‘State of Emergency Offers No Solutions’

first_imgThe Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has described as a “misstep and poor political judgment” the Liberian President’s declaration of a national State of Emergency.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday declared a “state of emergency” and called for legislative support in accordance with the 1986 Constitution.Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, IREDD Senior Policy Director Dan T. Saryee, noted that the declaration neither offers any results-oriented solution to the economic reasons cited nor does it provide any direct solution to the eradication of Ebola from “poverty stricken Liberians.”The international research group pointed out that the government’s decision will only exacerbate hardship, escalate vulnerability of the people to hunger and death by curable diseases (malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, etc.) and further deny the country of much needed revenues.  In fact, the consequence that comes with a state of emergency is comparable to shooting oneself in the leg, Saryee said.The research institute believes that the government’s pronouncement is a clear indication that all activities including the operations of concessions, plantations, international NGOs, businesses and market places are hereby “shut down.”IREDD described the President’s decision as a “sad and unprecedented action that demonstrates no iota of good leadership, intended to raise untimely alarm to position Liberia for a handsome share of the funds to fight Ebola in the sub-region.”In finding solution to the spread of Ebola IREDD recommended: “that the National Legislature should deny the approval of the state of emergency required of them by Article 88 of the Liberian Constitution.  Government should urgently take action to prescribe motivational packages such as benefits in insurance, death benefits including education benefits  for children of affected medical practitioners, to ensure they are motivated to make the ultimate sacrifices as required to fight the pandemic.  Government should take concrete actions to re-open all the referral health centers by ensuring that the requisite manpower, technicians, logistics needed to run various testing at these centers are available and accessible.”Relative to the militarization of communities and highways, Saryee asserted that said action was unnecessary, adding; “This only scares away investors.”On the way forward, he said,  government should establish testing centers at every entry point, to ensure that traveler, pedestrians and other commuters are properly screened to prevent the spread of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

This mystery insect appears everytime around the FIFA World Cup in Meghalaya

first_imgMillions of football lovers are eagerly waiting for the final match of FIFA World Cup 2018 today. The world waits with bated breath as France and Croatia come face to face in Moscow today.Interestingly, a tiny insect in a remote corner in Meghalaya also joins the football frenzy.A strange insect appears in the villages of Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi district. This insect appears for one month every four years and then disappears for the next four years, until the next world cup.The insect is a sub-species of the Cicada family and is called Chremistica. It emerges from the ground in several villages of Ri Bhoi district every four years, typically one month around the FIFA World Cup.The villagers have named the winged insect Niangtaser (Niang is an insect in Khasi language) and have nicknamed the insect as World Cup Insect.It is a mystery why the insect appears exactly before the FIFA World Cup every four years.This year as well, not too long before the FIFA World Cup, the villagers heard the whistling sounds of the insects. The football crazy villagers have renamed the insect as Niang World Cup.The villagers also organise a festival every four years as the insect appears. The Niangtaser festival was organised in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.(With inputs from Hemanta Kumar Nath in Guwahati)last_img read more