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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is accusing the judiciary of unnecessarily delaying the setting of a date for the elections petition to go to trial.During a news conference on Monday, the Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee said that the delay was worrisome.“It is troubling and worrisome that a date has not been fixed and no explicable reason offered for its delay,” Rohee lamented.The petition, which was filed on June 24 last year, is asking the court to grant a number of orders, including the nullification of the 2015 General and Regional Elections as well as an order for new elections to be held.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) subsequently filed a summons to strike out the petition.But former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang, days before retirement, returned to the courtroom to quash the counter litigation, paving the way for the petition to go to trial.However, GECOM has since appealed the ruling.Legal consultants have told this newspaper that the appeal does not stop the Chief Justice from setting a date for the trial.Rohee said the PPP/C maintained that the elections were unlawfully conducted and the results were affected by unlawful actions and omissions.He explained that the petition was basically asking the court to determine and declare that the process was so flawed, contained so many procedural errors and instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions that the results that were derived could not be credibly deemed as an accurate representation of the will of the electorate.In this regard, Rohee is demanding that there be an end to the delays and that a date be fixed immediately.He posited that, after all, justice delayed was justice denied.last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOver 15 prodemocracy, youth and student groups honored the NPA boss for her innovative performance and leadership of the NPA. Speaking at a program held in her honor as Managing Director of the Year 2014 in Monrovia on December 23, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker attributed the success to her staff and the Liberian people who, she said, supported the Management over the year amidst the Ebola outbreak. “I am proud that NPA is Ebola free,” said Madam Parker. She recalled how the Management instituted several stringent measures to protect the port authority’s facilities across the country from being affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.Recently, the NPA Management celebrated Zero Ebola cases at its four port facilities in Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville and Harper with a promised to continuing the enforcement of its anti-Ebola measures.But Madam Parker noted that it wasn’t an easy task to achieve zero Ebola cases in an environment that employees hundreds of people.“We put our existing anti-Ebola measures into place and publicized them and we thank God that all of our workers, including top managers, are adhering to those measures,” she said. The port authority of Liberia handles over 80 percent of all goods and services imported into Liberia.Madam Parker knew that protecting the seaport facilities [the gateway to the Liberian economy] from being affected by the Ebola virus epidemic was critical to the survivability of the population.“We are aware of the importance of the port authority to the economy and so we are under obligation to secure and protect the port facility,” said the MD.Among those honoring the NPA boss were the Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), the Custodian of Rights Advocacy, the Borough Youth Association, Logan Town Old Timers, Labor Congress Women, Right-bank Youth Network, Liberian Newspapers Venders, the Port Truckers Association and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), Coalition of Youths and Students for Better Liberia, Liberia Democratic Advancement, Conscious Young Women, Christian Youth Association, Islamic Youth Against Poverty and the Sinoe University Students Association (UL-Chapter), amongst others.  Mr. Joseph Deema, organizing chair of Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, cataloged over 10 counts on which he said his organization based its rating of the NPA boss.According to him, Madam Parker has impartiality provided scholarships to deserving students under the NPA corporate social responsibility program, improved security and protected the port facilities, increased workers pay and benefits and created a new department at the NPA to deal directly with environmental issues, amongst others.He emphasized his commendation to Madam Parker and the NPA Management for recording zero Ebola cases at the port facility.For his part, LINSU Secretary General Benedict Williams said the student movement has followed Madam Parker’s contribution towards the development of youths and students with keen interest.“She contributed towards student scholarship programs at the University of Liberia and other universities including high school students,” said Mr. Williams.The LINSU Secretary General also commended Madam Parker for playing a pivotal role in the construction of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Virginia. “We have all of these activities and concluded that indeed you are people-centered and development-oriented,” he said. Also speaking, the Secretary General of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) Calvin R. Summon assured Madam Parker of ULSU’s support towards helping her to achieve her goals. “We want you see your honor as a chance to continue to contribute towards the development and growth of NPA and the young people of Liberia… and I can assure you that ULSU will always be by your side,” he said. Receiving the honors, Madam Parker thanked the pro-democracy as well as youth and student groups for recognizing NPA Management’s efforts in making Liberia better.   “We [at NPA] don’t take your honors lightly. We respect it and treasure it because you motivate us, especially, civil society organizations innovate and push us hard to work,” said Madam Parker. Elated by the honors, the NPA Managing Director promised to display an even better performance in 2015. The NPA Managers Association and the Port Truckers also lavished praises at Madam Parker for exhibiting good leadership at NPA.     The National Port Authority (NPA) also announced a 13 percent increase in vessel traffic to Liberia. According to NPA Management, container traffic and deadweight tons have also grown thus resulting to growth in revenue turnover over the past few months. The National Port Authority was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system has four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper. The Freeport of Monrovia is the largest and the main Port within the Authority’s network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAmidst allegations of bribery following former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote in favour of the no-confidence resolution, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said that his Party has not paid any money, and as such, called for an independent investigation to be conducted.This follows the disclosure the Public Security Minister, who is also the AFC’s Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, admitted that he instructed the Guyana Police Force to launch an investigation after he received certain information about the former Parliamentarian.Ex-APNU-AFC PM Charrandas PersaudThe December 21, 2018 vote led to effective toppling of Government since the Cabinet is meant to resign and the President has to call elections in 90 days unless two-thirds of the National Assembly agrees otherwise.When asked about an ongoing investigation, Jagdeo told reporters he would only consider it if it comes from an independent probe, preferably done by an international body or expert.“I would call for an impartial investigation. The allegation has been made by the Government [but] don’t have Ramjattan being the sole source of the information, and it (is) being done by people who are his subordinates…I will deal with the results of an impartial investigation upon its merit.”On this note, the Opposition Leader reiterated that his party did not pay money to sway anyone to vote in favour of the No-Confidence Resolution that toppled the Coalition administration. “The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) or Jagdeo and any Member for Parliament on our side did not bribe Charrandas to vote that way. That is clear as daylight. There was absolutely no bribery,” Jagdeo reiterated.Last week, Police Commissioner Leslie James told reporters that a probe against the expelled MP, who fled Canada, is ongoing, and would only say that it was a matter of national security.According to the Public Security Minister on Wednesday, James is expected to pronounce on the probe sometime next week.Further, he noted that the preliminary assessments done by the AFC had shown that the former MP did not vote on his conscience, as was claimed.“The assessment, which also forms part of the Police investigations, is indicating that it could not have been a conscience vote…even the day when we [debated] the no-confidence [motion]; after we adjourned to have meals, he [Persaud] came to me and said, ‘Khemraj you did a wonderful speech, you proper knock them down heavy, but it’s definitely blinded us’,” the minister had pointed out.Persaud’s vote, which gave the Opposition a 33 majority against Government, is at the centre of multiple litigations at the High Court, which will be ruled upon by month-end by acting Chief Justice Roxanne George, SC.Meanwhile, the findings of the Police investigations are expected to be revealed today when Top Cop Leslie James hosts a press conference at his office.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAn early evening accident on the Pouderoyen Public Road, West Bank Demerara caused the death of a man who resided in the same area on Saturday.Sixty-year-old Bhagwandat Roopchand, of Lot 13 Bella Dam, Pouderoyen, lost his life at the hands of an alleged drunk driver around 19:00h.According to reports, the man was walking along the Pouderoyen Public Road when he was struck by a speeding Toyota IST, bearing registration number PTT 8019. According to Police, the driver was proceeding north along the western side of the road, when he hit the pedestrian, who was crossing the road.The man was rushed in an unconscious state to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was admitted, but died some 30 minutes later. Reports reaching this publication indicated that the driver was found to be “heavily intoxicated” moments after the impact. An eyewitness relayed that the front windscreen of the silver IST was smashed in.“The driver could hardly walk; he was standing on the road,” the eyewitness told this newspaper.Additional reports stated that minutes after the impact was heard, a crowd of persons gathered and reprimanded the driver for causing the accident. At this point, the Police had not yet arrived. When ranks came subsequently, the driver was taken into custody.Police disclosed on Sunday that the driver was tested and found to be above the legal alcohol limit, which corroborated the account of the eyewitnesses that he could “hardly walk” properly.The driver remains in custody, assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img The LAPD also recognized Detective Sammy Hancock, who served as a master sergeant in the Air Force and returned from Baghdad on March 6. “These are strange times,” Bratton said. “There has never been a time in our history where the military and police must be so united, because the threat is no longer overseas. The threat is here.” About 500 LAPD officers and civilian personnel serve in the armed forces reserves or National Guard, said Officer Dennis DeNoi, the LAPD’s military liaison officer. Just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, about 200 of them were on active duty. Now, as the war approaches its third anniversary, only 43 LAPD personnel are on active duty, the fewest since the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, DeNoi said. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security honored the LAPD with the Freedom Award for supporting its employees in the military. “Forty years ago next month, I went to Vietnam,” Bratton said. “When I returned, there were no honors, no recognition. I have made a commitment as chief of this department to honor, whenever possible, those men and women who are serving double duty, both here at home and abroad.” Hancock’s unit was responsible for protecting Baghdad International Airport. During his six months in Baghdad, he managed a $4 million budget for base protection. He coordinated base communication and designed a more effective radio system for the base, saving the Air Force $200,000. “It’s good to be home,” said Hancock, who will return to work as a burglary detective in April. “When I left Baghdad, it was wet and muddy. It’s the rainy season over there.” The LAPD honored Kirkpatrick and Hancock just before Bratton, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others inspected each of the 300 officers stationed in the West Valley Division. Kirkpatrick played the role of humble hero. “I appreciate it, not so much for myself, but for the guys in the military over there right now,” he said. Comas and Kaneta came up from Camp Pendleton to attend the ceremony and meet Kirkpatrick for the first time. “We had heard of him. We knew what he did for us, but we never got to meet,” Comas said. “We just wanted to say thank you.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “I kept thinking: One more mortar, I’m going to be dead.” A little to the east, Maj. Jonathan Kirkpatrick, commander of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Division Marines – “the 2-23” – got word of the ambush. Within minutes, he readied his unit for a rescue operation. Exposing himself to enemy fire from AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, Kirkpatrick led an assault on the insurgents and saved Comas’ company. “I’ve never heard as much firepower or gun power in my life, from any movie or anything, as I heard from the sound of the 2-23’s,” said Sgt. Tatem Kaneta, another Marine pinned down in the attack. “It was the greatest sound in the world.” Kirkpatrick, a patrol officer for the Los Angeles Police Department who also serves in the Marine Reserves, was awarded the military’s Bronze Star for leading the rescue effort. He was honored Thursday during an every-third-year inspection of the LAPD’s West Valley Division. Chief William Bratton formally presented the medal to Kirkpatrick on behalf of the Marines. RESEDA – Marine Sgt. David Comas was eating a pretzel in his truck in Al Ghraaf, Iraq, when he heard a loud bang, then felt an explosion rock the vehicle. He spun around, looking for the legs of the first sergeant standing in the gun turret, but they were gone. Comas, just 20 at the time, thought he was going to die. The mortar destroyed the engine and immobilized the truck, blocking an escape for the advance party of a Marine unit that was trying to set up artillery. For the next 89 minutes, Iraqi insurgents pounded the Marines with an artillery barrage. “There were mortars everywhere,” Comas recalled nearly three years after the March 25, 2003, ambush. “When they say we were pinned down, we were really pinned down. They were launching mortars, rockets, everything. last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLetterkenny Rovers FC News:Weather was the main winner last weekend with minimal action involving club teams.In the games that were played goals from Zac Gorman, David O’Donnell, Shane Doherty and Calvin O’Brien ensured our Youths advanced to the national stages of the FAI Youth Cup with a 4-0 win over Swilly Rovers. In the only other on-field action our u16 defeated Kilmacrennan 4-3. Goals in that one from Conor O’Donnell x2, Peter McEniff and Brandon Manues. Our intermediate cup tie at Dunboyne was a casualty and will now be played on Sunday week ( 13th December) in Dunboyne.Our seniors are back in league action on Sunday when they host Swilly Rovers at the Aura at 12 noon.Saturday sees our Youths travel to Keadue at 2pm while our u14 Rovers make the short trek to play Bonagee.Our u12 Rovers are home to Milford at Leckview at 1030am also on Saturday.The u12 Crusaders travel to play Milford Blues on Sunday morning at 1015am.The club would like to congratulate former player Dale Gorman on his new well deserved contract at English League One side Stevenage.The club extends its sympathies to the Cribben family, Sligo and Letterkenny and to the McGinty family Ballaghderg on their recent sad bereavements.Mini lotto numbers this week are 5-8-14-17.4 match 3 winners get €20 each.Carol Doherty, Tricia McGranaghan, Margaret Dowling and Charlie Shiels.Next weeks jackpot is €3075Club Bingo continues every Thursday night in the Station House Hotel at 830pm sharp.Snowball is €1625 euro on 45 numbers or less.SOCCER: CONOR O’DONNELL BRACE HELPS LETTERKENNY ROVERS U16’S DEFEAT KILMACRENNAN was last modified: December 2nd, 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:NoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTIJUANA, Mexico – Four people – including a U.S. citizen and a legal American permanent resident – have been arrested in this border city and charged with child selling after two of them offered US$5,000 (euro4,250) to a father in exchange for his 3-year-old son, police said Saturday. Jose Luis Garcia told authorities he was walking with his son on Octava street in downtown Tijuana on Friday when he was approached by a couple who said they wanted to purchase the youngster, who would then be sent to the United States by a couple who ran a child-selling ring, according to Tijuana police commander Genaro Carrillo. In addition to cash, the couple offered to pay one year’s rent for Garcia. During the exchange, Garcia flagged down a police cruiser and two municipal officers arrested the pair who had offered to purchase the child, Carrillo said. Police identified the arrested couple as Jose Luis Almaguer and Ana Isabel Acosta, both apparently Mexican citizens. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals During subsequent interrogations, the suspects named a U.S. couple, who were captured in Tijuana a few blocks away from the site of the attempted child sale, Carrillo said. Police identified the arrested U.S. citizen as David Rivera, whose name was confirmed by Liza Davis, a spokeswoman for the American consulate in Tijuana, across the border from San Diego. Arrested with Rivera was Sinai Higuera, police said. Davis said Higuera was a U.S. permanent resident, but that she could not confirm her name. Rivera was transferred to the custody of authorities for Baja California state, which includes Tijuana. Information about his age and hometown were not available, said Davis, who added that privacy rights prevented her from discussing the case further. last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Last Friday I put up a picture and a short post on my Facebook page about how constant dieting can affect our children’s behaviour towards food and their body.Over the weekend I kept going back to that post. Something about it bothered me. It was like an itch that I couldn’t scratch.As I sat down at my computer on Sunday night, ready to write another article, I found myself still thinking about that image. The little girl, still in nappies, stands on a set of scales, just like she sees her Mammy or Daddy do. The short post wasn’t enough, I need to expand on what I think is a huge issue.Everywhere we go we are met with weight loss – in shops, on television, in magazines, advertisements on the radio, on Facebook and Twitter – absolutely everywhere. The message is always the same – We NEED to lose weight. Whether we need to or not is a completely different issue, but the media love to tell us how we could look and feel better, if only we lost a few pounds.Walking to the checkout in any shop, we are surrounded by magazines all berating the celebrity with wobbly bits and the next one celebrating the celebrity who lost 10lbs and how YOU CAN TOO! Just buy the magazine and see for yourself. We are constantly being reminded that we aren’t perfect.So we do. We try it and why not? Just look at the results that “so and so” got, using the diet to get ready for that film they did. We try it. It goes the way all diets go and eventually we give up and normal service resumes. It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults reading this will be on a diet and that they will attempt 4-5 diets per year.The question we have to ask is this:DO WE HONESTLY THINK THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT PICK UP ON THIS?Every time we step on the scales, or complain about our weight or make a big show about not eating something because we are on a diet, our children are seeing and hearing everything. They are picking up on it, processing it and storing it. We are essentially moulding their outlooks on how they eat and how they will view their bodies in the future.The trouble is that the future is not that far away. A recent study done in the UK on more than 7000 13 year olds found that ‘overall, 63 percent of girls and 39 percent of boys were afraid of gaining weight or getting fat. Extreme levels of fear of weight gain or concerns about body shape or weight were seen among 11 percent of girls’It also found that these children were more likely to have weight problems by the age of 15.The media has a lot of influence on how we go about our day to day lives. We are heavily influenced by what we see and read day to day. Unfortunately, so are our children.We have to take responsibility for our actions. We cannot expect our children to have healthy attitudes towards food and their bodies if we do not. Stop dieting. Start eating natural, non-processed whole food and start being more active. It really is that simple.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and Performance.EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW OUR DIETING AFFECTS OUR CHILDREN was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:childrenemmet rushefitness columnimageobesitypersonal trainerlast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg against his former club Atletico Madrid. The Blues are without Samuel Eto’o, who has a knee injury, while Ashley Cole also starts the game in Spain as Branislav Ivanovic is suspended.Eden Hazard remains sidelined, while Chelsea’s substitutes include the fit-again Marco van Ginkel.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Luiz, Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Willian, Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Ake, Van Ginkel, Oscar, Schurrle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBaker was given a run-out against CardiffChelsea Under-21sThe young Blues were beaten 2-1 by Cardiff City in a friendly at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground. Isaiah Brown put the home side ahead before Cardiff hit back with two late goals. Lewis Baker, a substitute for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win at Shrewsbury, also played.Jay DasilvaThe Chelsea youngster scored a fine solo goal for England Under-17s as they beat France 3-1 on Thursday. The win secured a place in the next round of the qualifiers for next summer’s European Championship. Charlie Wakefield, also of Chelsea, was an unused substitute.Derby v ChelseaIt has been confirmed that the Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at the iPro Stadium will take place on Tuesday 16 December, kick-off 7.45pm.QPR are poised to appoint RamseyQPRRangers could confirm the appointment of Chris Ramsey in the next 48 hours. West London Sport revealed on Wednesday that the former Tottenham coach is set to take over as Rangers’ academy boss.BrentfordThe Bees’ academy is offering trials to young goalkeepers and centre-forwards next month. Those born between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2003 are eligible for the training session at the club’s training ground in Jersey Road, Osterley, on Saturday 29 November.Non-LeagueWealdstone will host Hendon in a friendly at The Vale on Monday evening, subject to the visitors not being involved in an FA Trophy replay.HarlequinsMore than 20,000 tickets have now been sold for Quins’ Big Game 7 clash with Northampton at Twickenham on 27 December.CricketEaling CC wicketkeeper Robbie White, 19, is among three teenagers to have signed contracts with Middlesex today.See also:News in brief: Campbell to miss out against Stones, Quins side namedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more