Liberia Makes More Gains in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe leader of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, says that Liberia has made more gains in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and must continue.Making the statement over the weekend in the Air Field Community, the LTP leader emphasized that the war against the virus was not over and called on Liberians to ensure that the country is free of the epidemic as the spread of the virus could return.Rev. Sandy observed that, “In the midst of the national health crisis, political tensions had grown very high and continue to rise to exacerbate the health crisis. (While) exercising our political franchise and constitutional rights, we must continue to observe the preventive measures of the virus.”In the process of electing the 15 lawmakers in the ensuing election, he believes it is important  for every Liberian to act in the confines of the law.He explained that the special senatorial election is necessary for the smooth running of Liberia but must not create any condition that would lead to further spread of the epidemic.“It is also constitutionally mandated that the election is held in a free, fair, transparent and credible as well as a peaceful and democratic atmosphere. This will reflect the authentic views and choices of the people of Liberia and a clear representation of each county,” said the LTP leader.He admonished that the efforts and support of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, the United States, China, European Union and the Centers for Disease Control as well as other experts around the world, who have risked lives by joining Liberia and contributing immensely to the fight against the Ebola virus must not be wasted.The LTP leader warned the general public against engaging in any act that would undermine the fight against the epidemic, adding that Liberia has gone far in the fight and must continue until it is completed.He urged that the political parties, the election, the Government of Liberia and all senatorial candidates must be responsible to make sure that this election is fully participatory, inclusive, transparent, impartial and free.“As we elect our 15 senators, let us not do any thing that would place the life of our people in danger or put the citizens at risk. Liberia faces constitutional challenges today as we go into this election. The people own the country and have the right to change whatsoever they want to change,” he stressed adding that while Liberia goes through political recuperation, Liberians should show political maturity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vehicle seizures likely to resume

first_imgThe commission is expected to consider the moratorium Sept. 18. The practice of towing vehicles has been decried by immigrants-rights groups that say it unfairly targets those here illegally, because they cannot obtain licenses. But the LAPD officers union said as long as the practice of confiscating cars is legal, the moratorium should be immediately lifted. “We question why the department is dragging its feet on this,” said Tim Sands, president of the Police Protective League. “Allowing these drivers to keep driving their cars is akin to allowing unlicensed gun owners to keep their guns. The only difference is that cars kill more people than guns do.” The union says a significant number of hit-and-run suspects are unlicensed drivers. The LAPD annually impounds about 40,000 cars driven by unlicensed drivers. The practice generates roughly $14 million in revenue for the city of Los Angeles and costs offenders about $1,200 each to retrieve their cars. LAPD officers could soon be impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers again after the City Attorney’s Office found the practice to be constitutional, police Chief William Bratton said Friday. The Los Angeles Police Department temporarily stopped the practice last week after the City Attorney’s Office said it might be unconstitutional. But after a review of the initial findings, based on a 2005 federal appeals court decision, the City Attorney’s Office found that in most cases the practice was legal. “It would appear that we are OK to go back to what we were doing before, with some specific exceptions,” Bratton said. Citing attorney-client privilege, neither Bratton nor the City Attorney’s Office would detail under what circumstances the LAPD will be prohibited from towing vehicles. Still, Bratton said he will not lift the moratorium until the civilian Police Commission – which sets policy for the department – has reviewed the city attorney’s and the department’s own recommendations. [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more