January 14

ALJA Cautions NEC against Electoral Irregularities

first_imgMr. Sandy, ALJA presidentThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to take steps that would ensure that some of the lapses that evolved out of the October 10 general and presidential elections are not repeated in the November 7 run-off.In a press release issued by secretary-general Charles Crawford and approved by president Moses D. Sandy, the ALJA said it is alarmed by the numerous complaints of alleged electoral irregularities and the number of invalid votes that engulfed the first round of the presidential and legislative elections.The association called on the NEC and political parties to ensure that election workers are properly trained for the smooth execution of the runoff presidential election.ALJA also urged the Commission to ensure that voters are fully educated about the location of polling centers and how to cast their ballots.The Liberian media advocacy group, based in the United States, urged political parties alleging electoral irregularities in the first round of the presidential and legislative elections to fully exhaust the election guidelines and the legal process to resolve their grievances without any acts of violence.The association also cautioned supporters and sympathizers of political parties to refrain from all forms of violence as the legal process takes its course.ALJA called on the NEC to move expeditiously in resolving the complaints filed by the various political parties and stressed the need for the Commission to be transparent and accountable in adjudicating the various parties’ complaints.Meanwhile, the ALJA has condemned the recent arson attack on the home of broadcast journalist Smith Toby, who is the station manager of the Monrovia based OK FM. According to reports, the incident was perpetrated by unknown men on Wednesday, October 18 on the Robertsfield Highway.Smith and his family survived the fire with barely any damage to property.ALJA sees the attack on Toby’s residence as counterproductive to press freedom and the peace and stability in Liberia during this critical period of electioneering.The association has called on law enforcement agencies to vigorously pursue the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice.In a related development, ALJA said its attention has also been drawn to alleged reports of intimidation and harassment of journalists and media institutions in the performance of their reportorial duties by some unscrupulous individuals in the Liberian society. ALJA, however, did not specifically point to any act or incident during which a journalist was recently allegedly harassed.The association said the reports are troubling and have the propensity to rupture the peace and tranquility the country has enjoyed for the past 12 years.In the wake of these horrifying reports, ALJA has called on the Liberian government and heads of political parties to ensure that journalists and media institutions are protected especially in the performance of their professional duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 29

Will Ireland’s best young entrepreneur be from Donegal?

first_imgWith applications for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur now open, young entrepreneurs in Donegal aged between 18 and 35 have been urged to make sure that they apply for this year’s competition.Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. and Minister of State for Business, Pat Breen T.D. were both present at the nationwide launch of the contest earlier this week, but for Donegal entrepreneurs the focus will begin with the local competition and there’s €50,000 to be won in the county across three separate categories.Local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner at county level will receive an investment of up to €7,000 and the runner-up will receive up to €3,000 of investment. These winners at county level will progress to Regional Finals early next year and will be hoping to reach the national IBYE finals in March 2018.Last year Portnoo-based businesswoman Gillian Doyle was the toast of the business world in Donegal when she progressed from winning the Donegal final to scoop the Regional Award for Best Business Idea at the regional finals in Sligo.And she was full of praise for the competition, urging young entrepreneurs to apply and take advantage of the help it can give them to ensure they can grow their business.“I’m not talking about grants or financial assistance, it is the support, the advice, the learning and mentoring. It was nothing short of phenomenal. The Local Enterprise Office was so supportive and so helpful.” Initial applicants are short-listed to local finalists who receive intensive Business Bootcamp training ahead of the Donegal final.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said that the feedback from applicants year after year has been that the Business Bootcamps have been of tremendous assistance.“It is a nice incentive for applicants to try and capture the investment prizes, but even if they don’t, taking part in the Business Bootcamps will help them fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching,” he said.He added: “Since the IBYE competition started, businesses coming through the competition in Donegal have performed at a consistently high level. The contest is a springboard for young entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their business. We are very pleased with the spirit of entrepreneurship in the county among our young people and I urge them to make sure they get their applications in for this year’s competition.”Applications can be made online by Friday 29 September at www.ibye.ie but anyone seeking more information before submitting their application can call Donegal Local Enterprise Office: 07491 60735 or e.mail [email protected] Will Ireland’s best young entrepreneur be from Donegal? was last modified: July 19th, 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)last_img read more