Liberty Party Vows to Resist Boakai

first_imgLiberty Party (LP) has vowed to resist every attempt by the governing Unity Party to renew another twelve years of governance over the state.The UP took power in 2006 bringing into office Africa’s first female elected President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who later won a second six year mandate in 2011.President Sirleaf’s running mate in the past two consecutive elections, Vice President Joseph Boakai, recently accepted a petition from his home county Lofa, to contest the presidency in the 2017 presidential and general elections.Political commentators tip Boakai to win his party’s nomination and surge as a front runner, but the opposition believes affording UP another 12 years of uninterrupted leadership will have a negative effect on the progress of the country.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County over the weekend, Liberty Party Chairman Cllr. Fonati Koffa acknowledged that even though his party is devoted to producing Liberia’s next president, “no one political party can obtain the majority required.” As such,forming a strong coalition that will resist Vice President Boakai and the UP imposing continued dominance on Liberia is a cardinal direction of the party.“We do not believe UP will achieve 12 more years of power in this country and the 2017 Legislative and Presidential elections will be the time to change the ruling party. We are very prepared and that’s why we’re developing a system to reduce the number of political parties in order to build three or four blocks for the elections.“We believe that block LP will emerge as the winner because we are building together a block of political parties, institutions and individuals that are capable of not only delivering the message of change to the people of Liberia but also delivering good governance and credible leadership,” Cllr. Koffa asserted.He confirmed holding discussions with about five political parties, including the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). It is noteworthy that as LP is being branded “regime collaborators,” the official spokesperson of the party dismissed having any conversation with the governing UnityParty, maintaining that their engagement remains open to any party or individual.Liberty Party goes into these discussions without preconditions, he contended. “We will consider anything that will make the coalition stronger, but remember that LP believes we have the right proposition and we put it on the table. Our proposition is that the political leader of LP is by far the best to lead this country and if it does not favor us we will support whoever the coalition favors and we will work hard to ensure that person wins.”Meanwhile, LP has announced that it will hold a convention in Lofa County shortly to elect the new leadership of the party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulkan awaits LGC to implement recommendations

first_imgCity Hall CoICommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan on Wednesday confirmed he is in receipt of the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report that looked into City Hall’s operations.He was at the time responding to questions posed by the Opposition in the National Assembly as the Budget estimate and considerations continued.Bulkan told the House he is waiting on the Commission to explain how it plans to deal with the recommendations in the CoI. Questioned by Opposition Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall, Bulkan affirmed that his Ministry will not be a hindrance to the Commission’s recommendations.“It is the responsibility of the Local Government Commission to act on the recommendations so I don’t propose that the Ministry will be a hindrance in that process,” the Minister explained.The LGC is still to determine how it will deal with the recommendations in the CoI which includes disciplinary actions against Town Clerk Royston King and other senior members.On December 1, 2018, Chairman of the CoI, Justice Kennard who had beenEmbattled Georgetown Town Clerk, Royston Kingaccompanied by legal clerk, Sherwin Benjamin explained then that criminal charges can be instituted, since King leased lands which are owned by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).NICIL had provided statements to the Commission via its in-house Attorney, Arianne McLean, which would have detailed that the property was acquired by NICIL in 2002. The Guyana National Engineering Corporation (GNEC) would have vested all of its assets in NICIL and NICIL became the lawful owner of the property. However, King leased the land to a shipping company, which made “questionable” payments.Acting Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe, Internal Auditor Omadeily Newton, City Constable Andrew Foo, and Human Resources Manager Paula Braithwaite are also to be disciplined for complete incompetence and dereliction of duty.The City Engineer’s Department was under scrutiny for time lapses for plans to be approved, a process that should have taken weeks if all documents were submitted.Meanwhile, it was recommended that City Treasurer, Ron Mc Almont, who has been on leave since commencement of this year, proceed on retirement.The report also called for the Audit Office of Guyana to conduct a forensic audit into the council’s management even as officers are being disciplined.The CoI began on September 22, 2018, and held 15 sittings in which 50 persons had testified. The hearings were completed on November 2, 2018. The Local Government Election (LGE) was held on November 12, 2018 and it saw then Mayor Patricia Chase Green being replaced as Georgetown’s first citizen.last_img read more

Hospital CEO fails to comply with parliamentary order

first_img… still to account for millions not returned to TreasuryChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Allan Johnson has failed to comply with an order of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to submit records substantiating that the institution did in fact return millions of dollars to the Treasury in compliance with the financial laws of the land.The glaring financial discrepancy was raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 report and queried by the Public Accounts Committee on Monday last.Johnson and his Finance Director had differing versions of whether all unspent money allocated to the entity had been returned to the Treasury at the end of the year.Johnson had told the Committee that all of the unspent money for 2015 and 2016 had been returned to the Treasury; his Finance Director claimed otherwise and none were able to produce the corroborating documents.Checks with the Parliamentary Committee Division on Thursday revealed that none of the requested information has been submitted by the Hospital’s CEO or a designate.PAC Member and former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill has since charged that Johnson was deliberately being evasive on political instructions in order to frustrate the work of the PAC as it probed the Auditor General’s findings with regards discrepancies in the institution’s spending of taxpayers’ dollars in recent years.Either that or he is grossly incompetent, according to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member of the PAC.Edghill told Guyana Times “any Accounting Officer worth his salt would arm himself with the necessary personnel and information in order to adequately address the audit queries when appearing before PAC.”The former Minister in the Finance Ministry told this publication that Johnson would have known about the query at least six months ago when the audit findings would have been turned over to that institution.PAC Chairman, Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali questioning the GPHC officials on MondayHe further charged that the institution would have been subject to ‘exit interviews’ with the Audit Office over the discrepancies raised.Supporting his claim of a political hand pulling the proverbial strings, Edghill drew reference to the fact that GPHC is currently under intense scrutiny by the PPP/C opposition particularly over its procurement of drugs and pointed to a recent incident where members of a Parliamentary Sectoral Committee was prevented from inspecting GPHCs storage bond.The former Government Minister said the PAC will be making its recommendations when preparing its report for the Full House of the National Assembly.In that report, according to Edghill, recommendations may be made for disciplinary action, whether departmentally or criminally, whether fines should be paid or the hospital CEO surcharged.The former Government Minister said too that the Finance Secretary, Dr Hector Butts is also empowered to act under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.He told Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he was yet to receive any notification from the Clerk of Committees as it relates to whether Johnson did in fact lay over documents promised to that parliamentary body – to be submitted on Tuesday last.On Monday last during the PAC meeting when the GPHC officials failed on numerous occasions to provide specific answers on spending undertaken by the Hospital in 2015, Chairman Irfaan Ali intervened and brought the proceedings to a close before ousting Johnson.The PAC Chairman was adamant the GPHC’s CEO, “is trying to frustrate the PAC, I believe the CEO, you, you are disrespectful… you came here before you know who are the relevant offices that need to be before PAC.”According to Ali, “this behaviour would not be tolerated; I will not allow you to waste the PAC time… we are going to ask you to leave this morning and we are going to get back to you and we hope you come back prepared the next time.”He used the occasion to draw to Johnson’s attention the fact the public was an integral stakeholder in the process.By the end of the PAC session, Edghill posited that the postulations on the part of the Hospital CEO could have been very deliberate, “coming to PAC this morning with one member of staff who is not capable and in possession of all of the information”.last_img read more

Bishoo urges students to “chase dreams” at Digicel/Hero CPL Clinic

first_imgGuyana and Windies spinner Devendra Bishoo told youngsters at the 2018 Digicel/Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Youth Cricket Series Coaching Clinic, to never stop pursuing their dreams to become cricketers.West Indies/Guyana Amazon Warriors spinner and Digicel/CPL Ambassador, Devendra Bishoo shares some bowling tips with a student from the West Demerara Secondary SchoolBishoo, a Digicel and CPL Brand Ambassador, was the star of the clinic held at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground last Saturday when students of the West Demerara Secondary School benefited from tips by the Test player.The 33-year-old took time off his training schedule with the Windies team, who were preparing for the first of two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at Providence the following day. He spent the day of coaching and inspiring the students to chase their dreams, as it was his desire as a young lad to be a professional cricketer, a dream he realised with his current position as one of the top leg-spinners in the Caribbean and the Windies’ main spin weapon over recent years.The Guyana Amazon Warriors player said that “it’s always an honour to share my knowledge and turn up to these events, because I was once like them”, as he told stories about his struggles coming up in his early years as a junior cricketer with little resources. He spoke about times when he carried bags for other cricketers and ran water for the team, before receiving the same treatment years later after he made strides.A humble Bishoo reminded the students that the dedication they apply in school was similar to what was needed when pursuing a career as a professional cricketer. The Berbician related too many of the students and teachers who quizzed him with numerous questions regarding his hard times in cricket, as well as his shining moments.In the end, it was an illustrious session, as the youngsters learnt bowling techniques and other handy tips from Bishoo, who had his hands filled with the excited students.Digicel Guyana Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara, following the session, said the company was happy to have helped facilitate another stepping-stone for the budding players, since it was their goal to continue producing cricketers from the grassroots levels.She said having students meet these international players whom they regard as idols was important for their careers as the knowledge and tips they get from these players were invaluable and as such, it was important to have these events.Apart from Bishoo, his Guyana Jaguars Head Coach Esuan Crandon and his team of Coach Michael Hyles and Clive Grimmond conducted sessions with the students in bowling, batting and fielding. Teams were divided and coaches went to work as the students from West Demerara got a huge boost in their budding careers.Students from six schools, one per participating Hero CPL country, were coached by their local CPL Coaches and got to meet and interact with a CPL player from their local team.The programme started in Barbados and then travelled to Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago before wrapping up in Guyana. Roughly 360 students across the Region had one-on-one time with their cricket idols as part of the Coaching Clinics. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

San Marino’s top cop

first_imgSome say Isaacs’ calm demeanor matches that of the affluent city he’s protected since 1980, which, with its philosophy of historic preservation and expansive, stylish homes built more than a half-century ago, still maintains an air reminiscent of a more genteel era. “Gary is a very steady fellow,” said former San Marino Mayor Gene Dryden, a 71-year city resident. “He transmits to the community a sense of confidence in the police department. And you get the feeling the people in his department have confidence in him.” Former Arcadia police Chief Bob Hinig agrees, describing Isaacs as “approachable and personable.” “His heart and soul rest with that department,” he said. “He came up through the organization. His intimate knowledge of the community and the personnel in the department give him the best vantage point for guiding the department.” Unlike many who wear the badge, whose dreams of law enforcement began as children, Isaacs didn’t consider becoming a cop until he was 25, having worked in the grocery business for several years after high school. SAN MARINO – Nearly a decade has passed since the city’s last homicide, according to police Chief Gary Isaacs. It was sometime in the mid-1990s, said Isaacs, struggling to pinpoint an exact date for San Marino’s most recent homicide. In fact, Isaacs, who took over as this city’s top cop a year and a half ago, can list San Marino’s outstanding criminal events of the last generation or so on one hand. “The degree of stability here is very comforting,” said Isaacs, a 27-year veteran of the department. “It’s been stable for decades.” “I went on a ride-along with Baldwin Park officers set up by a family friend,” said Isaacs, sitting in his office at the rear of the community’s police facility, “and I have been in love with the profession ever since.” Isaacs said his parents – a former salesman and a homemaker – still live in the same Covina house where he was raised, adding that the middle-class stability of his childhood defined the calm that now reflects in his demeanor. “My mother was always home when we came home from school,” he said, recalling a childhood in the east San Gabriel Valley city with his lone sibling, an older brother. “That really makes a difference in a child’s life, I think.” After attending the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department academy, Isaacs spent three years as an officer in the Baldwin Park department before transferring to San Marino. Policing a city with a notably low crime rate must be met with an attitude of public service, he said, rather than the cops-and-robbers excitement found in areas with more criminal activity. “When I interview potential officers, I look for that attitude,” Isaacs said. “There must be a desire to protect citizens from crime, but there is a crossover to community service that is necessary.” Isaacs, an avid pilot who has been married to his wife, Susan, for 27 years, has managed to merge his dedication to public service with an interest in piloting. Much of his free time is spent teaching students who’ve received piloting scholarships from a fund he established at Mt. San Antonio College. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 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

Loew rejects Ozil’s accusations of racism

first_img“The players with an immigration background have always enjoyed playing for us and nothing has changed,” added Loew who has been head coach since 2006.Arsenal midfielder Ozil retired from international football on July 22 with a stinging three-page statement, in which he directly accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racism.This is the first time Loew has commented on the Ozil saga.– No contact –“His advisor called me to inform me that Mesut would issue the third part of his statement,” added Loew.“The player himself did not call me, which normally players have done in the past.“Mesut has still not called and for the last two weeks I have unsuccessfully tried to reach him.“I am sure there will be a chance for a personal conversation in the future.“He has chosen this path – I have to accept that.”Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who were both born in Germany to Turkish parents, sparked a political storm on the eve of the World Cup by meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.When Erdogan’s office put out pictures of the meeting, the pair’s loyalty to Germany was hotly questioned, sparking fierce debate about integration, and they were attacked by German far-right politicians.Ozil walked away from the German set up after the World Cup, complaining of facing “racism and disrespect” and specifically took aim at Grindel.Sami Khedira is the biggest name casualty in the Germany squad to face France and Peru next month with the Juventus midfielder axed by head coach Joachim Loew. © AFP/File / BENJAMIN CREMEL“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote damningly.Following Germany’s World Cup debacle, finishing bottom of their group in Russia, Loew announced on Wednesday that assistant coach Thomas Schneider has been demoted to chief scout.The axe has also fallen on Sami Khedira, 31, who was part of the team which won the 2014 World Cup.The Juventus midfielder is the biggest name casualty in the new squad, which included Gundogan, as well as his Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane, who was dropped for the World Cup.Loew says ‘the biggest mistake’ he made in Russia was to assume Germany could reach the knock-out stages by playing possession football.– ‘Almost arrogant’ –“That was almost arrogant. I wanted to take our game to the limit and perfect it,” admitted the 58-year-old.“I ended up taking too many risks and after the first game (a 1-0 defeat to Mexico) we had our backs to the wall.”Loew’s new squad has a mix of “experience and youth” with his 2014 World Cup winning stars Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Tony Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer included despite below-par performances in Russia.Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thilo Kehrer, 21, Hoffenheim left-back Nico Schulz, 25, and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz, 19, are called up for the first time.Sane, Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, who were cut from the provisional World Cup squad, all return.In May, Loew signed a four-year deal to take him through to the next World Cup, but admits Germany’s woeful performance in Russia puts him under huge pressure to turn things around — starting against world champions France.“We are all being specially observed and put under pressure, I am aware of that,” said Loew.“However, I am still convinced of our class and quality. The World Cup squad was very, very good, but we did not perform.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew admits he had been ‘almost arrogant’ with some of his decisions in Russia as he outlined the reasons for Germany’s World Cup debacle © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Aug 29 – Joachim Loew has rejected Mesut Ozil’s accusations of racism within the German FA (DFB) as the head coach gave his analysis of Germany’s World Cup debacle on Wednesday.“Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there have never been racist comments,” Loew said while announcing his squad to face world champions France in Munich on September 6, then Peru three days later.last_img read more

Video: Almeria man scores Beckham-esque stunner

first_imgCheck out this Christmas cracker from Almeria’s Jonathan Zongo, who repeated David Beckham’s halfway line heroics during his side’s Copa del Rey victory against Real Betis – much to the delight of talkSPORT’s resident Almeria fan James Dodd.last_img

Source of stink over El Segundo still isn’t pinpointed

first_imgBy Larry Altman STAFF WRITER An investigator spent Wednesday trying to figure out the source of a foul odor that drifted over El Segundo a day earlier, drawing 100 complaints from people with burning eyes and who were feeling lightheaded. Steve Tsumura, El Segundo’s environmental-safety manager, said he was checking all pressure-relief valves for leaks on gas lines at businesses in or around the city, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Scattergood Generating Station and the Hyperion Treatment Plant on Vista del Mar, the Chevron Refinery and the El Segundo Power plant. “I’m still looking at all the companies,” Tsumura said Wednesday afternoon. “We are basically trying to piece it all together.” Tsumura, who found no problems at Hyperion, also placed a call to the U.S. Geological Survey to check on any natural occurrences that could have resulted in the smell. A similar problem in 1995 was linked to ocean seepages. Residents and workers began noticing the smell about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Calls to the Fire Department emanated from the west end of the city and moved east as the odor shifted. “It smelled like gas, a really strong odor,” said Maria Barba, assistant manager at the Washington Mutual Bank branch on Grand Avenue. “My employees started feeling sick and lightheaded,” Barba said. “Everybody complained of burning eyes, lightheadedness. Everybody felt spacey.” Firefighters used fans to air out the bank while paramedics treated Barba and four employees. None required hospitalization. Boeing officials also called the Fire Department when workers detected the foul odor at their office in the 1000 block of Imperial Highway, spokesman Eric Warren said. Tsumura said it appeared that there were two separate releases of the gas around 1 and 2 p.m. Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, said the agency sent an inspector to the Scattergood facility but did not find any problems. Marcella Low, a spokeswoman for The Gas Co., said workers were at Scattergood on Tuesday and concluded that the smell did not come from gas lines there. The possibility it was all an act of nature exists, too. On Nov. 3, 1995, a similar odor drifted over Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and Hawthorne. Dozens of residents called their fire departments. El Segundo firefighters checked their town’s businesses but found nothing to cause the problem. The Coast Guard detected a sheen on the water off 33rd Street and theorized it was caused by natural leakage of oil and gas from the ocean floor. A Coast Guard report at the time said the natural seepages of oil, gas and tar occurred in California since prehistoric times from Orange to Santa Barbara counties. Spanish missionaries reported them as early as 1776. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want 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


first_imgMOTORISTS are being urged to drive carefully overnight as thick fog is affecting many areas of the county.Temperatures have also dropped to between 0C and 4C in many areas, leaving a grass frost.The fog thickened throughout the evening as the heavy rain – which caused flooding in some areas – subsided. The fog will lift by mid-morning and unfortunately more rain is on the way, according to weather forecasters.Increasing cloud will develop after lunch after some morning sunshine in Donegal, then rain spreading rapidly from the south and reaching the county by late afternoon … some heavy downpours, winds gradually increasing from southeast to reach 30-50 mph (local gusts to 65 mph possible near south coast) … highs 11-14 C. Rainfalls of 20-40 mms by evening.DONEGALDAILY.COM – A REAL NEWS WEBSITEBREAKING NEWS: THICK FOG AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES HIT THE COUNTY was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 weatherfogmore rainmotorists warnedlast_img read more


first_imgLong-serving Finn Harps physio Mickey McGlynn has been given a one match ban by the FAI disciplinary committee following Sunday’s FAI Cup defeat to St Pat’s.Finn Harps have been absolutely hammered by the FAI disciplinary committee following their FAI Cup semi-final defeat to St Pat’s.Manager Ollie Horgan has been banned for THREE matches, Gareth Harkin for TWO and unbelievably Harps physio Mickey McGlynn has been given a ONE match ban.Finn Harps play-maker Gareth Harkin was given a straight red card for an innocuous challenge late on in their 6-1 defeat to the Richmond Park outfit. Ollie Horgan was dismissed for expressing his anger at the decision by referee Derek Tomney.Fourth official Tómas Connolly reported Horgan for ‘offensive behaviour’ and the referee sent the Harps gaffer to the stands.In his report to the FAI disciplinary committee Connolly also reported Harps physio Mickey McGlynn for what he deemed ‘offensive behaviour’.McGlynn made a few throwaway remarks to Connolly after Horgan was removed from the technical area. The popular Harps physio told Connolly he was ‘anti Donegal’ and had an agenda with teams from Donegal, and was a ‘typical Dub’.McGlynn expressed his disappointment and surprise at the decision via his social media account on Facebook.McGlynn said, “Been given a one game ban by the disciplinary committee after being charged with offensive behaviour, first ban after 24 years.“Very disappointing, as I did not use any abusive or offensive language, made a genuine point about how I felt we were being treated.“Will be interesting to see if the official who made the derogatory comment about Donegal and its people will face any action? Would not bet on it! It’s not expected that Harps will appeal any of the sanctions and bans imposed by the FAI disciplinary committee.FINN HARPS HAMMERED WITH SIX-GAME BAN AFTER FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL FALL-OUT was last modified: October 8th, 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:appealbanFAIfai cupfinesfinn harpsnewsSanctionsSportlast_img read more