Dr. Amos Sawyer Turns 70 on Monday

first_imgDr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission and former Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), turns 70 on Monday, June 15.A 1966 graduate of the University of Liberia, Amos was awarded a fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Northwestern University, where he took the PhD degree in Political Science in 1973. He returned home and was later appointed dean of Liberia College, the UL’s Liberal Arts college, where as a Political Science teacher, he attracted one of the largest classes at the university. The administration, given the huge number of students in that class, was forced to transfer it to the UL auditorium. It was during has days as a UL professor that he joined Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh and Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson in founding the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA). MOJA and Baccus Mathews’s Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) became the leading political activists of the 1970s. The two groups conscientized Liberian students and youth, enhanced their political awareness and sharpened their rhetoric for change in Liberia. By the end of the 1970s the time had come for change. President William R. Tolbert, Jr. himself tried to bring about some changes in the way the government did business, but was unable to convince his other stalwarts in the True Whig Party to follow him. During that period Liberia was still ruled as an oligarchy (government by the few). Baccus Matthews’ PAL, meanwhile, organized the April 14. 1979 demonstration to protest government’s alleged attempt to increase the price of rice, Liberia’s staple food. The government mishandled the protest. Despite pleadings to President Tolbert by the veteran teacher, constitutional analyst and pamphleteer Albert Porte, to “let the young people march—it is their constitutional right”—Tolbert and his Justice Minister Oliver Bright demanded that the march should be called off or, in the words of the hard line Justice Minister, Cllr. Bright, “we will shoot.” And shoot the government did as the demonstrators passed the Information Ministry en route to the Mansion. That led to pandemonium and turned the march into a full scale riot that shut down Monrovia for three days or more with widespread looting and burning throughout the city. Over 100 people were killed and government had to cough up US$100 million to compensate businesspeople who had lost so much during the looting and destruction. April 14 led to another Baccus Mathews protest in March 1980, when the PAL people, in the early night hours, marched to the Executive Mansion demanding the resignation of President Tolbert. Matthews and several of his followers were arrested and imprisoned in the Post Stockade, the government’s maximum security prison at the Barclay Training Center. The following month, on April 12, the coup d’etat occurred, when 17 young enlisted men, of the Armed Forces of Liberia, led by Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe, stormed the Mansion and killed President Tolbert. Most government officials were arrested and imprisoned and on April 22, 13 of Tolbert’s top most officials were executed by firing squad at the BTC beach. Baccus Matthews and many of his fellow prisoners emerged from prison to occupy top positions in government, he as Foreign Minister. Sawyer, Tipoteh, Fahnbulleh, Dew Mayson and Matthews, who led the intellectual and political basis for the avalanche that was to come, will forever regret that despite all their thinking and action, they had made no plan for any eventuality. That is why the enlisted men, who now called themselves the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), did not seize power only, but seized the intellectuals, too, and made them do the young soldiers’ bidding. Not long after the coup, for example, Doe demanded that all Ministers of government become enlisted in the Armed Forces as uniformed majors. In 1982-83 Doe turned to Amos Sawyer to head the 25-person National Constitution Commission (NCC). The Commission worked around the clock and by 1983-84 they were ready with their draft, which they submitted to Doe. Doe lifted the ban on politics and several persons, including Amos Sawyer, announced that they intended to seek the Presidency. That infuriated Samuel Doe who himself had presidential ambition. Shortly following a trip to Germany, Doe had Sawyer arrested and imprisoned, accused of “a socialist plot.” That is when the students of the University of Liberia went on a strike, commenced a vociferous (loud, noisy) vigil at the UL gate demanding their beloved professor’s release or else they would not return to classes. Not long thereafter Doe went to the Capitol Building and demanded that the UL students “move or be removed.” Minutes later, Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, licking his mouth like a hungry lion, led a stream of blood thirsty soldiers to the UL campus, where they shot at, beat up, stripped naked many students and faculty and even committed rape. Doe later disbanded the entire UL administration, which was headed by a tough and forthright president, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman. The coup, which was terribly mismanaged, led to the civil war. It was during the civil war, especially following the massacre at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on June 29, 1990—when over 600 people were brutally murdered by soldiers loyal to Samuel Doe—that the Mediation Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened a meeting in Banjul, The Gambia. The meeting was called by the Committee’s Chairman, Gambia President Sir Dawda K. Jawara. That meeting, held August 6-7, took the momentous decision to send into Liberia ECOMOG, the ECOWAS peace keeping force, to stop the war. That meeting was followed in mid-September by the convening by President Jawara of an All Party Liberian Conference. It was at that conference that Amos C. Sawyer was elected Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity.A short while later he and his team of officials moved into Monrovia and took up the authority of governance. He served until 1994 when began a series of other interim arrangements that led to Charles Taylor’s election in 1997 as President of Liberia. But Taylor’s corruption, mismanagement and intransigence led to the protraction of the civil war, in which nearly 300,000 people were killed and the country’s infrastructure almost totally destroyed, setting the country 50 years backward. Amos Claudius Sawyer was born on June 15, 1945 in Greenville, Sinoe County, to the union of Abel and Sarah Sawyer. Amos is married to Mrs. Comfort Sawyer. He celebrates his 70th birthday on Sunday ensuing with a thanksgiving service at his parish, the St. Stephen Episcopal Church at 10th Street, Monrovia. Amos has had a rich life filled with many accomplishments. As Chair of the Governance Commission, he and his colleagues and many other consultants from a cross-section of the country, have set in place a framework for the devolution of power—the handing of power from the presidency—which some say is among the most powerful presidencies in the world—to the people. It will be the culmination of his lifelong dream the day this devolution of power is complete and the Liberian people at the county, city, town and village levels begin to share in a genuine way the nation’s power, which the 1986 Constitution affirms is “inherent in the people.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brumskine/Karnwea Ticket Announced

first_imgBrumskine lifts Karnwea’s hand in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf City Hall in Saclepea to rounds of applause from the audienceThe political leader of Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, on Saturday named former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., as his presidential running mate.Karnwea, a native of Nimba County in northern Liberia, was subsequently elected unopposed as deputy standard bearer of the LP by delegates at a daylong special meeting of the party’s national, county and legislative aspirants in Saclepea, Nimba County, on Saturday, March 18.Karnwea, a former superintendent of vote-rich Nimba County and Minister of Internal Affairs, resigned recently from the ruling Unity Party (UP) in favor of the opposition, Liberty Party.In spite of the many criticisms of Karnwea’s decision to cross over to the LP, Brumskine told the gathering that selecting him was based on recommendations from a special committee set-up by the LP.He said that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket will bring victory, not only to the LP, but to the country, which will eventually witness tremendous developments.Amid great excitement in the audience, Brumskine said, “It is my pleasing duty to announce to you that Nimba County has been selected to produce the next vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and is therefore my honor to inform Liberia that the honorable Harrison Karnwea has been selected as my running mate.”In a brief statement, Karnwea accepted his selection as vice standard bearer and promised “to work overtime” to ensure that the party wins the October 10 elections.“By this acceptance here, now and today, my intent and desire for the vice standard bearer position of the LP are hereby created and expressed,” he said.Mr. Karnwea told partisans that he would, alongside Brumskine and the other partisans and sympathizers, canvass for votes when the campaign process kicks off so that the party can effectively and efficiently challenge all other political parties during the elections.“Sincerely speaking, I see no ticket so unifying Liberians than our ticket that sends out a clear message that ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’ I see no ticket deserving victory than our ticket. I see no ticket that can be easily entrusted with the future of this country other than our ticket,” Karnwea said to rounds of applause from the floor.“I see no ticket that sends out a clear and loud message of peace, reconciliation and unity than the LP’s ticket that features Brumskine and I.”Karnwea indicated that through the LP ticket, he sees a Liberia on the best and proper trajectory for progress and development, adding that, “On our ticket, I see giants and real warriors in the political war to effectively minimize corruption.”The LP vice standard bearer continued by saying that on the party’s 2017 ticket, he sees real patriots with the minds and hearts to put Liberia first, and: “On our ticket I see a better future for the old and young Liberians no matter which village, town or quarter you find yourselves. I can say this ticket is a vote magnet that will attract the votes to push the LP to the leadership of this country in the upcoming elections.”The former UP stalwart said from the day he decided to make LP his political home, he started to effectively put together all the political energies, tactics and strategies to ensure that the party captures state power “from a party that desperately wishes to dominate the political landscape for 24 years.”Karnwea said he feels strongly that re-electing UP for the third time would be the wrong message for Liberians to send to the outside world, “and that we are satisfied with the maintenance of the status quo.”“I refuse to accept that Liberians will be satisfied with giving our country to one party for 24 consecutive years or more in the spirit of acceptance of superficial reforms against a transformative agenda that brings about serious systematic and positive changes for Liberia’s progress, which the LP stands to usher,” Karnwea said.Shortly after the pronouncement of Karnwea as the LP’s vice standard bearer, there were mixed reactions from some Liberians who consider his crossing over to the UP as betrayal to Vice President Joseph Boakai, in whose honor Karnwea named one of his quadruplets.  Another is named in honor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while the other two are named in honor of Mr. Karnwea and his mother, Monsoun, respectively.“I believe Karnwea has violated the tradition of naming a child after an individual by defecting from the UP to seek for Boakai’s position as VP,” said a Karnwea admirer only identified as Nyahn.A female well-wisher at Saturday’s occasion and many of her colleagues welcomed the revelation of the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket.Kou Meipein, who admires Karnwea’s forcefulness when it comes to development and his stance against corruption, and her colleagues believe that the selection of Mr. Karnwea as Brumskine’s running mate is the best decision the LP has so far made on its political sojourn.In a related development, the LP political leadership has commissioned the Bahn/Buutuo highway, which has remained deplorable over the years.At a brief groundbreaking ceremony earlier in Bahn City, Brumskine and Karnwea assured the gathering that the LP was reconditioning the road to revive the “lost hope of residents, and also to increase government’s revenue intake from that part of the country,” which connects Liberia to Ivory Coast.Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe, on behalf the residents, commended Mr. Karnwea and the LP for their decision to recondition the Bahn/Buutuo road network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GARDAI SWOOP AFTER ANOTHER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

first_imgGARDAI have stepped up security along the Border tonight after another attempted robbery on Main Street in Newtowncunningham today.A man armed with a knife entered Gerard McNeill’s grocery shop around 4pm, but was thwarted in his robbery attempts.He left the premises empty-handed. Gardai have set up patrols in the area in the hunt for the robber.Cllr Paul Canning said he had been assured by Gardai that patrols along the Border with counties Derry and Tyrone has been stepped up this evening.Today’s incident follows three robberies in Lifford in recent days.Donegal Daily has learned senior Gardai and senior PSNI officers are working closely in identifying the gangs behind the raids. Two men have been arrested in Strabane as part of the joint operations. GARDAI SWOOP AFTER ANOTHER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GARDAI SWOOP AFTER ANOTHER ATTEMPTED ROBBERYlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN JAILED FOR HAVING IMITATION FIREARM

first_imgA dissident republican from Donegal has been jailed for having an imitation firearm.Detectives from Serious Crime Branch welcomed the sentence imposed on Finbar Kelly, one of two men jailed after they were arrested in a police operation against dissident republican terrorists.Kelly, 36, received a two-year jail term suspended for two years after admitting having an imitation gun and a statement from a drug vigilante group. John Joseph McNally (47) from Belfast was jailed for 22 months after pleading guilty to having an imitation gun.Police stopped a car in Newtownabbey on 30 August 2012 and recovered an imitation firearm. During a follow-up search at Kelly’s home a document which appeared to be a speech on behalf of a drugs vigilante group was recovered, containing threats to drug dealers and those involved in anti social behaviour.Welcoming the sentences at Laganside Court in Belfast today, a spokesman for Serious Crime Branch said: “Some of our communities are terrorised by those who purport to be their protectors. We will do everything we can to ensure such criminals do not succeed. We would encourage everyone to work with us to ensure the rule of law is upheld and the threat of violence is reduced.”DONEGAL MAN JAILED FOR HAVING IMITATION FIREARM was last modified: March 28th, 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:donegaldrugsFinbar Kellyimitation gunvigilanteslast_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: GLENTIES COMPREHENSIVE GIRLS THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL

first_imgSt Columba’s GlentiesTHE first and second year girls of St Columba’s Comprehensive are through to the Ulster final after a superb display of ladies gaelic football at Garvaghey.The Glenties girls dominated the opening half of their semi-final clash with St Louis’ from Carrickmacross and led by 15 points at the break.The Monaghan girls were back in the game in the second half but St Columba’s held their nerve, helped in no small measure by their keeper – and player of the match – Bronagh Gallagher. Final score St.Columba’s Glenties 6-13 St Louis Carrickmacross 3-12Goal scorers Danielle McDevitt 2, Amy Boyle Carr 2, Laura Furey, Sarah Harkin LADIES FOOTBALL: GLENTIES COMPREHENSIVE GIRLS THROUGH TO ULSTER FINAL was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by John2Share 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:GlentiesLadies FootballSt Columba’s Comprehensivelast_img read more

LYIT give advice for those still undecided about 2017 college courses

first_imgIf you are still undecided about what to do at college or university in 2017, then ‘Available Places’ through the Central Applications Office (CAO) might just be what you are looking for. ‘Available Places’ is open to students who have not applied to the CAO, in addition to being available to existing CAO applicants. ‘Available Places’ provides an opportunity to choose a course from the ‘Available Places’ list on the CAO website.Courses advertised on ‘Available Places’ can be introduced or removed at any stage by the individual college or university and this facility is updated regularly on the CAO website. Billy Bennett, Registrar at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) said ‘Available Places’ is a fantastic facility open to both new and existing applicants to the CAO.“This facility is important as it gives new applicants to the CAO a window of opportunity to apply to any of the available courses listed on the ‘Available Places’ section of the CAO website.“This list is updated regularly by the CAO and gives the undecided student a chance to apply to an available college place. While LYIT has no Level 8, Honours Degree programmes available through ‘Available Places’, we currently have 22 Level 6/7, Higher Certificate/Ordinary Degree programmes available on this portal. We have 4 programmes available from the School of Tourism Killybegs and 18 programmes available from the Schools of Business, Engineering and Science at our Letterkenny campus.”The Leaving Certificate results will be issued on 16 August, with Round 1 CAO offers being made to applicants on Monday 21 August. Mr Bennett further added, “CAO’s ‘Available Places’ provides students with options, and allows students who have not applied to the CAO to make an application to an available college course.Not all programmes are available through ‘Available Places’; however, there is a great choice of programmes on offer, and this facility gives new applicants a chance to choose an available college place for the upcoming academic year. At LYIT, we have found that many students avail of the ‘Available Places’ portal and it is important to let parents and students know that this facility exists. The CAO website provides a short video guide on how to apply and I would encourage people to visit the website to find out more about ‘Available Places’.”For more information on programmes at LYIT visit www.lyit.ie or for more information on ‘Available Places’ visit www.cao.ie.LYIT give advice for those still undecided about 2017 college courses was last modified: July 24th, 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:coursesdonegalLYITlast_img read more

Giants have convinced front office they can contend for a playoff berth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In July 2017, the Giants made the decision to stop playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” in the late innings of games they trailed during home games.The club was headed for a 98-loss season and had fallen so far out of contention that the ballpark staple was nothing more than a sullen reminder that the Giants’ glory days were over.“Don’t Stop Believin” hasn’t returned on a regular basis to Oracle Park, but after a miserable start to the 2019 season, the Giants refused to …last_img

H-DNL football: Arcata tops Hoopa Valley in key Little 4 contest

first_imgKein Mazzotti rushed for a pair of scores and Matthew Robinson threw for as many as Arcata High passed a tough test on homecoming night, downing Little 4 Conference foe Hoopa Valley 36-19 Friday night at the Redwood Bowl.Mazzotti concluded Arcata’s first drive of the night with a 34-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Mazzotti helped to set up the score with a 15-yard burst earlier in the drive.“This was a must win game,” Arcata coach Jamal Jones said. “We got the job done, …last_img

Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.last_img read more