‘Cestos Market Becomes Death Trap’

first_imgThe Acting Superintendent of Cestos Market in Rivercess County has described the deplorable condition of their market hall as a death trap. Madam Cecelia Kebbeh made the statement recently during an exclusive interview with the Daily observer in Cestos City, the capital of Riverces County.Madam Kebbeh said if the market hall is not quickly renovated it may collapse and kill any of the marketers at any time.Madam Kebbeh mentioned that the building, which was constructed in the 1980s by the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe when he was chairman of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), is breaking apart due to lack of rehabilitation since its construction.She disclosed that the roof and ceiling of the building are in poor condition and need to be changed. She pointed out that the building is also not able to accommodate the influx of marketers which is responsible for street selling in the city.She said street sellers do not pay for tickets to help maintain the market.She explained that even though they have hand pumps for safe drinking water, they lack latrines which causes them to use the beach to ease themselves.The marketers recently appointed Madam Kebbeh as Acting General Superintendent to replace the former General Superintendent Louis Blodyupto who has allegedly abandoned the position for years and now resides in Monrovia.The marketers alleged that before leaving for Monrovia Madam Blodyupto locked the office and the keys are still in her possession, thus depriving the Acting Officers access to the office, a claim that the Daily Observer could not confirm from Madam Blodyupto, because she could not be located. When her husband was contacted he refused to comment.One of the marketers, Madam Janet Saywrag who responded on behalf of her fellow marketers, lamented that they are unhappy in that street sellers continue to decrease their daily income because according to her they (street sellers) stop buyers from buying from them in the building for which they pay for tickets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More work needed on firearms legislation says VP of National Firearms Association

first_img“At the time the government stepped in and imposed an amnesty on that to prevent people from being criminalized or having the property confiscated. The apparent reversal under C-42 is certainly a good step and I think it’s one of the acid tests of this particular piece of legislation.”And that took us to the NFA priorities on proposals for new legislation.“Basically there’s certain fundamental aspects of the firearms act that they have to address. That’s the issue of rights and property. Under the current firearms act you must hold a firearms licence simply to be in possession of your own property. If it expires you potentially criminalize yourself and that’s a problem. We’re not talking about a license or safety course to prove competency. We’re talking about a mandatory license for the simple ownership of property and that’s simply unacceptable. That’s un-Canadian and that cannot be tolerated.I think the government has to change the licensing system to reflect that. Secondly it’s the treatment of that property. As we’ve seen there’s an agenda to progressively reclassify and prohibit firearms and confiscate them. There have been some classes of firearms confiscated even under this government. Until new legislation is introduced to prevent a future government from doing that, we’re all going to be under the gun.”Again we note the NFA sees only as a step in the right direction the changes coming next month to eliminate the Possession Only Licence, with conversion to Possession and Acquisition Licences, and to see Authorization to Transportation become a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.Advertisement “What people have to remember here is this is a mandatory licence for the simple ownership or possession of property, and those are firearms. If you did not get one after the deadline in 1998 or if you never had one you are committing a criminal offence. Up until recently if you allowed your firearms licence to expire you automatically became a criminal.They’ve basically put an amnesty for that since they got elected in 2006 and in C-42 they’re granting a six month amnesty for people who allow their licenses to expire before they actually criminalize themselves. I think they have recognized the licensing portion of the act has failed, however it doesn’t fundamentally change the nature of the license. As long as that’s the case there are Canadians who are going to allow the license to expire and go beyond that six month amnesty and become actual criminals and that’s still going to be wrong.”Mr. Hagen listed as another major Association concern the RCMP Swiss Arms and CZ 858 reclassification, acknowledging and applauding the Harper government’s intervention.While calling for new legislation Mr. Hagen gave the Harper Government credit for moving in the right direction on a number of issues including its reversal of the RCMP Swiss Arms CZ-858 reclassification.Advertisement We are now less than a month away from the September 2nd effective date for two additional changes to the Harper Government’s Common Sense Firearms Licencing Act.One is the elimination of the Possession Only Licence, and conversion to Possession and Acquisition Licenses.The other sees the Authorization to Transport becoming a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.- Advertisement -Blair Hagen is the Executive Vice-President of Communications for the National Firearms Association“They’ve recognized some of the failures of the firearms act and it looks like they’ve taken steps in Bill C-42 to address them. However, these amendments while well intentioned don’t substantially solve all of the problems historically that we’ve been suffering with this farm sack that’s been in place since 1995. They’re on the right track however, we need new legislation to substantively solve all of these problems rather than amendments to some of the more egregious or apparent ones.”Asked about the key concerns of the NFA, he focussed first on the licencing portion of the Firearms Act.Advertisementlast_img read more