Authorities of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) yesterday began a weeklong capacity building exercise involving state lawyers (prosecutors) throughout the country. The aim is to adopt new strategies that would help to reduce penalties applied to certain crimes committed under the state of emergency.The training is supported by the United States of America (USA). The government proclaimed a state of emergency beginning August 6, 2014, under Article 86 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, under which certain constitutional rights and freedoms of the people are suspended.The measure, according to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was to help in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The training is being held at the Montserrado County Administrative Building in Bentol City, under the theme: “Effective Prosecution under the State of Emergency.”For example, a person found guilty of petty larceny misdemeanor (crime), which is usually punishable by 30 days or up to a year in jail, will, under the new arrangement, be immediately released after filing a bond.Other offences, including murder, armed robbery and rape will not be exempt under the effective state of emergency strategy.Speaking yesterday during the opening session, Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo recollected that prosecutors won more cases at the Supreme Court level, during the August Term of Court, which was overshadowed by the Ebola virus and the imposition of the state of emergency.“We lost only one case at the Supreme Court level at that court term. We did well,” she declared.Cllr. Blamo did not mention the one case that was lost at the High Court.She said reducing overcrowding at prison facilities throughout the country was one of the major issues that will be discussed during the forum.“We will be discussing means of stopping people from going to jail during this state of emergency,” adding “This does not mean that we will not be sending people to jail. We will be sending to jail those accused or convicted of murder, rape and armed robbery.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
March 3, 2017Congratulations to the January 29. 2017 workshop participants upon their graduation from the 5 week workshop.from left:Jerry Puerner,Joseph Islas continues as an intern in construction,Emily Mather is staying as a volunteer in construction and the visitors center.
Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels.Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host all of its eight channels on SES’s satellite. Seven of its DTH channels serve the Ukrainian market: 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi, Unian TV and Kvartal TV.The other channel of the group, 1+1 International, is targeted at the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, and is an international version of the 1+1 channel.1+1 Media Group recentlystruck a deal to add the latter channel to a new OTT service aimed at expatriate and ethno-linguistic groups launched by Cisco in partnership with Sky.“1+1 Media Group is one of Ukraine’s major players in the market. We have already been hosting some of the group’s TV channels. This new agreement brings our long-standing relationship to a new level, and we are very much looking forward to delivering all of 1+1 Media Group’s channels to both Ukrainian and international audiences,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“We have been relying on SES’s services over the past several years, and we are very pleased that our collaboration is expanding. SES has extensive experience in the Ukrainian market, and a proven track record in delivering top quality services. We are confident in SES as a partner in bringing our channels to our audiences in Ukraine and abroad,” said Yaroslav Pakholchuk, chief operational officer of 1+1 Media Group.