eddie Harkin’s side left it late, but a stirring comeback secured a point for the men from The Bridge.Dungloe’s clash with Naomh Conaill was postponed due to the passing of Bella Sweeney, the mother of current Dungloe players Adrian Sweeney and Raymond Sweeney and former player/manager Myles Sweeney. GAA Division One round-up: Wins for Kilcar, St Eunan’s and Gaoth Dobhair was last modified: August 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAnewsRound-upSportlast_img read more