GOL May Lose Revenues

first_imgThe government of Liberia’s (GOL) revenue intake from cross-border trade with neighboring Guinea may dwindle in the second quarter, the Daily Observer’s business desk has observed.The looming revenue loss, according to our reporter, is directly linked to the reported slowdown of cross-border trade between Liberia and Guinea, as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea.A resident of the border town of Ganta, Nimba County, yesterday told our business desk that the number of trucks from Guinea has dwindled. According to this woman, who lives right at the Ganta-Guinea border point, there are a limited number of trucks coming in from Guinea.Though the Liberian government has not ordered its border closed with Guinea, this woman anonymously told our reporter that a slowdown is also on the Liberian side of the border, as exporters have slowed their activities in the town.“Some of the traders have said that they are halting trade with Guinea with or without any government directive,” she said. The government of Liberia has not spoken on the latest news, but GOL insiders hinted to our reporter yesterday, that the situation has claimed the attention of the Ministry of Finance.The Ebola virus has killed over 80 people in Guinea with reports of a few deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone, international media said. Cross-border traders have said that they fear the incurable Ebola virus. “I have suspended my cross-border trade business with my Guinean partner because of the virus,” a local importer said on condition of anonymity.The self-imposed slowdown in cross border trade between Liberia and Guinea is not only at the Ganta point; it is also in Lofa County and parts of Bong County. It is not clear to what extent revenue lose would affect GOL’s operations as the government remains tight-lipped.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“My dream has been snatched away from me by the system” – juvenile murder…

first_imgThe dreams of 19-year-old Ian Henry of Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) were snatched from him seven years ago when he was charged for murder and taken into custody without even being afforded the right to counsel, thus violating his fundamental rights as prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.Article 40 of the Convention states “Children who are accused of breaking the law have the right to legal help and fair treatment in a justice system that respects their rights”. Governments are required to set a minimum age below which children cannot be held criminally responsible and to provide minimum guarantees for the fairness and quick resolution of judicial or alternative proceedings.”Henry was 13 at the time when he was charged and then brought to the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre where he spent the next seven years awaiting judgement.However, the Director of Public Prosecutions a few days ago dismissed the caseNineteen-year-old Ian Henryagainst Henry after the Rights of the Child Commission and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Legal Aid Clinic provided legal representation for the then minor.While detailing the steps that led to highlighting and later the dismissal of the charges against Henry, Chief Executive Officer of the Rights of the Child Commission, Amar Panday, said they would have become aware of Henry’s case after visiting the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre and interacting with him sometime in 2015.He further related that Henry’s demeanour and level of intelligence made them relook at his case. Investigations would have shown that at the time, over 95 per cent of the inmates at the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre were denied the right to counsel, thus violating a number of child rights declarations.Panday related that they then approached UNICEF, which then released funding that was disbursed to the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic to begin providing legal representation to the children and youths at the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre, the New Opportunity Corps and both Timehri and New Amsterdam Prisons. It was then Henry’s case was taken up and followed through resulting in the dismissal, further explaining that had it not been for their intervention then the youth would still be waiting on justice to be served.The Commission’s CEO said more needs to be done to tackle the problem of unrepresented children behind bars, reiterating it violates a number of international conventions of which Guyana is signatory to. Panday welcomed the recently passed Juvenile Justice Bill, explaining that it will address a number of violations.According to Henry, his life is now in shambles since he was detained for over seven years for a crime the Police had no evidence against him. The youth is appealing to the Government to ensure that this does not happen to another child.“When I was incarcerated I encountered some horrible experiences, dark momentsRights of the Child Commission CEO, Amar Pandayin my life and this incarceration has clearly jeopardised my future, no one can give me it back…. I am not the only one that has been affected by this kind of system but there are other youths who are incarcerated I have spent time with them,” he related.“If I hadn’t met these people while incarcerated, I would have still been in prison and don’t know when the time will come for me to be released. Just imagine it from the age of 13 to the age of 19 during this process I was denied my right to education. How could I go back to a secondary school to start over back my whole educational process? It is impossible, the only option is go to a college and do a trade…my dream has been snatched away from me by the system… my whole future has been jeopardised by the system,” Henry added.The youth said he was held despite the authorities having no substantial evidence against him resulting in him suffering for over half a decade. Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said he was unaware of Henry’s situation and when it was brought to his attention, he felt it was his duty to fast track the Juvenile Justice Bill to address the issues. However, he noted that it will be costly to enforce the recommendations of the Bill but said Government is committed to seeing the process through.The Rights of the Child Commission and its partners are also looking at several other cases similar to that of Henry.last_img read more

Ministry of the Presidency being repainted in green

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency is being repainted green – the colour symbolic of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) arm of the coalition Government.The building, located on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive in Georgetown, is currently barricaded with plywood boards as rehabilitation works are being undertaken.Earlier last year, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member and Parliamentarian Priya Manickchand had called on the APNU/AFC Government to desist from “greening and yellowing” Guyana.The Ministry of the Presidency, formerly the Office of the President, is being repainted in greenShe had expressed concerns over the subliminal message Government is sending and the fact that the Administration appears to be forcing its politics on Guyanese who do not subscribe.Manickchand said the “greening and yellowing” of Guyana is reminiscent of the days when the flag of the former People’s National Congress (PNC) was flown over the Court of Appeal – a signal of party paramountcy.Government had painted in green and yellow some bridges, benches, sections of public infrastructure and even the boats, buses and bicycles distributed by the Administration.last_img read more

FSJ Mixed Slow Pitch AGM results in league changes

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society held their 2018 Annual General Meeting last Tuesday.The meeting was packed as four new executives were elected to the board. As well, a motion was carried to raise league fees to $1200 and still include free tournaments to offset a nearly thirty thousand dollar deficit in 2017/2018.Additionally, safety fences have been put on order costing fifteen thousand dollars with another thirty-seven thousand dollars budgeted for repairs and maintenance of the fields.- Advertisement -For the upcoming season, the league will only have access to Surerus Diamonds and the Rotary Diamond in Charlie Lake.Finally, a motion was carried to allow the league to oversee tournament beer gardens and allocate partnerships with community groups on a lottery basis and split profits with a secondary group.The League will be hosting a mandatory Umpire Clinic for teams playing this season on April 28th. As well, they will be hosting an optional clinic to become a carded umpire on April 29th.Advertisementlast_img read more

Everton in talks with Valencia defender as Lamine Kone alternative

first_img1 Aymen Abdennour has played 29 times for Valencia Everton are in talks with Valencia over a deal for centre-back Aymen Abdennour.The Toffees are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements after selling John Stones to Manchester City in a move which could eventually cost £50m.Sunderland star Lamine Kone is reportedly on new manager Ronald Koeman’s shortlist – but the Black Cats are playing hardball.And, according to Plaza Deportiva, Everton are now instead deep in talks with Valencia over a deal for Abdennour.The Premier League side reportedly opened negotiations on Wednesday and they are hopeful an agreement can be reached.Valencia are happy to sanction a deal – but only if they can recoup the £19m they paid for the 27-year-old last summer to sign him from Monaco.last_img

Smith, pillar of Whittier, dies at 84

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsphysical education at Jonathan Bailey School and taught for many years in the Whittier City School District. In 1947, she married Philo Smith. They continued to make their home in Whittier, raising their three children here. Smith was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, life member of the California PTA, member of the Whittier chapter of PEO and was a 75-year member of Plymouth Church of Whittier. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, gardening, traveling and playing Bridge twice monthly with neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Vera Alger. She is survived by her sister Virginia Porter; sons, Philo Jr., his wife, Diane, and Stuart, and his wife Susie; daughter Marti Woodward and her husband, Tom; and seven grandchildren: Lindsey Smith, Kristy McLachlin, Karey and Kimberly Smith, and Brian, Eric and Amy Woodward. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Saturday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church. Memorial donations in her name to Plymouth Congregational Church are suggested. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Lifelong Whittier resident Barbara Holloway Smith, who was the oldest member of Plymouth Congregational Church, 12058 Beverly Blvd., died May 11. She was 84. Born April 3, 1922, at Whittier’s former Murphy Hospital, Smith was the daughter of Margaret and A.D. Holloway, who were instrumental in the development of College Hills and Quad properties in Whittier. She attended East Whittier Elementary, Whittier High School and earned a degree from Whittier College. She began her teaching career in last_img read more

Chelsea make stunning £55m move for PSG star, Tottenham target Alves – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea are desperately trying to persuade Marco Verratti to join boss Antonio Conte’s quest for more silverware. The Premier League champions have made an offer of £55million to Paris Saint Germain for the Italy midfielder. (The Sun)Tottenham Hotspur have initiated discussion with Juventus full-back Dani Alves over a summer transfer to the Premier League. (Yahoo)Jack Butland is a target of four of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. Both Manchester clubs along with Chelsea and Arsenal are all keen on the Stoke and England goalkeeper. (Daily Star)Jermain Defoe is being offered a staggering £18MILLION contract by Bournemouth — despite turning 35 in five months. The Sunderland and England striker will be available on a free and the Cherries are dangling a £115,000-a-week, three-year deal in front of him. (The Sun)Bournemouth aim to build on their highest league finish by making bids worth more than £30m combined for two of Chelsea’s title-winning players, Nathan Aké and Asmir Begovic, once the season has finished. (Guardian)Everton are ready to launch a shock £20million summer bid for Manchester City ace Kelechi Iheanacho – as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger is keen on Corentin Tolisso, with the French midfielder set to leave Lyon this summer. Arsenal boss Wenger is planning a major overhaul of his squad, looking to strengthen the defence, in midfield and their range of attacking options, and is a long-term admirer of the 22-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Southampton, Everton and Newcastle are battling to bring Ryad Boudebouz to the Premier League. The top-fight trio are challenging Lyon and Lazio for the Algerian winger, who is set to leave Montpellier this summer. (Daily Mirror)Southampton have insisted they don’t need to sell Virgil van Dijk – even for £60m. The Dutchman is top of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s defensive shopping list for the summer and is a man in demand with Manchester City and Chelsea also believed to be prepared to spend big on the centre-back. But Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has stressed that there is no financial imperative for his club to sell. (Liverpool Echo)Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he is willing to sign a five-year deal worth £110,000 a week after helping to secure the club’s Premier League status for another season. (Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Paul Merson says Arsenal must keep Alexis Sanchez AND Mesut OzilArsene Wenger is staying put at Arsenal, insists Paul MersonRoss Barkley has been urged to leave Everton this summer by a former Toffees star Richard DunneChelsea’s Premier League title triumph is down to their ‘focus’ and ability to bounce back from defeat, Cesar Azpilicueta has told talkSPORTInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio is set for talks with Manchester United officials regarding Ivan PerisicJan Vertonghen’s agent has ruled out the possibility of his client leaving Tottenham in the summer, despite reported interest from ItalyLa Liga giants Sevilla are in pole position to land Manchester City winger Jesus Navas during the summerlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Celtic Studies scholars Conal McShane has bagged a top academic award at the University of Ulster, it was announced today.Conal joined Patrick Tierney, along with ceramics artist Andrew Cooke as the 2011 winners of the Richard K Degenhardt Belleek Collectors’ Scholarships.The awards, now in their tenth year, are named in memory of the late Richard Kennedy Degenhardt, who was instrumental in establishing the Belleek Collectors’ International Society. The prizes are given annually to two or three outstanding students from the University of Ulster, at either undergraduate or graduate level, who are studying in the fields of ceramics or Celtic studies.Dr Linda Beard, founder and chair of the Richard K Degenhardt Endowment, presented this year’s successful students with their £500 awards at a special ceremony in Ulster’s Coleraine campus on Friday.Dr Beard has been instrumental in helping the University of Ulster to develop its profile in the US and has been recognised for her work by being awarded an Honorary DUniv in 2007.Over its first ten years, the  Scholarships have so far helped 24 students in ceramics and Celtic studies.  “The success of the students is due primarily to the outstanding educational experiences that they receive at the University of Ulster, and, in some small part to the Scholarships that helped them along the way,” said Mrs Beard.“The Scholarships are important in that they allow us to give a bit of ourselves  in order to help others who are at a critical stage in their university life, and are preparing for their future careers –  a chance for us to make a difference, and a source of encouragement to students at a crucial point in their careers.”During Friday’s award ceremony, Ulster’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett presented Dr Beard with an engraved Belleek Cherokee Rose Basket Plate, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Scholarships.The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett, said: This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Richard K Degenhardt Belleek Collectors’ Scholarship.“This has all been made possible through the foresight, enthusiasm and commitment of Linda Beard, who has worked unceasingly to build up the Scholarship fund to a level that secures the long-term future of this excellent initiative. “I am delighted to welcome Dr Beard to this presentation ceremony for this year’s award, and we thank her for her support over the years.”The Richard K Degenhardt Belleek Collectors’ Scholarships were set up to enhance students’ opportunities for personal as well as educational development and each winner uses their award to fund a project specific to their skills.Andrew Cook, from Dundonald, is a second year, mature undergraduate student studying for a BA Fine and Applied Art at the Belfast campus.He is particularly interested in wood firing, a specialist skill which can’t be carried out within the confines of a city centre university. His award is helping to finance a two-week-long wood firing course in County Waterford beginning on June 4, which will conclude his second year studies.Conal McShane from Letterkenny is a final year student studying for a BA (Hons) in Irish Language and Literature at the Magee campus.For his undergraduate thesis he researched a unique, 1853, post-famine manuscript, made up of six sermons written by the then Parish Priest of Gort an Choirce in west Donegal.The document is held in the Department of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin and Conal will be using his award to build upon his work by editing and analysing another section of text.This will be added to the existing body of knowledge about the religious sensibilities and Irish language of the post-famine era in west Donegal.Patrick Tierney, from Newry, is a First Class Honours student of Irish with Media Studies and is currently a full-time postgraduate student, registered for a Master of Research.He is using his award to spend an extended period of time working with archival material in University College Dublin to study the field diaries of Sean O’hEochaidh between 1935 and 1948.Patrick will also investigate the methods of folklore collection and the response of  local people from Co Donegal’s Gaeltacht area of Teelin to the work of the Irish Folklore Commission from 1935 until 1970.The Richard Kennedy Degenhardt Belleek Collectors’ Scholarship Endowment Fund has received over £70,000 in contributions since it was established in May 2001.This has provided 24 outstanding Ulster students (11 Celtic studies awards and 13 ceramics awards) with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and undertake research they may not have otherwise been able to carry out.Scholarships are funded through the generosity of many individuals and groups, including Belleek Collectors worldwide, international Belleek Chapters, special friends and family of Richard K Degenhardt, the Belleek Pottery and the Belleek Collectors’ International Society. As well as being named in memory of the late Richard K Degenhardt, the awards are a tribute to his definitive knowledge of Belleek Parian China, which remains renowned among collectors worldwide.PRIDE AS DONEGAL STUDENT AWARDED TOP UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP was last modified: May 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Celtic StudiesletterkennyRichard K Degenhardt ScholarshipUniversity of Ulsterlast_img read more


first_imgOne of the nine families who now have a home thanks to Donegal man Tim Jackson.The first refugees to be helped by the “Homes From Donegal” building charity in Africa have moved into their new houses. The founder of the initiative is Ballybofey man Tim Jackson who expressed his thanks to all who had given to the cause, with nine houses being completed so far.He shared his plans to continue building for the refugees by holding a county-wide clothing collection to raise funds on Sunday 8th February. Tim said “When I visited the Central African Republic last year, it was devastating to hear stories from refugees about what they had suffered and of how many of their loved ones had been killed. Going home to Ireland, I decided that the least I could do was try to give them back the dignity of a home.”Tim JacksonHaving been displaced last year in a bloody war that swept the Central African Republic, one million refugees fled into make-shift camps and Church grounds for protection.Most have had to stay there despite a reprieve in the violence, as their homes and villages lie in waste after being destroyed by rebels.“We can give a family a new home for only €700, so hopefully there will be a big response on February 8th to the clothing collection. We are going to have collection points for the clothes around the whole county.”  THE YOUNG DONEGAL MAN BUILDING HOMES FOR REFUGEES IN AFRICA was last modified: January 14th, 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:AfricacharitydonegalhomesTim Jacksonlast_img read more


first_imgA part-time bouncer has apologised after being arrested twice on the same night after two rows outside the same house.Letterkenny District Court heard how gardai were called to a house in Meetinghouse Street in Raphoe at 3.40am on April 26 this year.Gardai found Dale Hyndman, a 28-year-old father of two causing a disturbance outside a house there. He was drunk and had ripped the number plates off two cars parked outside, said Inspector Goretti Sheridan.Hyndman was arrested, taken into custody and released an hour later.The incident, said the inspector, related to a falling out with Aidan Gallagher, the father of Amy Gallagher.Hyndman, she said, felt Aidan Gallagher had interfered in a dispute which had already been settled.At 5am gardai were called to the house again.This time Hyndman was kicking in the front door and had thrown a brick at it and he was arrested again.The court heard that Hyndman had since paid for new number plates for the cars and for the €400 damage caused to the door.The incident, said defence solicitor Donagh Cleary, related to a falling out with Aidan Gallagher, the father of Amy Gallagher.“An issue had arisen and Mr Hyndman felt Mr Gallagher had caused a problem which had already been resolved,” said Mr Cleary.He said his client apologised for the incident as he had been intoxicated on the night in question.He had since moved to Newtowncunningham and he had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Hyndman a chance as it was his first time before the court and had paid compensation.He ordered Hyndman to pay €150 to a youth charity in Raphoe.BOUNCER ARRESTED TWICE ON SAME NIGHT AFTER ROWS OUTSIDE SAME HOUSE was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:arrestdonegalLetterkenny CourtRaphoelast_img read more