PYJ Warns Community Radios Against ‘Castigation’

first_imgSen Johnson (R) and Representative Johnson Gwaikolo at the occasion.Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) of Nimba County has warned community radio stations in the county to “stop castigating” their leaders as well as allowing critics to use their stations to assassinate the characters of their leaders.Senator Johnson, who spoke at the close of the County Council Sitting on September 2, urged local reporters and station managers to show love to their beloved county, Nimba, and stop the attitude of using their stations to castigate their leaders and bring them to public disrepute, saying, “If you don’t love me, love your county.”Nimba County Community Radio Association has always been in the budget of the County Council Sitting, which has enabled the association to carry on the construction of a media center in Sanniquellie City. In the just concluded County Sitting, the amount of US$30,000 was allotted for the community radio association (NICORA) for the continuation of the construction of its media center, making it a total of US$90,000 from the county.There are about 13 community radio stations in Nimba, with at least 10 actively functioning.In 2014, NICORA embarked on the construction of media centers as a means of improving communication channels with communities where students and well-meaning people can go to do research.But local radio stations have come under criticisms from politicians, who say the stations castigate them or allow their opponents or critics to lash out at them, and without any regard to their portfolio.During the course of the 2017 election, the Liberty Party (LP) branch of Truth FM in Saclapea refused to allow other politicians to air campaign messages, after the LP alleged that Radio Saclepea was not giving it enough air time as compared to the Unity Party (UP).In the same direction, the All Liberian Party (ALP) of Mr. Benoni Urey opened Radio Slehtowah in Ganta as a means of speeding up his campaign messages because most of the other stations were accused of taking sides with various political parties as well as politicians.And due to the proliferation of the radio stations, Sen. Johnson stressed Nimba’s unity, arguing that any hate message could lead to disunity and confusion, something he wants the stations to desist from doing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: New light on human origins

first_img“A new discovery sheds light on where we as a species have come from; a discovery so big it will change the way we view our distant past …” Watch the video tracing the uncovering of what scientists are calling a new species of hominid at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.‘New hominid species’ at the CradlePosted on on 9 April 2010.last_img

Yeddyurappa to induct six ministers, drops three

first_imgSetting the stage for Wednesday’s expansion and reshuffle of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers on Tuesday, ignoring suicide threat by one of them.In the much-awaited reshuffle, Yeddyurappa would induct six ministers, going ahead with his resolve to restructure the 28-month old BJP Ministry, the first ever in the south.Ministers Goolihatti Shekar (Sports), who has threatened to commit suicide if removed, Shivanagouda Naik (Adult Education) and Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education) were shown the door by Yeddyurappa, who also faced threat of resignations by ministerial aspirants to quit their assembly membership if not accommodated in the cabinet.A day after consulting the party central leadership on the exercise, Yeddyurappa recommended the sacking of the three ministers to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who promptly accepted it.An appeal by Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying point for dissidents last year, not to drop Shekar, Limbavali and Naik met with an outright rejection.Shobha Karandlaje, who fell victim to dissident activity launched by Reddy last year and a close confidant of Yeddyurappa, is all set to return to the ministry tomorrow.Others who will be sworn in on Wednesday are V Somanna, C H Vijayashanakr, A Ramdas, A Narayanaswamy and C C Patil.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: PTIYeddyurappa was reportedly furious with Shekar, an independent who supported the BJP at the time of formation of the government in 2008, for issuing the suicide threat.Similar was the fate of Naik, who had threatened to quit his assembly membership if he was dropped.advertisementLimbavali, who initially ignored the directive to resign seeking Reddy’s support for continuance, however, ultimately yielded and sent in his resignation letter, but it was too late as Yeddyurapa had already recommended his sacking.C T Ravi, a strong aspirant for ministerial berth, submitted his resignation to his assembly membership to the Speaker’s office, after his claim was ignored, but it was yet to be accepted. Speaker K G Bopaiah is abroad now.Suspected supporters of Ravi, pelted stones at three buses on the outskirts of Chikmagalur today to vent their anger over denial of ministerial post to their leader.In another development police foiled an attempt by a supporter of Shekar to consume poison in front the residence of Health Minister B Sreeramulu.last_img read more

Hotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary

first_imgThe parish of St. Mary has a new Custos Rotulorum. He is hotelier Jeffrey McKitty, who was sworn in on Monday (January 14), during a ceremony at King’s House.Mr. McKitty replaces Hon. Alrick Pottinger, whose retirement became effective on December 31, last year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, expressed confidence that the new Custos would carry out his duties and responsibilities effectively.He said that Mr. McKitty has been a very active Justice of the Peace (JP) in St. Mary and had worked closely with Mr. Pottinger, acting many times in the former Custos’ absence.The Governor-General also noted Mr. McKitty’s involvement in a number of organisations and projects geared towards the development of the parish, pointing out that he continues to have the respect and support of the citizens of St. Mary and the country in general.The Governor-General also extended thanks to Mr. Pottinger for his dedicated service to the parish of St. Mary and Jamaica.“I also want to thank you for the time in which you deputised for me as Governor-General, during my absence, and to commend the grace and dignity with which you performed your role,” he stated.“It was a pleasure working with you and Mrs. Pottinger and I’m sure our collegiality and friendship and work will not come to an end at any time soon,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Mr. McKitty assured that he would continue to do his best to contribute to the development and growth of St. Mary.“I promise that I will do all within my power to continue the good name of St. Mary and the legacy that the Hon. (Alrick) Pottinger has left and to ensure that St. Mary will not fade but will get stronger as the years go by,” he pledged.He said he was grateful to the Governor-General and Mr. Pottinger, as well as the people of St. Mary for the confidence they have shown in him.Mr. McKitty, who was born on November 11, 1943 in Westmoreland, began his working career as a teacher, then moved into the hotel industry where he has worked unstintingly for 35 years, with 25 years at the level of a general manager.While living in St. Mary, he has been actively involved in every aspect of community service, serving as chair of the St. Mary Heritage Company Limited, the St. Mary Attractions and Tours Company, the Parish Library and the Oracabessa High School, where he helped to establish links to develop a new library and a fully furnished and equipped computer lab.An active member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), he was instrumental in soliciting sponsorship from the Sandals group to host the St. Mary Agri-Expo, which promotes links between agriculture and tourism. In addition, he is also the founder of a fathering programme, which assists boys from single-parent homes.Mr. McKitty also established a youth programme at Jack’s River, where he supplied books and paid the tuition of several students. In addition, he adopted the Mason Hall Primary School where he built sanitary facilities for the students, and the Boscobel Basic and Primary Schools, where he established a school feeding programme. He was also instrumental in building a computer lab at Boscobel Primary School.A dedicated family man, who is married with two daughters, Mr. McKitty is the 2006 St. Mary recipient of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award.last_img read more