Residents Construct Roads with Bare Hands

first_imgSeveral young men have embarked on a self-help to reconstruct a 20-mile stretch of road linking Paynesville’s Pipeline Community with Mount Coffee, through Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.The youths, under the umbrella of the “Concerned Guys Organization,” said they are cognizant of the deplorable road networks across the country, wherein the government struggles to raise revenue to meet up with the challenges of infrastructure development.Members of the Concerned Guys Organization— who sing in unison to their recorded music— go about their work with the aid of manual implements such as shovels, diggers, hoes and cutlasses.The youthful and non-political “Concerned Guys Organization,” is headed by Konah Marweah, who is its chairman.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend at one of their working sites, Mr. Marweah said the organization’s campaign to recondition the stretch of road linking Pipeline Community with Lower Johnsonville is based on their desire to help support government’s effort to achieve its developmental objectives; particularly the construction of road networks.“We feel for the thousands of residents who are commuting along this route daily. Drivers of motorcycles and other vehicles that manage to travel here overcharge due to the bad condition of the road,” Mr. Marweah lamented.According to him, the campaign is being done without any political intent, “because our source of support is the little handouts we receive from motorists and passersby.”He said since the area is not covered by the central government’s developmental objectives through the Ministry of Public Works, the residents, mainly the youths, have intervened by building the road with their bare hands.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘BAD OMEN FOR BONG’: 73 New Ebola Cases Reported in One Week

first_imgThe Bong County Health Team on the county Taskforce has released an update of Ebola cases in the county, recording a total of 73 new cases for the period of one week.Briefing Journalists at the office of the Bong County Health Team at the Phebe Hospital Compound on Monday, the Administrator at the County Health Team, Fartormah Jusu, said of the 73 new cases, there were nine  confirmed, 49 suspected and 15 probable.Mr. Jusu also announced to the meeting that the Bong County Ebola Taskforce received seventy specimen results of last week, of which 32 were positive and 36 were negative, while two were in- determinant, meaning the two are required to redo their EVD test.The County Health Administrator was swift to notify the County Taskforce that a cumulative number of 972 contacts listed were recorded from July to September, among which 155 persons completed the 21 days of quarantine as instituted by the County Health Team.He disclosed that the county recorded 27 cumulative deaths from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Suakoko District, with 83 admissions currently at the ETU.Mr. Jusu indicated that the County Health Team has documented 44 discharged patients from the ETU, with 34 tested negative. He said three children from the ETU in Bong County have been reintegrated with their parents in the county after surviving the human killer disease.He named Gbarpolu County as the latest epi center, with seven cases being reported from the county with one positive and six suspected.The County Health Team Administrator informed the gathering that the Ebola cases began to increase from mid August to October 13, 2014,  something he described as a bad omen for the people of Bong County. Mr. Jusu told the Taskforce that he believes the rapid spread of the disease is the direct result of attitudinal problems on the part of local residents, who fail to adhere to measures as announced by Health authorities.“If we do not change our behavior of how to treat this deadly disease, it will surely live with us for a long period of time, despite the international community’s firm commitment to help us fight against the virus” Mr. Jusu declared shaking his head in disappointment. He told this newspaper that one of the underlying reasons for the swell in deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians to report for testing in spite of the presence of testing centers in the county.  This, he said, will lead to the breakdown of the fabric of the society.The County Health Official narrated that with the ingrained culture of silence, the County Health Team is finding it tremendously difficult to fight the Ebola virus disease in the county.  At the same time, suspected Ebola virus carriers are not prepared to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early check up.Ordinary Bong County residents who spoke with the Daily Observer argued the virus is not being enclosed due to the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the inhabitants to abide by the actions put in place by Health authorities;  while others maintained that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia are not doing enough to encourage  health workers to provide services at the health facilities and ETUs around the country.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police to request records from phone companies – Hicken

first_imgContraband found at Camp Street PrisonFollowing the discovery of several contraband items at the Georgetown Prisons over the past weekend, Police investigators are looking to have the 40 plus cellphones that were seized analysed.This was disclosed by Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Clifton Hicken, who told reporters on Wednesday that investigations are ongoing into the major prison bust, which comes just over two months after the March prison riots that resulted in the death of 17 inmates.According to the Commander, the 44 seized cellphones are with investigators, who are sorting them out to be sent for examination. However, he explained that there are protocols that have to be obtained in such cases.The contraband found during the Joint Services raid at the Camp Street Prison over the weekend“We will request for certain information, via the hierarchy of the Force, from the companies. The company will then send the information requested, after following their process of course, and we will complete the investigations from there,” Hicken stated.He noted that after the investigation is completed and advice is sought then the information gathered will be released to the public.On Monday, the Guyana Police Force reported that several contraband items were found in the Camp Street penitentiary during a Joint Services raid; an exercise called “Operation Restore Order”.The search, which was conducted in the main prison cell blocks, resulted in the seizure of 44 mobile phones, over 150 improvised weapons, scissors, a quantity of marijuana and tattoo machines, among other items.The Fire Service was on standby in case of any possible disturbance. Back in March, it was a similar search exercise which prompted inmates to start a series of fires in the Division A cell block, the last of which claimed the lives of 17 prisoners and injuring several others on March 3.The incident sparked much public outraged and concerns about the security at the facility, as many questioned how the prisoners were able to start the fire, especially since there was a search in the block on March 2 during which several contraband items were seized including 19 cellular phones.A Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the unrest was ordered and during the proceedings, several prisoners testified of their fellow inmates (no names given) being in possession of cellphones, marijuana and in some cases “prison-made cutlasses”. In fact, one inmate had even admitted to posing for a photograph which was posted on a social media website.The inquiry was wrapped up last week and the panel, led by Justice James Patterson, and which includes former Director of Prisons Dale Erskine and human rights activist Merle Mendonca, has until May 31 to submit their findings.last_img read more

Commemorating the International Day for Tolerance

first_imgOn November 16th the world community observed the 19th International Day for Tolerance. While we are reminded of the security and human rights implications of intolerance which also take the form of stigma and discrimination.  This day also provides an opportunity to highlight the vital contribution of tolerance and acceptance to achieving important public health objectives and impact, especially focusing on groups living on the margins of many societies, including those communities currently in the grips of the Ebola virus in West Africa.The U.S. Government is proud to partner with the people and government of Liberia to implement President Barack Obama’s ‘whole of government’ approach to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The United States has been engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak since the first cases were reported in March and has since deployed almost 2250 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis.Thus far our efforts have helped increase the number of Ebola treatment units (ETU) in the region, increased the number of safe burial teams to 65, which are now working across every county in Liberia to safely and respectfully remove and bury bodies and we have expanded the pipeline of medical equipment and supplies in the region, airlifting more than 250 tons of personal protective equipment, infrared thermometers and chlorine. The United States has deployed and commenced operation of mobile Ebola testing labs in Liberia, reducing the time needed to determine if a patient has Ebola from several days to just a few hours.  Additionally, the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) this week received the first two health care workers who are infected with the Ebola virus, both Liberian.But while the whole of the United States Government is working with the Government of Liberia and many other partners to contain the threat of Ebola, the tolerance that Liberians extend to each other will be critical to continued success in diagnosing, containing, and treating Ebola patients, and moving Liberia towards a post-Ebola era.Tolerance requires treating everyone, even those who are different, with dignity and respect. In the case of Ebola, this challenge will be a global one.   Tolerance is needed for Ebola survivors, as well as health care workers treating Ebola patients and members of burial teams, many of whom have been ostracized by their families and communities. Countries whose citizens have so generously donated their time and talent working as clinicians, medical volunteers, engineers and aid workers, must work to combat the view that these healthy individuals are tainted for simply having worked in proximity, or even visited a nation touched by Ebola.Let us reaffirm that all individuals, whether they are Ebola patients, survivors, clinicians, lab specialists, nurses, doctors, burial teams, family members or aid workers should be free from the stigma that this, or any other disease, might carry with it, and instead should be treated with dignity and respect.I call on all our partners in the shared mission to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia to practice tolerance in all aspects of service delivery.  The goal of an Ebola-free Liberia will remain unfulfilled until every Liberian feels that he or she will be treated with tolerance and respect when seeking services to preserve his/her health if already infected, to protect themselves from becoming infected or to provide assistance and care to those seeking treatment.Join me in urging everyone to practice tolerance and respect of others not just to mark the International Day of Tolerance but every day of the year so that we may work together for the goal we all hope for:  a post-Ebola Liberia that is prosperous, vibrant and healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The End Of Silence

first_imgFear has begun to grip Caldwell after alleged rape cases came to light in the densely populated community.Women of Caldwell are in confusion, wondering who could be the next victim or who are the two men accused of raping two women recently or why such a cold-hearted act is being committed at all.“Now, all the women in my yard go indoors before it gets dark because we are scared.  No arrest has been made but do the police even know where to begin looking for the rapist?” questioned Ma Hawa, a neighbor living close to the victims.Seated near the house where the two women were allegedly raped on April 13, at around 4:00am, sat one of the victims. Wrapped in a blanket, she sits starring at men who lounged around smoking, drinking palm wine and having a loud conversation.Turning slightly to rise from her seat, tears could be seen running down her face as she walked back towards her room.She’s still in fear.“I want the government to help me find the identical person who did this to me, who raped us,” she pleaded.Rape in CaldwellThe victims, who say they have a clue as to who one of their assaulters is, also say they’ve never been sexually assaulted before now.“People say all kinds of things to justify why they think I was raped, like I’m too proud, always acting as if no man can have me. Is that the reason why I should be raped?” one of the victims sadly questioned.According to the women who were also robbed of over USD100.00 they went for a rape test right after the incident and ran across four other rape victims waiting to be tested on April 13.“One was a three year old child from Caldwell. They were able to catch the man who did it because he was seen holding the child,” stated the landlady of the two rape victims, who was also responsible for reporting the case.According to sources at Zone 7 Base in Caldwell, there have been numerous rape cases in the past year in the community, but none was ever committed during an armed robbery.Caldwell is in confusion.Criminals and DrugsThe commissioner of Caldwell, Alexine M. Howard, was reinstated as the commissioner of Caldwell last week. She has over her term ordered drug-infested ghetto’s to be raided, criminals arrested and street sellers selling on the sidewalks fined.According to a source working closely with the township, the commissioner has been unrelenting in trying to reduce the crime rate in Caldwell, but to no avail.Also, the source that wants to stay anonymous says that the commissioner’s life and property have been threatened as a result of her zero tolerance for crime and drugs.“Way before Ebola, we tried catching all the dealers and criminals to get them out of here, but the noise and threats that they aimed at us caused us to stop for a period of time,” the source added,“Now that our commissioner has her position back, she plans to get back to work immediately,” she added.Meanwhile, there are over five makeshift places where ‘drugs’ are sold, three of which house alleged ‘criminals.’A woman living around three drug spots located in the same feet of one another said she has had to move from a house she built because the ‘criminals’ tormented her.“Once I had to call the police to come to my rescue,” the woman added. “I’ve also notified DEA several times about the ‘drug’ activities.”Meanwhile, information circulating around Caldwell market, states that a drug spot stands right in the yard where the women were allegedly raped. Though one man has been accused of committing the crime, the victims say the drug activity there continues to go on.“They sell ‘drugs’ there all day and mingle with us living in the house whenever they need water, or food,” added the landlady.The victims say a suspect was recently arrested after they identified him, but later released because there was no conclusive evidence to hold him.  The man’s accusers admitted they did not see his face, but could only identify him by his voice, body odor and build. However the women still insist that the man arrested was one of the rapists.  They also claim to have turned over to the police the bed sheet on which they were allegedly raped, to test for specimen that could link the suspect to the crime.There has been no confirmation from the LNP at the time of publication of their allegations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poetry April 23, 2015

first_imgBRING BACK OUR GIRLS….NOWBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarIt does not feel like it happened a year agoIt really did happen to over two hundredOur hearts have grown, sore numb in timeSleep has deviated far from our routineOur lips tremble uncontrollably in prayerMr. President please bring back our girlsBring back our girls…. NowIt will plague generations for posterityIt breaks all hearts as we wait to see themOur daughters have been in captivity sinceSold to mauraders as maids or for serviceOver hills in savannah lands our eyes reachMr. Drone locate the desert hideouts nowBring back our girls…. NowIt has torn nations at the brink of shameIt brought forth the lack of human careOpenly the bandits with arms abducts allSheeply for a season but actually wolvesOvertures of religiously not to tie themMr. World come together for our peaceBring back our girls….nowI will never sell you again my brotherBy Lekpele M. NyamalonMy brother, hold my hands as I vowBefore the moon, the sun and earthWith sweat pouring from my brow mixed with my tearsOf anguish, fear and painHear me outI will never sell you again my brotherYou and I could build the walls and farmsOur hands can break a mountainWe can dig beneath the Nile and make a roadOr clear the fields and grow our plantation to feed the worldMy brother, this is a pledgeHold my wrist, let’s make a covenantUpon the blood of our fathers, we will rebuild our landAnd make it glow like a fountainYou see, your might grew those plantations over thereWith rice, corn and wheatBut, you see our children die of hungerMalnourished to the bonesAnd we worked our lives building their minesIndustry, railroads and bridgesNow, with empty hands we gaze at AfricaNo, not againI will never sell you to the tricks of strangersWith briefcases of money-for our oil, gold and diamondsAnd magic to tear us apartAnd civil wars to burn our heritageBring your hands, let’s fight togetherAnd make our fathers smile from the gravesI will never sell you again.ARMY OF WEARSBy Varney L.S. GeanI was formerly a PRIVATE of those fine used clothesDowntown Waterside those low-cost ones beckonAt this time a GENERAL of the latest suits from DubaiI once upon a time sported rubber footwear all year roundNowadays a CAPTAIN with my modish Arabian shoesIn the past the old underpants the MAJOR care lessA LIEUTENANT knows the barrels got good stuffsSpot me checking out nice things from ChinatownTomorrow I’ll be around for the ones from the ColdOh I didn’t say much about the fine shirts from AfricaOh it makes me a striking COLONEL and people do ask meIn my newest attires moreover heads won’t shop spinningOh some good stuffs for SERGEANTS like me right hereLaugh at me folks but great I feel about everythingWHITE AND CLEANBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarThe spoken things we crave in our livesThe cloudy white thread jumble we hugThe comfort it allures us creates gustoThe wet steps after a must morning dabThe fluffy feel of the sweet scent wrapsThe invisible spin lifts my thoughts wideThe touch opposite to my caramel toneThe length as a wall to shield intrudersThe powress to warm a cold naked soulJust…..white and cleanThe white to feel free of the dust of sinThe scrub to massage the old so swiftlyThe light of pure fills the eyes to dreamThe heights of success in a will to trivailThe signals appear as the colors darkensThe pool welcomes a plunge with a daubThe struggle is usual to attain the shineThe winds blow and rejuvinate her filchThe story is about the clean white towelJust……white and cleanThe Hut taxpayerBy Lekpele M. Nyamalon, nyamalon@yahoo.comI was chasedKnocked downBundled and beatenTo pay my shareWhat was my crime?To live and breatheIn the same spaceI had to pay a price?What was my fare?Anything I ownedMy goats, chickens, mats or cutlassI was held a captiveI was the intruderTrespassing on a fieldReserved-Yet I kept it clean-not for meI was the hut taxpayerMy grandfather wasMy uncle wasAnd we lived in hutsBuilt with our handsWhile our taxes soaredWe sat and watchedOur beneficiaries glowed in styleLiving in castles built from our hut taxes.STOP BREAKING AFRICA!By J. Lisa LumehWhere is South Africa heading?Why are you killing your brothers?Can’t you see we are trying to bring our people together?Her pieces are broken and she is bleedingHave you been there?Do you have idea of what you are doing?Ask Liberia, they’ve been thereAsk Ivory Coast, they’ve been thereAsk Sierra Leone, they’ve been thereThey all achieved nothing!But now trying to put their lives togetherAre you destroying the freedom, the love?The freedom that Mandela suffered for?He never answered racism with racismThe freedom that Africans can boost of today?Do you have any idea of what you are doing?They are your brothers!They are your blood!They deserve the best!Why need each other to survive!Why are you breaking Africa from the bottom?Stop the xenophobic attack!Show love to your brothers!And we will all rise again!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LTA’s New Tariff a ‘Burden’ on Consumers

first_imgThe National Association of Telecommunications & ICT Consumers (NATELCO) is suggesting that the US$0.05 tariff (fee) required of telecommunications service providers by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), for all outgoing international calls, contravenes all processes and procedures as enshrined in the LTA Consultation Process Guidelines. According to the consumers’ group, the new regulation is too abrupt, burdensome and unacceptable. On July 31 this year, the LTA through its board chair, Angelique Weeks, issued an order establishing regulatory surcharges for both incoming and outgoing international voice traffic. The order took effect 30 days from the date of issuance, which was the end of August, 2015. According to the terms of the regulation, all international calls from Liberia shall incur a regulatory surcharge of US$0.05 per minute to be paid to the LTA by the originating service provider. Telecommunications operators have said that the surcharge will have to be borne completely by consumers. The LTA Consultation Process Guidelines require that, “prior to issuing of any order or any exercise of its authority that is likely to have any substantial impact on network operators, service providers, any other market participant or the general public, the LTA shall conduct a process of public consultation appropriate to the circumstances and shall take account of the results of the public consultation in the final exercise of its authority.”It states further that, at the conclusion of the consultation process, the LTA shall publish a brief report on the results. “Unfortunately, all of these steps were not taken into consideration prior to the issuance of the order to increase the tariff,” said chairman of NATELCO, Bartholomew Wilson.He described the newly introduced US$0.05 tariff (fee) as a “burden” on mobile-phone users, which customers will pay to service providers on all international calls from Liberia. In a press statement issued yesterday, Mr. Wilson called on the LTA to revisit its recent decision regarding the added tariff for outgoing international voice calls. “What concerns us most is the manner and form in which this regulation was issued and the overall trickle-down effect it is sure to pose on the over 2 million consumers, that majority survive on overseas support from family members and relatives especially during difficult times like these,” Mr. Wilson said.He continued, “We all know the economic burden the Ebola crisis has incurred on the livelihood of our people; in a country where there is complete economic devastation, with basic institutional collapse. The least we want to see is any regulation/order that will not add to the suffering of the people who are still striving to recover from a period of chaos and hardship.”He explained further that his group will continue to speak against any such regulation that will undermine the interest of the consuming populace.Mr. Wilson is convinced the LTA’s order “is an indirect attempt to impose financial burden on consumers,” who will ultimately bear the burden of the new regulation, which contradicts the preamble of the Consumers’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights states that, “the LTA maintains that the consumer is King and that it is the obligation of all service providers to respect and uphold their rights.”He meanwhile called on the LTA, the National Legislature, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and all service providers to immediately suspend the implementation of the order until a proper consultation is carried out.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Need to Review Dual Citizenship Laws

first_imgSince the publication of our article on the issue of dual citizenship as part of the proposed amendments to the Constitution in the referendum that will be held sometime this year, we have received many reactions. Among the submissions, one stood out, because it brought forth a much simpler solution to the issue: laws governing the loss of Liberian citizenship is not in the Constitution, therefore should not be among the proposed amendments. It was an act passed into law by the William Tolbert administration in 1973. The reader who sent us the information begged to remain anonymous. The act was part of the new citizenship and naturalization law passed in 1973. Here is what it says:Approved: May 15, 1973Amendments Approved: May 9, 1974Chapter 22. LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP§ 22.1. Acts causing loss of citizenship.§ 22.2. Citizenship lost solely from performance of act.§ 22.3. Liberian woman marrying <>§ 22.4. Certificate as to loss of Liberian citizenship.§ 22.1. Acts causing loss of citizenship.From and after the effective date of this title, a person who is a citizen of Liberia whether by birth or naturalization, shall lose his citizenship by —(a) Obtaining naturalization in a foreign state upon his own application, upon the application of a duly authorized agent, or through the naturalization of a parent having legal custody of such person; provided that citizenship shall not be lost by any person under this section as the result of the naturalization of a parent or parents while such person under the age of 21 years, unless such person shall fail to enter Liberia to establish a permanent residence prior to his twenty-third birthday; or(b) Taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof; or(c) Exercising a free choice to enter or serve in the armed forces of a foreign state, unless, prior to such entry or service, such entry or service is specifically authorized by the President;(d) Voting in a political election in a foreign state or voting in an election or plebiscite to determine the sovereignty of a foreign state over foreign territory; or(e) Making a formal renunciation of Liberian nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of Liberia in a foreign state in such form may be prescribed by the Secretary of State.[70]§ 22.2. Citizenship lost solely from performance of act.The loss of citizenship under section 22.1 of this title shall result solely from the performance by a citizen of the acts or fulfillment of the conditions specified in such section, and without the institution by the Government of any proceedings to nullify or cancel such citizenship.§ 22.3. Liberian woman marrying <>.A Liberian woman who marries an <> retains her Liberian citizenship unless she renounces it by an affirmative act.[71]§ 22.4. Certificate as to loss of Liberian citizenship.Whenever a diplomatic or consular officer of Liberia has reason to believe that a person while in a foreign state to which such officer is assigned has lost his Liberian nationality under any provision of Section 22.1 of this title, he shall certify the facts upon which such belief is based to the Secretary of State in writing. If the report of such officer is approved by the Secretary of State, a copy of the certificate shall be forwarded to the Attorney General, for his information, and the diplomatic or consular office in which the report was made shall be directed to forward a copy of the certificate to the person to whom it relates.§ 3. This Act shall take effect immediately upon publication in handbills.Therefore, the issue of citizenship should not be among the constitutional amendments to be approved by the electorate. It will simply take the same procedure that brought it into being: an act of the legislature signed by the President or vice-versa.We hope that this will take the debate at another level and that stakeholders will put their energies into a campaign to reverse a law that keeps many capable Liberian hands away from participating in nation building.The waves of migration that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s put on the road of the exile the nascent educated middle-class. Who will take the lead? The President or the Legislature? Or should the Supreme Court simply act on the act? The positive resolution of this issue would allow tens of thousands of Liberians to exercise their franchise and take part in the next elections. Their status in a foreign country must not deprive them of their native rights.However, there is now a reminder that since the Act was passed into law, it becomes part of the Constitution and therefore must be dealt with as any part of the Constitution. Whichever it is, Liberia needs its great human power languishing in the diaspora. And people have no need their foreign passports when they return home.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Montgomery to lead Refs for CAF Assignment

first_imgLiberia’s best FIFA badge referee, Isaac Montgomery is expected to lead a team of Liberian referees to officiate the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mauritania and the Gambia on March 25.Following their failure to officiate in the CAF Club competition preliminary, the local league best referee Montgomery along with three other Liberian match officials have been given a Nation’s Cup engagement by the Confederation of African Football.Montgomery, Elisha Johnson, Francis Sannoh and Jerry Yekeh will handle the first leg match between Mauritania and Gambia at the Office Du Complexe Olympique of Nouakchott.Montgomery will serve as center referee, while his compatriots Johnson and Sannoh will run the lines as assistant referees one and two respectively and Jerry Yekeh will serve as fourth official.They are expected to depart the country for Nouakchott, Mauritania a week prior to the match. Their trip to Mauritania will be the second assignment for Liberian referees after the Ebola crisis.Last year, four Liberian referees handled a U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match between the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FGM Victim and Ebola Orphan Re-Surfaces

first_imgMonths before Ebola hit Liberia, Blessing was the victim of a kidnapping by a Sande Bush and her story https://liberianobserver.com/women/%E2%80%9Cthey-cut-it-and-put-leaf-there%E2%80%9D spread across the nation like wildfire until she was finally released from the grips of the hidden and secret society. Blessing spent weeks having to go through what secretly happens behind the enclosure of banana leaves used to cover up the screams and secrets of a culture that is largely accepted in Liberia.Upon her release, Ebola hit Liberia and the region; and in the midst of it, Blessing’s mother had the belief that her life was in danger from her daughter’s kidnappers. Blessing’s late mother believed that a certain unseen force would punish her for making the Sande Bush, where Blessing had been held captive, headlining a Daily Observer newspaper story.“And then my ma died,” Blessing said.https://liberianobserver.com/news/girl-10-abandoned-ebola-outbreak Blessing lost her mother just like many lost their relatives during Ebola due to the fact that there were no heath facilities available to deal with the scourge, and no money. Blessing’s mother sold doughnuts for a living and no one was buying food off the streets at the time, therefore, blessing’s mother had no money to treat whatever led to her untimely death. Her body remained in their house for days with Blessing and her siblings continuously spying on the corpse.Since then, Blessing was again featured in the Daily Observer newspaper which led to a woman expressing interest in helping the child and asking for Blessing to live with her. Separated from her 8 year-old sister and 4 year-old nieces, who lived with Blessing and her late mom before her demise, Blessing quietly vanished out of the media spotlight.Then, out of nowhere, Blessing re-surfaced looking pale, unkempt and without proper nutrition. In the past, her eyes were often filled with fear and emptiness, something too heartbreaking to see in a child so young. And now, Blessing’s eyes look full of hope and the satisfaction that she is back.The past two yearsAn unidentified woman has been taking care of Blessing. According to the child, she went to school the first year school re-opened after Ebola. However, she has not been back to school since then. Blessing said she had to do daily chores where she lived as if back in a Sande Bush.“Everything we were doing inside there I had to do at the woman’s house,” she shared. Blessing has alleged that she was not treated well at her last residence and asked the woman taking care of her if she could return to where she once lived with her late mother. Blessing’s request was granted.“Blessing just appeared at our door soon morning one day looking ‘dry’ and different. As you can see ma, this is what she has decided and this is where she wants to live,” added her brother, Kanye.Market WomanPresently, Kanye is living with five children and his wife. Kanye does not work but has a skill building houses and gets a contract here and there. His average income is US$5 a week, too small to help with anything around the house.Rescue, Kanye’s wife, was in a previous relationship where she watched a man she loved greatly pass away from being sick. Then, she was left without money and a decision to survive by any means possible. In the midst of her decision-making, Rescue decided to sell what everyone in her community seemed to be getting their daily earnings from, marijuana.“I sell marijuana to sustain myself. I was able to build a little house from the earnings. I do not take any drugs nor does anyone in our household take it. WE just sell it to live, ma. If I had something else to do to help all these hungry mouths that we have here to feed, I would, because right now we are suffering more,” she added.In the past year, Rescue said she has lost over US$300 from raids and arrests. She has lost most of her earnings this year. Rescue claims that because of the upcoming elections, the DEA has been harsh on drug dealers.Meanwhile, this is where Blessing finds herself now, in a home that wants her there and is willing to do whatever it takes to be able to keep her, but in an environment that is dangerous to the child’s health and safety.“We have not been able to put Blessing in school yet and she has not been going since…All we need is someone to sponsor this child because she has lost almost everything – her privacy, her body part, her mother and now she could possibly lose a chance to be back with family if we cannot find a way to make money to be able to keep her,” Rescue added.Blessing has reached out on several occasions to meet the publisher of this paper in order to be able to plead for support because, she said, “I don’t want to leave anymore, this is too much. I want to stay here with my brother.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Are Foreign Nationals Doing With Valid Liberian Voter Registration Cards?

first_imgOur Gbarpolu Correspondent, S. Micah Yeahwon, reported yesterday the arrest by security officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) in that county of three foreign nationals with Liberian Voter Registration Cards in their possession. The three are two Sierra Leoneans, Shirlef Ansu and  Passaway Nancy and a Guinean national, Kanneh Mohamed.The two Sierra Leoneans’ names already sound somewhat fictitious because we know, for example, of no Liberian surnamed Nancy, a female first or second name. And in Liberia we know of Sirleaf or Sheriff, not Shirlef.Another disturbing aspect of Correspondent Yeahwon’s story is what the LIS security officer told him, namely, that “if the suspects are investigated and found to be legally residing in the country, they will be free to go about their normal business; but if on the contrary, we will prosecute and deport them to their respective countries of origin.”That statement is very disturbing because it suggests that once a foreign resident, otherwise known as an alien, is in this country with a valid visa an or Residence Permit, that person is free to obtain Liberian Voter Registration Card. For true?That is contrary to what National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya told the Daily Observer when contacted yesterday on Correspondent Yeahwon’s report.Chairman Korkoya said he was not surprised by the swift action by LIS security officers,  “because LIS Commissioner Lemuel Reeves is a good man who has always been fully cooperating with us and bringing to book those foreigners who attempt to violate our election laws.”Chairman Korkoya said he had not yet seen yesterday’s Observer story but would get to it as soon as he was through with several meetings.The Daily Observer also contacted LIS Commissioner Reeves to find out whether he had seen our story yesterday.We further inquired as to whether or not the LIS security officer was accurate in stating that the three foreigners caught with Liberian VRCs “would be free to go if they were legal residents in Liberia.”Commissioner Reeves immediately cried “No, the security officer made a mistake. A foreign resident in possession of a Liberian Voter Registration Card is in violation of Liberia’s Alien and Naturalization Law and is, if found guilty, subject to three years imprisonment and a US$5000 fine. The offense is that he or she is impersonating as a Liberian citizen. No foreign resident has any business carrying a Liberian Voter Registration Card.”Commissioner Reeves further told this newspaper, “It is no longer business as usual at LIS.  We are on top of our game. In fact, we have sent some 200 such cases to NEC and are prepared to do more if we are given the encouragement.”We call on Law Enforcement Agencies, particularly the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), National Security Advisor H. Boima Fahnbulleh and the entire Joint Security Commission to become even more vigilant and encourage each of our security agencies to work closely with LIS to ensure that no foreigner will be able to infiltrate successfully our voting procedures in this election season or at any other time.But more immediately, the LNP, backed by the Justice Ministry and the Judiciary, are called to act swiftly to bring to justice the three foreigners caught in Gbarpolu and all such others that have already been forwarded to NEC. They must all be immediately prosecuted.Liberia must stop being a country where anyone can enter and violate our laws with impunity.Most particularly, we run the risk of encouraging electoral anarchy and confusion and even instability should we allow foreigners to interfere in our voting process.This should NEVER be allowed to happen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Best Practice for Digitizing Government Services

first_imgAn open letter to H.E. George M. Weah Dear President Weah:I applaud your interest in Information Technology (IT) in view of your allocation of funding to computerize student registration at the University of Liberia, and recently the rollout of mobile money tax payment to enable people to pay their taxes via their mobile devices.While those efforts are worthy, I would urge you to take a broader view of Information Technology (IT) by integrating it with your strategic economic plan. The government under former president Sirleaf started the IT revolution in Liberia by connecting Liberia to the high-speed Internet that connects the West African sub-region to Europe and it was a success. Businesses and consumers are already benefiting from the success of that investment in lower Internet costs, etc.To continue expanding IT in the public sector, the government needs an IT strategy to deliver technology across the government with efficiency and scale. However, this cannot be accomplished without a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. This person will collaborate with agencies of government to design an IT vision and strategy for the government, engage the private sector, and the University of Liberia to promote IT education, etc. Right now, every government agency is doing their own thing which is not the most efficient way to manage IT resources across the government or any large organization for that matter.Another important aspect of IT is Governance and Security. As the government becomes more digital, the threat of cyber thieves hacking government systems to steal valuable information increases substantially. Without a coherent IT strategy in place, policies do not get developed and implemented, and the government IT systems will be vulnerable to compromise and worse.Thanks for your time and I wish you great success!Best Regards,Philemon GeorgeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We Want Every Security Matter Left with LNP”

first_imgOnly LNP providing security to all parties during elections, Police I.G. ClarifiesInspector General (IG) Gregory Coleman has said that the National Security Task Force is a representative of various security agencies, with the Liberia National Police being the lead actor in providing security services that are required during the electoral process.Inspector Coleman in a telephone conversation on Friday said that the role of the LNP and other security agencies in these elections remains critical to sustaining the peace and security of the country.Making reference to recent reports of some individuals attached to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as private security, he said it is only the Liberian National Police that provides security protection to all parties during elections.‘‘We have spoken to the standard bearer of the CDC on it and he is currently cooperating with the LNP, and we hope that it continues. We want every security matter left with the LNP,’’ he said.Inspector Coleman, however, reassured the public of the LNP’s commitment to providing maximum security to all and cautioned Liberians to continue the high level of maturity exhibited during the first round of the elections in peace.“In order to sustain the peace and security of our nation, citizens must consider peace at all times as good citizens because if we are peaceful our children will go to school, and development will come as well,’’ he noted.He stated that the LNP is always prepared to provide maximum security to the Liberian people as required by the laws of the state.He pointed to the high level of maturity exhibited by all political parties during the October 10 elections, despite reports of various forms of disputes.IG Coleman underscored the need for all parties to show political maturity in settling issues and to  continue their good examples in order to uphold the hard-earned peace Liberians have been enjoying for the past 12 years under the current regime.‘‘I believe that everyone has his or her political interest, but respecting the rule of law in the best interest of the state should be more prioritized.’’Having understood that security is important in elections, it is important for all Liberians to live within the confines of the law, admonished the IG.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LNP Inspector General Gregory Colemanlast_img read more

Supt. Cooper Seeks Cancellation of ‘Controversial’ Sethi Scrap Deal

first_imgNimba County Superintendent Dorr CooperNimba County Supt. Cooper replies to lawsuit cancelling 450,000 metric tons of scrapNimba County Superintendent Dorr Cooper has filed a counter response to a lawsuit against the County’s administration seeking the cancellation of two agreements with Sethi Ferro Fabrick Incorporated for the sale and purchase of 450,000 metric tons of scrap, arguing that the deal was approved by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the legislature.The lawsuit before the Civil Law Court was filed by a consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), contending that contrary to the law, Superintendent Cooper initiated and encouraged Sethi Ferro Fabrick to enter and execute two separate agreements called Scrap Metal Sale and Purchase Agreement on July 24, 2017, and on August 23, 2017.Further, the CSOs, which comprise of Nimba Young Professional, Liberia Scrap Dealers Association and Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, among others, argued that the agreement did not follow proper legal steps; therefore, they violated provisions of the Administrative Regulation and the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC).However, in his response, Sup. Cooper argued that the agreement was approved by former president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on December 7, 2016, and was subsequently ratified by the legislature and published on January 9, 2017. He said he wrote the executive director of the PPCC, Dorbor Jallah about the agreement and subsequently informed him to issue a no objection letter, which the CSOs claimed Dorbor did not issue.Supt. Cooper also admitted that Dorbor did not respond to the letter for the objection. However since their request was made to him within a 14-day period as provided for by the PPCC Act, his silence by that time was interpreted as consent (approval) and they decided to sell the scrap to Sethi Ferro Fabrick.In Supt. Cooper’s objection letter, dated September 22, 2017, to Jallah, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the agreement was approved by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on December 27, 2016, rectified by the National Legislature and published on January 9, 2017.According to the letter, Section 12.7 of the said agreement provides that the Government shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that scrap metal is available from local sources at reasonable competitive rates before exports can be allowed.Therefore, Cooper’s letter said, “Consistent with the above provision of the agreement under consideration, which outlines the government’s obligation, we respectfully request your good offices to issue a no objection letter, so that government, through the Nimba County Administration, can proceed to sell scraps that are available in that county that is not covered under the Northstar agreement.”Northstar is currently paying Nimba County US$72 per ton of scrap metal; but according to Cooper, with the agreement, Sethi Ferro Fabrick is made to pay US$60 per ton as opposed to Bong County, where scrap metal is sold at US$55 per ton.Initially, the CSOs claimed that the price of scrap metal in the sub-region ranges between US$75 and US$80 per ton, “based on this, and in consideration of the PPCC, the US$60 per ton was not in the best interest of the county.”The CSOs also argued that if the letter to Dorbor was in good faith and in line with proper procedure, such information regarding the average price for scrap would have been provided, “but where the parties decided to ignore the proper procedure and enter into the agreement before making such request, of what use would that have been to them?”Besides the letter, Cooper also argued for the dismissal of the lawsuit because those of the CSOs that filed it did not seek any broad resolution before filing the action on behalf of citizens against the County’s administration and that they also lack the capacity to do so.According to Cooper, the court also lacks proper jurisdiction to handle the matter, because the alleged act was committed in Nimba County. As such, the plaintiffs should have filed the suit in that County, instead of in another county, particularly Montserrado County.In counter-argument, the CSOs said the mere fact that the letter on which the agreement was signed and ratified was dated September 22, 2017, about two months after the July agreement was executed and a month after the August agreement was also executed makes the agreement fit for cancellation. “The rule is that before an agreement is entered into, the contracting parties must seek PPCC’s approval and not after the agreement has been negotiated and executed, as they did,” the CSOs argued further.They also contend that a mere letter to the PPCC does not qualify a party fulfilling PPCC’s requirements, because when such a request is made PPCC investigates to certify that indeed the party is qualified and has met all the requirements; “but when PPCC did not grant its approval as in the instance case, then the purpose of such letter is irrelevant and is intended to make mockery of the legal system,” they said.“They intentionally violated the law and cheated and understated the value of the scrap for which reason the agreement must be canceled,” the CSOs alleged.Regarding the argument that the CSOs did not have legal standing to bring the lawsuit against the County’s leadership, they contended that they have a valid MOU with the technical committee, including government institutions that are responsible for scrap in the country; and additionally, all of them are citizens and beneficiaries of the country’s resources, along with Article 17 and 26 of the 1986 Constitution which give them the right to bring the lawsuit against the County’s leadership and company.The court will make a decision on the legal arguments this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House Holds 4 Former CBL Governors in Contempt

first_imgFormer CBL board members Kolli S. Tamba and Melisa Emeh and Board member Elsie Dossen Badio -Reappear on Monday, with Charles Sirleaf, Internal AuditorsThe House of Representatives has unanimously voted to hold former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Milton Weeks in “contempt” for printing additional L$10.5 billion banknotes without an expressed authority from members of the 53rd Legislature, an action which, according to the House has put the past and current Legislators in disrepute, and has caused unwanted protests that impeded legislative function on Monday, September 24.Former members of the CBL Board of Governors, Kolli S. Tamba and Melisa Emeh and Elsie Dossen Badio, were also placed under contempt charges.The contempt of the Legislature is an offense of obstructing the House in carrying out its functions, or of hindering any legislator in the performance of his or her duties.The motion was made by Nimba County District #8 lawmaker, Representative Larry Younquoi after a closed-door session.The motion carried the three former CBL Governors, and the current Governor, who also served between 2016 to July, 2018, to reappear on Monday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. before the full Plenary, including former Governor David Farhat, Deputy CBL Governor Charles Sirleaf, CBL Director and Deputy Director for Internal Audit, Adolphus Forpka and Joseph Dennis, respectively, to also appear with evidence as to why they, too, should not be held in contempt for the unauthorized printing of additional L$10.5 billion.The Chief Clerk, according to the motion, was mandated to write President George Weah to expedite those employees of the Executive, who are not in the country to be made to come home before next Monday to appear.The motion was prompted following over four hours of testimonies from the four witnesses but some lawmakers argued that their testimonies cannot be considered as  ‘prima facie’ evidence because of inconsistency in their testimonies.A ‘prima facie’ is based on the first impression, accepted as correct until proven otherwise.Former board member Kolli S. Tamba (May 2016 – May 2018), told lawmakers that being aware of continuous back-and-forth meetings with the Legislature in their interpretation, the letter written by the Chief Clerk and the secretary of the Senate was an “expressed authority,” especially with the second-to-last paragraph.“In the view of the above, and with the power assigned with the Legislature under Article 35(d) of the Constitution, this shall constitute your legal and sufficient authority,” Tamba’s letter said.Kolli said the CBL’s resolution was written verbatim based on the letter from the Legislature.Governor Melisa Emeh (January 2016 – January 9, 2018) said for their understanding, the letter from the Legislature meant “Approval” but apologized that the last paragraph was not adhered to, which said: “Meanwhile, the Legislature would request that you furnish with the appropriate details of the volume and denominations of the replacing banknotes prior to the printing and minting of coins.”She pointed out that the Board of Governors are policymakers, but the administrative matters or day-to-day activities are taken care of by the Executive Governor and Deputy Executive Governor for Operations.She also stated that deposition of some of the money at a warehouse at the Housing Bank is an old scenario and intended to “spread the risk.” She indicated that the Finance Ministry was paid for using the Housing Bank.Mrs. Elsie Dossen Badio (2016 – present) also admitted seeing the letter from the Legislature and said they understood it to be an authority given the CBL to print additional money. She indicated that LD$15 billion is gradually being infused in the economy.Former Executive Governor Weeks maintained that the letter from the Legislature was interpreted as an authority based on a two-month long conversation with the Legislature.Though the letter did not state the volume and denomination, he stressed that their interpretation was that the Legislature already knew the volume and denomination from the “closed-door meetings.”Weeks denied acting alone to print additional LD$10.5billion and indicated that it was a collective mistake.He, however, admitted failing to inform former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Legislature with the appropriate details of the volume and denominations of the replacing banknotes prior to printing.The former CBL boss further disclosed that coins were minted and are with the CBL with the remaining Liberian banknotes, but stressed that there is no money missing.In adherence to the Legislature’s authorization, the Central Bank convened a Board meeting in which resolution BR-06-/2017 for the printing and replacement of Liberian dollar legacy banknotes was adopted.The resolution cited Article 32(2) of the Central Bank of Liberia Act of 1999, which grants the Central Bank the authority to print and issue Liberian Dollar (LRD) banknotes, albeit with the consent of the Legislature.The resolution referenced the Legislature’s July 19 letter requesting its full consent for the printing and subsequent issuance of new LRD banknotes, the simultaneous replacement of all LRD legacy notes and the introduction of LRD coins in lower denominations.The Board’s resolution authorized the Executive Governor to print more of the new banknotes and mint coins in obedience with the Legislature’s mandate.But a noted Liberian lawyer(name withheld) has told the Daily Observer that the Board of Governors as well as the Executive and the Deputy Executive Governor for operations were in error to have proceeded with the printing of the banknotes. According to the lawyer, the letter purporting to authorize the CBL to proceed with printing was not only irregular but illegal as well.This is because the letter did not bear the signature of the Speaker of the House of Representatives since he is, according to the Constitution, head of the Legislature argued the lawyer. He further maintained two separate letters bearing the signatures of the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate respectively cannot be construed as a having the force of Legislative authority simply because both individuals, by law, lacked the standing to commit the Legislature to any deal or arrangement. As such, according to the lawyer, since what is not done legally is not done at all, the letter of authority unto which former CBL Governors acted was bogus and by extension their decision to print the banknotes was also illegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Concludes Public Health Systems Preparedness Simulation Exercise

first_imgAuthorities at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and partners on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, concluded a 3-day National Public Health preparedness Simulation exercise intended to assess the country’s capacity in health emergency preparedness and response.According to a release, the exercise started on Monday, March 10, 2019 in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties to test Liberia’s capacity in case of a ‘real Ebola’ situation. It also tested systems preparedness and coordination among the three counties with the intention to demonstrate interoperability and coordination among participating Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs), and response partners when managing a global public health emergency.“Public health simulation is a requirement by the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and recommendations from the 2016 Joint Extended Evaluation,” the release has said.Although several gaps and challenges were identified, the exercise, according to the release, indicates that Liberia has made significant improvements in the past two years in its capacity to respond to disease outbreak.There is no case of Ebola in the country, however, the public is advised to continue reporting diseases as has been, and continue to observe all existing public health measures, including continue hand wash.Similar exercise was conducted in Margibi and Montserrado counties from November 30 to December 4, 2018, and is expected to extend to the remaining 13 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patentia man fined $20,000 for Boxing Day chopping over stolen bird

first_imgMistaken identity?– to pay $80,000 compensation to victimFor actions that were based on hearsay, 48-year-old Ian Dorris, a Route 40 (Kitty-Campbellville) minibus driver, shop owner and resident of Patentia, West Bank Demerara, found himself on Thursday arraigned before Wales Magistrate Annette Singh.Gansarran SamarooHe admitted to having unlawfully and maliciously wounded Gansarran Samaroo on December 26, 2017 because he assumed that Samaroo had stolen his bird from his premises.Samaroo appeared in court limping, and with stiches to stab wounds inflicted to both his foot and upper body.According to the Police Prosecutor’s facts, Dorris had his pet under his house when Samaroo, who also resides in Patentia, purchased liquor from his shop and left.Dorris subsequently discovered that his bird was missing, and made checks about the neighbourhood. Magistrate Singh was told that the accused made several enquiries from neighbours, who affirmed that it was the VC who had carried out the act.The court heard that Dorris searched for, and contacted, Samaroo, then questioned him about the missing bird. Dorris then armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the victim several shops about the body before he took him to the Wales Police Station.At the station, ranks observed the man’s injuries and took him to West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was treated and sent away with a medical certificate. Police then cautioned Dorris and took him into custody for the offence.After Dorris had agreed with the Prosecution’s facts, Magistrate Singh highlighted that the defendant should have carried Samaroo to the station before injuring him.Ever remorseful, the accused said he had given the victim all the assistance that was required, but Samaroo was refusing his initial offer of $60,000 compensation and was demanding $120,000. The two parties eventually agreed on $80,000, and half of that amount was paid on Thursday.The Magistrate gave the defendant until next Thursday to pay the remaining $40,000. If he does not honour his obligation, he will spend three months in jail. Dorris was also fined $20,000.Samaroo went out of court limping just as he had entered. He was not charged for larceny, and Guyana Times was told that it could have been someone else who had stolen Dorris’s bird. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

PPP to host roundtable on “Status of Women in Guyana”

first_imgAs part of its observance of International Women’s Day – which was observed on March 8 – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will be hosting a roundtable under the theme ‘Women Speak: The Status of Women in Guyana 2018’.The event is scheduled for March 20, in the auditorium at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown. Several women in various fields from the Private and Public Sectors, professional women in the health and education sectors and those in the agriculture sector are slated to speak at the event. Additionally, women representing a wide cross-section of Guyanese, including women elected at the Local Government level, are expected to attend.The PPP anticipates that the event will not only highlight the status of women in Guyana in 2018, but act as a clarion call for action to be taken to address several areas of concern for Guyanese women.The need for such an event was necessitated by the lack of substantial Government initiatives to address the plight of women in Guyana, over the past three years and Government actions that have negatively impacted Guyanese women.Much success has been made over the last two decades in advancing the rights and status of Guyanese women and substantive measures to support women in various fields were implemented. However, Guyana is fast losing its momentum which it can ill afford – least our society be further ruinously disadvantaged by the demise in women’s rights and participation.last_img read more

Cheddi Jagan commemorative stamps approved – President

first_imgDespite what President David Granger calls a “delay to set the context to ensure that other deserving Guyanese would not be subject to arbitrary recommendations”, the Cheddi Jagan commemorative stamps to honour the late President have been approved.According to President Granger, the persons who applied for the stamps misinterpreted the purpose of the honour.The Head of State noted that his Government supports the honouring of its former Presidents but was however concerned with the context that this particular request was being made.“The persons who applied for that I think misinterpreted the purpose of the honour. The Government of Guyana supports honouring its former Presidents, all of them, but we were concerned that the request that was put in the context of honouring President Jagan rather than a postal function. It’s a function of honouring a distinguished Guyanese and we wanted to put that in the correct context and we wanted to ensure that other distinguished Guyanese are also honoured,” the President explained.However, following the eight-day delay, Granger announced that the stamps have been approved.“There was a delay but we have approved the issue of the stamps but the delay was as a result of setting the context and ensuring that other deserving Guyanese would not be subject to arbitrary or ad hoc recommendations but nobody thoughts Dr Jagan’s contributions to the development of Guyana and it has been approved”.The stamps, Granger revealed, have been already printed, however a fixed date was not given as to when the public would be able to access same.“The stamps have been printed but the point is that the persons who wrote the application wrote to the wrong person. One letter was sent to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, one to the Ministry of Telecommunications and others to the Prime Minister. As far as I’m concerned, these are national honours and there is a constitution which deals with the national honour system”.Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes had announced last month that the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) would be issuing commemorative stamps to celebrate the former President’s 100th birth anniversary, following an arrangement with the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.However, on the day of Jagan’s birth anniversary, March 21, the Research Centre never received the stamps from the Post Office.Following questions, GPOC referred the media to the Ministry of the Presidency to direct their questions.After being accused of political interference, the Ministry issued a statement claiming that President David Granger will not allow national symbols to be used for private, partisan or political messages.“The Government of Guyana will announce shortly, national symbols to celebrate the life and work of former Presidents of Guyana, H E Raymond Arthur Chung, OE and HE Dr Cheddi Jagan, OE, within the context of set criteria for honouring eminent Guyanese. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of both former Presidents”.President David Granger said Cabinet has taken a decision that commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria.However this was met with backlash from former Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), Juan Edghill who called for the Post Master General and the Directors of the Agency to resign for allowing the Government to interfere and hijack a business transaction it had with a private entity.“When the President of Guyana is trying to use fancy language to hoodwink the population, I stand by my original statement that I made, this intervention by the Ministry of the Presidency is petty, partisan politics,” Edghill said.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall also calls the President’s intervention unlawful.Nanadall argued that the GPOC is a statutory body corporate managed by a Board of Directors and possesses its own persona. He said that it is not a department of the Government but an agency of the State.last_img read more

September opening for Kato Secondary School – Minister

first_imgThree years after its completion, the Kato Secondary School in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), will finally open its doors to accommodate students at the beginning of the Christmas School Term according to Education Minister Nicolette Henry.Minister Henry visited the school on Thursday along with Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton. Also accompanying the Ministers were senior officers within the Education Ministry; representatives from the Public Infrastructure Ministry; the Guyana Audit Office; Kares Engineering, the firm contracted to build the school; Vikab Guyana Limited, the consultancy firm that overlooked the completion of the remedial works to the building; the Regional Education Office; and the Regional Democratic Council.Education Minister Nicolette Henry inspecting the school’s planThe high-level team toured the entire school complex and inspected the state of readiness and to highlight what additional works need to be done in order to ensure that the school is ready for a September 2018 opening.Particular emphasis was placed on the school’s dormitory, which in the past was flagged for having a number of structural defects. However, with the remedial works being completed, those pressing issues have been solved.Henry further stated that the visit allowed her the opportunity to recognise some of the areas that may not have been given attention, which from a policy directive, ought to have been considered.“We have to ensure that Information Technology (IT) is paramount in terms of smart classrooms, ebooks and IT labs and the configuration of the Science labs and the Home Economics building,” Minister Henry said.Meanwhile, Minister Norton said it is important that the school is completed while assuring Toshao Clifton Perreira that Government will do everything possible to achieve the promised September opening.The Kato Secondary School was completed three years ago but was never commissioned since investigations revealed a number of structural defects, which needed to be remedied before students and teachers could occupy the building.last_img read more

Massy Group raises awareness to commemorate World Suicide Day

first_imgThough suicide is complicated and tragic, it is often preventable. It is with this in mind, and as part of its 50th anniversary of operating in Guyana, that the Massy Industries (Guyana) Limited adopted Suicide Prevention as a national platform, for which it would add support to help raise awareness and contribute towards the reduction in suicide rates by 10% by 2020 as per the Government’s National Suicide Prevention Plan.A quick browse on most of the Group’s Facebook pages for the eight (8) operating companies in Guyana would reveal suicide prevention messages that foster good mental health, as well as provide information on where to seek help, including contact details for the Guyana Inter-Agency Suicide Prevention Hotline.Christpen Bobb-Semple, Director of Corporate Management Systems and coordinator for the Group’s Suicide Prevention programme, indicated that Facebook was chosen as the social media platform as a lot of young people are online, and that it is a great way to connect with people.He indicated that all the companies share the same Facebook post with the hashtag Prevent Suicide (#PreventSuicide) and that this will be done every week for the next 3 months.With Suicide being the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds globally, and with Guyana in 2017 having had a suicide rate of 29.9 deaths per 100,000 persons, Massy’s programmes have centred mainly around teenagers.In fact, the Group has partnered with Government ministries to coordinate programmes that seek to get teenagers actively involved. For instance, on September 26 and October 17, collaboration among Massy, the Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Education will see the hosting of a School Debating Competition at the Massy Staff Facilities Complex at R5 Ruimveldt, Georgetown with The Bishops’ High, Queen’s College, Saint Stanislaus College and St. Joseph High. Massy is hoping to have the debates aired live on its social media page.Also, having recognised that children learn in various forms, Massy has partnered with The One Act Foundation and the Ministry of Education to have a theatrical performance written and performed on Suicide Prevention. The Group is planning to reach more than 800 students directly from 19 schools across Guyana, where they will be invited to witness the play free of 10charge. The play is scheduled to be staged at the National Cultural Centre on October 10th, which coincides with World Mental Health Day.Even though the event is strictly invitational, Mr Christpen Bobb-Semple indicated that the Group would reach an even wider cross section of persons, as plans are in place to have the play recorded and then aired on the television stations in all three counties for at least two weekends.Recently, Massy Guyana provided support as well as participated in the annual walk coordinated by Prevention of Teenage Suicide (P.O.T.S) Guyana, an NGO founded by Ms. Lisa Punch, former Miss Guyana World 2015. This has been the 3rd consecutive year POTS Guyana has coordinated the walk to help raise awareness on suicide prevention among teenagers.Massy is a diversified regional conglomerate with operations throughout the Caribbean basin, Colombia and the United States of America. With over 60 operating companies across 10 countries, the Group employs over 11,000 people.Massy began its operations in Guyana on September 16, 1968, and currently employs 1500 Guyanese.Deo Persaud, Country Manager, believes the work being done by the Group for Suicide Prevention, along with the other social impact projects at various schools and orphanages, is part of the Group’s corporate social responsibility, and he sees it as invaluable and very much aligned to the Group’s purpose of: Being a Force for Good – Creating Value, Transforming Life.last_img read more

Miner found in Puruni died from chop wounds – autopsy

first_imgA post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of 51-year-old Kelvin Daly revealed he died from the multiple chop wounds he sustained.The PME was conducted on Wednesday morning by State Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, who gave the cause of death as multiple incised wounds.Daly, a miner of Ann’s Grove Village, East Coast Demerara, was found dead along a trail located about a mile from Puruni Landing, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), by one of his colleagues who was on his way to their camp on Monday morning.His body bore wounds to his head, back and throat and it is believed that he was killed sometime between Sunday and Monday.Meanwhile, family members of the father of six are shocked at the incident and areDead: Kelvin Dalycalling for a thorough investigation to be launched by Police.The dead man’s wife, Shonette Andrews, told Guyana Times earlier that the family is still trying to come to grips with the shocking revelations surrounding her husband’s gruesome death.According to Andrews, it was the first time that her husband spent more than eight months away from his family. She said she is not sure of what transpired but was only told of his death after her son received a text message from a friend informing him of his father’s death.“I was sleeping when my son wake me up and told me how someone send a text and tell him how his father got chopped up after that I saw the picture of him laying with chops all over his body. I don’t know what happened, I can’t say,” the grieving woman said.Andrews noted that her eldest son, who was also in the interior with his father, had returned home two days prior to the incident.“When my son came out, I asked him for his father and he told me that he will be coming out in two days’ time since he wanted to make some more money before he comes out. However, after the two days pass, my children started asking for him and we tried calling but we didn’t get him.”So far, no arrests have been made. Nevertheless, the Police are continuing their investigation.last_img read more

High Court handyman remanded for beating wife

first_imgA handyman attached to the Berbice High Court was remanded to prison for allegedly hitting his wife with a piece of wood several times, causing her to suffer a fracture to the left hand.Troyden Evans, 42, of Lot 214 Mayor and Town Council Scheme, New Amsterdam, appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore on a charge of maliciously inflecting bodily harm on Rhonda McGarrel on December 14, 2018, at Vrymens Erven.The prosecution is contending that Evans went to his wife who was selling in front of a primary school in New Amsterdam and began threatening her.The woman, out of fear, left her stand and ran into the New Amsterdam Library compound but he pursued her and then dealt her several blows with the piece of wood he was carrying.The woman appeared in court with her left arm bandaged and indicated to the court that it was fractured. Police Prosecutor Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that Evans was previously charged for a similar offence, but the matter was dismissed for want of prosecution.According to Brown, he was also convicted and imprisoned for burning McGarrel’s face. He will have to return to court on January 18, 2019.last_img read more

US Visitor visas plunge from over 25000 to 4923 in 2018

first_imgEven as authorities maintain that there is nothing to worry about regarding United States visa policies, a significant decline in the number of visitors’ visas issued by the US Embassy in Guyana was recorded last year.According to a visa summary provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, a total of 4923 visitors visa were approved by the US Embassy here during the 2018 Fiscal Year, which runs from October 2017 to September 2018.This is a whopping 20,000 plus decline compared to the 25,338 visas granted in 2017. It was also significantly less than the 51,202 visas in 2016; 30,121 in 2015; and 17,284 visas in 2014.The last time these figures were below 5000 was in 2010 when only 4242 non-immigrant visas were granted.While these visas were granted from the Embassy’s Kingston head office in Guyana, another 306 Guyanese got their visitors’ visas outside of Guyana. The category ‘Non-immigrant Visa issued by Nationality’ shows that 5229 Guyanese were granted visas, while the refusal rate for ‘Visa’ (non-immigrant) by Nationality for Guyana stood at 70.62 per cent.Meanwhile, with regards to permanent residency, a total of 7506 immigrant visas were granted by the US to Guyanese in 2018.These figures over the years, however, have been declining. A total of 6403 immigrant visas were processed in 2014; 6154 in 2015; and 5600 in 2016.According the US Bureau of Consular Affairs, Guyana is among the top 10 countries with the highest F1 waiting list under the ‘Family First’ preference category, with a total of 4078. This represents 1.6 per cent of the waiting list, which totals 261,704.Prior to last year, Guyana consistently recorded high numbers of non-immigrant visas issued by the US Embassy here.Former US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, had attributed this to the improving economic situation here.“The improving economic situation over the last few years has led to our refusal rate coming down significantly, from a high of well over 50 per cent five years ago, to one much lower today and luckily for us only a small per cent of Guyanese, who go to the US actually abuse their visas and stay illegally,” the former US diplomat had stated.Holloway had also sought to alley fears of a change of his country’s policy to Guyana under a trump Administration.“The fears that we were disengaging or even forgetting about Guyana were quite simply misplaced fears. Bilateral relations could not be better…a lot is going on and there is more to come,” the former US envoy had indicated.Nevertheless, there has been a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the US in recent months and Guyana was listed as one of the countries which could lose visa access if the Government refuses to accept deportees.Meanwhile, it has been reportedly that Guyana is working to strengthen its immigration policy with regards to deported citizens.On the other hand, the US Embassy’s Consular Section and the Regional Security Office has been working with local law enforcement to obtain the first successful prosecution for visa fraud in Guyana, which resulted in an Internet Café vendor being imprisoned.last_img read more

Traffic Chief recommends removal of minibus parks from central GT

first_imgAll minibus parks which are located in the centre of the capital city may soon be relocated to the Railway Embankment near Lamaha Street, east of Camp Street, Georgetown, if Government gives the ‘green light’ to this recommendation made by the Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Chief, Linden Isles.Traffic Chief, Superintendent, Linden IslesIsles, during a radio programme with the media on Friday, stated that his recommendation is contained in a paper that was already dispatched to the Ministry of the Presidency about traffic-related matters in the country.He explained that should the Administration concede to such a move, thethe Stabroek Market area, which currently caters for hundreds of minibuses plying various routes, would now become a central drop-off point for buses.When those minibuses offload their passengers, their drivers will be required to go the Lamaha Railway Embankment bus terminal.“The amount of buses that is registered in each of the parks is far more than the pace and the capacity than the park could hold so we will always have overcrowding at all the bus parks…I personally have done a paper and it was sent to the Office of the President, recommending that all the bus parks be removed from Central Georgetown,” Isles said.According to the Traffic Chief, if the minibus parks no longer exist around the Stabroek Market Square, there will be a reduction of crimes that are usually reported in that area.Also, it would ensure that persons who visit the market to shop or conduct other forms of businesses would be in a more comfortable public atmosphere to do so.“It’s a choke-point. Everything is just crammed into that area and we find we have robbery; we have this because persons are liming there, persons are there waiting so if that is removed from there, people will get to go and do their business and move around and go,” he had said.Under the proposed arrangement, passengers who are waiting at Stabroek Market area would be taken to the Lamaha Street Railway Embankment Bus Terminal by buses that are dropping off passengers there.last_img read more

New HIV infections in Caribbean rise by 9%

first_imgThe Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is now warning that after a major reduction of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome worldwide (HIV/AIDS), the HIV infection in adults is on the rise.According to a UNAIDS report, “after years of steady decline, the Caribbean saw a nine per cent rise in annual new HIV infections among adults between 2010 and 2015”.UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibeThis is as a result of the medical drug for the disease not working as effectively as in the past.The report reveals that in some regions globally, the infection is currently on the rise.According to the report, since its introduction in 1997, there was a significant reduction – 40 per cent, in the disease. Most recently, however, analysis from the UNAIDS shows that the HIV infection in adults remains stagnant, failing to decline for at least five years now.The report says that HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up among the adult age group.The prevention gap report outlines that an estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every year for the past five years and new HIV infections among adults are increasing in some regions.While the numbers of new HIV infections are rising, the report reveals that donor funding to fight the infection has declined to its lowest level since 2010.According to the report, international donor contributions dropped from a peak of US$9.7 billion in 2013 to US$8.1 billion in 2015. “Low- and middle-income countries are stepping up to fill the gap, with domestic resources accounting for 57 per cent of the US$19.2 billion total funding in 2015.”The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, said the organisation was consequently sounding the alarm. “The power of prevention is not being realised. If there is resurgence in new HIV infections now, the epidemic will become impossible to control. The world needs to take urgent and immediate action to close the prevention gap,” he noted.The report also revealed what was needed to step up prevention efforts.UNAIDS is urging countries to take a more comprehensive approach to battle the disease.According to Sidibe, science, innovation and research have provided new and effective HIV prevention options. “Investing in innovation is the only way to secure the next big breakthrough – a cure or a vaccine.”The report highlights that the major hopes for antiretroviral therapy to have an impact on preventing new HIV infections are starting to be realised, although the full benefits may not be seen for some years.The data in the report, collected from more than 160 countries, illustrated that enormous gains can be achieved when concerted efforts are made. It outlines that by 2015 some 17 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy, double the number in 2010 and 22 times the number in 2000. UNAIDS will be calling on implementers, innovators, communities, scientists, donors and others at the 2016 International AIDS Conference, July 18-22, in Durban, South Africa, to close the prevention gap.last_img read more

Businessman slapped with causing death charge

first_img– placed on M bailA businessman on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate JudyMohammed RahmandLatchman, charged with causing death by dangerous driving.Mohammed Rahmand, from the West Bank of Demerara (WBD), pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.It is alleged that on July 28, at Houston Public Road, Georgetown, the 31-year-old man drove a motor vehicle bearing registration plates PSS 4430 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Lisa Khan.The prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the defendant was attempting to overtake another vehicle when he struck Khan in the process.Following the accident, a breathalyser test was conducted and it was found that the defendant was over the legal alcohol limit.As such, he was arrested and charged with the offence. In court on Wednesday, the family of the deceased told the court that they do not wish to pursue the matter, as the defendant has been assisting them with burial expenses.However, this did not have any impact on the court’s decision to have the matter go to trial. After a successful bail application, the businessman was placed on $1 million bail.The case will continue on August 17.last_img read more

OPEC Fund a “kick start” to economic development – PSC

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has given its “thumbs up” to a multibillion-dollar fund headed its way and said that the spill-off would do well for the economy.PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer said the Commission was yet to meet with Finance Minister Winston Jordan to discuss an agreement he signed in Austria earlier this month, but has already done a review of the fund.PSC Chairman Eddie BoyerThe Finance Ministry said earlier this month that the Private Sector was set to benefit from new avenues for finance and investments with the signing of the Agreement for Encouragement and Protection of Investment with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).The Finance Minister signed the Agreement in Vienna, Austria with OFID Director General Suleiman J Al-Herbish. It is the first such agreement with a multilateral partner and sets in motion a framework for the start of Private Sector operations in Guyana.According to the PSC Chairman, based on the Commission’s review, the fund could see money being pumped into the operation of small and medium-sized businesses, including the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED). According to Boyer, the fund will help fast-track the economy.OFID’s Private Sector facility supports the Private Sector in developing countries through loans to micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as directly to specific projects. As a pre-condition to such Private Sector investments, OFID requires the signature of a framework agreement with the country concerned for the encouragement and protection of investment. The agreement accords OFID the same privileges as those normally granted to international development institutions.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Finance Ministry had said that the signing of the Agreement came at a time when a number of other initiatives were being implemented by Government to help drive Private Sector growth, including the design of a fiscal regime and a fiscal sustainability framework to address the management of natural resources wealth, development of a local content policy and the development of a time-lined work-plan on what the Private Sector needs to do to prepare for oil and thereafter. Additionally, building on the wide-ranging concessions granted by the previous Government, the coalition has introduced several legislative and operational changes in support of the manufacturing industry, which include the importation of raw materials free of excise tax, waivers on duty and taxes for items that are not listed on the approved list of raw materials once applications are made to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), initiatives by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to reduce processing time, the introduction of the ‘Trusted Trader Status’ for compliant importers, including manufacturers, the implementation of one-year tax exemption letters for manufacturers, and the reduction of the corporate tax rate paid by the manufacturing sector from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.More recently, the Government announced the first Round Table Meeting with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) scheduled for July 28. This Round Table Meeting aims for a more structured dialogue and effective engagement with key players in the sector.OFID is the inter-governmental development finance institution established in 1976 by the Member States of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is based on “the natural solidarity which unites OPEC countries with other developing countries in their struggle to overcome underdevelopment”.OFID has 13 member countries: Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.Resources for the Fund come from voluntary contributions made by members and its various operations.Between 1976 to present, OFID has committed more than US$55 million to Guyana through its Public Sector operations. Much of this amount was provided as debt relief – some within the framework of the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative – while more than US$29 million was earmarked for Guyana’s energy, agriculture and financial sectors.last_img read more

Motorcyclist dies in Better Hope accident

first_imgA late night accident on Sunday resulted in the death of 27-year-old Cleon Perreira, a motorcyclist who was struck down by a car at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.The driver of the motor car, a 19-year-old resident of Montrose, ECD was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.Details will follow in the August 29, 2017 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

Finance Minister rules out Christmas bonus for public servants

first_imgPublic servants hoping for a bonus this Christmas will be left disappointed, as Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday ruled out any bonus pay-out to State workers due to limited fiscal space.In his revelation to the media, Jordan explained that countrywide infrastructure projects are ongoing. As such, he argued that because of these projects, money isFinance Minister Winston Jordanbeing circulated back into the economy.“I can tell you that it will not happen this year,” the Minister said when asked about bonus for public servants. “The challenges are many and the resources are few.”In the absence of a bonus, Jordan explained that public servants still had much to be proud of as he pointed to the ongoing projects such as on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project.“The West Demerara road is close to completion. So there has been a hive of activity across the country. A lot of spending is taking place, so if only because of that, people should be happy because a lot of money is being injected into the economy,” Jordan said.Last year, public servants had waited with bated breath to hear if Government would announce a month tax-free bonus but were instead treated to a reduced amount.He later told reporters last year that Government simply did not have the monies available to make the one-month tax-free payment to members of the public service.Speaking to public administration and public financial management during his presentation of the 2017 National Estimates (Budget), Finance Minister Jordan had said “this Administration has inherited a national crisis of institutional lethargy and ineptitude (in the public service).”The Minister in providing some insight on Government’s proposal to reform the public service through its public servants, pointed to comprehensive institutionalisation of the tenets of results-based management. He pointed too to the recently opened public service college and its role in revitalising workers.last_img read more

Govt confirms economic growth lowest in 5 years

first_img2017 economic outlookBy Jarryl BryanOn the heels of a report by Guyana Times, the Government has admitted that Guyana’s macro-economic outlook for 2017 turned out to be worse than projected, with a 2.1 growth rate being recorded.Finance Minister Winston Jordan holds up a copy of the report which, confirmed low economic growthFinance Minister Winston Jordan made this admission during his first press conference for the year on Friday at his Ministry. Revealing that the 2017 end of year economic report has been completed, he linked the dismal figures to sectors including sugar.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates in 2014 was 3.8 per cent, 2015 3.2 per cent, and 2016 3.3 per cent.“The economy did not perform as robust as we expected during last year,” the Minister admitted. “Even at the half year we were predicting that the economy would not, given what we knew about sugar. At the end of the day, it was even worse than we predicted. So even though there was positive growth last year, the growth rate ended up being 2.1 per cent.”“Sugar, we had budgeted at 208,000 tonnes, came in at only 137,307 tonnes. Bauxite again did not do quite well. We had budgeted 1.7 million tonnes. Bauxite came in at 1.4 million. Gold (was a) major disappointment. We budgeted at 694,000 ounces. It came in at 653,674 ounces.”Rice did produce positive figures, with the Minister reporting that from a target of 600,000 tonnes, rice was recorded at 630,104 tonnes. Having budgeted for 318,000 cubic metres, forestry recorded 349,900 cubic metres. Jordan noted that this is better than previous years. And in terms of fiscal performance itself, the deficit to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has actually decreased; a positive indicator. According to Jordan, the overall state of the economy is nothing new.“I think I’ve been quite open with you about this economy, in the sense that this economy has not changed much in over 50 years, depending on one or two products, which depends on what prices are. One day you’re up when gold is up, one day you’re down when bauxite is down.”“Our critical sectors have always depended on some grandfather, that grandfather being some protectionist market. In the case of sugar, that grandfather being the [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] ACP markets. In the case of rice, rice has always had some kind of grandfather market,” Jordan explained.Previously, Jordan had said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017. The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent. This was, however, revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent by July.State of the economyThe Finance Ministry’s half year report was released in July of last year. It had showed contractions in certain sectors, when compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The declining sectors had included sugar, livestock, forestry, mining and quarrying and even the bauxite industry.It showed that sugar production was recorded at 49,606 tonnes at the half year and when compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016, represented a decline of 12.4 per cent. The livestock industry also contracted by 10.9 per cent in the first half of 2017, due to heavy rainfall severely affecting production, especially in the second quarter.The forestry industry also showed an 18.2 per cent contraction in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Declining production within the forestry industry was due to structural changes in the industry.The mining and quarrying sector contracted by 4.0 per cent, during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces, in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Also, it showed the bauxite industry declined by 11.5 per cent, as a result of reduced production of higher valued grades.This was due to poor weather combined with mechanical issues at one of the mines. However, production of metal grade bauxite (MAZ) increased by 97,016 tonnes or 21.3 per cent, the report had stated.last_img read more

Exxon to invest US$10M in UG, conservation

first_img– feasibility study to determine specific areas for fundingBy Jarryl BryanExxonMobil’s on Monday made a commitment that its philanthropic arm will be investing US$10 million into Guyana’s conservation efforts and in collaborations with the University of Guyana.Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will be recipients of the US$10 million grant coming from the ExxonMobil FoundationThe ExxonMobil Foundation in the United States engages in a number of philanthropic activities with a focus on advancing education and training. With the company’s local subsidiary having discovered in excess of three billion barrels of recoverable oil off Guyana’s coast since 2015, the Foundation has turned its attention to Guyana.According to a statement from the company, the US$10 million will be provided in tranches over a period of five years, with part of the money intended for Conservation International Guyana. The initial grant money will fund a feasibility study that would work out the scope of the programme.“Once defined, Conservation International Guyana and the University of Guyana will deliver the education, training, research and retention programmes that would help ensure that economic growth reinforces Guyana’s environmental development goals. The investment is also intended to expand conservation areas in the Rupununi Wetlands”, a statement from the company has said.According to that statement, money will go towards “mangrove restoration, and management and support improvements to community-based fishing on Guyana’s coast, a sector the Government of Guyana has identified as critically important to the wellbeing of the Guyanese people, and support the work of the University of Guyana’s Greening Research and Innovation Centres.”President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, Kevin Murphy, was quoted as affirming that money will go towards supporting the Government’s objectives in the Green State Development Strategy.“This partnership will support the highest conservation priorities for the country, as well as education and training for sustainable employment,” he said. “It (also) demonstrates the value we place on our long-term relationship with the citizens of Guyana.”Meanwhile, Chairman of the University of Guyana Council, Professor Nigel E. Harris, related in the statement that the funding presented an opportunity to build relevant capacity to train students, and revamp the university’s research and outreach capabilities.“A central feature of Guyana’s development plans is its Green State Development Strategy which envisions a commitment to a green economy, sustainable development, and protection of its forests and fresh water resources aligned with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Professor Harris has said.“Funding support for a collaborative effort between Guyana’s leading university, Conservation International and ExxonMobil Foundation promises a critical opportunity to build relevant teaching, research, and outreach capacity at our university that is necessary to underpin Guyana’s 2030 vision for an inclusive, green and prosperous state”, the statement has also said.With initiatives in place like the 371,000 hectares of forest preserved at Iwokrama, Guyana is an important part of conservation and as a carbon market. Iwokrama is dedicated as a place of research, and its forests account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s land mass. Its 371,000 hectares is also equivalent to two per cent of Guyana’s forests.The Iwokrama centre itself was established in 1996 in order to manage the forest area. This was arrived at following an agreement between the then Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat.The United Nations (UN) has classified combating climate change as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 13. According to the organisers of World Earth Day, at least two million people die globally from indoor and outdoor pollution. It is also estimated that by the year 2030, food prices will go up by 50 per cent due to climate change.The rising temperature, global warming, and other ecological imbalances are due to the fact that half of the world’s rainforests are gone. The deaths of 70,000 persons in Europe were due to rising temperatures in 2003. These imbalances are also leading to frequent flooding and other disasters across the globe, which include forest fires, again impacting the trees.last_img read more

Enforcement of laws in Guyana lacking – US State Department

first_imgForeign Direct Investment …points to complaints about judicial delaysA recent report from the United States Economic Affairs Bureau has painted an unflattering picture of Guyana’s legal system and the way it doles out justice in contractual and civil matters. Among other things, the report cites complaints of sloth in the Judiciary As a factor in its analysis.Guyana was among other countries that had their investment climates assessed by the US Department of State for 2018. The report makes it clear that the problem is not legislation; it’s the enforcement of said legislation.“Sufficient legislation exists in Guyana to support foreign investment in the country, but implementation of relevant legislation continues to be inadequate. The objectives of the Investment Act of 2004 are to stimulate socio-economic development by attracting and facilitating foreign investment,” it states.The Department noted that other relevant laws include the Income Tax Act, the Customs Act, the Procurement Act of 2003, the Companies Act of 1991, the Securities Act of 1998, and the Small Business Act.It was pointed out however, that the regulators are still required to act in order for much of these legislative measures to be implemented. And even though the State Department acknowledged that there is no known case of executive interference, it noted that the court systems are still perceived as lacking.“The judicial system is generally perceived to be slow and ineffective in enforcing legal contracts. The 2018 World Bank’s Doing Business Report states that it takes 581 days to enforce a contract in Guyana. Suspected corrupt practices and long delays make the courts an unattractive option for settling investment or contractual disputes, particularly for foreign investors unfamiliar with Guyana.”“In order to redress this obstacle to investment, the Government of Guyana, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), established a Commercial Court in June 2006. Given Guyana’s growth potential, there is need for expansion and strengthened capacity in the near future.”In summing up, the State Department noted that implementing the legal framework remains inadequate as the judicial system is slow and ineffective in enforcing legal contracts.The Department also noted that there have been no recent cases of expropriation. It went on to advise that all companies should conduct due diligence and seek appropriate legal counsel to have any concerns resolved prior to doing business in Guyana.Persons have long complained about the sloth of the Judiciary. A recent case was Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had noted back in June that more than three years after his party filed an election petition in the High Court, the matter continued to languish in the courts.last_img read more

Cops probing school feeding programme transferred

first_img– as AG decries slow pace of investigationInvestigations into discrepancies in the National School Feeding Programme are grinding along, with sources informing Guyana Times that some Police Officers who were handling the case were at one point transferred.A group of students enjoying lunch at the Shulinab Primary School, South Central Rupununi, Region NineWhile the Police Officers have been transferred, it is unclear if this was a routine rotation or a punitive act. Efforts to contact top officials in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were futile. When contacted, Auditor General Deodat Sharma informed this publication that the investigation should have been completed by now.“I don’t know why it’s taking so long … I’m not very satisfied with that. We need to put a close to that aspect of it. I think they’re taking too long, because it was an area that was very clear-cut. I don’t know what’s happening there,” Sharma said.The National School Feeding Programme targets all nursery and primary school students in Grades One and Two. It was implemented in Regions One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and 10 and Georgetown. Regions Seven, Eight and Nine are treated separately. The meals consist of biscuits and juices.But the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the education sector, which was completed since 2017, had recommended that an investigation be launched into the Feeding Programme to ensure Government was getting value for money.Following this recommendation, State Auditors had embarked on this very investigation targeting the Programme. They had reportedly found major “spending” inconsistencies plaguing the Programme in two remote villages in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) during the period 2016-2017.Notwithstanding the lofty ideals of the Programme, coordinators in the red-flagged region have reportedly been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them. Particular scrutiny was brought to bear on the expenditures for each meal and that revealed costs were inflated. This had raised further queries as to whether the correct procurement procedures were followed during the award of the contracts.Millions of dollars ($1.3 billion and $1.9 billion in 2016 and 2017 respectively) were injected into the initiative, which was implemented in the 10 administrative regions following its re-launch in 2010 by former President and now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.According to media reports, funds allocated to the Feeding Programme for the Kato Secondary School were even diverted to other areas.Still unaccounted forWhen it was released last year, the AG’s 2017 report had found that $52.5 million was still unaccounted for in the controversial programme. It was noted that State auditors examined the records of 11 schools in Regions Seven and Nine. Some $73.6 million was allocated to the programme in those schools which was supposed to go towards feeding 2189 students.But the report revealed that key documentation, such as bank reconciliation statements, was not presented to the auditors. As such, the AG could not even determine whether the sum, which was received by eight schools, was ever deposited into the bank in one lump sum.“The absence of this key control measure can lead to the perpetration of wrongdoing, without prompt detection,” the report notes, while adding that there was no evidence of supervisory checks of cash books by the management committee in three of the schools.“Supervisory checks were also absent in the stock ledgers and goods received book for six schools in Region Nine … the safeguarding of public funds was compromised. Moreover, cash was kept in the personal possession of the treasurers in eight schools. This unsatisfactory situation could lead to the perpetration of wrongdoing,” the report states.In its response, the Ministry acknowledged the AG’s findings, but it was pointed out that the programme itself was in the process of being transitioned from central management to community-based management.last_img read more

GECOM legal advice appears in line with the law – former GCCI President

first_img…Commissioner says advice being vilified because it goes against agenda for delaying electionsThe recent legal opinion by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) Legal Officer that the expired voters’ list should be refreshed without house-to-house registration continues to divide opinions. According to a former elections observer on behalf of the Private Sector, the opinion does follow what is set out in the law.GECOM Legal Officer Excellence DazzelMaking an appearance on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York on Sunday, former Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President and election observer, Vishnu Doerga noted that having looked at the advice the legal officer offered and then comparing it with his own research, it appears in line with what the law prescribes.“I’ve looked at that particular piece of advice and in my research, it seemed to be in alignment with what is called for in the legislations,” Doerga said. However, he also noted that if there are still doubts about the accuracy of the legal opinion offered by the legal officer, all GECOM has to do is conduct an inquiry.“So again, if we have any fear that it is not so, we should have some inquiry in terms of how we should go about coming to these conclusions. Whenever any company hires a lawyer, it is their responsibility to do their due diligence to ensure this lawyer is both competent and is acting in their best interest.”Panellists on the Globespan show (from left) GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj, Economist Sase Singh and former GCCI President Vishnu Doerga GECOM Legal Officer Excellence Dazzel“If at any point in time there is any doubt, in a company it’s simpler. You either let go of the lawyer and go through the process again or in a larger company, you might do an investigation,” he said.Doerga acknowledged that as the CEO of a company, there might be times when he wants things to go a certain way. But he added that if the laws do not allow for that and he is advised in accordance with the law by his legal counsel, then he has to understand and take the requisite action.VilificationGECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj also made an appearance on the show on Sunday. According to him, Legal Officer Excellence Dazzel is catching flak for tendering the legal advice that recommended Claims and Objections because it goes contrary to the agenda to delay elections.“Myself and my fellow Commissioners have been asking from day one, can we have a plan for the holding of elections that does not include house-to-house registration. Because it is my considered view that the refreshing of the list does not require house-to-house registration,” he said.“That explains why so much harsh words are being directed towards the legal officer. All kinds of motives are being imputed to her. And the only reason for that, I am sure, is because she tendered a view that does not accord with certain members of the Commission. Simple. So the opinion is bastardised and they’re attempting to crucify her for saying that.”Responding to questions from viewers on whether the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) can compel GECOM to hold elections without house-to-house registration, the Commissioner responded in the affirmative.“The courts are the guardian of the Constitution. They have the responsibility to interpret and make orders that they see in keeping with the tenets of the law. It has always been my contention that house-to-house registration is a policy decision and a policy decision cannot take precedence over the law.”“So the answer to that question is yes. I believe that GECOM can be ordered to conduct the elections without the need for house-to-house registration,” Gunraj added.Last week Tuesday, Dazzel’s legal opinion was tabled at a statutory meeting of GECOM. In the opinion, she set out that “based on (election laws), the list must be updated bi-annually by adding persons who are now qualified to be registered, to that list and those who are no longer qualified to be registered, to be taken off that list.”This runs counter to the arguments made by the Government-nominated Commissioners on GECOM that a new list was required through house-to-house registration. In fact, a United Kingdom (UK)-based Guyanese has gone to the courts over the exercise, arguing that if it goes forward, she will be disenfranchised. In fact, the Opposition has contended that many more will be in the same predicament.last_img read more

Flyers force fifth and final Savage Cup game

first_imgHowever, with the Flyers aware of just how important the next goal would be, the home team buckled down and upped their offensive pressure, which paid off in the dying minutes of the second.  With 2:14 left in the second, a battle in front of Mulholland between Lalonde and May resulted in an accidental high stick to the face of May, resulting in the Powell River defenseman to drop to the ice with blood leaking from his face. As the Regals defenseman lay on the ice, no whistle sounded but play seemed to slow down, something Flyers forward Tyler Brough recognized, and smartly threw the puck on net, beating Mulholland for the game tying goal.Following a brief conversation between the officials, the face-off was set for centre ice, as the scoreboard read 2-2 concluding the second.The tie game didn’t last long in the third, as the Flyers exploded offensively in the final frame, scoring four goals in a span of 8:39. Ryan Carter got the ball rolling, followed by goals from Gary Gladue, Tyler Brough’s second of the game, and capped off by Rod Stevens, for a 6-2 Flyers lead.Advertisement It was a bit of a different looking Flyers squad for game four, as Girard Dicaire was absent on the blue line due to injury, allowing affiliate player and Fort St. John Huskies defenseman Taylor Greatrex an opportunity to play in his first Savage Cup game, while also showcasing the skills of Clayton Pool in net.It didn’t take Greatrex much time to contribute to the Flyers success, firing a quick wrist shot on net 12:13 into the first, beating a screened Justin Mulholland to provide the Flyers a 1-0 lead.Following the game, head coach Darrel Leahy gave praise to the young defenseman playing in his first Savage Cup game.- Advertisement -“He (Greatrex) had a great game, he played well, skated well, didn’t hurt us, no one got around him, he didn’t cough up the puck and made great plays coming out of our end. Couldn’t have asked for anything more of him.”The one goal lead lasted until 1:39 into the second period, when Regals forward John Coyle scored for Powell River, tying the important game at 1-1.Coyle wasn’t finished there, as the speedy forward scored his second straight game at 17:07 of the second, providing the Regals a 2-1 lead, and silencing the crowd of the North Peace Arena.Advertisement Despite two more goals from the Regals, an empty net by Rick Cleaver sealed the game for the Flyers, 7-4, who with the win, avoided losing the 100th Savage Cup to Powell River for the second straight year, forcing a decisive, winner-take-all game five, which will be played Monday at the North Peace Arena.A big factor in the Flyers game four win was discipline, specifically not taking useless penalties that have proven costly in past games. Coach Leahy said it was something the team discussed entering Sunday’s elimination game.“For whatever reason, we did take less penalties, and there were no stupid penalties. We had four of them last night (Saturday) that were very stupid. So it was a big difference, we talked about it, focused on it and it worked.”After four intense, entertaining and emotional games, the 100th Savage Cup will be determined by one game, which will be played Monday evening at the North Peace Arena. The winner of tomorrow’s game will be crowned Savage Cup champions, and will have the privilege of representing BC at the upcoming Allan Cup.    Monday’s decisive game five begins at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jeffrey putting Fort St. John figure skating on the map

first_imgWEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Fort St. John native Shaya Jeffrey has been making her mark in the world of figure skating in recent months.Though Jeffrey now trains at the Mount Boucherie Skating Club in West Kelowna, she has continued to represent the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club and entered competition as a skater from the Cariboo North Central region with Skate Canada. Partaking in the Kelowna Skating Club Summer Camp back in August, she then competed at the Super Series Final Summer Skate in Burnaby where she had a very successful skate. Jeffrey took Silver in the Pre-Novice Ladies division. After that, Shaya attended the invitation-only Skate Canada BC Section Development Camp where she had the opportunity to work with some high-level coaches.After training this past summer in the Okanagan, Jeffrey recently skated at another two competitions. In October, Shaya competed in the Super Series Final in Kamloops in where she finished off with a score of 61. She then competed at the 2017 Skate Canada BC/Yukon Sectional Championships November 3rd-6th, which is the biggest provincial level competition of the year. Jeffrey competed against the top 46 skaters in the province, and with a combined score of 66.66 brought home the 2017 Skate Canada BC/Yukon Section CNCR Champion award.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Fivestar Academy fighters off to Quesnel

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fivestar Academy fighters are in the ring tonight, Saturday, in Quesnel for Rumble 26.The fighters taking part in Rumble 26 include Lincoln Pomeroy, Landon Beasley, Nick Young, Andrea Wall, and Nick Dragojevich.Next week, April 12, Fivestar will be home for Fight Night 23: Fight for Alaya, in support of Alaya McCormick who is currently battling cancer.- Advertisement –last_img

Caps Transport IMCA Invitational this weekend at Taylor Motor Speedway

first_imgFor more information, you can visit the Taylor Speedway’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Caps Transport IMCA Invitational is taking place this weekend at the Taylor Motor Speedway.The Invitational is the last race of the season for the Speedway and will feature three nights of high horsepower action.Making an appearance will be the Taylor Speedway Minisprints, Viper Innovation Bombers, and Ministocks.- Advertisement -Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with races starting at 7:00 p.m. all three nights.Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.The Caps Transport IMCA Invitational is taking place the nights of August 2, 3, and 4 at the Taylor Motor Speedway.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tournament of Hope numbers

first_imgThe numbers are in from the 3rd annual Tournament of Hope that hit the Taylor ball diamonds over the weekend. The event included a steak supper, a silent auction, and 16 teams playing a whole lot of ball.In the end, nearly $9,300 was raised – all of which will go to the family of Jonathan Fell, who recently died of cancer at the age of four. Organizers say most of the winning teams also gave their prize money to the family, so kudos to everyone involved in the Tournament of Hope.- Advertisement –last_img read more

H1N1 still present in Northern Health region

first_imgA patient with a confirmed case of H1N1 in the Northern Health district was airlifted to Edmonton over the weekend. However, spokesperson Eryn Collins says it’s not known what caused the patient to be transferred, and that the individual could have underlying medical problems. [asset|aid=1704|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1e0cac4d1a0544d127d58ff74e8560a4-Collins 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -She also says Northern Health and other health authorities are not announcing new cases of H1N1 anymore because of the amount of cases nationwide.The Public Health Agency of Canada’s website says H1N1 cases were initially announced to track the spread of the illness.Now, the virus has spread to all provinces and territories, and is spreading like regular seasonal flu. Collins says there hasn’t been a death associated with H1N1 in the Northern Health region, but the board will notify the public should a case occur.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fire crews attend blaze on 100th street – update

first_img* Update: Fire crews have successfully put-out the small blaze at the Pryndik Bit & Supply Store on Friday. Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the fire was likely caused by a spark from the chimney. He says it got caught on the roof, and began burning through fiberglass panel and eventually through some styrofoam on the roof. This caused smoke to fill the building. Chief Burrows says an elderly man was inside when crews arrived, and was trying to put out the fire.   He was treated in an ambulance on-site and released shortly after. Chief Burrows estimates the damage to be around $1,000. =================The Fort St. John Fire Department attended a fire at 8808 100th Street on Friday.Ambulance crews were also on-site.The fire is causing minor delays to vehicles travelling in both directions on 100th street.Advertisement – Advertisement -By Christine Rumleskie More information will be posted as it becomes available.center_img Photo: Fire crews inspect this building on 100th Street on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

February sees extremely high building numbers

first_imgWhile not quite as dramatic, there is also an eye-popping difference in the year-over-year city revenue numbers.So far this year, the building permits have generated $506,620 for city hall.That is nearly 16 times more than the $31,792 generated in the first two months of 2010.It is also more than double the full 12-month total last year, which was $231,437.Advertisement Last month’s issuance of the final building permit for the new hospital has dramatically skewed comparisons of building numbers in Fort St. John.February’s total value of construction is $271,146,000.- Advertisement -That’s nearly 33 times the total for the same month last year, which was just over $8 million.However, all but $546,000 of last month’s total was for the new hospital permit, which was worth $270,600,000.That’s nearly 12 times more than the last big local commercial permit issued for the Enerplex, for just over $23 million dollars, in March of 2008.In addition, the 2011 two-month total value of construction in the city is nearly six times last year’s 12-month total, which was $46,455,000.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John rolls forward with new skate park

first_imgThe park will be located in a 25,000 square foot area at the corner of 93 Avenue and 93 Street.Fort St. John already has a skate park in Centennial Park, built in 2001. However, those who use it say there is not enough space for everyone interested, and that its design doesn’t allow for bikers and skateboarders to use the area at the same time.- Advertisement – They also complain that there is much damage and vandalism done to the equipment because there is a lack of visibility of the property. Currently, $25,000 a year is allocated to the existing skate park, but the city says most of that is spent repairing vandalism. The District Sport Council will develop a rendering of the new park as well as its costs by the end of the year.Advertisement They will have until September 30, 2015 to meet their fundraising goal, otherwise they will lose the spot. Since the Sport Council does not have charity status, all funds raised will be held in a reserve fund by the city. Sponsors will be given tax receipts for their donations. In the end, the skate park will belong to the city and will be open for use by all residents and visitors.Advertisementlast_img read more

Berbice butcher shot to foot by masked gunmen

first_imgA Berbice butcher is now nursing a gunshot wound to his left foot after being ambushed by three masked gunmen at his home early Saturday morning.Injured is Deochan Bookay of Lot 9 Lancaster Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Reports are that at approximately 04:00h on Saturday morning, Bookay was in his yard and in the process of slaughtering sheep to sell when he noticed a group of men approaching him.This newspaper was told that three males were dressed in dark clothing and had cloths tied around their faces. They were also brandishing guns which were all pointed in Bookay’s direction.Guyana Times understands that a confrontation occurred between the butcher and the suspects, during which the gunmen fired shots in Bookay’s direction. Bookay was hit in his left foot and he fell to the ground. Because of the loud commotion, alerted neighbours rushed out as the gun-toting trio quickly made good their escape on foot.Bookay was subsequently rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he was admitted for medical attention.According to a Police source, it is believed that the armed trio did not visit Bookay’s residence to execute a robbery.“It seems as if there is some bad business deal or something of that nature because they did not demand anything from him or attempt to rob him or his house at any point. It could be that he knew them or at least why they came up to him. They did not kill him and apparently only fired shots after he and them had some kind of confrontation,” the source said.Meanwhile, investigations into the shooting incident are ongoing while Police are on the hunt for the three perpetrators.Just two months ago, a cattle farmer was admitted at the New Amsterdam Hospital after being shot twice at his Manchester, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Glenroy Collins, 27, was shot during a dispute over his cattle rearing in the suspect’s rice field, destroying thousands of dollars of rice. At the time of the incident, the suspect had been arrested by Police, who had been hunting for him; however, they had been unable to locate the weapon.Earlier this year, several cattle were poisoned as rice farmers retaliated to the destruction of their crop by animals.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Toga party for ECR in finale

first_img“In the second half we had a bit of a letdown, but we take this as a lesson and we look to continue to improve. All year long our defense has been rock solid and (Thursday) was no different.” ECR, which is unbeaten the past seven years at home, or Marine League champion San Pedro (17-6, 12-0) is expected to receive the top seed in the City playoffs when the pairings are determined Saturday at Van Nuys High. The Conquistadores are looking to add to their City record with a seventh consecutive title. Chatsworth, which played ECR to a 1-1 draw Jan. 23, finished in a second-place tie with Granada Hills (10-7-5, 6-3-1). Both schools figure to be seeded among the top six teams Saturday. ECR, which has won 26 consecutive playoff games, would be in line to play four more home games en route to the March 3 final at East L.A. College, since the higher seed in the 32-team draw is always designated as the host team. “Whether we’re No. 1 or No. 2, either way you’re going to have to come to play us,” Choi said. “Eventually you’ll have to come to ECR.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Toga and sophomore Sasha Scott gave their teammates the best possible present on ECR’s senior day, teaming up to complete a passing sequence that helped the Conquistadores (15-2-4, 9-0-1) extend their league unbeaten streak to 30 in a row. Scott received a ball in Chatsworth’s defensive third and switched the point of attack to the left side to Toga, who struck a 16-yard, left-footed volley off the crossbar and down across the goal line. “I was just hoping it would go in,” Toga said. “I expected a physical game, but I was mentally ready. I brought what I had.” Chatsworth (6-3-1 in league) increased its pressure in the second half, three times firing shots at ECR senior goalkeeper Ashley Menin from 20 yards, but two sailed over the goal and one hit off the crossbar. Menin denied a few other opportunities in the final 10 minutes en route to her 11th shutout. “In the first half, I thought we played really well,” said Choi, whose team increased its unbeaten streak against City opponents to 45 straight entering the postseason. What began as a celebration for the eight seniors on El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ girls’ soccer team Thursday turned into a gala affair for junior Rebecca Toga by halftime. Toga’s goal in the 39th minute was all the offense the host Conquistadores would need in a 1-0 West Valley League victory over rival Chatsworth, which saw its winless streak against ECR reach 14 in a row since 2002. center_img “She’s only scored two goals, but she’s played well all year long,” ECR coach Eric Choi said of Toga, who also produced the Conquistadores’ lone goal in a Dec. 16 victory over Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the Mater Dei of Santa Ana tournament. “In the past, we might have relied on one person to score a lot of goals, but now we have six or seven weapons that can hurt you.” last_img read more

Automaker pinning hopes on new Saturn models in turnaround bid

first_imgRoughly 18 months ago GM also began to replenish Saturn. Saturn got the Sky roadster, a sleek two-seat sports car. Later came the Vue small SUV with a hybrid gas-electric version, and the Aura midsize sedan. The Astra, an Opel-based small car to replace the aging Ion, was unveiled Wednesday in Chicago. Lutz said the new models will put pressure on Saturn managers to beat last year’s 6 percent gain in 2007, even though the overall U.S. market may be flat or down. “There is now not a weak sister in the batch,” he said of Saturn’s products. “Everything is top-notch from a design and execution standpoint,” he said. Mark LaNeve, GM’s vice president for sales, service and marketing, said GM’s products should all be substantially new in another 12-18 months. Key is the redesigned Chevrolet Malibu due out later this year to take on Toyota’s Camry. But it will take a while longer for the company to get its message to consumers as it rolls out competitive entries in the small and mid-size car markets, LaNeve said. “We’re not going to have it solved in the next 12 to 18 months,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – To peek into the future of the General Motors Corp. turnaround plan, just look at Saturn. Last year, when GM’s sales skidded 8.7 percent, Saturn’s rose by 6 percent. By fall, the small brand that used to call itself “A Different Kind of Car Company” will have a lineup that’s almost completely new, with no models older than 20 months. Simply put, if Saturn falls from orbit with all its new vehicles, GM likely will follow. “It’s a no-excuses product lineup,” GM Vice Chairman for Global Product Development Bob Lutz said in an interview with The Associated Press at the Chicago Auto Show. “I told the sales and marketing guys if this lineup doesn’t work, I’m out of ideas.” Saturn, started in 1990 as GM’s small-car answer to the Japanese automakers, is the canary in the mine for the company’s desperate effort to make itself smaller, leaner and faster to better compete with the enemy, mainly Toyota Motor Corp. Last year, GM’s U.S. sales dropped to slightly more than 4 million vehicles from roughly 4.5 million vehicles in 2005. Toyota, which seemingly can do nothing wrong in the U.S., reported its best year ever in 2006, with sales up 12.9 percent to about 2.5 million vehicles. Just two years ago, Saturn was the metaphor for all of GM’s ills. Its products were old and tired, and what once was a hot brand had been allowed to languish as the company ignored cars and focused on big-profit trucks and sport utility vehicles. At the same time, gas prices rose and GM didn’t have many desirable cars while Toyota did. GM lost market share and buckets of money, $10.6 billion in 2005 alone. There was talk of bankruptcy. All the while, GM was trying to fix itself. It started cutting costs, inducing upward of 34,000 expensive hourly workers to leave through buyouts or early retirement offers. By the end of last year, it had cut $9 billion in annual costs, about $2,000 from every car it sold. It has promised a profit in the fourth quarter, the first one in two years. last_img read more

Homeless fold up tents, depart arroyo

first_imgThe area is owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District but has been used for years by homeless people who set up tents and built elaborate structures out of sticks and plastic tarps. They constructed stone walls with river rock, put plank bridges over the creek and set up beds, couches, dressers and camp stoves. Critics say they are squatters on public land, a chronic nuisance endangering themselves and others. Some of them use illegal drugs, intimidate hikers and commit crimes against local businesses, police said. “There are vermin and no toilets,” said Larry Peterson, the park district’s general manager. “It’s a pollution issue as well. Businesses in the area say their employees are afraid.” There have been crimes in the industrial area near the arroyo because of transients, with burglaries at nearby businesses and people coming up from the wash to break into cars and steal gasoline, said Simi Valley police Lt. Greg Riegert. “We have arrested numerous people down there in possession of methamphetamine,” he said. “We regularly get calls from businesses down there about everything from people dumping trash and defecating on their property to criminal activity.” Various officials who deal with the homeless say there are shelters open every night at churches and fraternal organizations in Simi Valley where the homeless can come. The Samaritan Center in Simi Valley provides showers, clean clothes, washing machines, food and help obtaining social services and employment. City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, who chairs the city’s homeless task force, said there is help available to people who seek it. “Simi Valley has very good outreach programs for the homeless. We offer services for people who need help, but some people just don’t want to be helped,” she said. “This has been going on for years and years and years. We have spent millions of dollars trying to help the homeless.” Dobson from Sonrise Christian Fellowship said the programs provided through the city, the Samaritan Center and various social-service agencies in eastern Ventura County are just not enough. “We’re trying to get the city to acknowledge we need better services,” Dobson said. The Samaritan Center provides a great service, but it’s not a permanent solution to help the homeless get off the streets, she said. Before police hit the arroyo last week, some of the homeless smelled of alcohol at 7 a.m. Cathy Brudnicki, executive director of the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition, said about 30 percent of the nation’s homeless are believed to have problems with drugs or alcohol dependency. “There is a lot of anxiety,” she said. “Some people are self-medicating.” As far as a solution, “It sounds like people are talking at each other rather than with each other,” she said after visiting the Simi Valley site. “We need dialogue on possible solutions.” Chris Phillips of Granada Hills is a member of the Sonrise church and has been trying to help the Simi Valley homeless he has befriended. “A lot of homeless people have been neglected for so long they tend to hide from people offering help,” he said. “After so many years of neglect and rejection, it’s hard to build up trust. At Sonrise, we treat them as equal human beings. Compassion is the only key you are going to be able to work with.” Susan Marine, 53, said she came to the homeless encampment in September and found help there she didn’t have elsewhere. “I came down here with nothing. Everyone has helped me,” she said. On Wednesday, police told Marine and her neighbors in the arroyo that time had run out and they had to clear out for their own safety. The area where she and others kept their tents would probably end up under water in a heavy rainstorm. “They are good people, but some have made bad choices,” Dobson said of those living in the arroyo. “Most of them didn’t choose to live there.” She said when the park district cleared out the homeless encampment in the past, people left temporarily, then returned. “It just doesn’t make sense to keep throwing them out,” Dobson said. “Most of them are harmless. … It’s hard to get out of that situation. They could use help, that’s for sure.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – After emotional confrontations with police and park district officials, a group of homeless people who had lived for months in thickets along the Arroyo Simi are looking for new places to keep out of the cold and rain. The 30 or so homeless had to move out of their encampments last week because of flooding that could come at any time along this wild section of the arroyo at the western end of the city. “It’s sad. They can only keep moving,” said Karen Dobson, a member of Sonrise Christian Fellowship church, which has been trying to help the homeless. “My heart can’t wrap around this. … It’s not simple to walk out of here and find a home.” Warnings were posted in the area and police moved in Wednesday to issue seven citations for misdemeanor illegal camping, telling the homeless to move out or their possessions would be hauled off as trash by park district crews. The crews used a tractor and began filling up dump trucks with tons of debris from campsites that had recently been abandoned, while other homeless residents of the area began to pack up their belongings. By Friday most of the area had been cleared, but some homeless were still there packing up and getting ready to leave. They were given a few more days. “They are not giving us any alternatives,” said Jeff Apperson, 57, who had been living for more than a year in the arroyo, about two miles northeast of Tierra Rejada Golf Course. Bobby Greene, 47, who likes to hit golf balls along the arroyo, said he had lived in the arroyo for four months after losing his pool plastering job. “It costs 2,500 bucks to move into a place,” he said, noting the high rents in the generally affluent area. “We don’t know what to do. We’re all like a big family down here.” last_img read more

Woo-hoo for Wi-Fi

first_imgWIRELESS Internet service is not only the wave of the future, but the wave of the present. Wi-Fi hot spots are everywhere, and mobile Internet devices are so numerous, it’s impossible to keep track of them. It appears that the wireless revolution is getting along just fine without the help of Los Angeles City Hall. Perhaps creating a citywide Wi-Fi network, as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed, is hardly a top priority for the people of Los Angeles. By all means, if the mayor can, through his leadership and influence, help accelerate the process, that would be a good thing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And if city government can, through selling franchises or leasing public infrastructure to private telecom companies, make Wi-Fi access universal in L.A., that would be a great accomplishment. But the last thing L.A. needs is a cumbersome new public utility, or a major expense of public funds, to produce something the private sector is already quite ably producing on its own. City Hall ought to first focus its resources and energies on improving the dreadful services it alone can provide – such as policing and roadwork – before venturing into new ones.last_img read more

Rebels step up in win

first_imgMyers easily could have included herself on the list of Rebels who showed up Wednesday as the forward finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. It was two offensive rebounds that sparked Flintridge Prep’s first big run of the night. The Rebels, who entered the second quarter down 12-9, went on a 9-0 run capped by Myers’ put-back at 3:27 in the second quarter. It was only 20 seconds earlier that Myers had collected an offensive rebound and passed to teammate Megan Musashi for a quick basket. “We were pretty anxious before this game,” Myers said. “But sometimes nerves are a good thing. If you’re nervous, you force yourself to focus better. You just have to take control of your nerves. That’s the big thing.” LA CA?ADA – There were several areas to highlight in the Flintridge Prep girls basketball team’s 52-40 CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal win on Wednesday night, but perhaps the most impressive statistic took place over a 16-minute span. That’s when the Rebels (23-3), the No. 2 seed in the division, out-scored visiting Murrieta Calvary Chapel 31-12 in the second and third quarters to secure a berth in Friday’s semifinals. Flintridge Prep will face Beaumont (24-2), a 56-47 winner over Irvine, at a site to be determined after a coin flip today at 9 a.m. “This was such a big win; I’m so excited,” Rebels senior Laurel Myers said. “Today, everyone stepped up and played.” center_img Flintridge Prep appeared to rise up during tense moments, but the Warriors (20-7) crumbled. In the third quarter, Flintridge Prep forced 10 turnovers, the last of which resulted in a Courtney Robinson four-footer before the close of the quarter to give the Rebels a 40-24 lead. The Rebels’ pressure defense forced more than 25 Warriors turnovers while holding Calvary Chapel to seven or fewer points in two quarters. 160Want 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

Montoya driving Busch race

first_img“Montoya heads the stars,” roared the headline in Mexican daily Diario de Mexico in its preview for Sunday’s Telcel-Motorola 200. “It’s an honor to be racing alongside a driver like Montoya, a Latino who has had so much success in racing,” Mexico City native Jorge Goeters said. “Montoya is a born champion.” MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya was clearly the center of attention Thursday as Busch Series drivers prepared for NASCAR’s third race in Mexico City. The Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season gained a strong following in Mexico with Formula N victories back in the 1990s. Now the Mexican fans hope a fellow Latino might finally win a NASCAR race on their soil. “He is a very good driver and he knows this track well,” Jourdain said. “Sooner or later, he is make his real impact in NASCAR.” Robbie Weiss, NASCAR’s managing director for international affairs, said Montoya brings in a lot of Mexican fans who are familiar with open-wheel racing. “NASCAR is a brand just being introduced here, but every year it becomes more and more known,” Weiss said. “A big name like Montoya brings in the open wheel fans. And once people try this product they always discover they like it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When NASCAR kick-started it’s Mexico City event in 2005, much was made about the Mexican drivers’ knowledge of the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course and experience racing at 7,400 feet, an altitude that gives the cars a little less downforce, robbing them of grip and horsepower. The expectations for local drivers appeared to be playing out when Goeters stunned the field by winning the pole. But Goeter’s first NASCAR pit stop was a disaster and the final results looked a lot like any other Busch Series race, with Martin Truex Jr. using an early pit stop to outlast Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. In the 2006 Mexico City event, Denny Hamlin won. Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez started in fourth and moved up a spot early, but had a minor crash, injuring his thumb, forcing him to settle for 12th. Mexican driver Michel Jourdain has raced alongside Montoya at the Hermanos Rodriguez. last_img read more

Marquez stymies Vazquez

first_img“Israel broke his nose in the first round,” Roach said. “He told me right away after the first that his nose was broken. He wanted me to stop the fight a couple of rounds earlier, but I asked him to suck it up. I thought Marquez was getting tired. “Israel tried to go a couple of more rounds, and then he came back and said he couldn’t do it anymore. His nose is more important than the fight.” Vazquez, 29, of Huntington Park via Mexico City, was attempting to make his third successful title defense. He was trailing by two points on two cards at the time he retired; the other scorecard was even. “I couldn’t breathe properly throughout the rounds,” said Vazquez, who is 41-4. “When I came back to my corner (after the seventh round), I could breathe through my mouth, but I couldn’t breathe through my nose. So I told Freddie, `This is it.’ I thought I was winning the fight. He hits very hard. I was taking a lot of shots because I couldn’t breathe.” Marquez was fighting for the first time at 122 pounds. It didn’t appear he had any trouble carrying his tremendous power up a weight class. CARSON – After the seventh round of Saturday’s World Boxing Council super bantamweight title fight at The Home Depot Center, Israel Vazquez told his trainer, Freddie Roach, that he could not continue because he could not breathe thanks to a broken nose he suffered in the first round. Suddenly, a bloodied Vazquez walked over to Rafael Marquez, waving his arms as if to say, “No m s.” Marquez then was hoisted on the shoulders of one of his cornermen and carried around the ring in celebration. The longtime bantamweight champion from Mexico City became a super bantamweight champion with a seventh-round technical knockout in front of an announced crowd of 5,155. center_img “I proved I am the best champion,” said Marquez, who is 37-3 with 33 knockouts. “He is a great champion. He hits so hard. He is a great champion, and he deserves a rematch.” It took longer than most thought it would, but Vic Darchinyan (28-0) retained his International Boxing Federation flyweight title with a 12th-round technical knockout of Victor Burgos (39-15-3) of Mexico in the semi-main event. Referee Jon Schorle stopped the fight at 1:27 of the final round. robert.morales@ presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Hundreds stranded on icy planes in New York

first_imgNEW YORK – Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours overnight on airliners that couldn’t take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport because of the ice and snow storm that pummeled the Northeast. The exact number of planes stuck on the tarmac was unclear, but irate passengers reported that the problems affected several airlines. Pilots and officials blamed some of the problems on a shortage of deicing fluid and a new federal regulation giving pilots a narrow window to get their planes in the air once the chemicals are applied. The change has meant some jets need to get doused repeatedly if their takeoffs are delayed. Rahul Chandran said he was trapped aboard a Cathay Pacific Airways jet from midnight until nearly 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when the flight to Vancouver was finally canceled. Throughout the night, the pilot repeatedly described problems with deicing equipment, including a lack of fluid, that kept the plane waiting endlessly to have its wings sprayed. When the airline finally gave up and tried to return the plane to its terminal, it took at least another hour to arrange for a gate, he said.last_img read more

Jury selection begins in trial of alleged spy

first_img“Do you have a sense about the immigration of Chinese people into Southern California?” defense attorney Ronald Kaye asked a woman who was among about 75 prospects questioned. “I work with Asians so I feel that they are hardworking people,” said the woman, who appeared to be of Southeast Asian descent. The Chinese-born defendant, Chi Mak, 66, a U.S. citizen since 1985, is accused of conspiracy to export U.S. defense secrets to China, possession of property in aid of a foreign government and failure to register as a foreign agent. He could get more than 50 years in prison, if convicted. Kaye asked several prospective jurors about their opinions on the Chinese economy, military and history including Mao Zedong. “They’re going to be stronger and stronger as time goes by. … Obviously that could be a problem in the future,” said man who identified himself as a supermarket employee. He was dismissed. The defense also excused a woman whose father served in the Korean War, a woman who remarked about China’s “huge market” for goods, and an infrastructure technology worker who expressed concern about China’s use of resources. Mak was an engineer at Power Paragon, an Anaheim-based subsidiary of L-3 Communications, the nation’s sixth-largest defense company. According to prosecutors, Mak took documents from Power Paragon, copied them to computer disks and encrypted them with the help of his brother, Tai Wang Mak of Alhambra, and nephew, Billy Mak, before trying to pass them to a Chinese contact. Tai Mak and his wife, Fuk Heung Li, were arrested in 2005 at the Los Angeles airport as they were about to fly to China. Li, Tai Mak, Billy Mak and Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, the wife of Chi Mak, have all pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Chi Mak and await trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – Prospective jurors were questioned Tuesday for service in the federal trial of a Chinese-American engineer from Downey accused of stealing military secrets and conspiring to send them to China. The judge and attorneys asked about a wide range of issues including views on immigration, China’s role in the world, the U.S. Navy, protection of military technology and occupations. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney asked an elderly Asian woman if she would have difficulty being impartial. “I’m from Taiwan so China is … against us,” said the woman, who also referred to China as “my enemy.” The judge dismissed her. last_img read more

New cracks develop in California’s egg production

first_imgFRESNO – Karen Courtemanche might be getting new neighbors, and she hears their stench is unbearable. Courtemanche lives a mile and a half from the site of a proposed 900,000-chicken farm, but she and other residents aren’t putting out any welcome mats. “I’m sorry, we just don’t want them here,” said Courtemanche, who lives in Lathrop, a city of about 15,000 some 60 miles south of Sacramento. As California’s agricultural heartland becomes increasingly suburban, the state’s egg production has fallen to its lowest level in 50 years. Residents like Courtemanche – as well as developers of a nearby 11,000-home subdivision under construction – don’t want the stench of egg farms near their homes. Until 1991, California was an egg exporter but now brings in eggs from other states to meet demand, Kuney said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The higher costs associated with consumer pressure for more humane, cage-free eggs is another factor, experts say. “The state has grown and grown, and urban encroachment is something that significantly impacts any farmer,” said Doug Kuney, a poultry expert with the University of California, Riverside. “As the farmer fights off development, development fights off animal agriculture and all that comes with it.” The number of chickens in California fell to 19.2 million last year, down from nearly 40 million birds in the 1970s, when egg production reached highs of more than 8.5 billion eggs. The state failed to reach the 5 billion egg mark last year for the first time since 1959, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania have all passed California, once No. 1 in the U.S. last_img read more

Google, Clear Channel team up for advertising campaign

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. and Clear Channel Communications Inc. announced a long-term agreement Sunday that will allow the Internet search leader to place advertising for its online customers on more than 675 Clear Channel radio stations. “This radio partnership with Clear Channel is a pretty big statement that Google is in the radio industry to stay and have a big impact,” said Drew Hilles, Google Audio’s national sales director. The agreement will give Google advertisers that had not relied on radio direct access to Clear Channel’s national distribution system through an easy-to-use interface, Hilles said. It will also allow those customers to target their campaigns, reaching particular audiences in targeted locations at specific times, and to get quick feedback about their campaigns, he said. “This is a true win-win,” John Hogan, chief executive of Clear Channel’s radio division, said in a statement. “Clear Channel Radio gets access to an entirely new group of advertisers within a new and complementary sales channel, and Google adds another option for its existing customers.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move represents Google’s latest effort to take its online advertising clout to other media. Although the majority of the company’s $10.6 billion in revenue last year came from Internet ads, Google has made previous ventures into print, radio and television advertising. The initial test for Google Print Ads, a Web-based marketplace meant to connect newspapers with advertisers, was launched in November and includes more than 100 advertisers and 70 of the country’s top newspapers. In December, Google started testing a radio advertising service meant to reach hundreds of radio stations nationwide. The company is slowly adding advertisers to the service, though Google didn’t make clear how many advertisers are involved so far, nor did it set a timetable for opening the service to all. With Clear Channel, the nation’s largest radio station owner, on board, Google’s advertisers will be able to access about 1,600 stations though the Audio Ads service, company representatives said. Last month, Google announced a partnership with EchoStar CommunicationsZZTO Corp., whose Dish network is the second largest satellite service in the U.S. The alliance was expected to show that the automated formula that runs Google’s successful online advertising network can also work to bring advertisers to a long-established platform such a satellite TV. 160Want 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

Memories still haunting on genocide anniversary

first_imgGLENDALE – The blood-stained carriage and the smoldering city still seemed fresh to the Rev. Vartan Dulgarian as he recalled personal memories of what many believe was the first genocide of the 20th century. “The garbage wagon – all the bodies just piled up – the blood was flowing for three days,” Dulgarian, 96, said Monday as he recounted memories of a massacre of Armenians in Izmir in 1922. The city on Turkey’s Aegean coast, then held by Greeks, was set ablaze by invading Turks. He had lived there with his mother and sister, and was being marched away with dozens of others to the slaughter when he recognized a Turkish grocer whom he had worked for during the past three summers. “He was the head of the soldiers,” he said. “I went up to him and embraced him. He said, ‘Oh, you are here?’ He said, ‘Put this child in my cart and put a fez on him.’ He took me back to my mother.” Dulgarian eventually got on a ship to Greece, then ended up in Egypt before coming to America decades later and settling in Glendale. As old age claims more survivors of the mass slaughter known as the Armenian Genocide – which Armenians say began on this date in 1915 – Dulgarian is among the handful of eyewitnesses still able to tell his story. In a way, he’s planting seeds in the minds of the next generation that he knows one day will bear fruit. “I am 96 years old,” he said. “All the bloody things happened in my life … it’s important for the new generation to know that these people have been brutalized, and massacred, so they know their history.” Dulgarian’s story is a slice of forbidden history still disputed in the halls of power in Europe, a story the U.S. government does not recognize as genocide. Armenians and many historians have asserted that Ottoman Turks began the displacement and slaughter of some 1.5 million ethnic Armenians in Turkey on April 24, 1915, a campaign that lasted until 1923. Its 92nd anniversary today will be marked by remembrances in Glendale, home of the largest Armenian community outside Armenia. In L.A., a march from the Little Armenia neighborhood to the Turkish consulate is planned. Meanwhile, Turkey has acknowledged that large numbers of Armenians died between 1915 to 1923 but has denied that it was genocide. Instead, its leaders say the death toll is inflated and that the massacres were the result of civil unrest during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey took out a full-page newspaper ad Monday, paid for by its embassy in Washington, which invited Armenia to “study the historical facts jointly.” The idea of a joint historical commission has been touted by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan since April 2005 – and has been rebuffed by Armenian leaders. “We think that there are two narratives here that are diametrically opposed to each other,” Turkish Consul Timur Soylemez said Monday. “It is a matter that belongs to history. … In order to reconcile this history, we need to look at it in a sober, sincere and genuine way.” For Levon Marashlian, a historian at Glendale College, the proposal is actually a step back. “It’s an effort to divert attention from the main issue,” he said. “There is so much evidence already that it’s a genocide that a study – the kind Turkey wants – would not be productive. It’s like proving again the Civil War happened.” The ad also supports efforts to “examine history, not legislate it.” U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, is making his annual push to pass an Armenian Genocide recognition bill in Congress. But the White House and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have sidestepped the issue, as Turkey is a key regional ally. “The crime of genocide is the highest crime according to international law,” Soylemez said. “You don’t throw these allegations around lightly. The solution is not in the U.S. The solution is between Turkey and Armenia.” But for many who have lost relatives in the massacres or during the subsequent exile in the Syrian desert, healing can only begin with recognition. “We’re still trying to get away from the desert,” said Raffi Momjian, executive director of the Genocide Education Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on Armenian Genocide education. “We can’t do that until we get the proper recognition.” And those nightmarish memories will always be etched in Dulgarian’s mind. “In my life, always I pray for the people,” he said. “I (forgive) them. But I can never forget the genocide.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want 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

City ends its bid to annex

first_imgTemple City officials estimated the area contains 8,000 to 9,000 people. Scores attended the council meeting and jeered when city officials said a majority of them favored annexation. Temple City officials mailed ballots to area residents. Resident Bob Ridley said only about 40 people returned them. James Cole said many in the unincorporated areas believe they have what they consider overbuilding under control and that it would be a step backward to join Temple City. “I have some advice for Temple City,” he said. “Clean up your business districts, restrict the number of bridal shops, which many people believe are fronts for prostitution. Get your growth under control, get a farmers’ market. Spend some of those millions you have in reserve.” Mayor Judy Wong, David Capra and Fernando Vizcarra voted to end the annexation effort, saying the new areas might cost the city more in additional services than in expected revenue. “Times change,” Capra said. “Right now it would not be a good move to follow through with this.” Cathe Wilson and Kenneth Gillanders voted to continue the annexation process. “I’m not ready to give up yet,” Wilson said. “We need further study to see what we can do. If it comes to a vote and we fail, then we fail.” emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPLE CITY – The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to cease efforts to annex an unincorporated area north of the city. The area is bounded by Arcadia on the east, Eaton Wash on the west, Huntington Drive on the north and Temple City’s borders on the south. Residents who live in the area told the City Council in no uncertain terms they like county services and don’t want to join Temple City. “I hope you will just leave us alone and improve what you have,” Mark Briskie, a 25-year resident of the area, told the council. last_img read more

2 found dead in Burbank apartment

first_imgAuthorities also found a suspicious package at the scene believed to have been left by Miao. A sheriff’s bomb squad arrived to investigate the package, then removed it. Paul was the mother of two children – a boy and a girl younger than 10 – who were not harmed during the shooting, Ferguson said. Both are now in the care of relatives. David Ling, 56, who moved into a house behind the apartment just two days ago, said he heard two separate bursts of gunfire. “It sounded to me like many M-80s (fireworks) strung together,” he said. eugene.tong@dailynews.com BURBANK – A man and a woman were found shot to death early Friday in what police said was an apparent murder-suicide. Roxanne Paul and Garret Miao, both 28, were found inside an apartment in the 1700 block of West Alameda Avenue about 3 a.m. after police received calls of numerous gunshots in the area, authorities said. The preliminary investigation indicated that Miao, who lives in Reseda and apparently had some sort of relationship with the woman, forced his way into Paul’s residence and killed her, then took his own life, Sgt. Matthew Ferguson said. “We are led to believe the shooting is a murder-suicide,” he said. (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Call for local artists to create summer street banners

first_imgThe decision to approve this venture was made during this week’s City Council meeting.This is the first year the Art Council has undertaken this project, which they explicitly say is not a fundraiser, but rather “a program to enhance the downtown core of Fort St. John.”The Arts Council also says its purpose is to provide local artists an opportunity to showcase their work, help feature major events in Fort St. John, and encourage other groups to help enhance the community.- Advertisement -“The Arts Council will be searching for sponsorship for this program but will not be making any money on this project,” a letter from the Arts Council to City Council reads.Essentially the Arts Council will ask 48 local sponsors for $150 each – covering the entire costs associated.“Up to 16 of the banners will display the sponsors’ name in script only – no logos or commercial imagery,” a request for decision from the city’s Facilities and Grounds department reads.Advertisement Submission will be accepted February 16 – March 6, 2015, at which point one artist will be chosen to create the six images.The banners from the Arts Council will be placed by grounds staff during the spring changeover – sometime in May.For more information, contact the Arts Council at 250 787 2781 or email info@fsjarts.org. The theme of the six images is “Take Flight” in reference to the 2015 Fort St. John International Airshow.“If this pilot project is favourable, 2016 will feature another theme, and in 2017, the 75th Anniversary of the Building of the Alaska Highway will be featured,” the letter reads.There’s also talk of recycling the banners to be used for other purposes in the future.“The banners are the property of the Fort St. John Arts Council and can be used again as street banners or may be redesigned for other purposes such as indoor hangings, sewn into tote bages, or other creative means of recycling.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Bernardo Silva takes Man City nearer title

first_imgChelsea’s fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte’s reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the Champions League places.And the Italian’s negative approach will come under scrutiny after he again opted to start without a recognised centre-forward by leaving Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench.City now need a maximum of four wins from their last nine league games to seal the title and were well worthy of another victory despite not needing to hit some of the heights they have so far this season.Just as in a 3-0 win at Arsenal on Thursday, Leroy Sane was the inspiration for much of City’s best attacking play.Sane created the hosts’ first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva.However, unlike his opening goal at Arsenal, Silva’s shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net.City were fortunate to escape moments later, though, when Oleksandr Zinchenko wiped out Victor Moses with a wild lunge that could easily have drawn a red rather than a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.Sane thought he had opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he caught Kevin De Bruyne’s cross flush, but Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta bailed out his side with an excellent goal-line clearance.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero takes on Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger during an English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018The German winger sparked the danger once more moments later as his pass picked out Bernardo Silva via a dummy from David Silva, but the Portuguese blazed high and wide on his favoured left foot.So anonymous were Chelsea as an attacking threat that their own fans sarcastically cheered when a rare foray forward earned a corner just before the break.However, Conte’s contain and counter-attack game plan was undone within a minute of the second period when Sergio Aguero’s reverse pass picked out David Silva and his namesake Bernardo knocked the ball into the ground and over the helpless Thibaut Courtois for his seventh goal of the season.Thereafter, City were quite content to keep possession as Chelsea still refused to abandon their cautious approach.Conte eventually introduced Giroud with 12 minutes remaining.By then it was nearly too late as Sane again escaped the clutches of Victor Moses but his low teasing cross just evaded Aguero in the middle.Chelsea’s club-record signing Morata had to wait until the final minute to get on, but even then it was top scorer Hazard who was sacrificed and the Belgian cut a frustrated figure as he trudged off in the pouring rain.The visitors could have snatched an unlikely point in stoppage time only for Marcos Alonso’s mishit strike from the edge of the box to dribble wide.And a jubilant Pep Guardiola celebrated wildly at full-time safe in the knowledge it would now take a monumental collapse to miss out on delivering his first Premier League title.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate their goal against Chelsea on March 4, 2018Manchester, United Kingdom, Mar 4-Manchester City’s relentless run towards the Premier League title continued as they opened up an 18-point lead by inflicting more damage on Chelsea’s chances of a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win on Sunday. Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva’s low cross.last_img read more

Nairobi County sets aside Sh1bn for upgrading of five Stadia

first_img0Shares0000Dandora Stadium is under renovation. Photo/MOSES MUOKINAIROBI, Kenya, May 22- The Nairobi County Government has set aside Sh1 billion for the upgrading of five stadia that have been in deplorable conditions, excluding the City Stadium.Speaking while launching the uplifting of Dandora Stadium on Tuesday, Nairobi County Executive Committee for Education, Youth, Gender and Sports, Janet Ouko said the stadia will be renovated to meet the required FIFA and CAF standards. “We first want to focus on the grass root grounds which have been in deplorable condition so that they can be able to host the Kenyan Premier League matches,” she said.Besides Dandora, Other stadia like Ziwani Grounds in Starehe, Woodley in Kibra, Riruta in Kawangware and Kiumbuini will also be upgraded.Upon completion, Woodley will have highest capacity of 8,000, Dandora will be able to accommodate 5,000 while Ziwani will be a 4,000 seater-facility.Nairobi County Executive Committee for Education, Youth, Gender and Sports, Janet Ouko. Photo/MOSES MUOKIOuko has committed to oversee a smooth upgrading of the grounds and ensure that they are completed within five months.This comes even after the Nyayo National Stadium is yet to be completed after the Government pledged to build stadia in seven counties.The Nairobi City Stadium, one of the oldest facilities in the country, has been closed down since 2015 after the Kenyan Premier League deemed it unfit to host the matches, and Ouko reiterated that they also have plans on face-lifting it.“We have also seen that it’s not okay to leave City Stadium as it is now, so in a short while some works will commence at the stadium,” She said.In December, 2016, the then Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero had announced that Sh200 million was set aside to fund renovation works at City Stadium.However, two years down the line works at the Stadium that was home for Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia is yet to begin.-By Jemimah Mueni-0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Zidane happy to have his feet up

first_img“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” the 45-year-old added. “The most important thing is the decision I’ve taken, the rest we’ll see.”Zidane, who scored twice in the 3-0 final victory over Brazil in 1998, was talking on the eve of a gala match pitching the World Cup-winning French team, minus then-captain Didier Deschamps who is now in Russia with the France team, against an international XI to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s win.Zidane quit Real on May 31, saying he had decided to leave at the top and that it was time for a change for himself and the club, as well as admitting he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at Real.But he said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former French football player Zinedine Zidane smiles on June 11, 2018 in Saint Denis, suburban Paris, as he attends an event marking the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory. © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGPARIS, France, Jun 11 – Zinedine Zidane said Monday he was happy to have some time off after stepping down as Real Madrid coach just days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.“I’ve got my feet up and am feeling good,” Zidane told AFP at the inauguration of a playground in Saint Denis, the north Parisian suburb that is home to the Stade de France where he starred for the French team that won the 1998 World Cup.last_img read more

Whiskey Jack ski club need help planting trees at the Beatton Park

first_imgBring your shovel if you have one.To view the FB Event Page, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club is hosting a tree planting event at the Beatton Park sponsored by Canfor.The event came to be after the ski club cleared the stadium area last fall, mitigating the loss of trees, the club is planting seedlings in some identified areas in Beatton Park.Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 9 am join the ski club at the park with gloves, wearing long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt (mosquitoes). Meet at the trailhead of the upper parking lot.- Advertisement -Whether you are an experienced tree planter or this is your first time, there will be experienced volunteers to help show you how to plant the 1000 spruce seedlings donated by Canfor.You are required to RSVP to the event and there will be water and snacks provided.Canfor will also be supplying volunteers along with BC Parks, yet the more hands will make lighter work of this fulfilling effort.Advertisementlast_img read more

Results from Fort St. John Stock Car Club Races

first_img  First – #3 – John Stokes  Second – #88 – Johhny Beaumont  Third – #77 – Aaron Tubbs  Fourth – #49 – Mike Kube TAYLOR, B.C. – The results are in for the two-day stock car races held at the Taylor Speedway Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2019.Friday, July 12th, 2019Mini Juniors  First – #21 – Cody Willis  Second – #49 – Austin Kube  Third – #88 Eddie Scarfo- Advertisement -Bombers  First – #17 – Justin Tackaberry  Second – #22 – Chelsea Babcock  Third – #77 – Swain HackmanMini Adults  First – #23 – Jordon Harrison  Second – #55 – Anthony Roy  Third – #99 – Jeromy LafountainIMCA ModifiedAdvertisement Saturday, July 13, 2019 Mini Juniors   First – #49 – Austin Kube  Second – #88 – Eddie Scarfo  Third – #66 – Aston FlemingBombers  First – #22 – Chelsea Babcock  Second – #3 – Clint Mason  Third – #33 – Richard HildebrandMini AdultsAdvertisementcenter_img   First – #23 – Jordon Harrison  Second – #69 – Jamie Legal  Third – #99 – Jeromy LafountainIMCA Modified  First – #88 – Johnny Beaumont  Second – #3 – John Stokes  Third – #77 – Aaron Tubbs  Fourth – #90 – Matt RichardsMini Stock Challenge Winners  First – #23 – Jordan Harrison  Second – #49 – Austin Kube  Third – #21 – Cody WillisTo keep up to speed with the events at the Taylor Speedway; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Aston Villa boost? Russian hitman admits he is eyeing Europe move

first_img Aleksandr Kokorin 1 Aston Villa target Aleksandr Kokorin has revealed that he would like to test himself in the Premier League but says there have so far been no concrete offers.Villa have scouted the Dynamo Moscow centre-forward in the past and, according to reports in Russia, have recently rekindled their interest in the 23-year-old.Villa are in the market for a new striker this summer – with a shock move for Nicklas Bendtner even mooted – and Kokorin could fit the bill.The target man is considered one of the stars of Russian football and has hit 20 goals in has last 44 league outings for Dynamo, while he also scored a superb header for Russia in their World Cup clash with Algeria.And, when asked whether he wants to try his hand in one of Europe’s major leagues, he told Izvestia: “Of course. Like any player I want to test myself at a big club.“However, at the moment, I have not been told about any concrete offers.“I am sure that if there was a really tempting offer then nobody would stand in my way.”last_img read more

I had to sell Torres, insists Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he had to sell Fernando Torres as the striker needed a change of scenery.The Spaniard was loaned to AC Milan during the summer transfer window, ending what had been a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge.Torres will spend two seasons with the Italian outfit, which will see out the remainder of his current contract with the Blues, having failed to live up to his then-British record £50million move from Liverpool in 2011.Mourinho admitted he has the upmost respect for Torres and hopes he thrives with his new club.“About Fernando I have to say, with the respect that I bring to all my former players, that as a professional and as a person there is no discussion,” said Mourinho.“He’s an outstanding guy and professional. We will manage without him, myself and the team, but he needed the change.“Now he will go to Milan and his passion for football will motivate him.” 1 Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres last_img read more

MUST WATCH: See what Roma and Bayern Munich fans did after the 7-1 mauling

first_imgIt’s rare to see such respect between two sets of fans, especially when on the pitch one side has hammered the other 7-1 in their own back yard, but AS Roma and Bayern Munich fans showed their true class on Tuesday night, by applauding each other and then exchanging scarves despite the presence of heavy segregation.Fans only ever seem to make news for deplorable acts, so it’s quite refreshing to see a more respectful side to hardcore support.Bravo.last_img

Premier League team of the season: No Lloris, De Gea or Courtois!

first_img Diego Costa has been one of the best performing strikers 1 David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris have been lauded for their displays in goal this season.However, according to the EA Sports Player Performance Index, which is created using data from Opta, West Ham no.1 Adrian has been the best keeper so far.Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Nathaniel Clyne were also among the top performing defenders, with Dusan Tadic, Raheem Sterling, Alexis Sanchez and Charlie Austin other notable mentions.Premier League 2014/15 team of the season so far: Do you agree with the team of the season so far – who would you pick? 1last_img read more

Man United sensation! Red Devils star ‘nears Real Madrid switch after falling out with Van Gaal’

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea David de Gea’s broken relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will see the goalkeeper move to Real Madrid this summer.That’s the sensational claim made by Spanish newspaper AS, who are reporting the La Liga giants will meet the 24-year-old’s €30million buyout clause at the end of the season.The Red Devils hierarchy are desperate to keep the ex-Atletico Madrid shot-stopper at the Premier League side, and have offered the Spain star a £100,000-a-week contract.But De Gea’s deteriorating relationship with Van Gaal, according to the publication, means his future may lay away from United.Victor Valdes’ arrival at Old Trafford raised eyebrows and the former Barcelona man could become the Dutchman’s No.1 next season.last_img read more

Koth Biro top scorer dreams of K’Ogalo move

first_img“I am pleased to make such a move to the NSL because this is something that many players my age have not yet achieved. I don’t take it for granted and my first order of business will be to fight for a regular starting position at Police,” Dawo said.He added; “I have always admired Gor Mahia from when I was a kid and it would be a dream come true for me if I got the opportunity to play for them.”Dawo was a darling of the crowd during the tournament and scored the winning goal that took the team to the final in a scintillating semi-final against local side Beirut FC.South B United’s Abraham Dawo vies for an aerial ball with GAA Huruma’s Newton Mugo during the Koth Biro final on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe forward, blessed with height and pace says winning the tournament and bagging the golden boot in his first ever tournament was a huge boost to his confidence and he hopes he can take on that same form to the Super League with Police.“It has been very tough especially in the knockout stages when you play with so many fans in the pitch and you have to keep your head level. But I am pleased with how I have performed and the team as well and hopefully, this does not stop here,” Dawo added.He has also been showered with praise by his coach Omondi who described him as one of the best upcoming forwards in the country.“He is a young boy, very focused and I am happy with how he has played. For me as a coach I have always believed in youth and there are very many who have passed through my hands. Hopefully he becomes another success story,” the tactician, famed for the FISA Academy added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Koth Biro Golden Boot winner Abraham Dawo receives his trophy from former Kenyan international Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool FC forward Divock Origi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8- Having hit six goals for South B United in their campaign to be crowned Koth Biro champions, striker Abraham Dawo has placed his target to play for 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia in the next few years.The 17-year old, younger brother to former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia winger Patrick Oboya has already been snapped up by Police FC head coach Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi who also coached South B at the Koth Biro tourney.last_img read more

Sharks slay Bandari, clinch SportPesa Cup

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi sharks players celebrate after clinching the 2019 SportPesa Cup at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 29. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 27 – Kariobangi Sharks are the new champions of the SportPesa Cup after beating Bandari by a solitary goal in the final at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday evening.Crowd favorite Harrison Mwenda scored the lone goal on the hour mark to hand Sharks their second major trophy since gaining promotion to the top tier in 2017. The young squad not only fly back home with a bumper Sh3mn cheque to their credit but also earn an opportunity to face English Premier League outfit Everton FC in a friendly match at the Moi Sports Centre in Kasarani in July this year.The two coaches maintained their strongest teams with Sharks’ William Muluya making only one change, Shaphan Oyugi starting ahead of the suspended Sven Yidah. Duke Abuya who was a huge doubt having limped off in the semis was passed fit to start the tie.Bandari caused the first scare in the second minute of the game when the exciting Abdallah Hassan struck a low shot from the right but keeper John Oyemba made a good save to turn the ball behind for a corner.In the 10th minute, David King’atua’s freekick from the right landed on Bernard Odhiambo’s head at the backpost but his nod went just wide.Bandari’s Abdallah Hassan is closely watched by Kariobangi Sharks defender Michael Bodo during their SportPesa Cup final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKing’atua had a go at goal himself in the 21st minute with a freekick at the edge of the box when Yema Mwana was axed by Tom Teka, but his powerful effort went just over.Five minutes later, Oyemba was forced into a brilliant save, diving to his left to palm away the ball after Mwana had latched onto a cross from Hassan.Sharks were almost punished after skipper Patillah Omotto lost the ball cheaply in a dangerous area and Hassan picked it up to send in a cross.Sharks were not in their usual element and kept losing the ball especially in the middle of the pack and didn’t create many chances either.In the 36th minute, Bandari keeper Faruk Shikhalo almost gifted Sharks a goal when he came off his line and George Abege beat him to the ball to set up Vincent Wasambo. However, the midfielder chose to swing in a cross instead of going for goal and the Bandari defense cleared.They came very close in the second minute of added time when Abege won the ball at the edge of the box and shot on the turn, but the effort went inches wide.Kariobangi Sharks defender Michael Bodo passes the ball under pressure from bandari’s Darius Msagha during their SportPesa Cup final match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSharks came back a bit more organized in the second half and had a sniff at goal just two minutes into the second 45 when Abege tried his luck from a distance, his shot pushed away for a corner by Shihalo.Bandari boss Bernard Mwalala made an eye raising change, bringing off midarks made a change, Mwendwa making way for Eric Juma as Muluya now sought to lock the game with a one goal lead.Mwalala made more change, Mwana and King’atua coming off for Keegan Ndemi and Darius Msagha, changes that were meant to bolster the attack.But, Sharks kept possession, choosing to deny Bandari any sight of the ball.Muluya made more changes, Sidney Lokale coming on for Abege while with five minutes left defender John Kuol came on for Vincent Wasambo to add more bodies behind the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cup Clasico tests Madrid resurgence

first_imgThe next day Julen Lopetegui was sacked, owing to what the club said was a “great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid and results.” Barca were top of La Liga, Madrid ninth.There will be little comfort then for Madrid that Messi could be missing again on Wednesday, a niggle in his thigh leaving coach Ernesto Valverde, and Messi, with a decision to make.If Messi plays – and Valverde was optimistic on Sunday – it will be because he is fit. Barcelona have indicated they will not risk their captain with a gruelling month ahead.The 2-2 draw at home to Valencia last weekend means their lead in La Liga is six points over Atletico Madrid and eight over Real, but with games away to Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and then Real in the next four weeks, there is little room for complacency.Dotted between are two legs against Lyon in the Champions League, the holy grail for Barcelona this season, and perhaps the one trophy they really crave after years of underachievement.Last month, Messi even had to reject claims they would be better off out of the Copa del Rey.“It was said that we had given up in the cup, that we didn’t want it,” he said. “But in no way is this the case.”The fervour of any meeting with Real Madrid dictates it cannot be taken lightly. As Barca’s stirring comeback against Sevilla in the quarter-finals showed, the players picked will not be holding back.But for the club, and their season, it is possible Barcelona need this match less than their opponents.Revenge is one thing. Madrid’s hammering in the autumn was the final humiliation at the end of a miserable run but their trajectory, despite a dip at the start of the year, has been generally upward since.“It was a complicated time for them psychologically,” said Valverde, after the semi-final draw. “Now they are in a different moment.”This is a chance for Madrid to wrestle back momentum. They will hope that beating Barcelona over two legs, even in the Copa del Rey, can knock them out of their stride.– ‘Phenomenally well’ –After Real’s win over Alaves on Sunday, Santiago Solari said his team were ready to fight. He has played up the spirit in the camp and there have been some impressive performances to back it up, most notably against Sevilla.“The spirit is like a family,” Solari said. “I think they are doing phenomenally well.”But as coach, this is Solari’s biggest test. He has put his faith in youth but how might Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon and, in particular, Vinicius Junior handle their first Clasico, at the Camp Nou?Gareth Bale was quiet against Alaves but could he follow Isco and Marcelo as the next big name made to fight for his place?Santiago Solari faced the media on Tuesday ahead of a Clasico that could held strengthen his position as Real Madrid coach © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“I see Gareth focused, connected and plugged in,” Solari said last week. “I want him to perform how he knows he can.”Solari’s own future is on the line too. He has a contract until 2021 but his position is likely to be reviewed in the summer, when blockbuster games like these will surely spring quickest to the mind of president Florentino Perez.A domestic trophy would certainly help Solari’s case. Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey in each of the last four seasons, even if its prestige now pales in comparison to the league and Champions League. For Real, there is more than just the cup at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona humiliated Real in October © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 5 – One hundred days will split the last Clasico from the latest one and for Real Madrid the prize in the rematch is more than a place in the Copa del Rey final.When they trudged off the Camp Nou in October, the big screens above them flashed 5-1 to Barcelona, with Luis Suarez scoring three and without Lionel Messi at all, their best player injured and sitting in the stands.last_img read more

Pochettino upbeat on Kane for Champions League final

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham’s Harry Kane missed the end of the Premier League season through injury © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 27 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Harry Kane is in a “very positive situation” and could be fit to face Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid.England forward Kane has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury during the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City. But Pochettino, speaking to reporters on Monday, indicated Kane was close to a return.“Harry Kane in the last week, Friday and Saturday, started to be involved in the group, it’s a very positive situation for him,” Pochettino said.“We will wait and see how he is progressing in his problem.”The Spurs manager was equally positive regarding the prospects for the injured trio of Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks.Meanwhile Pochettino faced fresh questions about his own future.The Argentinian has been linked with Juventus following the recent departure from the Italian giants of Massimiliano Allegri, but Pochettino insisted his focus was firmly on Spurs’ first appearance in a European Cup final.“Today no one is more important than the game that we have ahead, Tottenham deserve that we are all 100 percent focused on the game. We can make history, we can provide our fans the best happiness in football,” he said.Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko said the players were in a positive frame of mind ahead of a final against English rivals Liverpool, five-time kings of European club football.“The spirit is fantastic, every time we were close to be out but we showed a lot of character to win the game,” said Sissoko.“We know we can challenge against every team,” the Frenchman added. “I am not scared of Liverpool or any team.“We all need to challenge and we have to give our best and if we do it, we can beat any team. In the past we have showed it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No specific Mahrez plan, says Senegal coach

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez helped Algeria to an opening 2-0 victory over Kenya © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 26 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse insisted there is no particular plan to counter Algeria star Riyad Mahrez in Thursday’s blockbuster Africa Cup of Nations group clash.Algeria, like highly-fancied Senegal, won their opening game in Group C with captain Mahrez on target in a 2-0 victory over Kenya in Cairo. “There’s no anti-Mahrez plan or similar for (Sofiane) Feghouli or (Yacine) Brahimi, they’re all good players,” said Cisse at Wednesday’s pre-match news conference.“We’re approaching this match trying to care of what we need to do. There’s nothing definitive riding on this match because there’s still another one after that against Kenya.”He added: “It’s an important match, we have three points but we’re not qualified yet. To go far in this competition you need to win as many matches as possible.”Senegal will welcome back Sadio Mane after the Liverpool forward missed the 2-0 defeat of Tanzania due to suspension.Inter Milan’s Keita Balde, who scored the opening goal against the east Africans, could be the player to make way for Mane, demonstrating the wealth of attacking options in the squad.“The return of Sadio Mane can give us a boost. He’s one of our leaders and he’s ready,” said Cisse, who is looking to lead the Teranga Lions to a first continental title.“What does a team need to be African champions? If I had the recipe I think I’d keep it to myself,” said Cisse, captain of the team that finished runners-up in 2002.“You need to be tough mentally and ready to suffer. It’s not easy to play in Africa, you can do well in Europe but not find your bearings here.”“Being favourites in this competition doesn’t mean much, if you look recently at Zambia or Cameroon two years ago for example, they weren’t among the favourites.”Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi rejected any notion his team are overly reliant on Manchester City winger Mahrez, the 2016 African footballer of the year, ahead of a match he views as “important but not decisive”.“This comes from the journalists, even the players they don’t have this feeling. Riyad Mahrez, we know he is very a good player in the team, he’s one of them,” said Belmadi.“I’m sure Mohamed Salah and Mane have the same feeling. This way of thinking comes from the journalists and maybe fans, but not us at all.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

We will not cut down sports funding- Karauri

first_img0Shares0000Dissapointed Kariobangi Sharks skipper Eric Juma receives the second finisher’s cheque alongside club chairman Robert Maoga from SportPesa boss Kevin Twissa and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya Jul 31 – Betting firm Sportpesa says it will continue sponsoring sporting ventures in the country despite the failure by Government to renew their license for allegedly not being tax compliant.CEO Ronald Karauri sought to allay fears raised by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala that the cancellation of the betting firm’s operating licence has thrown the Kenya Premier League into panic of losing their title sponsor. “In terms of sponsorship, I am a lover of sports, I will continues sponsoring Gor Mahia and AFC for as long as I am able,” Karauri on Wednesday afternoon told a sitting of the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee which was meeting over the halting of licenses and permits of betting and gaming firmsThe Kakamega Senator said supporters of the two community based football giants were living in fear of the repeat of a decision by Sportpesa which in January 2018 shocked the sporting fraternity by announcing the cancellation all its local partnerships citing a tax hike.The news follows last year’s announcement by Formula One Management that it had appointed an official gaming partner. Interregional Sports Group will offer live betting on F1 sessions.The gaming firm is one of the biggest supporters of local sports, bankrolling the Kenyan Premier League as the title sponsor to a tune of Sh87mn a year as well as both Gor and AFC, Kenya’s two biggest football clubs.SportPesa also sponsors the Football Kenya Federation Shield as well as boxing and rallying to add on to their Kits for Africa Community Social Responsibility program.Senate Minority Leader James Orengo (Siaya) said it was unfortunate that the betting firm was being targeted because of its flamboyant portfolio which has seen its sponsoring English Premiership side Everton, Championship side Hull City as well as U.K. based Formula 1 Team Racing Point.SportPesa also has sponsorship ventures in Italy and is also Arsenal and La Liga’s Africa betting partner.Senators Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) defended the betting firm saying the government went back on a court order that had allowed the company to continue operating as it resolved differences on tax issues.“I refuse a country where law is used to suffocate honest business while fraudsters in this country are making money and walking away,” said Kilonzo.Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito receives his Most valuable Player award from SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri on October 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The Ministry of Interior should try institute morality through legislation and not fear-mongering. They should better than to use this to confuse Kenyans and shut companies while leaving others running. I need to know what the distinction was between those whose licenses were renewed and those whose licenses were shut down. Do we have selective enforcement going?” posed the Makueni Senator.During the meeting Kenya Revenue Authority Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Meyo assured the Senate team that they have entered into talks with Sportpesa and 26 other betting and gaming firms whose licences have not been renewed because they had not complied with the new 20pc withholding tax on winnings.However, Karauri explained that the taxman was using a loophole in the amended Finance Act 2018 to demand winnings, a dispute that is before Taxation Dispute Tribunal.“We have paid taxes in the amount of Sh17.1bn since we began operating in Kenya, but KRA are demanding that we now have a debt of over Sh21bn. Our prayer to this Committee is that it rules that we be allowed to resume our operations, because we cannot get into negotiations when we are out of business,” Karauri argued.Mega Jackpot winner Samuel Abisai receiving his cheque.He further stated; “There has to be a level of good faith. Unfortunately when we try negotiate with KRA, they tell you pay first argue later.”But Meyo responded that they were forced to take the action after the firms refused to remit the taxation of the earned through the gross revenue declared through winnings.“The main contentious issue is the interpretation of what a winning is, if the law was changed in 2017 to say that a winning should not be, winning less stake, it cannot be changed later to mean the same thing, because when you look at the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2017, winnings meant winnings less stake,” Meyo said in her explanation.All betting firms were supposed to be vetted afresh and have their licences renewed by July 1 in a bid to control the growing influx of the companies and ensure strict remittance of taxes.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Starlets held by Zambia in Olympic qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets defender Vivian Nasaka tracks down Zambia’s Rachel Kundananji during their Olympic Qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium on November 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Two moments of concentration lapse in either half saw Kenya’s Harambee Starlets held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Zambia at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi as their historic race to a first ever Olympic slot hit speed bumps with the second leg to play on Monday in Lusaka.Starlets were leading 2-1 after Corazone Aquino’s goal in the 72nd minute, but no sooner had the cheers died down at the stadium than the Copper Queens leveled the tie through Rachel Kundanaji. Grace Chanda had given the visitors a 13th minute lead before Marthe Tembo headed the ball into her own net to tie the game after 30 minutes.Starlets will now need to win the return leg to proceed to the final round of qualification, but a high scoring draw of three or more goals would still see them through.Not the best situation the home girls had envisioned themselves in, but they found themselves trailing after 13 minutes, a dangerous and potentially calamitous away goal.Chanda had the easiest tasks of tapping the ball home from inside the six hardr box after keeper Annette Kundu had failed to pick out a low cross from skipper Zulu Misozi on the left.Starlets had control of the game from the start, but a slight lapse in concentration at the back after Cynthia Shilwatso had threatened early on the opposite end with a stinger from range saw them go down to the visitors.Harambee Starlets defender Wincate Kaari dribbles away from Zambia skipper Zulu Misozi during their Olympic qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 8, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaJust 10 minutes on the turn, Starlets should have leveled scores when Elizabeth Wambui’s brilliant ball from deep in her own half found the dangerous Mwanahalima Adam inside enemy territory.However, with the smoothest of controls, the finish did not match the quality of the first touch as the Thika Queens forward struck the ball straight to the keeper’s arms one on one.Left back Wincate Kaari had another opportunity minutes later this time with a freekick from good scoring range, but her left footed scorcher missed the target.The search finally bore fruit on the half hour mark when left back Tembo headed the ball into her own goal as she tried to cut out Shilwatso’s cross from the left.It turned out to be a full contest with Zambia’s Copper Queens clearly showing they were in Nairobi for a win, throwing as much in attack as they did in defense.At the stroke of halftime, the visitors were inches close to a second but Vivian Nasaka made a brilliant tackle inside the box to poke the ball off Barbra Banda’s feet as she prepared to pull the trigger after dribbling her way to the edge of the six yard box.Harambee Starlets midfielder Sheryl Angachi tackles Zambia’s Barbra Banda during their Olympic qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on November 8, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the second half the Zambians kept their attacking front and just three minutes in keeper Kundu took one for the team when she handled the ball outside the box after Banda had looped it goalwards off a quickly executed counter attack.Kundu was yellow carded and from the resultant set piece, the Zambians shot over.Starlets had a chance to take the lead in the 63rd minute but Janet Bundi’s swinger from the edge of the box off a poorly defended corner was pushed to the upright by the keeper.The home girls went ahead in the 72nd minute when Aquino reacted fastest to tap the ball home after the keeper had spilled Wambui’s shot from range.But, Starlets gave away the lead. Keeper Kundu spilled a harmless cross from the right and from the loose ball, a melee ensued inside the box with Kundananji having the last touch with a shot from the right that went into the net.Starlets pushed to regain the lead without success.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ozil cut from video game in China over Xinjiang comments

first_imgOzil, a German national of Turkish origin, condemned China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang in a tweet last Friday and criticised Muslim countries for failing to speak up about the alleged abuses. Arsenal has distanced itself from his comments, while China said his tweets were “untruthful” and that he was “deceived by fake news”.Meanwhile, German Bundesliga club FC Cologne pulled out of a football academy in China, citing a re-evaluation of “resources and priorities”.But senior official Stefan Mueller-Roemer, a former club president and now head of the fan council, told local newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger that “we don’t need China in sport”, charging that “human rights are massively disrespected” in the country.China has faced growing international condemnation for setting up a vast network of camps in Xinjiang, where critics say Uighurs are pressured to renounce Islam, support the ruling Communist Party, and integrate with China’s majority Han culture.Rights groups and experts say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated, part of a long-term government response to tame years of persistent violent unrest against Beijing’s control of Xinjiang.Ozil had tweeted in Turkish: “Korans are being burnt… Mosques are being shut down… Muslim schools are being banned… Religious scholars are being killed one by one… Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps.” “The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard,” he wrote against a blue backdrop with a white crescent moon — the flag of ‘East Turkestan’, the term many Uighur separatists use for Xinjiang.Shortly afterward, NetEase announced on its verified Chinese social media accounts that Ozil’s comments had “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace”.“We do not understand, accept or forgive this comment,” it said.Konami, the Japanese developer of the game, declined to comment on the matter when contacted by AFP.Following Ozil’s comments, Chinese state television dropped plans to broadcast the English Premier League club’s match last Sunday, and discussion of the topic is now heavily censored in China.China at first denied that the camps existed but later acknowledged them as foreign pressure grew, saying they were vocational training centres.In a similar episode, China moved in October to punish the NBA’s Houston Rockets after its general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.Ozil has been praised on Twitter for speaking out, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighing this week.“China’s Communist Party propaganda outlets can censor @MesutOzil1088 and @Arsenal’s games all season long, but the truth will prevail,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter, chastising China for its “gross” rights violations against Uighurs.Turkey, which shares linguistic and ethnic ties with the Uighurs, has been outspoken on the issue but most Muslim-majority countries have been muted in the face of China’s commercial and diplomatic power.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer game © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONShanghai, China, Dec 19 – Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the popular Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) mobile game, the title’s China distributor has said, as the fallout builds over his criticism of the country’s treatment of its Uighur minority.US-listed Chinese internet company NetEase said it removed Ozil from the game due to his “extreme comment about China.”last_img read more

Smoke likely killed 5 in fire

first_imgTRAGEDY: Five men survived the chemical blaze in a tunnel but were dead when rescuers reached them. By P. Solomon Banda THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GEORGETOWN, Colo. – When fire broke out deep underground at a hydroelectric plant in the Rockies, officials at the surface dropped a radio down to five trapped men in a tunnel and were relieved to learn they were OK. The blaze erupted when a machine used by the workers to coat the tunnel with a mixture of paint and epoxy caught fire, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Ethnie Groves said. Nine employees of RPI Coating of Santa Fe Springs, had been sealing the inside of the pipe to prevent corrosion, a routine procedure that followed an annual inspection. Two others were working outside the pipe; one of them was injured when he ran back into the tunnel to help when the fire broke out about 1,400 feet from the tunnel’s bottom. It was reported around 2 p.m., authorities said. The tunnel delivers water from a reservoir to turbines that generate electricity at the plant 30 miles west of Denver. Four RPI workers escaped from the tunnel and were treated at a hospital and released. Five others scrambled about 1,000 feet above the fire but were trapped by smoke and the steep, nearly impossible-to-climb slope at a spot where the tunnel bends from a 15-degree angle to a 55-degree one, Nay said. Officials dropped a radio to the workers, who reported around 2:40 p.m. that they were uninjured. Rescuers also dropped breathing masks and air tanks into the tunnel but were unsure if the workers were able to find them or use them, Nay said. Powerful fans were used to drive air into the tunnel and clear it of smoke so that the trapped crew members could breathe. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will investigate, among other things, the conditions inside the confined space and what type of protection and safety training the maintenance crew had, OSHA spokesman Rich Kulczewski said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But by the time emergency crews reached them six hours later, they were dead. On Wednesday, a day after the tragedy more than 1,500 feet underground at Xcel Corp.’s Cabin Creek power plant, investigators struggled to figure out what went wrong. Crews began to remove the workers’ bodies. The workers were identified as Donald Dejaynes, 43; Dupree Holt, 37; James St. Peters, 52; Gary Foster, 48; Anthony Aguirre, 18, all of California. The men’s bodies didn’t have any burn marks, indicating that they probably died of the smoke and fumes from the chemical fire, Clear Creek undersheriff Stu Nay said. Authorities defended their rescue efforts, saying smoke, the complexities of the 4,000-foot tunnel’s design and uncertainties about the dangers prevented them from going in after the men for more than 3 hours after the blaze broke out. last_img read more

End of road work in sight

first_imgThe westbound side will be closed today, and the eastbound side will be shut down Thursday, Rivas said. It’s all worthwhile, said Councilwoman Cathy Warner, who lives on that side of the city. “It’s just like your house,” Warner said. “You have to do a new roof every so many years. This is just regular maintenance that has to be done.” If the city did nothing, the streets would be in even worse shape, she said. The project is part of the city’s five-year maintenance plans, Warner said. The idea is to repave every street once every five years, she added. WHITTIER – Just get through this week. That’s the message for Mar Vista Street residents and commuters who have been enduring the repaving of a large portion of the busy thoroughfare. Work on the street from College Avenue to Ocean View Avenue has been under way for the past couple of weeks, but by Friday it should be completed, said Sebastian Rivas, foreman for Hardy and Hardy Inc. of Santa Ana, which was awarded the $202,000 contract from the city. But this week won’t be easy, with paving planned for that area today and Thursday. For people driving on Mar Vista, David Pelser, Whittier’s public works director, said they should be careful. “As always if you’re going through a construction zone, you want to slow down, be alert and be prepared to yield the right of way,” Pelser said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

Man United’s mega money transfer frenzy! Bale, Hummels and seven more possible signings

first_img 4. Sami Khedira – a bargain to be had from Real Madrid? Check out the details, below, then find out which Real Madrid team-mate could potentially join Khedira at United by clicking right… – World Cup winner Sami Khedira is out of contract with Los Blancos at the end of the season and seems to favour a move to United or back home to Germany. FC Schalke are interested in the midfielder so it is up to Van Gaal to tempt Khedira with a better offer. 9 9 9 7. United rumoured to be front runners for PSV’s exciting attacker Memphis Depay – Now click to see another World Cup winner rumoured to be United’s number one target – Despite being contracted at PSV until 2018, United are front runners to complete the signing of the winger, but may have to spend up to £25m for his services. 9 6. Kevin Strootman to finally sign from Roma? More info below, then click right to find out which £25m-rated international team-mate of Strootman is also on the radar – Having been linked with the Red Devils all season, it seems only injury has prevented Strootman making the move to Manchester. Rumours suggest that current club Roma have offered the Dutch midfielder a new contract, but Van Gaal will do his best to secure Strootman’s signature. 3. PSG’s Gregory Van Der Wiel – Clyne alternative? Click right to see which World Cup winner could be on his way to Old Trafford – If the Clyne move stumbles, Van Gaal could look to PSG’s Gregory Van Der Wiel. The right back was a consistent member of the Dutch national team managed by Van Gaal. 2. Nathaniel Clyne to follow Luke Shaw from Southampton? Read about how the deal could work, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see which PSG defender is linked with an Old Trafford move – Strengthening the defence has been a priority since the start of the season for the former Holland manager and it is reported that a deal for Southampton’s right back, Nathaniel Clyne, is close to be completed for around £17m. Winger, Antonio Valencia has stepped in to the right back position but Van Gaal is after someone to cement their name in the position. The Saints’ need for a striker could see United’s out of favour Javier Hernandez move south after his loan deal with Real Madrid is completed. 9 8. Mats Hummels to follow Klopp out of Dortmund? Click right to see which City favourite could end up playing in red! – Mats Hummels is reportedly Van Gaal’s number one summer target and with Borussia Dortmund losing manager Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, don’t be surprised to see a player exodus, with Hummels leading the way. Who would you like Manchester United to sign this summer? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.For more Man United news, views and videos, check out this Red Devils Facebook page 9. Nigel De Jong (AC Milan) – Former Manchester City star Nigel De Jong could also be on his way to Old Trafford according to reports. The AC Milan midfielder is wanted by Van Gaal to add some steel to the centre of his midfield. De Jong, who will be a free agent this summer when his AC Milan contract expires, has offers from Juventus, Roma, Sevilla and teams in MLS, but reports say he’d prefer to join United. 9 9 1. Could Juventus star Paul Pogba be heading back to Manchester? Read all about it, below, then click the yellow arrow above to see more summer targets for the Red Devils – Manchester United’s Daley Blind believes that the Red Devils can mount a serious title challenge next season and, having only lost twice in 2015, United look certain for a top four finish this campaign. But what do they need to push on next season and have a serious tilt at the title? The Red Devils spent big last summer and the return of Champions League football next season will swell the coffers, so expect Louis van Gaal to have money to spend in the next transfer window. With Michael Carrick turning 34 in the summer and still a key figure in the side, Van Gaal will need to bolster his midfield and there could be no better signing surely than the man who got away, Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is understood to be open to a move from Serie A and a big money bid from United could yet tempt him back to the Premier League. 9 9 5. Gareth Bale – title-clinching signing? Get the lowdown, below, then click to see the Dutch internationals who could reunite with Van Gaal in Manchester – David De Gea’s sensational season for Manchester United has attracted a number of sides, including Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are reportedly keen on bringing the Spain international goalkeeper from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu, with reports saying United will only listen if Gareth Bale can be used in a swap deal. While De Gea has been vital for United in their top four quest, would Bale’s contribution at the other end make the difference in a title race? last_img read more

Danny Murphy on talkSPORT: Liverpool MUST must spend Raheem Sterling money wisely

first_img1 Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy believes Raheem Sterling will depart the Reds this summer – leaving the club having to gamble in the transfer market again.The England flyer has been linked with a move away from Anfield at the end of the season, with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all interested.Brendan Rodgers was forced into a summer spending spree last year when Luis Suarez completed a £75million deal to La Liga giants Barcelona.In came Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert, among others, but the majority have failed to shine for the Northern Irishman.And Murphy believes, with Sterling set to leave the club for upwards of £50m, the recruitment must be better than last summer.“I’m in the camp of thinking Raheem Sterling might be off,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “That would be a huge negative. The club then has to use that money to bring in more players, but are the people in charge of recruitment doing the job well enough? I would question that.“I know Brendan has said that he does have a say on the players and he is involved in the process. I hope he is because ultimately he’s the one being judged on them. The signings haven’t been brilliant.“Brendan [Rodgers] is there for the long haul. He’s moved the club forward. Some of the problems this year were out of his hands.“He couldn’t have predicted what Luis Suarez was going to do in the World Cup, meaning he had to revamp his squad.“Daniel Sturridge has had some horrendous injuries this year. What you could question is some of the recruitment at Liverpool.“Have the signings worked? £19m on Lazar Markovic, yes he’s talented but has he’s not produced yet. Rickie Lambert hasn’t played enough, Fabio Borini was £10m. Mario Balotelli was £16m, he’s not worked. Dejan Lovren, who cost £20m, has hardly played. Is £18m Mamadou Sakho the answer? That’s where I would put the question mark.”last_img read more

England striker launches scathing attack on West Ham owner over ‘outrageous slur’ about injury record

first_img1 Charlie Austin and David Sullivan Charlie Austin has hit back at an ‘outrageous slur’ from West Ham owner David Sullivan after he said signing the player would be a big risk for the club.The 26-year-old QPR striker has been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs over the summer after scoring 18 goals as the Hoops dropped out of the top flight last season.West Ham are one of several sides who have reportedly looked to make a move for Austin, who was called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for the final two internationals of the season, but QPR have not budged from their £15million valuation.But, when asked on the Knees Up Mother Brown podcast if Austin was a target, Sullivan was bullish about the former Burnley striker’s injury record.“They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?” Sullivan said.“To sign a £15m player is a big risk. He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it.“If we had £100m to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15m and gamble one-sixth of our budget’. But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits.“And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up. If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.”Austin released a personal statement on Twitter in reply to the Sullivan comments, defending his fitness and his professionalism.“I feel I have no option but to address the inaccurate, misleading and uninformed innuendo about my physical condition that has been raised today by an individual who is not privy to my personal health history,” his statement read.“It is one of a number of inaccurate reports about my so-called injury problems which have been made over the summer.“For the record, there is nothing wrong with my ‘ligaments’, as has been suggested. My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don’t think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever.“I scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season, which would not be possible were I feeling discomfort or pain.“Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent.“For a senior figure at a Premier League club to insinuate that I could break down at any moment is an outrageous slur on my professionalism and the work that has gone into making me the footballer than I am today. I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against Rotherham.”The Hammers are keen to add a forward to their squad with Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate all nursing injuries – with boss Slaven Bilic admitting it is a striker he is most likely to bring in before the close of the window.It is understood West Ham had a list of up to 12 forwards who they were looking to bring in, but it appears Austin is not one of them as QPR look to hang on to their main asset in their battle to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.last_img read more

Klopp’s methods making me ‘an even better player’ – Liverpool star Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho insists Liverpool are moving in the right direction thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’, but also admits he has a soft spot for former boss Brendan Rodgers.The Brazil international hit a purple patch in late October/November with four goals in three matches, including one in the 4-1 thrashing of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final opponents Manchester City.He is on track to beat the eight goals he got last season, which was his best-scoring campaign at Anfield, and Coutinho believes he has already progressed under Klopp.“It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans,” Coutinho told World Soccer magazine.“In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players.“Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player.“I have been lucky to work under some fine managers already in my career and they have each added an element to my game.“The likes of [Rafael] Benitez, [Mauricio] Pochettino and Dunga are great coaches but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan.“He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club.” 1 Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! La Liga star will NOT be joining Manchester United this summer

first_imgManchester United target Ever Banega has agreed a pre-contract deal with Inter Milan, according to sources in Italy.The 27-year-old had emerged as a potential free signing for United with his contract at Sevilla up in the summer.However, United, as well as Barcelona, appear to have been gazumped by Inter who have persuaded the central midfielder to sign with them.It has been reported that the Argentine was won over by his compatriot Javier Zanetti, who is Inter’s current vice-president.Banega has already completed the first part of his medical with the club and penned a pre-contract, with a three-year deal at the San Siro all agreed. 1 Ever Banega in action for Sevilla last_img read more

Voter satisfaction in California slips in new Field poll

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Six months ago, voters had their brightest outlook on California’s future in the past six years. That didn’t last long. A Field poll released Friday shows that voters now are evenly split over whether the state is headed in the right direction – an attitude fueled by growing frustration over what they believe is failed U.S. immigration policies and poorly performing schools. “People are dissatisfied with the whole state of the country and that affects their opinions toward California,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. The poll indicated that among those who have a dim view of California’s future, the largest proportion – 21percent – cited immigration issues, complaining that the border is not being properly controlled. Of voters expressing optimism, the largest percentage – again 21percent – cited their confidence in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leadership. The poll showed that 42percent of voters thought the state was headed in the right direction and 42percent said it was going in the wrong direction. A survey in March showed that 52percent believed the state was moving in the right direction with 38percent disagreeing. That was the most positive overall assessment since December 2001, prior to the state’s energy crisis and gubernatorial recall. 160Want 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

U.S. bishops say vote can affect personal salvation

first_imgThey have offered similar guidance to Catholics before every presidential race since 1976. While the 30-plus-page document touches widely on Catholic social justice teaching, the bishops said that fighting abortion should be a priority. “The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life is always wrong and is not just one issue among many,” the bishops said. “It must always be opposed.” Catholics make up one-quarter of the electorate nationwide, but do not vote as a bloc, and often do not follow the bishops’ political guidance. Surveys indicate that most don’t choose candidates based on that person’s position on abortion. In the current election season, none of the leading presidential candidates has been reliably anti-abortion. The bishops said that voting for a candidate specifically because he or she supports “an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism” amounts to “formal cooperation in grave evil.” BALTIMORE – Roman Catholic voters and lawmakers must heed church teaching on issues ranging from racism to abortion or risk their eternal salvation, U.S. bishops said Wednesday. The bishops didn’t recommend specific policies or candidates in the 2008 election, and emphasized that “principled debate” is needed to decide what bests promotes the common good. But they warned Catholics that their votes for politicians and laws affect more than just civic life. “Political choices faced by citizens have an impact on general peace and prosperity and also may affect the individual’s salvation,” the bishops said. “Similarly, the kinds of laws and policies supported by public officials affect their spiritual well-being.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly adopted the statement, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” as they ended the public session of their fall meeting. In some cases, Catholics may vote for a candidate with a position contrary to church teaching, but only for “truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences,” according to the statement. The document did not address whether Catholics who violate this guidance should continue to receive Holy Communion. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who helped draft the document, said the bishops are simply asking Catholics to “examine their consciences.” “When you look at eternal salvation, God is the only judge,” said DiMarzio, of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. “All we have the ability to do is to warn people.” The document makes clear the broad concerns that keep Catholics from finding a true political home with either the Democrats or Republicans. The bishops said helping the poor should be a top priority in government, providing health care, taking in refugees and protecting the rights of workers, and the bishops highlight the need for environmental protection. However, they also opposed same-sex marriage, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research, in addition to their staunch anti-abortion position. The prelates, who oppose the death penalty, said torture is “always wrong,” and expressed “serious moral concerns” about “preventive use of military force.” But in a very brief floor debate Wednesday before the vote, they heightened their language on terrorism, adding a sentence acknowledging “the continuing threat of fanatical extremism and global terror.” In recent years, some independent Catholics groups have been distributing their own voter booklets, with theological conservatives emphasizing abortion and liberal-leaning groups highlighting church teaching on war, poverty and social justice. The bishops urged Catholics to only use voter resources approved by the church.160Want 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

‘My head is in Manchester’ – United goalkeeper rubbishes exit rumours

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has denied rumours he will return to his former club River Plate in the summer.The Argentine shot-stopper has played second fiddle to David de Gea this season, having made just 10 appearances for the first team.Even if De Gea departs this summer, United are unlikely to promote Romero to first choice, which has left the 29-year-old’s future in doubt.However, Romero has insisted he is content with life at Old Trafford and no move is currently on the cards.“Nobody has contacted me,” Romero told ESPN.“My head is placed in Manchester. In the matches I have played I’ve proved I can do well.” Sergio Romero during training for Manchester United last_img read more

Wales backed to see off Northern Ireland in huge Euro 2016 clash – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales and Northern Ireland will meet in Paris on Saturday evening in a massive Euro 2016 last-16 showdown.The Welsh, with Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in their ranks, are even-money favourites, while the Irish are 7/2.Ireland, meanwhile, face hosts France in Lyon on Sunday and Martin O’Neill’s men are a huge 9-1 to win through to the quarter-finals.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Base your vote on issues, not religion

first_imgIt’s political suicide for a candidate to disavow religious convictions – every candidate has a bungee attached to some church or temple. At the same time there’s a consensus that a candidate’s theological leanings should be a nonissue while evaluating their fitness for office and their decisions in office. For the sake of this column, I’m going to pretend that I feel sorry for politicians when faced with this conundrum. We tell them they better believe in God, and then we tell them God must wait in the lobby when they enter their chambers of judicial, legislative or executive action. Voters will only elect someone who believes that God is king of kings (including presidents), but they become incensed when elected officials seek to politically live out that which they have professed. Essentially we’re tempting our candidates to be double-minded, or as the Bible puts it, hypocrites. This double-mindedness becomes a significant factor when confronted with electing a Mormon for president. No doubt the majority of evangelicals view Mormonism as a cult and are nervous about the kind of momentum a Mormon president might give an already growing sect – although the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 didn’t seem to be a boon for Roman Catholicism. Yet we should be equally nervous about electing a candidate who is readily willing to jettison his or her religious convictions because they’re not politically expeditious. Quite frankly, most politicians claiming adherence to mainline world religions, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic or Jewish, have political world views that would be unrecognizable to any faithful member of their church, parish or temple. Of course, that still doesn’t answer the question: Should evangelicals who believe Mormonism to be biblically abhorrent vote for a Mormon? Heretic or hypocrite – it’s a tough choice. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMy point so far is that we’re left with picking the lesser of evils. I know many resist this saying, “Picking the lesser of evils is still picking evil.” But given the nature of man, unless you’re going to write in “Jesus,” picking the lesser of evils is a logical necessity. And it would appear that the nature of today’s political landscape increases the amount of evil on the ballot. I am under the somewhat cynical conviction that superstar status, especially in politics, requires a healthy amount of soul-selling. This is nothing new. When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, anyone who wanted a position of political power had to make a profession of faith. This not only had a drastically polluting influence upon the church, but it made religious faithfulness a necessary fashion accessory for the upwardly mobile politician. So here we are. Should evangelicals vote for a Mormon? I think a person’s religious convictions are the most important thing in his life. But at the risk of sounding wry, the religious convictions of politicians and other celebrities are so dubious that the amount of disbelief I would need to suspend in order to believe them is more than my tender heart and mind can bear. So I become an issue man. I will vote for the candidate who has the most Christian platform and best promotes, and seeks to live by, Christian ethics. A candidate who is pro-life, pro-marriage, doesn’t believe government should be everyone’s Mary Poppins, will try to protect our nation from invasion and attack and other biblical notions of the purpose of government is my candidate. His heresy or hypocrisy I will leave between him and God. Right now I’m just concerned for my kids. The Rev. Paul Viggiano is pastor of the Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Torrance (e-mail: pastorpaul@integrity.com).160Want 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

4 districts eye ’06 bonds

first_img The high school and Lancaster district each have passed bond measures within the past six years. A $29 million bond measure approved by Lancaster district voters in 1999 was exhausted by the building of Amargosa Creek Middle School and Jack Northrop and West Wind elementary schools and several modernization projects. Money from the $103.6 million bond issue passed by high school district voters in March 2002 will be gone after the building of Eastside High School, the district’s eighth comprehensive high school. Westside officials are looking at the possibility of pursuing a bond measure to help pay for building at least six schools within the next decade. Westside voters in June 1989 narrowly approved an $8.5 million bond measure, passed with 23 votes more than the minimum two-thirds then necessary. In 1998, district voters approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. “I think that the biggest problem is that you have to have all your financing for schools before the state will give you any money. You have to have a match which is close to 60 percent right now,” Westside Superintendent Regina Rossall said. “There are very few ways to get that without going for a bond.” “Our hope is to be out there dealing with our community. Our parents know that overcrowded schools are not necessarily the best way to provide an education,” Rossall added. “Schools are for everyone’s future. Schools are important to property values.” Beattie said the high school district has reviewed other financing options like special tax districts or a parcel tax, but bonds appear to be the most feasible. “This seems to be the most practical way to do it. If you are building an elementary school and are going to have a neighborhood, it may be that the neighborhood could construct that school with a Mello-Roos (community facilities district) or parcel tax,” Beattie said. “When you are talking about a high school, which serves a much larger area, you need to look at a larger revenue source,” Beattie said. In addition, in the case of a parcel tax, the district would have to hire someone to administer the collection of taxes on all new tracts, Beattie said. “The most practical one with the least impact on extra costs for the district would be the general obligation bond,” Beattie said. High school board President Donita Winn agreed that a bond measure seems the best way to go. “The pros didn’t outweigh the cons on any of (the other options),” Winn said. “None of them seemed to fit this valley, situation or our community. It pretty much boiled down to a bond.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Lancaster, Muroc Joint Unified, and Westside Union school districts are thinking of placing bond measures on the June 6 ballot. Antelope Valley Union High School District wants to put a bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. Lancaster and Westside property owners would have to pay for the Antelope Valley Union High School District bond measure as well, if all three pass, because the elementary school districts are within the high school district boundary. Muroc is in Kern County and not affected by other school districts. High school board member Al Beattie said approaching voters later in the year might not necessarily be a disadvantage. “I don’t know that it would hurt our position. Obviously we are going to have to tell the story of our needs,” Beattie said. “There will be less confusion if it’s not mixed up with all the other ballot measures. The November election would bring out more people during a general election.” “I think we need to tell our story, tell of our stewardship of the bond money we received thus far, and how we have managed that fund. When people see that and don’t want 5,500 students on campuses, then they will support it,” Beattie said. LANCASTER – Officials at several school districts that are considering placing school construction bond measures before voters in 2006 are hopeful about the measures passing. The optimism remained despite property owners getting a tax boost from a 2004 Antelope Valley College bond measure for $139 million, and voters in November rejecting a valleywide flood control district that could have added a new property tax. “We are all experiencing the same need for growth,” said Greg Tepe, a member of the Lancaster School District board, one of four districts contemplating bond measures. “In order to house all the students who are moving up here in nice schools, sometimes bonds are necessary to keep our schools modern and safe. “And they are an investment in our community, so hopefully people will support that and recognize that.” last_img read more

King’s legacy not perfect

first_img Some say the civil rights movement sparked a backlash that could reverse gains. Among those concerns are efforts to require a voter ID card in Georgia; the expected confirmation of conservative Judge Samuel Alito to be on the Supreme Court; immigration’s effect on the job market for blacks; and an expected fight next year over reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. “Politically, the group that has gained the most after the civil rights movement was white Southern conservatives,” Bositis said. “They have transformed the Republican Party, which has become the dominant political party.” All 50 states gradually recognized a King holiday. But only one-third of businesses offer a paid holiday, according to the Bureau of National Affairs. Participation in the holiday was enhanced by legislation passed in 1994 establishing the day as one of service. In many places, people will help with projects aimed to improve the community and help the needy. Supporters of the holiday try to discourage businesses from using it as a marketing gimmick. “Martin Luther King would turn over in his grave if he thought he was recognized by a day of shopping and rest,” said former Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Pa., who worked with Rep. John Lewis of Georgia to establish the holiday as a day of service. “The idea that it’s a day on and not a day off is catching on. But the King holiday is well short of what it needs to be,” Wofford said. Three-fourths of those polled say King should be honored with a federal holiday. Blacks almost unanimously favored that, according to the poll of 1,242 adults that included an oversample of blacks. The poll, taken Monday through Thursday, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Accusations that King committed adultery and plagiarized material in academic writings emerged in the years after the holiday was established. Those claims remind people that King had human failings despite his larger-than-life image as a hero of the civil rights movement, said William Boone, a political scientist at Clark Atlanta University. “It does not diminish the mission he was on,” Boone said. “People now have a tendency to sanitize him, to make him more palatable to a broader spectrum of the American population.” For Latoya Williams, a black mother of four from Norfolk, Va., the holiday is a chance to remind her children what King accomplished to give them more opportunities in life. Her children respond with a weary, “We know, Ma.” Replays of King’s soaring “I have a dream” speech from 1963 inspire Williams every time. “When I hear that speech they play on TV every year,” she said, “I still feel that dream.” Demographics and details about racial progress in the United States and the AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about Martin Luther King Day and racial progress. The survey information comes from a poll of 1,242 adults, conducted Monday through Thursday for the AP by the international polling firm Ipsos. The sample included 312 blacks. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, slightly larger for blacks. The comparative racial information comes from the Census Bureau. WHO COMMEMORATES THE HOLIDAY: Blacks, at 60 percent, were more likely than whites, at 15 percent, to commemorate the holiday. At 13 percent, people age 65 and older were less likely than people in other age groups to participate. People in urban areas, at 30 percent, were more likely than those in the suburbs or rural areas to participate. Single people were more likely than married people to participate. Democrats, at 30 percent, were twice as likely as Republicans, at 14 percent, to get involved. PROGRESS TOWARD THE DREAM: Whites, at 78 percent, were more likely than blacks, at 66 percent, to feel that significant progress has been made toward racial equality. Young adults, at 85 percent, were the most likely to feel significant progress has been made. Those who live in the suburbs were more likely than those in the cities to think progress has been made. Republicans, at 84 percent, were more likely than Democrats, at 72 percent, to think much progress has been made. SHOULD THERE BE A HOLIDAY: Blacks, at 96 percent, were more likely than whites, at 67 percent, to feel that King’s birthday should be a national holiday. People under 50 were more likely than those over 50 to think MLK Day should be a national holiday. Those with a college degree were more likely to feel that way than those with a high school education or less. Democrats, at 84 percent, were more likely than Republicans or independents, to feel the day should be a holiday. ECONOMIC COMPARISON: Comparative numbers on median incomes of whites and blacks from the Census. The median salary is the midpoint of the range salaries. In 1955, when Rosa Parks helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, blacks’ median annual income was 43 percent of the median income of whites. In 1968, the year King was killed, blacks’ median annual income was 63 percent of whites’ median income. In 1986, the year King’s birthday was made a national holiday, blacks’ median annual income was 68 percent of whites’ median income. In 2003, the most recent year available in the census data, blacks’ median annual income was 81 percent of whites’ median income. – Associated Press MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY SCHEDULE GOVERNMENT:Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed, and the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subways in Los Angeles, Ventura County, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley will run on a regular schedule. Metrolink trains will run on a limited schedule. BANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. TRASH: Trash pickup in Los Angeles will be on a regular schedule. STORES: Most malls and supermarkets will be open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three-quarters of those surveyed say there has been significant progress on achieving King’s dream. But only 66 percent of blacks felt that way. “At times, I have felt that we’ve made progress,” said Aubrey Jones, a black deputy warden at a state prison near Macon, Ga. “At other times, I feel we’re at a standstill, especially when you come across instances of individuals being prejudiced.” The obstacles extend beyond instances of discrimination and prejudice. “For a big portion of the African-Americans, there’s not better education,” said David Bositis, an analyst of black issues for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “There have been some gains made, but it’s uneven. A lot of whites basically say: ‘The civil rights movement has been done. I don’t want to hear about it anymore.”‘ Only 23 percent of respondents say they will do anything to commemorate the national holiday that took effect in 1986 after a lengthy campaign in Congress to honor King. A solid majority of blacks, 60 percent, say they will get involved in holiday activities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitacenter_img WASHINGTON – Most Americans believe there has been significant progress in achieving Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality, though blacks are more skeptical, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Racial integration has swept across much of American life and blacks have gained economic ground since the height of the civil rights movement. Two decades ago, the government established a federal holiday in honor of the slain civil rights leader. On some measures, such as annual income, blacks have closed the gap considerably with whites over the past few decades, census figures show. The progress for blacks may have stalled, however, and some even fear a possible backlash. “We’ve made great progress over the last 50 years,” said Julian Bond, national chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “Progress has always been stop-and-start, and sometimes back up. We’re in a holding pattern right now.” last_img read more

Young shoppers to get special offers in first Reveal the Teen event

first_imgBusinesses across Letterkenny are going to be treating teenagers to exclusive offers and competitions in the first shopping event of its kind this week. The Reveal the Teen Shopping Event will be hosted by ShopLK this month to celebrate young shoppers. The week of discounts, competitions and events taking place on June 21-24 is designed to welcome and attract more teenagers to Letterkenny after the saving and spending habits of local teens were revealed.A growing list of retailers are already promising top discounts and giveaways for young shoppers. Participating stores include Greene’s Shoes, Backstage Restaurant @ Century Complex, Evolve Menswear, Boots, Magees Pharmacy, Jules Hair & Beauty Supplies, Amelia’s Irish Design & Gifts, Moonshine Coffee House & Craft Studio, Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure, Pats Pizza, Kelco Communications, Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure, Berry Layne, Amazonas Outdoor Store and many more! Visit the Shop LK Facebook page for updates. An Instagram competition will be running throughout the week, and the Shop LK team will be out and about getting photos with their Facebook frame and will giving out prizes to participants.The initiative is the result of a research project by Reveal the Teen, a team led by Evelyn McGlynn of EvelynMcMarketing.com with two Loreto Convent Transition Year students Joanna McMonagle and Claire McGettigan along with Shannon Thackrah, a third year Digital Marketing student at IT Sligo.Evelyn, Shannon, Claire, Joanna and Toni Forrester at the launch of the Reveal the Teen reportThe team carried out research among teens in Donegal looking at teenagers and money, teenagers and social media and teenagers and their recreational time.The results proved interesting to everyone in business and served to help understand the teenage market better. The main lesson in this report for retailers was the need to educate and encourage teens to shop local with student discounts for second level, not just third, and to promote easy returns policies. Evelyn McMarketing, Joanna McMonagle and Claire McGettigan, Gerard McCormick, Magges PharmacyThe Reveal the Teen Shopping Event is designed to be full of activities which will capture the spirit of the Reveal the Teen report. An open invitation has been put out to Letterkenny businesses who want to get involved and attract young customers to their stores.“During the week retailers and outlets are offering discounts and giveaways” explains Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber.“Some retailers are already on board including Evolve Menswear and Berry Layne, Michael Murphy Sports, Magees Chemist, Jules Salon Supplies, Amazonas, Pats Pizza and Moonshine and by the time the 21st comes around we hope to have even more involved over the next week.Greene’s ShoesMichael MurphyEvolve MenswearJules Salon Supplies“The current teen market is very important to local businesses and in general they love shopping locally. These are our future consumers and if this initiative helps in any way to encourage them to shop local then it will have been a success.”“Our thanks for this idea must go to Evelyn McGlynn of Evelyn McMarketing who came up with the whole concept. She is so supportive of TY students and this year’s project was very useful to all of us involved in retail and in retail promotion.” Follow Reveal the Teen on Facebook and ShopLK for more details about the upcoming event.Young shoppers to get special offers in first Reveal the Teen event was last modified: June 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:Letterkenny Chamber of Commerceretailreveal the teenShop LKteenagerslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator

first_imgLeading agricultural machinery outlet McGinty Tractors Limited in Donegal Town, has the above vacancy.We are seeking an enthusiastic, positive candidate, duties to include (but not exclusively) data processing, bookkeeping and office administration.The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience working in an office environment. They will be computer literate, have excellent analytical and organisational skills and must have the ability to work both as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. The individual will be responsible for invoicing, debtors and creditors control, reporting financial information to management and other office duties. Experience of working in the motor industry would be an advantage but is not essential.Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at info@jgc.ie  or post to J.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd, Chartered Certified Accountants & Registered Auditors, The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.Tel: 07493 64200Fax: 07493 61955Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 29th September 2017. Job Vacancy: Company requires book-keeper/office administrator was last modified: September 22nd, 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) Tags:Donegal TownjobMcGinty Tractorslast_img read more

DONEGAL PEOPLE INVITED TO FREE SEMINAR ON CHOOSING RIGHT CAREER

first_imgWe spend up to 70% of our lives at work so it makes sense to thoroughly investigate what will make it as fulfilling as can be.On Wednesday 28th November at 7- 8.30pm Nicholls Gallagher, Career Advisors, will be hosting a free seminar on “5 things you need to know about choosing the right career” at Rossan College, Letterkenny.With a blizzard of information about encouraging everyone to choose the best options for careers, it can often be very confusing and stressful, especially for young people. “This talk will be helpful for secondary students going into Leaving Cert Year and their parents, people considering a career change and in fact anyone who is unsure what career they should be in,” explains Elaine Nicholls Partner at Nicholls Gallagher.“With so much emphasis on the importance of choosing the right area for a career or role and indeed, the best course or degree, this free seminar offers some insightful and practical tips.”Nicholls Gallagher has over 20 years experience in providing professional guidance in career and education direction.They use a range of techniques including proven psychometric testing, occupational testing and personality analysis. This is combined with one-to-one sessions to uncover interests and work together with people to focus on future career options. The service also comes with a 2 year after care consultancy where clients can get further advice if needed, to refine their CV and receive advice on interview techniques and approach.According to Joe Gallagher, Partner at Nicholls Gallagher, “The idea of the free seminar is to guide people to some practical ways on how to begin to assess what their interests are and how to complement them with qualifications. All are welcome to come along on November 28th at 7pm at Rossan College.”DONEGAL PEOPLE INVITED TO FREE SEMINAR ON CHOOSING RIGHT CAREER was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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) Tags:FREE CAREERS SEMINARNICHOLLS GALLAGHERlast_img read more

Where’s that Thousand Oaks Vineyard, anyway?

first_img When it initially went on sale last fall, there were three types of Thousand Oaks wine – cabernet, merlot and chardonnay, Gelula said. The producers have since added pinot grigio and white zinfandel. Although Ventura County is considered a good place to grow crops like strawberries, lemons and avocados, its coastal farmland has never been considered wine country, with just a few small vineyards, mostly near Ojai. “When Thousand Oaks was an agricultural area it was basically wheat, barley, cattle and sheep,” said Earl McPhail, Ventura County’s agricultural commissioner. “I very seriously doubt it would ever become a wine-growing region.” On the other hand, several vineyards have developed over the last few decades in the Santa Monica Mountains between Thousand Oaks and Malibu, including the popular Rosenthal Malibu Estate wines from vineyards in the Newton Canyon area above the coastal city. Rosenthal wines are produced in Los Angeles County and offered in some of the areas most exclusive restaurants. Simi Valley residents might have noticed another wine, which has been around since 1876, after Giuseppe and Pietro Simi came from Italy to California. But the Simi Winery is not in Ventura County either. It’s in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, where the Simi brothers eventually settled. Jagath Lakp, manager of a Thousand Oaks 7-Eleven, said he started selling Thousand Oaks Vineyard in December, and sales have tripled as buyers become more familiar with it. “At the beginning they’d say, ‘Oh, Thousand Oaks, what’s this?’ but when they try it they really like it,” said Barbara Cooper, who works in the store. “There are a couple of customers who buy one a day. They say it’s very good wine and it’s inexpensive.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “These are beautiful wines, and sales nationwide are great,” he said. “People are beginning to associate this wine with the 7-Eleven stores.” Oak trees bring to mind the landscape of California, and the Thousand Oaks name was not meant to suggest the wine came from the city of Thousand Oaks, Gelula said. “It was a name that appeals to everyone and connotes the rich tradition of California wines,” he said. As far as the wine attracting particular attention in the city of Thousand Oaks, “It was just sort of a happy coincidence,” he said. “We’re very pleased people in Thousand Oaks are buying it and we’d like to think that they are buying it because it is so good.” THOUSAND OAKS – This eastern Ventura County city is known for its rolling, oak-tree-dotted hills, safe neighborhoods and upscale lifestyle. Now it’s getting name recognition from a $7 bottle of wine sold at 7-Eleven. The Thousand Oaks Vineyard brand has become a big hit at the convenience store, the only place it’s sold. But while it says “Thousand Oaks Vineyard” on the bottle, it’s actually grown in other parts of California and bottled in Sonoma County. Tens of thousands of cases have been sold since last fall in about 3,300 7-Eleven stores in 20 states, said Jonathan Gelula, president of KDM Global Partners, which supplies the wine to the convenience store chain. last_img read more

Motorist shot by CHP still on critical list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHahn said sheriff’s homicide detectives instructed the CHP not to release the man’s name. Sheriff’s officials referred inquiries to the CHP. Recorded by television news helicopters, the chase started just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when a CHP officer tried to pull over the Toyota pickup truck for an unsafe lane change on Victory Boulevard near Woodley Avenue, officials said. The pickup’s driver refused to pull over and got onto the San Diego Freeway, then the Golden State Freeway and the Antelope Valley Freeway, officials said. The truck got off the freeway at Pearblossom Highway. At the Four Points intersection, a CHP car nudged the truck as it made a left turn onto Fort Tejon Road. The truck spun into a field beside the road, and CHP cars closed in. At least five officers pointed pistols at the truck as its wheels spun and it moved back and forth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A motorist shot by California Highway Patrol officers at the end of a 50-mile chase remained hospitalized in critical condition, officials said Wednesday. Authorities did not identify the man, believed to be a Palmdale resident, who was shot after he refused to get out of his pickup truck after it was nudged by a CHP patrol car and spun into a field. “The driver started inching forward. Officers fearing for their lives … shot him,” CHP spokeswoman Officer Wendy Hahn said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the CHP are all investigating the shooting, which occurred just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pearblossom Highway’s Four Points intersection in east Palmdale. last_img read more

THE THUNDER ROLLS INTO ROONIES NIGHTCLUB THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

first_imgThe Irish Garth Brooks Experience is coming to Roonies Nightclub as part of their “The Thunder Rolls Tour” this Friday the 29th of August.The innovative management at Roonies have secured top class entertainment all summer at the popular venue, which is based in the scenic seaside village of Dunfanaghy.Last month an Oasis tribute band wowed the crowds at Roonies, and the much revered Garth Brooks experience is expected to attract a huge crowd, especially after the disappointment of the cancelled Croke Park concerts. The live 6-piece band put on an amazing show and if your a Garth Brooks fan or just love quality live music then this is a night not to be missed!!They’ve sold out the “The Academy in Dublin and other renowned music venue’s in recent months.Doors open @9:30 pm and the band starts at 10pm SHARP!!DJ after the band will play until til late. €12 admission, but check the Roonies Facebook page for a chance to win free admission and a €20 drinks voucher.THE THUNDER ROLLS INTO ROONIES NIGHTCLUB THIS FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesGarth BrooksnewsPromoted PostRoonieslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND

first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL)Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Talks and Discussions led by Fr. James Sweeney on Thursday 27th November 2014. Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Venue: Dunkineely Community Ltd Offices/The Manse Dunkineely.If you are interested and wish to come along just call the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922 or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com or if you wish to just come along. Please note the talks/discussions would not be suitable for anyone who experienced a suicide in the past year as the subject would be too raw for them.Haiti Project Fund – A Gospel Concert & Musical evening in Dunkineely Methodist Church on Friday 28th November at 8:00pm in aid of Haiti Project Fund.All proceeds will be used to provide free health clinics to those in isolated areas, re-build a teacher training centre and provide supplies for schools, children’s homes and clubs. Thank you kindly for your support.Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group.All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions.The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital.For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: tirboghaine@gmail.comDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:CommunityDunkineely LTDFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

FAMILY ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS VAN CRASHES INTO HOUSE AS THEY UNLOAD SHOPPING

first_imgThis was the image taken the morning after the van hit the house. You can see extensive damage to the roof and walls.A terrified mother-of-three has called on Donegal County Council to erect a crash barrier outside her home after an out-of-control van careered into the side of her house on Saturday night. Terrified Joanne Lindsay Butler and her family were unloading shopping at the time of the crash which she said rocked the house to its foundations.Amazingly it’s the SECOND time the family have cheated serious injury after another vehicle hit their house three years ago. Joanne and her family have been living in their 200 year old stone home at Cashel na gCorr just outside Gortahork for the last six years.Three years ago, on Easter Sunday morning the family awoke to find a car a sandwiched between their house and the back wall.The car which was leaking petrol was dangerously wedged against a gas cylinder which could have started a fire.To make matters worse those involved in that initial incident three years ago fled the scene and it wasn’t until the next morning they discovered the car. Joanne then decided to place two boulders place at the corner of the road just above their house to prevent another car crashing into their house.The was the scene that greeted Joanne and her family on Easter Sunday morning three years ago.However, on Saturday night history repeated itself as a van careered off the road and catapulted into the side of their home.Joanne told Donegal Daily, “We were just unloading the shopping from the car when we heard a loud bang and then we felt everything shake.“We then realised a van had struck the front of the house, it had struck both of the boulders and that reduced its impact but it caused the van to somersault and hit our roof.“Our three children who are aged five, six and eight were absolutely terrified and I took them inside and sent my husband to check on the driver. “The van was absolutely mangled as you can imagine, the driver stumbled out of the van and asked to use the bathroom.“However, as soon as he got to the bathroom, he collapsed, we had called Now Doc as soon as the car hit the house so thankfully they arrived soon after.This was the image taken on the night the van careered into the house.The driver was then taken to hospital where it was discovered he had broken bones in his back an he had also sustained injuries to his head.He remains in hospital and will undergo further assessment over the next number of days. Joanne and the family were forced to spend the night in nearby hotel Loch Altán.Gardaí had informed them they wanted to survey the scene in daylight.Joanne said, “We spent the night in Loch Altán as the Gardaí didn’t want to move the car that night, they wanted to wait until the morning to survey the scene properly.“It was only in the light of day that we were able to see the damage for ourselves, it was scary to think what could have happened if the boulders weren’t there.“The Gardaí actually said that if it was a modern day home the van would’ve breached the house properly.“Our house is over two hundred years old and the old stone it’s made from saved us from even more damage.“Our kids sleep right at that part of the house and it’s terrifying to think what could’ve happened if the kids were sleeping in the room.“They can’t sleep in the room at the minute because of the damage done, and they won’t go into the room unattended to get toys or clothes from the room.“The kids are naturally very shook up the incident as we all are, the sleeping arrangements aren’t ideal at the minute but we’re just thankful nobody was fatally injured.“We’re just hoping there hasn’t been too much structural damage to the home because of the age of the house.Joanne contacted all her local County Councillors but said that only two responded to her calls.Sinn Féin Cllr John Sheamuis O’Fearraigh visited Joanne and her family and listened to their concerns and said he would raise the matter with his delegates in Lifford.Independent Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig contacted the family via phone but wasn’t optimistic about their chances of having a crash barrier erected.The cost of erecting a crash barrier can cost anything up to €5,000 and Mac Giolla Easbuig doesn’t think the council would pay for the barrier because it’s not on a main road.Joanne said, “There’s no way we can afford €5,000 to erect a crash barrier, but I’m hoping the council can view this as a unique situation now that there’s been two serious accidents in just three years.“It’s a miracle that nobody has been killed, and we just want a barrier erected so it can protect our family.“Will it take someone to lose their live before they do something, I really hope they can do something about the situation.“We can’t afford the money required for a crash barrier so we’re hoping the issue can be resolved, until then I’m on the look out for two new boulders.”FAMILY ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS VAN CRASHES INTO HOUSE AS THEY UNLOAD SHOPPING was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:barriercrashDonegal County Councilgortahorklast_img read more

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ‘AUTISM FRIENDLY’ MINIONS FILM AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

first_imgMr HolmesAn aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Released 19th June:  Certificate PG:  Run Time 104minsThe Longest RideAfter an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.Released 19th June:  Certificate 12A:  Run Time 128mins EntourageMovie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.Released 19th June:  Certificate 15A:  Run Time 104minsTractor Ted – All About Tractors – 12 noon shows: €1.80/£1.50A fun and informative real-life video, available from www.tractorted.co.uk, for young children. We go on a visit to the New Holland factory to see how a tractor is made, then Les shows us his shiny new tractor. There’s another great song, “I Love Tractors”, and we see some of the many jobs a tractor can do – lifting, pushing, pulling and working on some very smelly jobs tooFor Two Days Only – 20th/21st June Certificate G:  Run time 40mins Autism Friendly FilmMinions – Saturday 27th June @ 3pmNew Releases – tickets on sale now!!Minions 2D/3D – Release Date 26th June Terminator Genisys – Release Date 2nd JulyMagic Mike XXL – Release Date 3rd JulyEclipse Classics – Coming Soon27th July: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)24th Aug: Dirty Dancing (1987)TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR ‘AUTISM FRIENDLY’ MINIONS FILM AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

MYSTERY NOTE AND CASH LEAVES RESTAURANT OWNER ‘BREWING’ WITH DELIGHT

first_imgThe note sent from the mystery customer.One humble coffee drinker has restored a Donegal business owner’s faith in humanity.Staff at the Hatter Tea Room in the Twin Towns received a letter in the post this week from across the border.Inside was a crisp ten euro bill and a handwritten note. A spokesman for the restaurant said “We just want to thank the wonderful person who sent us this.“If you read the note it says that they forgot to pay for coffee and a scone on the 11th of July, a senior moment.“A really nice thing to do and we are just humbled by the genuine honesty of the people around us.”The restaurant added that they would love to see the customer again. “We will keep the note until the person comes back and it will wait patiently beside the coffee machine for their return.”MYSTERY NOTE AND CASH LEAVES RESTAURANT OWNER ‘BREWING’ WITH DELIGHT was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 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) Tags:donegalMAD HATTER TEA ROOMtwin townslast_img read more

CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL

first_imgInside St Eunan’s CathedralThe Cathedral Quarter committee will co-host Letterkenny’s second ecumenical carol service on The Church Lane on Friday, 18th December at 7.30pm.Organised in association with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team, the carol service is facilitated by Trinity Presbyterian Church, St Eunan’s Cathedral and Conwal Parish Church. The event marks the second ‘Community Carol Trail’ in Letterkenny and all are welcome to come along and participate in a very memorable evening.The carol trail will begin with Christmas Carols and readings at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s main street at 7.30pm.Carol singers are asked to be in the church around 7.15pm, where the group will sing two hymns and listen to a short reading. Derek Fleming will play the organ in the church and at various other points on the trail. The group will then make its way up the Church Lane in a candlelit procession which is being put together by Letterkenny CDP and donations can be made on the night. The group will stop mid-way outside the Gospel Hall where a short passage will be read.Then it’s off to the top of the Church Lane and left towards Mount Southwell, stopping outside Cullinane Steele Architects at the Market Square. This building was once home to the Methodist Church in Letterkenny and here the group will listen to a short reading, followed by a rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. This famous carol was written by Charles Wesley, younger brother of the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley.The next stop on the trail is the landmark of Letterkenny, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, where another two well known Christmas carols will be sung, followed by a short reading. The carol service will end at Letterkenny’s oldest building, Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane for more carols and a short reading.The evening will finish with tea and mince pies sponsored by The Mountcharles Group who provide catering for Pramerica at Conwal Parish Church Centre. Hymns on the night include: ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, Love Came Down at Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. This unique event promises to be a very special evening and hopes to give people the chance to take time and reflect on the real message of Christmas; ‘goodwill to all.’ The Cathedral Quarter would like to thank Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Billy Alexander and Reverend Tommy Bruce from the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Very Reverend Fr Eamonn Kelly and his secretary from St Eunan’s Cathedral, Canon Stuart Wright from Conwal Parish Church and Dessie Larkin, Town Centre Manager.So, come along on Friday, 18th December and enjoy a very special night in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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

DONEGAL TOWN MAN AND TWO SONS ACCUSED OF MURDER

first_imgA Donegal man and his two sons are in police custody following a gruesome murder in England two weeks ago.Robert Derek Johnston, 56, who is originally from Donegal Town, and his sons Ben, 26, and Tom, 24, are accused of killing Shaleem Amar in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire.Shaleem Amar, a 33-year-old father of three, was found dying in the back of a van having suffered serious injuries. Mr Amar, who subsequently died, was only dsicovered when armed officers pulled the van over on the A30 almost two weeks ago.Within days the four men including the Johnstons from Pimipisford near Cambridge and another man, Shaun Matthews, of Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, 54, were charged with murder.They accused men are now in custody awaiting trial at Reading Crown Court on March 1st.A post-mortem examination showed Mr Amar, who had moved to Sunningdale with his family just two months ago, died from head injuries.Mr Johnston moved to England from his Donegal town home about 30 years ago.www.donegaldaily.com spoke to a number of people who remember father once owning a garage in the town.EndsDONEGAL TOWN MAN AND TWO SONS ACCUSED OF MURDER was last modified: December 2nd, 2010 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

PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR

first_imgThe accused man Darren Kelly. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A promising young boxer shot and injured a man three times while he was out exercising.The shooter, Darren Kelly, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury. Kelly, 20, appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to the charge.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan revealed how a jogger was out with  friend in Letterkenny at 9.30pm on October 2nd, 2014.He felt a sharp pain to his head and he initially thought he had been hit by a stone from a passing car.He jogged on but then felt another pain in his right arm and again outside a local petrol station he felt yet another pain in his arm.The man then noticed a black VW Passat passing him by and a man was in the passenger seat holding a gun.He got the registration of the car but it managed to speed off.The injured man immediately went to Letterkenny Garda station and reported the shooting.Pictures of the jogger’s injuries were handed into court.Inspector Sheridan said the gun, understood to be a pellet gun, had the capability of piercing the skin.Solicitor for Kelly of Ard McCool, Stranorlar, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was under the influence of other people in the car.He said his client was very sorry for what had happened saying he was a man of considerable talent in the boxing ring.He asked for a period of time to compensate the victim.Judge Paul Kelly said “This was extraordinary behaviour going around with a gun in a car shooting at people.”He adjourned the case until October 24th next and ordered a probation and supervision report join the accused.PROMISING BOXER SHOT JOGGER THREE TIMES FROM CAR was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 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) Tags:darren kellydonegalgunjoggershootinglast_img read more

Fashion emerges from discards

first_imgLA SOLEDAD, Mexico – Empty candy wrappers, potato chip bags and cookie packages that once littered roads and filled Mexican dumps are now making fashion statements in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. Indian men and women from the central state of Mexico have converted the food labels into colorful women’s clutches, shoulder bags and hip belts that are selling on Web sites and in upscale U.S. boutiques and department stores for up to $200 apiece. The idea began here with the nonprofit Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development, or Grupedsac, an organization that since 1987 has helped poor Mexican Indians become self-sufficient through development projects that also aim to preserve the environment. Solar energy, water cisterns, irrigation systems, organic food cultivation and housing construction are among the many initiatives the group has brought to dozens of residents in La Soledad and other poor communities in Mexico State, which surrounds Mexico City on three sides. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Making purses out of nonbiodegradable packaging started about eight years ago, after a visitor to Grupedsac’s training center taught a group of women how to mold candy and food-wrapper chains into small change purses. The classes inspired Edith Samanao, a social worker with Grupedsac who at the time was teaching women how to sew and make stuffed animals. Samanao learned from her mother years ago how to weave suspenders and belts out of wrappers, but she didn’t know how to make the purses. “We realized that it was actually very easy to do,” she said, adding that soon she and her students began making larger purses as well as designing and manufacturing their own backpacks, bracelets, earrings and placemats. Recently, they added a new item to their collection: belts made from metal beer-can tabs. In early 2004, Grupedsac began looking in earnest for ways to market the purses, initially distributing them to small gift stores and boutiques in Mexico, project coordinator Olivia Mogollon said. Later that year, a daughter of Grupedsac Executive Director Margarita Barney de Cruz brought a few purses with her to show to friends in Palm Beach, Fla, where they quickly caught the attention of retired British textile manufacturer Stanley Cohen and his wife, Elaine. The couple were so attracted by the bags’ designs and socially conscious origins that they began buying them in bulk from Grupedsac in 2005. The organization currently provides the Cohens with up to 150 bags, plus dozens of belts, a week. The Cohens resell them to Bloomingdale’s branches and small boutiques throughout the state of Florida, as well on their Web site, www.Sweetiepurse.com. “Customers love them,” said Stanley Cohen. “They sell from age 8 to 88.” Miami-based entrepreneur Jonathan Marcoschamer began buying the purses more than two years ago – first from a woman who learned how to make them at Grupedsac and now directly from the nonprofit group. Marcoschamer says he has distributed the purses to 250 high-end boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and other major U.S. cities, as well as to other countries, including Japan. “The product has a really significant `wow’ factor,” he said. Marcoschamer says the product also appeals to the socially aware. “In the U.S. and Europe and around the world, there is more consciousness toward the environmentally friendly,” he said. “We try to communicate the fact that the products are one-of-a-kind, made from materials that would have ended up in landfills, that are now giving people the chance to earn a living.” Keeping up with production isn’t easy for the 40 women from Grupedsac who manufacture bags for export. Due to their elaborate, handmade construction, each artisan is able to turn out only five small purses, or two large purses, each week. Grupedsac pays the Mexican artisans somewhere between $10 and $20 per purse, depending on each product’s size and complexity. The group then marks up the bags by 20 percent to 25 percent for export, investing all proceeds back into the nonprofit organization, said Mogollon, who along with Barney volunteers her time at Grupedsac. Graciela Cristobal, a housewife and mother of four, said before Grupedsac came along, many men in her small community of San Lucas Ocotopec emigrated to the United States because they couldn’t make a living as subsistence farmers. “By selling our products, we have some income to help our husbands stay here and continue working the land,” she said. The purses can be found in Mexico, both in outdoor markets and small specialty shops. Some are distributed by Grupedsac, while others are peddled on the street by unrelated artisans who have picked up the technique on their own. The women of Grupedsac make the purses in their homes and occasionally get together as a group, as they did on a recent day here in La Soledad. Displayed on one of the artisan’s work tables was an elegant black and white clutch purse that upon closer inspection revealed the secret of its design: hundreds of bar codes cut out of product packages and woven together. A shiny shoulder bag that glimmered as if made of copper was actually composed of the inverted wrappers of chocolate cookies. “We never thought they would become so fashionable,” Barney said, “or that they would end up being sold in New York.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Transfer ALERT! Everton, West Brom and Torino all in hunt for Italian striker

first_img Italian striker Diego Falcinelli scored 13 goals last season 1 Everton and West Brom have been joined by Torino in the hunt for Sassuolo hotshot Diego Falcinelli.The 25-year-old impressed out on loan at Crotone this term, scoring 13 goals in 35 Serie A outings during the stint.That form has attracted the interest of West Brom and Everton, both of whom will be in the market for a new striker when the window opens.The Baggies endured a torrid time in front of goal during the course of the season with their top scorer, Salomon Rondon, finishing the campaign with just eight goals in the league.Meanwhile, Everton may have to replace star striker Romelu Lukaku, who seems set to leave Goodison Park this summer.Reports in Italy have suggested that Falcinelli is an option for both clubs but now Torino have joined the race too.It is unclear whether the 25-year-old is open to moving to England having spent his entire career to date in his homeland.last_img read more

Given insists Hart NOT at fault for Scotland goals and is still England’s No.1

first_imgShay Given has leapt to the defence of Joe Hart, insisting he doesn’t deserve to be axed as England’s first-choice goalkeeper.Having lost his starting spot at Manchester City, Hart is now facing a battle to keep hold of his Three Lions jersey having been criticised for his failure to keep out both of Scotland’s goals in the 2-2 draw in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.Ex-England captain Terry Butcher has led the calls for him to be dropped and replaced by Jack Butland in the wake of his display against the Scots.But while Given is expecting big things from Butland in the future, he does not believe Hart should be discarded by Gareth Southgate just yet.Given, a former teammate of Hart’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “They were two fantastic free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths.“The media and people on social media are on his case and I don’t see it. Your job as a goalkeeper is to protect your side of the goal and the wall protects the other side. Joe has protected his own side and it has gone the other side, over the wall.“It is inevitable that Jack Butland will be first choice for England. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, he has got a huge future, but Joe is in possession at the top and, for me, they weren’t mistakes against Scotland.“I thought there were two fantastic Leigh Griffiths free-kicks and it is taking credit away from Leigh Griffiths to be honest.”Hart is facing an uncertain future, with Manchester City’s decision to sign Ederson this summer ending any hopes he may have had of playing for the club again.The 30-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Torino, insists he has yet to receive any serious offers this summer, but Given reckons there will be plenty of interest in him.He added: “I would be very surprised if Joe is not in the Premier League next season. Probably not at Man City of course with the new signing they have got but another top club will be looking at Joe definitely.”last_img read more

Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors

first_imgDamages of €96,000 each has been awarded by the High Court to two directors of a waterbus service operating in Donegal Bay after finding that they were defamed in articles in a local newspaper.Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Daniel Ward and Sean Quinn were entitled to the awards against the Donegal Times Ltd, The Diamond, Donegal town and its editor, Liam Hyland, who wrote the articles. The Irish Examiner reports that both men, the judge found, had suffered “very serious damage” to their respective personal and professional reputations.Mr Ward is the financial controller and Mr Quinn the CEO of Donegal Town Enterprises Scheme Ltd, which operates a leisure boat known as the Donegal Waterbus.Mr Quinn and Mr Ward had brought defamation proceedings against the paper and editor over articles published by the paper in September and October 2013.They claimed the articles defamed them and wrongly alleged they were involved in financial mispractices and mismanagement of monies associated with the Donegal Waterbus.Donegal Town Enterprise Scheme Ltd is a not-for-profit community scheme that promotes marine and tourism activities in and around both Donegal Bay.Mr Justice McDermott said he was satisfied the men had been defamed in the articles. Their good names had been damaged, they had suffered in their communities, and they were entitled to damages, he said.Donegal newspaper owners ordered to pay €192,000 to Waterbus directors was last modified: November 9th, 2016 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

OLYMPIAN TREACY TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP 10TH ANNIVERSARY

first_imgSport plays a huge part in the lives of many people in Donegal and this again will be highlighted in a special event in which Mr John Treacy, Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Sports Council together with Minister of State Dinny McGinley will attend.Both men will be guests of honour for a special sports event in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Donegal Sports Partnership.The event, which takes place on December 2nd commencing at 7:00pm, will also see the launch of  ‘Active Donegal 2011 – 2014’ which is the company’s new strategic plan. Over the past ten years the Local Sports Partnership in Donegal has been supporting and promoting sport and physical activity in the North West with many new and innovative initiatives being developed to encourage greater participation in sport.Among the recent developments have been;• The establishment of a dedicated education and training programme for sports club development, for schools and communities.• A Sports Inclusion Disability Project which provides participation opportunities for People with Disabilities (a report on the progress of this project will be available on the night) • A cross border sports programme which develops cross community and cross border opportunities.• Walking and cycling initiatives to support community development.The first part of the night in the Aura Sports Centre will showcase many of the organisations programmes where groups of young and the not so young will provide a demonstration of fun physical activities followed by the launch of ‘Active Donegal 2011 – 2014’Also taking place on the night will be the presentation of the Donegal County Council Sports Bursary Awards where Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Noel McBride along with County Manager, Seamus Neely will present the counties elite athletes with bursaries to support their ongoing training and development.Donegal Sports Partnership invites anyone with an interest in sport and physical activity to come along on Friday 2nd December in the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex and enjoy the festivities which will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Anyone interested in coming along on the night should let the Donegal Sports Partnership staff know either via email to info@activedonegal.com or by calling 074 9116078 or16079.OLYMPIAN TREACY TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP 10TH ANNIVERSARY was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 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