Meeting at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, (R-L): Berengere Prince (Senior Resource Economist And Regional Task Team Leader for WARFP, Jingjie Chu Senior Natural Resource Economist and WARFP TTL for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone), Abratha Doe, (Deputy Ambassador to Washington DC), Emma Metieh-Glassco (Director General of NaFAA), Ms. Diarietou Gaye (Director Strategy and Operations Africa Region), Beatrix Allah-Mensah (Senior Operations Officer).Says press statement contained misrepresentationsIn the wake of a March 21 2019, press statement from the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), declaring that a US$21 million fisheries project for Liberia was underway with sponsorship from the World Bank, the World Bank has since, on March 25, 2019 issued a Press statement rebutting the report.The NaFAA press statement had disclosed that following what it called fruitful discussions with the World Bank, its Director-General, Emma Metieh Glassgow, was able to secure an agreement for the construction of a modern state-of-the-art fishing and processing facility as well as the establishment of landing jetties in five coastal counties.But this assertion was almost immediately countered by the World Bank which issued a statement debunking such claims, stressing that a new fishing project for Liberia will be determined only after the Bank’s Director for Regional Integration comes on board.The Bank also said a strategic decision will be made to fit the country’s priority needs and was as such setting the record straight that no decision has been made to that effect.But in an abrupt about-turn, the NaFAA yesterday issued a statement acknowledging that the World Bank did not make any funding commitments for the new project. It clarified that its previous press statement contained a misrepresentation of facts surrounding its Director-General’s meeting with the World Bank, adding that administrative action has already been taken to remedy the situation.The NaFAA further clarified that it was fully aware of ongoing administrative and structural changes at the Bank which has occasioned a temporary pause on all new project activities but it remains hopeful that in time due consideration will be given to support NaFAA’s priority interventions for sustainable development of the fisheries sector.Meanwhile, the NaFAA has said it takes pride in the commendations emanating from the World Bank’s Directors for what it has achieved over the period, and it remains committed to the sustainable management of Liberia’s fisheries resources towards the overall achievement of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Assize Church Service, which marks the commencement of the Michaelmas term of the Home Circuit Court, continues to be a significant ceremony for Jamaica’s justice system. Retired Chief Librarian with the Supreme Court, Carol Ford, in an interview with JIS News, underscored the value of maintaining this tradition and expressed enthusiasm that the practice has been revived locally in recent years, following a period when it was not being held. The annual service, which was held on Sunday (September 17) at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Downtown, Kingston, saw the participation of a range of stakeholders of the country’s justice system and in the legal profession locally. Story Highlights The Assize Church Service, which marks the commencement of the Michaelmas term of the Home Circuit Court, continues to be a significant ceremony for Jamaica’s justice system.The annual service, which was held on Sunday (September 17) at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in downtown Kingston, saw the participation of a range of stakeholders of the country’s justice system and in the legal profession locally.In attendance were Minister of Justice, Hon Delroy Chuck; Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla; and other stakeholders.The Jamaican ceremony is based on the English practice that was transferred to the colonies from as far back as the 17th century.The Surrey History Centre and the Kingston Court in England report that the assizes, which are courts held in the main county towns and presided over by the visiting judges from the higher courts, were first established by King Henry II, who reigned from 1154 to 1189.According to historical sources, the arrival of the assize judges in a town was a very solemn occasion, because the judges directly represented the power and authority of the Crown. As a result, an elaborate ceremony developed around their arrival.This event carried through the centuries and the assize church service is used in present day to commemorate its historical value and to seek blessings for the court year. Similar services, with a range of formats and names, are held across the region, including in Barbados, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in the United States.Retired Chief Librarian with the Supreme Court, Carol Ford, in an interview with JIS News, underscored the value of maintaining this tradition and expressed enthusiasm that the practice has been revived locally in recent years, following a period when it was not being held.“It is to ask God’s blessings on the court year and on the administration of justice,” she said.The court year is divided into four terms, the first of which begins on September 16 annually, or the Monday following the 16th if it falls on a weekend. The assize church service is held on the Sunday immediately before the opening of the Circuit.Ms. Ford said she believes members of the judiciary, led by the Chief Justice, are positively impacted by the assize service and what it represents.The theme for this year’s service, taken from the Jamaican National Pledge, is ‘Justice, Brotherhood and Peace’.